Welcome! Log in or Register

sandra25

sandra25
  • 1
  • 42
  • 2
  • 74
  • 1818
  • 1800
  • Crowns
  • Premium reviews
  • Express reviews
  • Comments
  • Reviews rated
  • Ratings received

Member since: 04.11.2006

People I trust

Users that trust you
  • Sort by:
    • More +
      23.05.2007 19:48
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      8 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Another great novel from Marian Keyes

      Anybody Out There is the latest novel by Irish author Marian Keyes. I have reviewed Keyes’ Under the Duvet before so if you are interested in more background information about the author feel free to read that review.


      This particular novel is the fourth in the series about the Walsh sisters. Keyes has previously written Watermelon (about Claire), Rachel’s Holiday (about Rachel) and Angels (about Maggie). In this fourth novel we get to follow Anna, a very eccentric young woman who has only played a very small part in the previous novels. All I knew about Anna before reading this book was that she was an unreliable hippie-style person who couldn’t hold on to a job and in addition to that she also had a fondness for recreational drugs.


      When this book starts we learn that Anna is staying in her parents’ Good Front Room. Since we last met the family she has moved to New York where she has been living with Aidan while having a fabulous job (fabulous because of the amount of free make-up that comes with it). However you immediately notice that something is wrong. Firstly, as I’ve already said, she is living in her parent’s front room. Secondly she has an impressive amount of injuries that are in the process of healing. Thirdly Aidan seems very unwilling to get in touch with her. It doesn’t matter how often she calls his phone and leaves messages on the answering machine, he just won’t get back to her.


      Anna eventually manages to talk her family into letting her go home to New York and she arrives to an empty apartment. Where is Aidan? She goes back to work and even though the scars are still visible she manages to somehow keep her job in the beauty industry. But seriously, where is Aidan? She sees him through the window of the bus one morning but he still won’t answer his phone and the only one who tries to get in touch with Anna is his mother but she doesn’t want to talk to her.


      This is a very intriguing novel and you are guaranteed to both laugh and cry when you read it. The first half of the book presents a lot of questions the main one being, yes you guessed it, where is Aidan? There are however many more, like for instance, where did Anna get her scars? What really happened before she went home to Ireland? Eventually you will find the answers to all those questions and I can promise you that you will be surprised.


      I cannot say anything more about the novel because I don’t want to spoil it for you. What I can say though is that it feels slightly different from Keyes’ other novels. Maybe it is a sign that she has grown as a writer or maybe it is because she has to deal with issues she hasn't dealt with before. It is still filled with her trademark humour though and if you have enjoyed her previous novels you will love this one too.


      Even though I would recommend that you read the other three novels in the series first this one works well on its own as well. Keyes’ provides you with enough background information so that you won’t feel as though you are a bystander who doesn’t get all the private jokes.


      I personally cannot wait until I get to read the fifth (and final) novel in the series, the one about Helen. We get a little taste of what she’s up to in Anybody Our There where we are told that she now works as a private detective and strangely enough she ends up working on a case concerning the mob.


      You can find Anybody Out There in any bookstore. The paperback version shouldn’t cost more than £5.99 but I’m sure you can find it cheaper than that on the internet.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        21.05.2007 19:51
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        5 Comments

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Beautiful tattoos and the stories behind them!

        Just when I thought life couldn’t possibly get any better a friend gave me some DVDs and there it was – a show about tattoos and the hot guys who’s got them! The show called Miami Ink is a reality show about the people who work at the tattoo parlour with the same name in Miami (South Beach to be exact) but it is about more than just tattoos. You get to hear the stories of the people who come into the shop to get their tattoos – sometimes they want to commemorate a happy occasion in their life, sometimes the tattoo is meant to represent a life changing experience and sometimes they want a tattoo to remind them of someone or something they have lost. In the series we get to follow four master artists as well as their apprentice and a frequent guest…

        Chris Garver
        Garver, who owns the shop together with Ami, is the responsible one of this lot. He is extremely talented, in fact he is considered to be the best tattoo artist in the world, and all the other artists at Miami Ink respect and admire him. Garver sometimes has to act as the big brother of the gang, and even though he has a great sense of humour he takes his work very seriously and look where that has gotten him!

