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      01.03.2014 01:53
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      Worth the price

      I am in search of a perfect perfume that makes me feel good!
      In the past I have attached myself to about 4 wonderful "me" scents that I wore enthusiastically and made me feel brilliant but none of these seem to be available now, I love Clinique and want to have a happy heart so suggested this to my daughter as a Christmas pressie (not realising that she would spend about £36)
      I was however thrilled at Christmas when she produced this Eau De Parfum spray
      in a nice pale pink spray bottle.
      I expected to love it.
      I do find with perfume that you need to wear it....then....wear it again...., then start over...., gradually it will grow on you.
      Have tried this.
      Well, it is a nice floral fragrance with a hint of warmth. No doubt.
      Its certainly floral with some depth.Its not though my favourite perfume, I like it, but I don't think I'll ever love it.Maybe I need to wear it more.Will try.
      As I was working on this review my eldest daughter happened to walk by."Whats that smell?"
      Well its this perfume I'm trying to review .Do you like it?
      She was going outside for a fag at the time, but the verdict was positive.
      "What do you like about it?"
      "Its lovely and fresh,I do like it, I'll borrow it off you"
      So OK i think we've summed it up.
      It is a quality floral fragrance with some depth.It is nice.
      For my personal taste I prefer a perfume that hits me with something special. That is unique, that is somthing unforgettable. But hey, this is nice,its a quality floral, warm perfume to be enjoyed.And appreciated.

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      26.02.2014 00:10
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      Really good well made matches

      Our 10 year old is an expert on ipads, ipods,phone apps and computers, but recently as part of a girl guide badge was presented with a much more scary challenge...demonstrating that she can strike a match. This genuinely seemed to cause her quite a bit of anxiety- even fear-necessitating a home practice session before trying it out in public.
      Fortunately a box of "The Original COOKS MATCHES" is ideal. The box is quite large measuring 2.5 X 4 .75"on top and 1" deep, it slides smoothly open and contains about 220 matches.The matches are nice and smooth (no danger of splinters). They are slightly longer than the average match, giving a little extra burning time before your fingers start to feel the heat. The inner compartment of the box has a cardboard divider which keeps the matches more secure preventing them all falling out at once should you drop the box whilst it is open. The wooden stem of the match has apparently been dipped in a mild fire retardent in order to prevent the wood flaring or spitting.The brown tip ignites readily as the match is struck, but quite gently. The box warns that the matches should be stored in a dry place and away from children.Terrible accidents do sometimes occur, so this is important advice. (I have a friend who is a teacher, and she told me if an accident can happen it will..sooner or later). The sides of the box provide the surface for striking the match.The box instruction reads"strike gently and away from the body"
      The box is a pale yellow colour like a very soft flame perhaps.The matches are made by the Swedish Match Company in High Wycombe, the company being a subsiduary of Bryant and May.The Swedish Match company is by appointment to H. M. The Queen. The Queen herself has a history of Girl Guiding and no doubt would appreciate the qualities of these matches, as her sister Princess Margaret also a Guide would have also done, as she used to enjoy building a fire from scratch. There is something very grounding and satisfying about performing such a simple and natural task.
      I also use the matches for lighting candles (a lighter doesn't seem the same)and for lighting the wood burning stove.
      The matches are styled "cook's matches" and there is even a recipe for Stuffed Baked Apples on the back of my current box.(I hadn't noticed it before), as well as a picture of a cooking pot and other meal ingredients on the front.The box is "Wipe Clean". These days the matches can't often be used to light stoves,but its a reminder of their former importance.And everyone can occasionally make use of matches, even if only to light the birthday cake candles or the Sparklers.Or to light the Christmas pudding.

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    • The Range / DIY Store / 42 Readings / 41 Ratings
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      15.02.2014 01:44
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      Well done, and brilliant customer service

