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    • Sugar Free Red Bull / Soft Drink / 10 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      28.07.2012 22:58

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      a great sugar-free alternative

      I work shift work and have often found red bull to be the ideal pick me up to get me through a long day or night- however, I was often put off by the sky-high sugar content. Therefore I was thrilled when I discovered the sugar free red bull, which comes in at under 10 calories a can. The taste is slightly different to the standard red bull as it's slightly less sweat and appears to be less carbonated, but in fact I personally prefer this. I do believe to truly appreciate the flavour and the appeal of the drink it needs to be ice cold. The metal can helps facilitate this, making the drink easier to chill quicker and the pressure of the can making sure the drink itself is perfectly crisp. The energy high I get from the sugar-free variety is strikingly similar to that received from the standard red bull- this can be attributed to the similar amount of caffeine found in each variety. The red bull brand is expensive and the sugar-free variety is no different, retailing between £1.30 and £1.70 in most shops per can. This may seem expensive compared to some of the cheap energy drinks on offer, for example the Euroshopper's variety which is priced at 29p. But I find the quality to be far superior with the red bull drinks, both in the depth of flavour and the energy provided. I also love the attention to detail and the physical quality of the product, small touches add to have a big impact. For example little things like having the red bull logo cut into the actual can lid I think it a really great touch of quality.

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      22.07.2012 16:20

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      This isnt a great tourist destination with few sights of significants

      We were staying in Puerto la Cruz and decided to catch one of the local titsa buses down to Santa Cruz. The bus took about 40 minutes and cost about 12 euros, it dropped us at the bus stop slightly outside of the centre of town. We had a pleasant walk down some wide, rather urban streets into the city centre and down to Plaza de España. When we got there we were disappointed, the square wasn't beautiful and contained no great architecture, and the predominant feature we could find was a large McDonalds. We then decided to explore the windy shopping streets around the square but all we could find were rather soulless chain stores and nothing distinctive or cultural. After wondering around for over an hour and finding nothing of interest we headed to tourist information where we were informed that the city had few great tourist destinations and was more of a bureaucratic center. However the very helpful lady did advise us to visit Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre which was incredibly affordable and we really enjoyed, especially its collection of Guanche mummies. The museum itself was next to the church which was the oldest church in the city, although not able to enter the church and its surrounding grounds were very pretty and provided some good photo opportunities. I personally would not a recommend a whole day out to Santa Cruz, we found little here that interested us and although the museum was enjoyable it only took an hour to look round the whole museum.

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      22.07.2012 15:59

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      A quality day out

      After visiting the park three times there is no denying that Loro Parque is a great family day out. The animals all appear to be happy in generous, fully equipped enclosures and I have to say the actual parks grounds are immaculate. Never once did I see any piece of rubbish on the floor, or a bush that wasn't clipped perfectly. This attention to detail in the presentation of the park gives an overwhelming impression of quality and I have never visited an attraction that's cleanliness remotely compares with this. The park houses a wide and varied range of animals and any child would be pushed not to enjoy trying to spot their favourite animal. The shows are incredible, especially the sealion show which can only be described as genius. The dolphin show is enjoyable although quite cheesy- but then again it's a dolphin show. The ocar show takes place in Ocar Ocean, which no one can deny is a spectacular piece of architecture on a monstrous stage. Seeing this magical animals in such close proximity cannot fail to leave an impression on anyone. Although there enclosure appears large (to the untrained eye), I personally felt very uncomfortable with the fact there were so many of the whales in this one enclosure- but then again this is a zoo, everyone knows the moral issues involved with zoos. The orca show itself was unspectacular and I couldn't help but feel the whole arrangement of the show was incredibly strange. I know this sounds very strange to anyone who hasn't witnessed the show, but the shows presentation and the lady doing the talking reminded me slightly of a very creepy cult-like church service. The park costs about £30 entry fee which I think is expensive, yet not outrageous. I would highly recommend taking a picnic as the food inside the park, although of very high quality, is quite pricey. I have always visited the park in June before the children have broken up and wow is the park rammed. At times the whole park is just a slowly moving crowds, and if you want any form of decent seats for the show please make sure your there at least 15 minutes before the start. This is before the hype of the children summer holidays! My other major criticism of the park is the relentless advertising. Within seconds of stepping on the island Loro Parque is rammed down your throat at every availably second, whether it's the adverts on the airport trolleys, giant billboards, posters outside every stop, bins made by the park.....everywhere. After a week it all gets abit much and even I as a lover of Loro parquet began to resent it! Despite this I would recommend anyone a day out to Loro Parque in the Tenerife sunshine!