        Ami James
        Ami is one of the owners of the business and has a really hot temper. He often hazes and yells at his co-workers but they don’t seem to mind too much. I guess that’s just Ami. I actually quite like him because even though he is a hard ass he has a softer side as well. He has a lot of really cool tattoos and he has said on the show that he likes Asian tattoos in general and Japanese ones in particular.

        Chris Nuñez
        Nuñez is hot! I guess I could end there but there are actually more things to be said about him. He started of as a graffiti artist and after having gotten a tattoo of his parents’ names after having lost his father at age 16 he became interested in that art too. In the show Nuñez is often approached by beautiful young ladies wanting a tattoo (because he is hot!) and even though I’m sure he can have his way with a new lady every night he seems to be a gentleman, at least from what you can tell from watching the show.

        Darren Brass
        Darren is one of the sweetest guys there is! He is rather short (5’4) but he has the biggest heart and he is great with costumers, especially the nervous ones. I think he can make anyone relax once they are in his chair. Unfortunately since he is so nice he is often the butt of many of Ami’s jokes. He doesn’t seem to mind though and his body is covered in tattoos. Hot and sweet. Yum!

        Yoji Harada
        Yoji, whose real name is Yojiro, is Ami’s Japanese apprentice. During season 2 he did not get to tattoo anyone, but recently Ami has let him work on real costumers. It looks a bit shaky but hey, the guy has just started to learn! Yoji too has really cool tattoos and supposedly he is very feared and respected when he goes home to Tokyo because of his full-sleeve tattoos – that is a sign of the Yakuza (the Japanese Mafia) in Japan. Yoji is often teased by the other guys being only the apprentice, but he is a good sport and quite entertaining.

        Kat von D
        Kat is married to the well-known and respected tattoo artist Oliver Peck and she is one of the most talented artists there is when it comes to black and grey portraits. She often does memorial portraits of a child that has passed away, or maybe a pet, and the tattoos always come out really life like and beautiful. I have been known to shed the odd tear when watching Miami Ink and most of the time it is because Kat has tattooed a portrait of someone’s loved one. Even though Kat has been a frequent guest artist at Miami Ink she now lives and works at True Tattoo in L.A.


        Ami, Darren, Nuñez and Garver all met about ten years ago when they all studied under the world famous artist Lou Sciberras, who has since passed away. That happened right there in Miami and during this time they all lived together and became really close friends. However they ended up going their separate ways and opened up tattoo parlours in L.A., New York, South Beach and Connecticut. Over the years they had a dream that they would all get together and open a tattoo shop together and evidently that dream came true.

        If I had to choose I would probably want to be tattooed by Garver because he is truly the most talented tattoo artist I have ever seen or heard about. Unfortunately there is a wait list (with some very famous names on it…) so that won’t happen. I guess my next choice would be Ami for the simple reason that he too is extremely talented and I actually quite enjoy his bad temper. There is of course the risk of him getting angry mid-tattoo but I trust that he is professional enough not to let that affect his work. By the way, as you might have seen on my pic I loooove tattoos (there is a teeny tiny possibility that this review has given that away too…) but the one on the picture is actually not real. I have four other tattoos though but none of them in a place that I want exposed on dooyoo… However, I’m thinking about getting a new one to replace the fake one I once had in the small of my back but I cannot decide what to get. Any suggestions? I could really use some help and inspiration! Sorry about that, back to the review…

        I guess there are a number of reasons why I like this show so much. First of all I find guys with tattoos really sexy and that would be reason enough to watch it. However I also really appreciate getting to know the artists and as the show has started to follow them into their private spheres as well I must say I find myself intrigued! Their lives are so different from my own I just can't help being absorbed by the show. Also, I really appreciate hearing the different life stories of the people who walk through the doors of Miami Ink.

        I guess it would be a little strange to start watching series 2 without having seen series 1, but since Dooyoo decided to only post a link to series 2 that’s the one I have to review. Still I strongly recommend that you start watching from the beginning as that is the best way of getting to know the guys and the story behind their shop.