      Several months ago a new branch of the Range opened locally to me, just outside Bridgend.(South Wales).
      Reading through some of the previous reviews I was surprised at the negative experiences reported by other Dooyoo members. To be fair I haven't ordered anything from the store so can't give an opinion on that.
      My first impression of the store was that I had better not spend too long in there or I'd risk spending a lot of money. It seemed packed with attractive items for the home, mirrors, lights, pictures,soft furnishings, and small electrical items (strangely not including hairdryers). It also sells some furniture,a limited range of clothing, homewares, pet equipment, drain cleaner and some bargain food and drink.
      My husband likes to write a list when he shops, rush in, find it ,pay and rush out as quickly as possible.I like to look round, spend time,look for a bargain and maybe impulse buy. I guess we are pretty typical in this, for this reason I think the Range may appeal to women rather than men.Because I love it in there, its like an Aladdins cave.
      The main reason I shop there though is because I'm a keen amateur artist. If the Range has a specialist subject it is Art and stocks a very impressive range of art materials of good quality.Whether you use acrylics watercolours (artist quality) or pastels, whatever paper you are searching for, look no further, a wonderful selection is available.Also carriers to store your portfolio.
      However I have a friend who is very skilled in cake decorating , so she headed for the Range to find ....nothing! So the Craft section is brilliant, but also limited in range.
      My final comments are to do with the customer service. I am glad to say that my experience (truthfully) is BRILLIANT! A*
      1st example: I went in with my 10 year old granddaughter. She told me she had seen a sewing box in the Range Which she wanted to buy. When we went in we couldn't see it, so I headed for the nearest member of staff, a young girl. She looked up and down several aisles, couldn't find it, so went to ask another girl, they looked everywhere but then apologised as they couldn't locate it. I am ashamed to say that as we were leaving the store my granddaughter said she had remembered that she had actually seen it in Tesco's not the Range (she was correct)
      2nd example:I wanted some parcel tape, I asked an assistant as I couldn't see it, she also looked in a few aisles, then told me to stay while she went to ask her senior, she returned after a while carrying the tape I wanted which she had gone into the stock room to find.
      I was very impressed with both these examples, as the staff went out of their way to be helpful and provide good customer service, going the extra mile.
      So, in my opinion the Range whilst not perfect, from my point of view at least as a customer deserves a good review

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        13.10.2013 02:20
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        Varied activities for the family

        Folly Farm family adventure park is well worth a visit. Situated in Kilgetty it is within easy reach if you are visiting Tenby, or for a day out if you live as we do in South Wales. Although at its best on a sunny day it is an all weather attraction, so there is still plenty to see and do in wet weather.

        The farm is well signposted, on arrival you find a spacious car park , then have to walk around to the entrance, situated by the gift shop which is best left until you are on the way out.There is good access for anyone with special needs.You will be given a timetable of the days events, eg meeting the farmer and feeding the lambs,or perhaps a show. Halloween is coming up, there will be Halloween events, followed by Christmas activities coming soon. As it is a big place you will probably not squeeze everything in,but take your time and enjoy your families favourites.

        Our most recent visit took place at the beginning of October, as we had some tickets left over from the summer, and our 10 year old grand daughter had an inset day in school, so we drove down from South Wales, arriving just before lunchtime. We had packed a lunch so the first thing we did was eat it at one of the outdoor picnic tables in the farm.(It had stopped raining). There was a slight disappointment as we noticed that the large Helter Skelter that usually stands outside had gone...Ididn't ask why, perhaps it will be back.

        We then went into the large amusement hall. This seemed very quiet, as most children were obviously in school, but there were some attendants about, they said they were happy to operate any of the rides or games, we just had to ask.The rides etc operate on a token system, you have to purchase tokens to go on anything, I would suggest that £10.per child is enough to give a nice selection, this obviously adds to the entrance cost, Anyway Zoe decided on The Cakewalk to start,which is an antique fairground attraction, dating from the early years of the 20th century, you walk along a moving up and down pathway,you could fall over. She went on there with her grandfather, it caused laughter but no falls. As it was quiet the attendant let them go round twice.

        Then she went on a fast spinning roundabout,and I accompanied her on the Jets, described as a thrill ride, but tame enough for even me to comfortably survive, but it was fun.She also tried to hook some ducks, and roll some balls for small prizes, and I won about 12p on a horse riding betting game.Quite happy with this we headed into the animal hall and saw some sheep, goats etc. also some chicks just hatched out in an incubator, they have to remain there until they have pecked out all the nourishment from within the eggshell. There is a separate area with lots of fun activities...can you stand on one leg as long as a flamingo?Not my grand daughter!

        I should mention that there are nice clean toilets, and plenty of hand washing facilities.


        Then we went on to my favourite activity of the visit, the land train.There were enough people on it to make it fairly full, mostly the children were very little, we saw sheep, pigs and deer including a stag with impressive branching antlers...ready for rutting, except that he was the only male deer around.On this train you realise that you are on a real and well run farm, its lovely, informative, and peaceful.