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      22.07.2012 14:46

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      a cheap alternative to a branded product

      This is a fairly recent product produced by boots and I think it was a great ideal, the branded equivalent of solpadeine is stupidly expensive. Boots offers exactly the same tablets but in different, and arguably more attractive packaging. Not many people seem to realise the medication is exactly the same, the public's loyalty to brands of medicines constantly fascinates me. Codeine is a fantastic product to be available over-the-counter in the UK, and for me personally provides huge amount of relief when suffering from migraine pains. Personally I find these tablets have a adequately quick onset of action, about 20 minutes, ideal for any circumstances where these tablets would be taken in the first place. Another major possitive of this product is the extensive warnings in the product leaflet about the damages of codeine addiction and advise about avoiding consumption of more then 3 continous days. Codeine does make me feel very sleepy and slightly sickie, however it would be wrong of me for to critic the product in question over this. The nausea and tiredness is my personal side-effect to the codeine and is not at all related to the product. Although the outter packaging of the tablets is very professional and informative, the inner packaging is lacking. I find the actual blister packs can be very stiff and tablets can be difficult to pop out. Then even when you can eventual pop the tablets out they are often damaged- chipped or crushed. This damage to the tablets protective seal means that when you are taking the tablet the potent vile taste of the drug can actually be tasted in the mouth, something the protective seal was actively engaged in stopping. Overall I think this a great product and should be an essential in any family first aid kit.

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      18.07.2012 22:34

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      About time a cheaper alternative to nurofen plus was on the market

      This is a fairly recent product produced by boots and I think it was a great ideal, the branded equivalent nurofen plus is stupidly expensive. Boots offers exactly the same tablets but in different, and arguably more attractive packaging. Not many people seem to realise the medication is exactly the same, the public's loyalty to brands of medicines constantly fascinates me. Codeine is a fantastic product to be available over-the-counter in the UK, and for me personally provides huge amount of relief when suffering from mucular pains. Personally I find these tablets have a adequately quick onset of action, about 20 minutes, ideal for any circumstances where these tablets would be taken in the first place. Another major possitive of this product is the extensive warnings in the product leaflet about the damages of codeine addiction and advise about avoiding consumption of more then 3 continous days. Codeine does make me feel very sleepy and slightly sickie, however it would be wrong of me for to critic the product in question over this. The nausea and tiredness is my personal side-effect to the codeine and is not at all related to the product. Although the outter packaging of the tablets is very professional and informative, the inner packaging is lacking. I find the actual blister packs can be very stiff and tablets can be difficult to pop out. Then even when you can eventual pop the tablets out they are often damaged- chipped or crushed. This damage to the tablets protective seal means that when you are taking the tablet the potent vile taste of the drug can actually be tasted in the mouth, something the protective seal was actively engaged in stopping. Overall I think this a great product and should be an essential in any family first aid kit.

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    • Acer Aspire 5742Z / Laptop / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      18.07.2012 00:39

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      A very good piece of kit

      I have very limited computer skills but I feel this laptop suits my needs ideally. I find it easy to operate the speakers, although not especially loud are more than acceptable, the wide screen makes for perfect video viewing, and the slot at the front to directly plug in your camera card is ideal for someone like me who's always loosing cables. Mine is a blue model which is very attractive and looks very smart. I find the mouse and keyboard system very simple and effective to operate. I even found the set-up system simple and was able to totally complete myself. As a student I spend a lot of time typing up work and the keyboard is ideal, along with the laptops memory space. My only complaint is the weight of the laptop and charger, as someone who moves around a lot I can find it quite tiresome to carry around with me.

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      18.07.2012 00:25

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      A brilliant experiance for young children, a true family day out to remember

      This railway is a major part of my childhood; I have countless memories of sitting on the train unable to contain my excitement as I tried to spot all the different teddy's hidden in the woods the railway goes through. If at all possible I would recommend anyone with small children to go at Christmas time. The train takes you deep into the woods where you stop at Santa's grotto, and then children are allowed to get off the train to chat to Santa and the elves and of course- collect there presents. This is a truly magical experience, and something children never forgot (believe me!). There is also a bus near the entrance which is converted into a café so is an ideal place to grad a hot drink on those cold December mornings. Alternatively in the summer there are picnic areas, play areas and meadows for the children to play in. The railway is also right opposite the audley end house and gardens, another brilliant attraction!

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      18.07.2012 00:13
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      a very expensieve, dull morning

      After its recent refurbishment I was very much looking forward to a trip to the Brighton sea life centre, however I was very disappointed. The entrance fee itself was very expensive, almost £40 for two people and for this price I would expect a whole days' worth of entertainment. However despite us slowly making our way through the exhibits which involved carefully reading every piece of information, then going around a whole second time, and then watching the 'turtle show' we had well and truly seen everything we could and were done within the morning. The exhibits themselves were pleasant but nothing remotely fascinating or ground-breaking and were just too few and far between. The turtle show was disappoint, it basically involved a man throwing lettuce leaves into the tank and telling us the names of the 3 turtles, nothing remotely educational or interesting. I really would not recommend this as a day out.