        These are the episodes of series 2:

        More Money, More Problems
        Step Up or Step Out
        Party All the Time
        Weathering the Storm
        Kat’s Return; Ami’s Ride
        While Ami’s Away
        Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night
        The Ink That Binds
        Goodbye Freedom
        Made in Japan
        The Kat Special
        The Ami Special
        The Garver Special
        The Nuñez Special
        The Darren Special

        I have yet to find this in a shop over here (truth be told I haven’t really looked for it as I already own it) but at hmv.co.uk you can buy series 1 for £34.99 so I guess series 2 will be available for that price pretty soon. If you don’t mind a used copy you can find series 2 on amazon.co.uk where you will only have to pay £26.24 (£18.48 for series 1).

        I recommend these DVDs to anyone who likes tattoos but you don’t have to be all that interested in body art to appreciate the stories told through this show.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          19.05.2007 18:26
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          1 Comment

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          A nice conditioner for a low price

          I bought my Herbal Essences conditioner at Boots for £1.75 for a 200 ml bottle. If you are more confident about your buy you can invest in a 400 ml bottle which is only £2.99, saving you about 13 pence per 100 ml. Well, they do say the pennies add up!


          The bottle is a deep pink and mine promises a free haircut. I have checked this out at the website and it all seems pretty complicated so I doubt I will bother with it and it was not the reason I decided to try this conditioner.


          So what was the reason I hear you wonder? Well, I wanted to try something new and this promised to nourish my hair and leave it brilliantly shiny and soft. This all sounded good but apart from this I also really liked the smell. It is pretty strong and refreshing. Although it’s flowery it’s not overwhelmingly so.


          The conditioner itself is white and pretty thick. It glides on your hair easily (remember only to put conditioner on the lengths of your hair as it can leave your hair looking greasy if you apply it to the roots). The smell is still strong but not overwhelming. After having left it on for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the hair, rinse carefully and ensure that any trace of it is gone.


          I found that it left my hair smooth and easy to style, although whether it in fact has nourished my hair I am not sure. Still, I think it is a decent conditioner for a very low price and best of all; it leaves your hair smelling amazing for ages!


          This particular conditioner is for dry or damaged hair but if you do not have this Clairol have many different versions and you should be able to find a conditioner that suits you.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • Room 101 / Discussion / 50 Readings / 45 Ratings
            More +
            17.05.2007 19:10
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            8 Comments

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            Very annoying.

            I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I would like to put in room 101 and I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s really only one thing that I would like to lock in there before I throw away the key. Or thing… it’s actually a person. As well as a concept I guess. It’s Oprah Winfrey. By God that woman annoys me!

            Before all you Oprah lovers out there get your beating sticks out, let me just explain why I feel the way I do. First of all, I really admire people who share their wealth with others, however I only respect those who do it with no strings attached. When Oprah, who has more money than I can even start to imagine, wants to donate some money maybe to build a school in Africa or whatever she always brings a television crew so that they can prove to anyone who might be in doubt about Oprah’s goodness that she is really the human equivalent to Jesus. I really hate that! I don't hate the fact that she gives, but I hate the fact that she feels a need to shove it in everyone’s face which makes it feel more like a publicity stunt. My advice to her is just do it then shut up about it!

            Secondly, she has been a talk show host for god knows how long and she still hasn't learnt how to read off a teleprompter! She often stresses weird words and there are lots of awkward pauses. I accidentally saw a few minutes of her show a while ago and she was talking about an island in the Mediterranean and this is how it went “… which is an island in the Mediterranean. [paus] SEA!” It may seem insignificant to you but I cringe whenever she does something like that.

            Thirdly, when interviewing someone on her show she doesn’t look straight at them when she’s asking the questions but into the camera instead. WHY??? Everyone knows that you should look the person you’re talking to in the eye. It doesn’t matter if you’re on telly or not, you just do it!

            Finally, no matter what her guest is talking about she always manages to turn the attention to herself instead. For instance, if someone has had a difficult time in life she immediately brings up her own childhood, and while I realise that it is indeed a sad one you should never try to steal your guest’s thunder! She also makes jokes at the guests’ expense and that might be the biggest no-no of them all. She sells them out for a cheap laugh from her audience.