        But the treats were not ended yet, my grand daughter had a go picking up metal blocks on a stationary digger, there is also a Ferris Wheel, though on this occasion we didn't go on it due to lack of people really.
        Then we went on to the large indoor play area(memories of my grand daughter as a toddler tipping perilously upside down on the big slide), now she just runs up it in a few strides-. Here we had a fairly reasonably priced coffee at the cafe.

        Hopefully I am not boring you too much as I must mention 2 more delights. First the Penguins.These are new to Folly Farm this year. Due to the time of year there were no other visitors when we were there, this made it extra special for us, as they seemed to put on a good show. The pool was being cleaned with brushes, most of the penguins were underwater, so we had an excellent view of them through the underwater windows.My grand daughter realised they were very much aware of us and mimicking some of our movements. As she swung her bag in front of the window one or two were moving their heads around in a copying action, which seemed to be quite a good game.I took some pictures for screen savers on the computer.

        Then the giraffes. They were being fed, we again were the only visitors present,what beautiful animals!I felt quite awestruck.

        On our way out we visited the shop, This has a nice selection of gifts for all ages, and I got a penguin snow globe. There is also a questionaire about your visit with opportunity to win a years free pass to the Farm.. hope the winner will be me.

        Current Admission Ticket Prices:

        Standard price Online Price
        Child(3-15 years) £8.75 £7.88
        Senior(60+) £8.75 £7.88
        Disabled Ticket £8.75 £7.88
        Adult (16+) Annual £30.00 £27.00
        Child(3-15 years)Annual £25.00 £22.50
        Senior(60+)Annual £25.00 £22.50
        Disabled Annual £25.00 £22.50

        Thankyou for bearing with me, hope this revue has been useful, and you enjoy your family visit.

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          05.08.2013 00:33
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          Very useful stool

          This is a very useful lightweight item of equipment to own. I bought mine as having recently retired I hope to spend more time practising my hobby of watercolour painting. At the class I have been attending small groups of us are meeting up at intervals to paint local scenes. Easels can be a bit tricky to put up, much easier to take a portable board, paints and water ,lunch, and something to sit on. The cost of my stool was amazingly cheap as Argos happened to have a sale,so it was reduced from about £4.99 to £3.75.

          So. apart from its low cost another advantage is that it is very easy to carry as the metal parts are hollow. it folds up and a small carry case is suppled to fit over your shoulder. This is very practical, one of the sites we visited was a National Trust property, it would have been a bit awkward to turn up at the entrance, lugging a large chair.

          The stool perches comfortably on uneven ground.However at only 43cm high it is quite low, if you have long legs like me that makes it a bit uncomfortable after prolonged sitting. I need to get up and stretch my legs after a while, however it seems secure and not likely to collapse under my weight which I confess is around 12 stones. The height of the stool is an advantage in a way, as I can put things onto the floor(such as painting water) and easily reach down to get them, which saves having to hold everything.

          The canvas seat is black with grey edging, no problems with it so far though I only bought the stool a couple of months ago.

          Now, if you are not an artist, this review must seem a bit boring, but this stool must have lots of uses for various people. Its main disadvantage is that after a while you have to stand up to stretch your legs, but it can be a very useful little item to own. I'm not quite sure why it should be called a Gelert stool (presumably because of the Welsh legend of the noble Gelert the Dog,killed by his master after being mistakenly accused of attacking a baby,when he had actually protected the baby from a wolf), but Gelert is supposed to be buried in Snowdonia, so maybe it is to remind us how useful a stool like this could be in such a wonderful outdoor area, popular with campers.

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        • Hotter Shoes / Highstreet Shopping / 26 Readings / 25 Ratings
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          A bit disappointing

          Hotter know how to produce a lovely catalogue. If you have a good browse through it you start to really want to buy a pair of their shoes, which come in a range of lovely colours modelled perfectly by attractive well dressed girls with nice slim legs.They also do bags, and mens shoes.

          Also we read that this is a genuine home grown manufacturing company from Lancashire specialising in "stylish shoes with comfort built in".Shoes bought by mail order have a 90 day returns guarantee, so that if they aren't as comfortable as you would expect, or you simply don't like them you can send them back, and get a refund of the price you paid!

          It all sounds good, and it is nice to know that Hotter have also opened some shops.

          But if you do order by post you can run into problems,as I have found. I have decided that ordering shoes from a catalogue is a bit risky,you are ordering a product you haven't seen or most importantly tried on. The first mistake I made was in ordering a pair of shoes about half a size too small,when they arrived I could see this, but I thought they would wear in, so wore them to work the next day. It was a hot day, and I had to do a lot of standing, my feet got really uncomfortable, heavy and painful,the next day they still hurt and seemed a bit swollen. Ok ,in all fairness I can't actually blame the manufacturer because I ordered the wrong size, I could have sent them back, but I didn't really bother as I thought I'd worn them too long, so I donated them to Oxfam.