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        18.07.2012 00:03
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        despite its faults a good well functioning airport

        I have flown through this airport several times and have always found it to be efficient and that all the relevant facilities are appropriately modernised. Having travelled both to the north and the south of the island from the airport I think its location is ideal. My only major complaint is the food facilities once you have gone through security, our flight left at 6am so we were in the departure lounge from 5am. There was only one café open serving food, which understandably was very busy and full of hungry English people wanting breakfast. I am a vegetarian but this café only served foods containing meat so I had to go without breakfast before a 4 and a half hour flight. Furthermore the security system was incredibly lax, I passed through with a bottle of water over 100ml in my hand luggage- this is a much more serious concern.

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      • Tesco Value Swing Bin Liners / Bin / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        17.07.2012 23:52
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        reduced quality but for the price they are, what more can you expect?

        The Tesco bin bags have been a regular on my shopping list for several years now. The price is very reasonable and you get a large amount of bin bags for the small amount of money you have spent. Understandably the quality isn't fantastic and the bin bags can be quite thin and not that strong. This means you have to be very careful when removing the bags from the bins, taking extra care not to catch the bag on any sharp points on the bin itself. I think this extra effort is worth the money saved, at the end of the day it's a bin bag, why waste good money on something that you put your rubbish in and then throw away! For these reasons I would highly recommend Tesco's own brand bin bags to anyone, and to save yourself a fair few pounds to spend on something more exciting.

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        17.07.2012 23:48
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        the perfect start to a beautiful city

        I have huge amounts of praise for the airport in Budapest. On arrival our immigration was very quick, we didn't have any bags booked in but plenty of bags appeared to be coming through speedily. We arrived about 10 in the evening and needed a taxi to our youth hostel in the centre of town. We followed signs for a taxi rank through departures and arrived at a stand with a very helpful with good English who organised a taxi to our hostel and a return journey for our flight home at incredibly reasonable prices. Our taxi driver was incredibly helpful and ever took the extra time to walk us to the hostel door and check we booked in properly. Our return experience through the airport was equally easy and quick, with little hassle. Some of the food in the airport was quite expensive, yet I have never been to a airport where prices aren't extortionate.

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        17.07.2012 23:45

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        a cheap cupboard essential

        I am a big fan of the Tesco's own brand baked beans, they are remarkably good value, especially in comparison to some of the very expensive branded items. I personally think both the beans and sauce are very tasty and taste very similar to its major branded competitors. The calorie count on these beans is also exceptionally good combined with the fact that they are a great source of fibre, this means that they can act as great component of a diet. The packaging too is attractive yet simple and is easily recognisable off the stores shelves. My only major complaint is that the bean to source ratio seems to be slightly off. There appears to be much more sauce then beans compared to some of the other brands of baked beans. Despite this I do think the baked beans provide very good value for money, and a great cupboard essential.

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      • Tesco Cling Film / Household Product / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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        17.07.2012 23:43

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        not amazing quality, but amazing value

        I have regularly used Tesco's own brand cling film for several months now, it is incredibly reasonable and you get a lot of cling wrap for your money. The cling film is reasonably strong and provides suitably wrapping ability- ideal for sandwiches and for many fridge items etc. My main complaint is that the cling film itself is very difficult to tear, ideally it needs to be done with a knife or a pair of scissors. Otherwise if you attempt to tear the cling film by hand it quickly disintegrates and becomes very stringy. This means it can be very difficult to find the ends and even when you do pieces tend to tear off rather than the normal intact sheet that can be reeled off. The cardboard packing it comes in is attractive and easily recognisable on the shop shelves. However I don't find the cutting edge to be fit for purpose.

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      • Kodak Easyshare One / Digital Camera / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        17.07.2012 02:07
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        Great for basic needs

        I cannot praise this camera enough, for someone who enjoys taking casual photos, no serious photography this is the perfect buy! The camera itself is stylish to look at and is very small and light weight so is ideal to carry around. The photographic quality is perfect and the camera itself is incredibly easy to operate. Even charging and uploading the photos onto the computer is very easily done, even for someone as awful with computers as I am! I'm sure this camera is not for everyone's taste, especially for those who have a keen taste in photography. For example, even an amateur like me can spot the obvious lack of zoom the camera produces, and I'm sure a trained eye would be able to notice countless other short comings in its design. Despite this if your looking for a inexpensive camera to take on holiday, take pictures at social events this is a cracking buy!

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        • Boots Expert Dry Shampoo / Hair Care / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          17.07.2012 01:46

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          if your prepared to brush away the white, a good buy

          The boots expert dry shampoo is very reasonable in price, especially compared to some of its branded competitors. I find the shampoo works well to 'clean' the hair and mask any potential visual signs of greasiness. Furthermore I find the boots expert dry shampoo to be much less fragranced than some of its competitors, this in my opinion is a huge positive as I find with some of the others the fragrance is very synthetic and overpowering- especially as its being placed so close to your nose. I feel the major disadvantage is the white marks it leaves, these can be very difficult to disperse ever with excessive brushing. This problem will obviously be ever more severe on customers with very dark hair. However overall I would still rate the Boots expert dry shampoo as my dry shampoo of choice- even if it does involve a lot of extra brushing!

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