            To sum it up, I admit that Oprah does some good, for instance she gives money to different projects in Africa, however I find her so annoying and self-centred that I would much rather raise that money myself and have her put away in room 101. And while she’s there she can actually read some books on how to interview and show respect to people. And I guess a leaflet about teleprompter technique wouldn't hurt either.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • Tiger Beer / Beer / Cider / 38 Readings / 33 Ratings
              More +
              14.05.2007 21:24
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              5 Comments

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Go on - try it! You might like it

              Tiger beer is a pale lager served in a nice-looking brown 330 ml adorned by a…wait for it…tiger! If you prefer cans I have spotted some cans in odd places lately but they don’t seem to be widespread yet so you may have to look around for a while. You can pick up a four pack at your local Sainsbury’s for £3.00 or thereabouts and it’s well worth the price I think. This may sound expensive to some though but make it an occasional treat and you won’t have to worry about it.


              The taste is quite light and refreshing and leaves you wanting more and more. It’s perfect for a hot summer’s day (although we don’t seem to have had any of those in the past couple of weeks or so) and works quite well with your Saturday night pizza too. It does leave a faint aftertaste which lasts for a few minutes but that’s about it. It is not very fizzy, supposedly this is because it was originally mainly served in curry houses as a complement to a meal and the fizz allows you both to eat more and taste more. In fact Tiger in general does market itself as a taste of Asia and is now also often seen in connection with Asian martial art movies and at “typically” Asian events.


              It’s been brewed in Asia ever since 1932 and has won several awards for its crisp, clean taste the world over. Even though it’s fairly light it contains abv 5% so don’t be fooled into thinking that 10 of them will not affect you.


              In all this is a tasty beer, definitely worth a try even if you don’t like curries!

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
              • More +
                29.04.2007 21:08
                Very helpful
                (Rating)
                4 Comments

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                Hilarious book about how life can take a turn for the better.

                Introduction
                **************
                One of my favourite authors at the moment is Sophie Kinsella. She lives in London and before she became a celebrated writer she worked as a financial journalist. Her background came in very handy when she wrote her shopaholic novels in which the main character is in fact a financial journalist. However she could also to some extent make use of her background when she wrote “The Undomestic Goddess”.

                Plot
                **************
                The main character in “The Undomestic Goddess” is Samantha. She works as a lawyer and is about to be made partner when one day she discovers that she has made a mistake. A mistake that will cost a client 50 million pounds! She panics and runs away and a string of incidents take her to the home of Eddie and Trish Geiger, a rich couple living in a huge mansion in the English countryside. Due to some misunderstandings she ends up being hired to work as their housekeeper. The only problem is that Samantha has never cooked a meal in her life, never done any washing, never cleaned a house… well; she has never done anything that is expected of a housekeeper, and she has accidentally told her employers that she is a first-rate cordon bleu chef. However, as she isn’t one to shy away from a challenge, she decides to learn, and with some help from Nathaniel, the hunky gardener, she starts her journey towards becoming a top notch housekeeper.


                My opinion
                **************
                To be honest, when I first read about this book I though it sounded really boring. The story sounded implausible and I couldn’t see how it would work. However since I have enjoyed other novels by Sophie Kinsella I decided to give it a try, and I am really happy I did! Even though I still don’t think the story is believable it doesn’t bother me because the book is hilarious! Samantha has very unique ways of solving the problems she faces and when reading the novel I often found myself laughing out loud! It is also very addictive because once you get to know Samantha you really like her and want her to succeed. You want her to be able to trick her employers into believing that she has trained under the most famous chef in France, you want the people at her old law firm to come crawling back to her asking her to come work for them again, and most of all you want her to be with the man who made her blush and forget the world around her simply by taking his shirt off.

                I really recommend this novel to anyone who likes a feel good book every now and then. You will laugh with Samantha (and sometimes at her...) and you won’t be able to put this novel down until you have finished the last page.

                You can find the paper back version anywhere and it will only cost you a few of pounds and it is money well spent!

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
                • Salads / Recipe / 39 Readings / 33 Ratings
                  More +
                  28.04.2007 17:29
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)
                  5 Comments

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  My favourite salad, please try it!

                  If you are looking for salad recipes because you want to stick to your diet then this may not be the very best of recipes for you. If you just want a really tasty salad that works both as a meal in itself or as a side to a bigger meal then this is the salad for you!


                  It’s easy to make so don’t be afraid of too much work and this will provide you with plenty of portions towards your 5 a day.