          This didn't totally put me off though,so I ordered a pair of grey lace up shoes to wear with jeans etc. these are very comfy,though the laces have an annoying habit of coming undone, again not Hotters fault really.Also they seem to scuff easily.

          I then bought a pair of cream summer sandals, I persevered with these, but considering that they were far from cheap, I have found them disappointing.The soles and in fact the whole sandal seemed very hard and inflexible, not the most comfortable I have ever had,also I can only describe them as being a bit clodhopperry. Far from the light elegant feeling that you imagine I always felt that I was clomping along, I'm afraid that these have ended up in Oxfam too, and I recently acquired a lovely comfy pair instead in a shoe shop sale.

          Hotter shoes are pretty expensive, so you really expect something a bit special. I'm not totally put off them, I may try again, but will try to chose the style with care, and I don't expect a wonderful magic comfort experience, also if I don't like them I may well return them for a refund, perhaps a more sensible option would be to visit one of their shops, I think theres one in Cardiff....for the time being though I'm afraid the catalogues are ending up in the recycling.

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        • JML Dri Buddi / Gadget / 29 Readings / 28 Ratings
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          30.06.2013 00:39
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          I would heartily recommend it

          The JML Dri Buddy currently costs £59.99 at Argos. This is not too much of an unaffordable price, but I was still a bit doubtful about buying it, as I thought it may be flimsy or not work very well,but I went ahead mainly because apart from Tumble Dryers there doesn't seem to be much else on the market.It is portable, and I brought it home in the car without difficulty.My mum used to have a metal machine called a Flatley with wooden rails from which my school uniform used to emerge toasty warm and dry and ready to put on on a cold winters morning. The Dri Buddy seems a completely different beast , at least in looks. My daughter rather contemptuously referred to it as "that contraption" well I wasn't forcing her to use it !

          In fact it does look a bit like an alien invader, standing by the washing machine on its 3 metal legs. Basically its very simple. It consists of a small but quite sturdy and powerful convector heater above its legs which blows hot air upwards. There is an inner metal pole at the top of which are 6 metal arms from which you can hang coat hangers (preferably plastic so they don't overheat. ) Each arm has grooves for 3 items, so you can dry up to 18 garments at a time, I try to load it as fully as possible so as not to waste the motor. The machine stands approximately 5 feet tall so the hangers are easy to reach, the whole thing is surrounded by a zippable cover, mine is in sky blue.

          The Argos Catalogue describes the heater motor as " whisper quiet", well I wouldn't really say that,its fairly quiet ish. I don't have to listen to it as it stands in the Utility room.It exudes a pleasant warmth which smells nicely of whatever washing powder you may have used.I like it on, though I often use it at night, so am not much aware of it on. If clothes were very wet condensation could be a problem, though I haven't found this, but I do open windows and doors if using it by day.

          One defect of my machine is that the zip tends to come apart a bit at the bottom, overall this doesn't really matter. The machine is turned off and on at the heater, and would run for 3 hours if necessary. The upper zip sticks slightly,which can be a bit worrying , but I have always managed to open it.

          You can't hang long clothes in the Buddy as they might overheat if they touched the motor. Trousers can easily be folded to avoid this, they still dry ok.

          I bought the Buddy mainly to air clothes still a bit damp after hanging outside, it does this superbly.I like to iron the clothes before putting them in the machine,then they come out perfect and ready to put on. It can be used to dry wet clothes though as long as they aren't dripping, and because of this is very useful if you happen to have forgotten to wash something,a late night request for a gym kit you forgot is no problem ,it can be dry and freshly laundered by morning.

          I think a lot of people would find this machine very useful, as I do. "Is it any good" the girl who served me in Argos asked, well I didn't know then , but I do now, I think its very handy. I have had it since the beginning of last winter,so far its been problem-free. One advantage I have found is that the clothes look newer longer than if you were using a Tumble Dryer. A year or two ago I worked for a lady who used her tumble dryer all the time,I noticed the colours of her clothes faded quite badly, mine don't. I could dismantle the Buddy between uses, but it is too much trouble as I have a little space for it.

          And I haven't heard my daughter refer to it as mums contraption or "that thing" for a long time, though she does sometimes say she has put something into the "dryer". It wouldn't suit everyone, but I think its pretty good

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          • Samsung GT E1080 / Mobile Phone / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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            17.06.2013 23:22
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            Low price good value phone, easy to use and reliable. Not perfect but fine for me

            No, this is definitely NOT a Smart Phone ,but excellent value ,only costing somewhere between £10 to

            £20 at most, mine was £12 from Tesco. It is advertised as being "slim and sleek" this is true, it fits

            comfortably into the palm of the hand, and feels smooth and light. It is hard to damage; today it fell out

            of my pocket onto some wet grass, but seems fine. Ofcourse there is no camera and no internet access

            or Sat Nav, but I have a Sat Nav and a digital camera, so don't mind too much.You can't download apps.

            Its' features are basic but work well. It will receive and make calls, send and receive messages, and let

            you know when an out going message has been received.I find texting from it quick and easy, though my

            husband who has bigger fingers has a bit of difficulty as the keys are small. It stores sent and received

            messages indefinitely until you choose to delete them. The ringtones are nice and clear, you can adjust

            the volume. You can also make fake calls incase you need an excuse to leave a meeting, but I haven't

            used that feature.It records missed calls,with date and time, and has an ansaphone feature.This is OK

            but is fiddly and time consuming to switch it on to listen to messages.

            The games feature seems pretty limited with one game, "Jewel Quest" not very diverting.

            The alarm feature is very good ,when set for a particular time it will repeat it once, nice and loud, you

            don't need a biscuit tin to put it in overnight and switches off easily using the OK button.

            The calculator can be very useful, accurate and easy to use.

            Like all phones it switches itself off if not in use, this activates itself very quickly, and it can be annoying

            to keep having to turn it back on, even though its only a small matter of having to press the star button.

            The phone will run on various networks, mine is Tesco, I do pay as you go. and it is incredibly cheap for a

            light to medium user like me.As well as clubcard points for topping up, I get triple credit, and offers of

            free text bundles. Until very recently I was using it for ringing work often, the credit lasted for ages and

            ages. The battery also lasts a long time before it needs recharging, the phone comes with a nice plug in

            charger, this is not an extra. Transferring data from another phone via Sim is not a problem.

            If the battery gets low it does send out little signals to let you know which can be a bit annoying.

            All my grumbles are minor, I am a satisfied customer, and don't want to change.

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            • Harveys / Highstreet Shopping / 22 Readings / 22 Ratings
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              A generally positive experience

              Have just read some reviews from disappointed customers, but my recent purchase of 6 dining chairs was made without any prior knowledge of the store.

              I did not buy online but directly from the store so had the advantage of seeing the product, and trying it out before purchase.

              The store itself struck me as being a bit small , on the site of a previous MFI outlet the unit is shared with Bensons beds, who have their own set of staff on site. However at the front of the store I spotted some apparently sturdy and attractive Jaz chairs, some fabric covered, and a couple in a leather look material. Each individual chair was covered in its own particular colour, the result was very effective, as the colours were nice and bright /eg orange/, purple / grey. I already have quite a sturdy teak dining table, these chairs looked good.I preferred the fabric covered ones, but as the leather look ones were considerably cheaper I decided to be sensible and opt for the leather look ones in a nice light cream thus saving myself about £100. As there was an offer at the time, I was able to save another £50 so paid £459 including delivery ie about £76+ per chair.

              The sales staff were very pleasant.but not until the deal was closing did I learn that delivery would take about 6 weeks, I was a bit put out about this, as I had hoped to have them for an occasion before then, but didn't want to pull out so said ok.Apparently this is because furniture cannot be stored in store, but has to be ordered direct from the factory.

              In all fairness the chairs did arrive on time, and we were phoned twice in advance,can't complain about that,they were flat packed, which somehow I hadn't expected, luckily my husband was on hand to put them up. Even so one or two are a little bit wobbly, but he says they'll settle if not he will fix them (?).I did think the quality of the wood frame wasn't brilliant but then at the price we can't expect polished mahogony.The main things to me are that they really improve the look of the room, they are bright and smart.Also they are comfy.

              An unexpected feature is that they are very slidey on our laminated floor.This is due to a plastic footing under the legs.On a carpet this would not apply, I think we are quickly acclimatising to this, but maybe any elderly visitors will need to be warned before they sit down. A label under the seat states that the chairs are fire resistant but do not have a shedule 3 interliner (not sure what that is, sorry)


              So, I am not displeased, but have no info yet on how they will stand up to wear and tear.My 2 pieces of advice are do visit a store if possible, some things are just a bit risky to buy online, try before you buy, and only purchase if you or someone you have on hand doesn't mind putting up flatpack furniture, this service may be available but you should check!!