                  The vital ingredients are:


                  Rocket salad - you can either get the bagged version, but if you want to ensure a salad full of nutrients go for the organic, living version instead as apparently bagged salads lose something like 80% of vitamins and minerals! Anyhow, whichever one you choose it’ll taste great!


                  Green olives - preferably not whole as this may be a bit dangerous to your teeth...


                  Parmesan cheese – I don’t normally use the already grated version but if you want it to be quick and easy just use this.


                  Once you have these 3 ingredients you can experiment a little. I normally put some tomato and avocado in as it works well. Cucumber and peppers also taste really nice with this salad so just pick your favourite vegetables and stick them in there.


                  Chop up all the ingredients but leave the olives whole. Toss it all together in a big bowl and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Adjust the ingredients according to your own taste, although I would advice you not to put too much parmesan in as, at least if you get a high quality one, it will be pretty strong tasting.


                  Pour a little bit of olive oil over the whole thing and maybe add a little bit of salt if you are so inclined. There is no need for extra pepper as the rocket should be peppery enough.


                  Put all of it into a salad bowl and to finish the whole thing off sprinkle some roasted pine nuts on top.


                  Eat and enjoy!

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    23.04.2007 20:07
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)
                    1 Comment

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    A decent conditioner in all

                    After having tried the new Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine shampoo and really liking it I decided to try out the conditioner too. I picked mine up at my local Sainsbury’s and paid something like £2 for 200 ml.


                    Whereas the shampoo is in a gorgeous see through bottle, something any bathroom could be proud of, the conditioner is in more of a normal, boring white bottle with mainly blue and black writing on it. It’s designed to stand “upside down”, that is it’s standing on the flip top lid. This doesn’t really make a difference to me although I know some people find this annoying.


                    The conditioner is supposed to be for hair that is lifeless and lacks shine and promises to bring sparkle and life to your dull hair, sounds good doesn’t it? It is recommended that it’s used after having used the Ice Shine shampoo although I sincerely doubt it’ll make a difference what shampoo you use. It should be applied from the roots to the end of the hair and then rinsed off thoroughly so that it doesn’t leave any residue which will not be beneficial for any sparkle!


                    It is the usual white colour and has a faint, flowery but yet fresh smell. It’s quite thick and rich so I normally don’t use it all the way through my hair as it seems to get too heavy then. It is easy to rinse off and yes, it did leave my hair nice and smooth. However, I cannot honestly say that there is a really big difference in shine or sparkle at all.


                    In all this is a decent conditioner which won’t rock your world but will ensure that you can run a comb through your hair after your morning shower, something which cannot be said for all conditioners.

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                    • More +
                      10.04.2007 21:38
                      Very helpful
                      (Rating)
                      4 Comments

                      Advantages

                      Disadvantages

                      An okay and lovely looking shampoo

                      Do you have hair that looks lifeless and lacks shine? Was the question I found at the back of the bottle of shampoo I’d picked up. Well, yes, as a matter of fact, central heating seems to have taken a lot of sparkle out of my hair this winter and I’m looking to get it back to it’s natural, shiny state.

                      Help was at hand according to the bottle in my hand – promising to transform my dull hair into beautiful hair full of life, shine and sparkle. How could I possibly argue with that?! After parting with a couple of pounds (well, nearer to £3 I think to be honest) I went home with my new shampoo.

                      It looked lovely sitting on my bathroom shelf as the bottle is a nice, sturdy shape. What makes it different is that it is see- through, with only the labels providing some colour of the more sophisticated variety. It certainly fits well with the name ice shine and looks as if it could really help add sparkle to any hair.

                      As per usual the shampoo should be applied to wet hair, once or twice to ensure that you get rid of any product build up or residue and then be rinsed out very thoroughly until your hair “squeaks”. The shampoo is clear and not too runny. The flip open lid makes it easy to open and distribute it in your hand. The smell is faintly flowery and doesn’t really seem to stay on your hair for too long. This is good if, like me, you don’t want it intruding on your perfume or don’t like overpowering scents but if you like that newly-washed hair smell then I guess it’s not great!

                      I found the shampoo easy to wash out and followed it with my usual conditioner although Pantene, rather obviously, recommend you should use the shampoo together with the Ice Shine conditioner.