              As I'm in a good mood I'll rate Harveys with a 4, but thats only my personal experience....yours may be different

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            • Nursing in general / Study Course / 28 Readings / 28 Ratings
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              I qualified as a State Registered Nurse in Shrewsbury in 1972. I enjoyed the training,made friends,never borrowed a penny from my parents,had good accommodation,and working conditions.I was able to afford holidays abroad. Best of all on qualifying I obtained a super job as a staff nurse on a Mens Surgical ward, which I always look back on with pleasure The ward was well run and organised and everyone knew their role in the system. Under these circumstances nursing is a very good career. The best!

              Forward to 2013, I now have a 26 year old daughter who is shortly to complete her training as a graduate nurse from Cardiff University. I would not have encouraged this probably but I could see that she is very suited to the job.Both in temperament and academic ability, especially science. Also she has proved that she can care well for patients having spent over a year working as a carer for an agency. She has the potential to be a better nurse than me.

              There are positives and negatives to report. My daughter has loved her training both at University and mostly in her various placements.She has made good friends.She especially valued her fairly recent placement in Critical Care. She has no doubts that she wants to nurse patients, and alarms my husband by discussing medical details over Sunday lunch!

              BUT there are worrying negatives, oh David Cameron why can't you see?

              There are over 100 students in her set, but very few Cardiff jobs. Apparently each Band 5 job which she could apply for has at least 80 applicants. In panic she has applied to various parts of Britain but really would prefer not to leave Cardiff.She is single, but if not would have less options.

              The understaffing of wards and units has become apparent .Underqualified staff are
              allegedly left with too great responsibilities in some instances.This when there are about to be qualified nurses waiting on the wings.

              Also the nursing bursary is not enough to live on. This requires students to obtain additional employment.I feel obliged to pay my daughters rent of £400 per month. I do not know how students manage if they do not have parental financial support.

              My feeling is that NHS nursing is undervalued and being phased out like never before.Nurses should not have to work ridiculously long hours for the obvious reason that they will be tired and not able to give of their best.

              I do not yet regret my daughter taking up nursing it is what she wants to do,but if you are thinking the same do at least consider carefully whether or not it will be right for you.

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              • Sainsbury's TU Clothing / Clothing / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                Nice but not for the very trendy

                Sainsburys produce my favourite range of supermarket clothing. Asda are a bit too cheap and cheerful,the Tesco range doesn't always seem very wearable,but as far as I'm concerned the Tu range often turns out to be just right.

                Sainsburys range of Womens clothing concentrates mainly on casual or holiday wear. I myself fall into an older age- group, and in all fairness I can't imagine my 20 something daughters buying much there, they prefer somewhere a bit more trendy (like Topshop perhaps), but I don't aim to look frumpy either, and for me the Tu range feels quite modern and stylish. The very best feature of the clothes is that usually they feel so nice when you put them on. Cool and light. I've noticed this on several occasions with different garments. Last week I bought a tee shirt type top, its lovely and soft, the label tells me its made from 100% pure cotton, and was made in Turkey. I have a blouse that I like to wear, as the material feels so nice against my skin, ok I may be sounding a bit weird by now but I do notice these things when I wear them.

                Our local Sainsburys recently had a refurbishment, so the clothing range has increased, clothing is only available in the larger stores. The aisles are widely spaced , so the customer is able to browse in comfort. The clothing is now situated to the left side of the main entrance, so you come to it first, maybe this is deliberate so that you buy before you start spending a lot of money in the rest of the store.

                The colour schemes of the clothes are varied, bright, and attractive.Mirrors are readily available. I think the sizes could be a bit more generous, in all fairness I have bought jeans and a blouse there in the past that didn't fit too well though they were my usual size.

                There is a mens range of clothing though my husband doesn't buy there as they cost more than he feels he wants to pay.

                The childrens range is lovely and gorgeous,there is nice babywear, and lovely girls clothing, though my 8 year old granddaughter would probably prefer Tesco as she already likes clothes to look a bit edgier and teenagey.

                Now on to price, a major consideration. Its worth mentioning that you could treat yourslf with some hoarded up nectar points, otherwise the clothes are relatively expensive .For instance my tee shirt top cost £14, though I did get it a bit cheaper as there was an offer on all clothing that day. As the clothes are good quality I feel the price is fair. They wash well in my experience.

                Also, personally I have found Customer Service very nice and helpful, they let me exchange a garment I accidently bought in the wrong size, even though I had cut off the tags before I noticed my mistake.

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                • Aldi Lacura Nail Polish / Make Up / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                  03.04.2011 22:20
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                  Luxury on a budget

                  I must admit I looked out for this nail polish at our local Aldi store, having read the revue by Lady Bracknell, and I haven't been disappointed.

                  This is the time of year when my feet come out of hiding in winter boots, and into sandals, so around this time I often invest in some new nail polish. And at only £1.99 for a 10ml bottle it doesn't cost much.

                  I selected a shade called Crystal Glow. This may be a little pale for some people,but trying it first on my fingernails, I find it a lovely warm, subtle shade of pink, with a golden irridescent sheen. It is easy to apply, not too thick, however before it dries the smell of it is extremely powerful, like paint varnish.

                  It comes in a cardboard pack which gives directions on how to apply it "working the brush from the centre of the nail to the top, then carefully painting around the sides of the nails", but I quickly reverted to my tried and trusted method of 3 brushstrokes from base to top. As the varnish was so cheap, I actually bought a bottle of clear varnish at the same time, and as suggested again on the pack, used this as a basecoat, which seemed very succesful.

                  I found one disadvantage, which may have just been a one off which was that I couldn't unscrew the top of the first varnish I tried, which was the clear one.I am not very good at unscrewing tight jar lids, but when I passed it over to my husband who has very strong hands it defeated him as well, partly because of the smooth design of the bottle and cap there is nothing to grip onto. So he ended up getting out his pliers which did work, but damaged the chrome coloured lid slightly. When I tried to open the other bottle it unscrewed quite easily.

                  The nail varnish is made in France,and is certainly elegant, and amazing value.(As long as you can get the top off). I have worn the polish on my nails for 3 days now, and it is hardly chipped.

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                • Gellibaff / Bath & Shower / 30 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                  Not going to buy it again

                  When my granddaughter asked for some gelli baff I had no idea of what she was talking about. But she had obviously been keeping up with adverts for kids, because she seemed to know all about it. If you haven't suffer from the same ignorance as myself it is "magic goo" which changes the bath water into a coloured goo, very reminiscient of wallpaper paste. The children then sit in this goo stuff instead of bathwater, which apparently is great fun. My granddaughter did mention that her friends little sister didn't like it, which is always a danger if you are thinking of buying it as it costs £3.99 for one bath,its a shame to see that ammount of money wasted.

                  It comes in a colourful cardboard pack, illustrated with a sort of Dennis the Mennis character, well I think the main appeal must be that its a bit naughty to sit in a bright orange colour to have your bath, rather than water.The ingredients are sodium polyacrylate, Sodium Chloride and Parfum. ie Wallpaper paste, salt and perfume??The manufacturers recommend the use of a moisturiser after the bath, as my granddaughter does have slight excema I did give her a quick blast under the shower, followed by some aqueous cream,but in all fairness she had no ill effects from the gelli baff.

                  The pack tells you how to prepare the bath."Simply run a bath 6cms deep", and sprinkle in a poch of goo former, then wait for 5 minutes while the goo forms.Then gently swirl the bathwater and let the kids get in. In our case, being rather excited at the thought of it all my granddaughter who is 7, rather hastily undressed, and then had to wait a while before getting in. As this was a few weeks ago the bathroom was a bit chilly, 6cms is really shallow so the whole experience must be a bit chilly, though you can top up the water.

                  We had the new colour changing variety,so when I sprinkled the packet of "goo dissolver "into the water it turned from orange to bright green, to be fair this was quite fun.

                  The pack states it won't stain your carpet or kids.I can vouch for this, as I witnessed her splashing it out over the cream bathmat,which wasn't stained at all.The goo was dissolved efficiently, and the bath drained ok, and looked rather sparkling afterwards. Not sure about the child,but apparently you can add bubble bath after, but fearful of skin reactions, I did'nt.

                  Would I buy it again? No, once is enough

                  Is it fun? Well I'm not convinced,our girl said it was,and shes the consumer.

                  Is it harmless, yes I'm sure it is, for this reason I'll stretch to 3 stars. But don't bother to rush to the shop,I don't really recommend it.

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                    I love it

                    I have visited a few Harvester pubs,overall I like them, so on my birthday I chose our local Harvester at The Old Mill, Pencoed for my family birthday meal.

                    We went early on a Thursday, although reasonably busy it was I guess operating at about half its maximum capacity.There is no need to book. On arrival we were told that there would be a delay of about 4 minutes, so it was suggested we should enter the bar area, and get ourselves some drinks. In the past I have found this rather small area a bit overcrowded, but we easily found a seat,unfortunately no sooner than my lovely cool glass of dry white wine materialised we were called in to the dining area. In retrospect perhaps we could have asked for a little time before having our table ready.

                    The dining area has tables crammed into every available nook and cranny. There is just about enough room to sit comfortably, and there are partitions dividing some of the tables, I thought the wooden shelf of the partition was ideal to put my handbag out of the way, but was told by my daughter to take it off because it looked silly. It was a cold night, the radiators were on but the temperature was just right, warm enough to feel comfortable in light clothing. Toilet facilities are accessible, and clean.

                    I really like the menu.Basically the food is mainly simple grills, for example steaks, gammon, lamb, salmon,not as plain as they sound because you can add a tasty sauce, lots of side orders. there is a nice sounding variety of starters, which we didn't try, no need really if you are a fan of salad carts, because you can make as many visits to the cart as you like. You can also help yourself to a warm bread roll or three,either white or brown,with a choice of butter or spread. The salad variety was good, but no olives, which are my favourite. There are croutons or crispy onion or bacon toppings, and some nice sauces, honey and mustard is my favourite, but the Red Devil sauce always seems universally popular, not as hot and spicy as you might imagine. The kids menu is great, our 7 year old chose chunky fish and chips with baked beans (where does she put it all?)..and remain so slim?...with fruit skewers for dessert. This dessert was amazing,2 large wooden skewers with juicy chunks of melon, water melon, pineapple AND strawberry with a small pot of vanilla ice-cream. An adult would usually have been very pleased with this nice pudding, but amazingly it cost only £1. Very, very good value. In fact our entire bill was very reasonable for 3 adults, and a child, under £40, with no adult desserts.

                    If you drink pepsi you can have free refills. One small gripe,my grand daughter had her favourite J20, orange and mango, very posh, but it was served as usual in a large delicate looking glass, I do wish family pubs would serve childrens drinks in plastic "glasses" , once when my daughter was little she bit in to a drinking glass in a pub which broke in her mouth, children only need small drinks anyway, OK,I know they can stick to fruitshoots , but they may not always want to.

                    So, I'll hopefuly be going again. I wouldn't chose it for a quiet meal with my partner, but for a family get together, or a birthday meal out its ideal.

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                  • Tilda Basmati Rice / Other Food / 30 Readings / 28 Ratings
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                    18.01.2011 22:37
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                    Excellent, highly recommended by me

                    We eat rice only occasionally, but recently Tilda basmati rice seems to have been quite heavily promoted in the supermarkets, I purchased mine at our local coop on a special meal deal offer. At the same time I bought some diced turkey,and a half price jar of Korma curry sauce. I added some french beans and a couple of chopped carrots to the turkey, and ended up with our 'Meal of the Week'.

                    The pack promises 'Love at first taste', and so it proved to be, for me at least. The individual white grains are tiny. and cooked or uncooked exude an appetising delicate ricey fragrance. My 500g pack says that it contains at least 8 portions,each portion being about 60g of uncooked rice. As I am a bit hit and miss as a cook I emptied out a bit over half the pack, and used roughly just over double the ammount of water to cook it in surprisingly this worked perfectly. As more experienced rice chefs than myself will already realise you need to alow a little extra time, as the rice needs to be presoaked in cold water,for about 30 minutes. I do feel that 60g is rather a meagre portion, and personally I would allow more than this ammount for each person.Cooking time is only 10 to 12 minutes though, easy peasey. Once cooked the rice is indeed light, fluffy and fragrant.

                    I visited the Tilda website prior to writing my review, this confirmed my impression that the rice is quite special, as it has won several awards, including having been voted food Product of the Decade by Sainsbury Magazine readers.

                    Basmati rice is grown only at the foothills of the Himalayas, where it is watered by water from melted glaciers. Is it just me, or does anyone else find it adds to their enjoyment of food to know these little facts, perhaps it is just me. Tilda are a 30 year old company, the rice sold in Britain has been milled and packed in the UK.The company provide free farming advice to growers.

                    The foil packs are very attractive,in dark blue with quite an intricately designed border on the front.

                    The pack contains rice only, therefore is gluten free.I is also non- GM.

                    One word of caution, although I love it you have to try it , as my husband didn't like it at all,he said it was like eating "fresh air", and not to buy it again, despite that I'm awarding it 5 stars which I feel it deserves.Thankyou for reading

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