                      So, was my hair full of life and sparkle? Well, there are no major differences as of yet, to be honest. Maybe my hair is slightly shinier but that may very possibly be just my imagination. I did find, however, that it was easier to comb when wet, and it’s not quite as fly-away as it used to be. Whether this is in fact down to this particular shampoo I cannot truthfully say.

                      In all I would recommend this shampoo as an everyday shampoo as long as you don’t expect any miracles (I always do but then again am also always let down!).

                      Comments

                      Login or register to add comments
                      • More +
                        07.04.2007 13:19
                        Very helpful
                        (Rating)
                        1 Comment

                        Advantages

                        Disadvantages

                        The best body lotion you could ever hope for!

                        After falling in love with my new Dove pro-age hand cream I browsed Boots for other similar products to try. This is when I came across the new Dove pro-age body lotion. The only reason I wanted to try this product was because I’d found the hand cream so good. If this lotion was anywhere near as good then I’d certainly not have to worry about any dry patches again.


                        I paid £3.32 for 250 ml as it was on a special offer, I would have been prepared to pay twice that to try it so I found this a very reasonable price.


                        The bottle itself is very attractive. It’s a dark red colour with white and silver writing. The lid is a flip-open lid so that you can open it very easily even if your hands are wet after a shower. Strangely the blurb does not mention that it’s supposed to be for mature skin, something I assumed it would be due to the name and what I knew about the hand cream of the same brand. Instead it proclaims it’s for dull, tired skin. It will make a difference by combining active ingredients at the levels that will make skin look and feel better. Exactly what that’s supposed to mean I have no idea, it just sounds like marketing speak to me.


                        However, a quick glance at the ingredients list reveals that this product contains 5% AHA something which is supposed to help get rid of dead skin and to activate new ones, it also contains glycerin and olive oil to help improve skin turnover and to give nutrients. This all sounds very well but the clincher for me is that it also contains SPF 5, great now that the sun’s coming out again.


                        The cream should be applied evenly all over the body once a day or so for the best effect. Personally I prefer to put it on after I’ve been in the shower, but many friends like to put it on just before bed or when they wake up so I guess it’s all down to personal preference and I don’t think timing will make any difference to how it works at all.


                        The cream itself is quite thick and white. A little bit goes quite a long way and although the cream is thick you only need to massage it in for a short while before it’s absorbed. It doesn’t leave that greasy feeling that you sometimes get from rich body lotions but instead leaves a delicious, flowery scent that will stay for a good hour after application.


                        The lotion helps keep my skin soft and supple and it is probably the best body lotion I have tried so far. I think it’s suitable for any skin type, but especially dry skin will benefit from it. At that price it’s certainly worth a try!

                        Comments

                        Login or register to add comments
                        • More +
                          19.03.2007 21:37
                          Very helpful
                          (Rating)
                          8 Comments

                          Advantages

                          Disadvantages

                          Definitely recommended!

                          One of my favourite places to eat at the moment is Wagamama’s noodle bar. These are Japanese cum Asian restaurants with a supposed Japanese set up. The restaurants are canteen style with an open kitchen where you can see the chefs slave away and long tables and benches which effectively mean that you quite often end up sitting right next to somebody else enjoying their noodles. This can cause problems if you are a bit messy like me and end up sending bean sprouts and sauce flying your neighbour’s way.


                          Seems like people accept this set up though as it is part of the charm of Wagamama. The only time I have a problem with it is on a Sunday when for some reason families take over completely and you have children running around throwing noodles at each other everywhere, so avoid like the plague!


                          The food is for the most part amazing and turns up very quickly. An odd thing is that they do not do starters and main courses as such. They do have side orders but these may turn up at pretty much any time during the meal. Unusually they also do not ensure that you get your food at the same time as your companions but as soon as it’s ready it’s put in front of you. For the most part I think this is okay as there normally is only a gap of a few minutes but I have been left waiting for quite some time a couple of times before and when you’re starving the last thing you want to do is look at everybody else enjoying their food when you don’t have any!!


                          Most of the dishes are rice or noodle based although there are also a few salads that you can choose from. There are several different kinds of soup for example, most of them containing some form of noodles, bean sprouts, and other veg and mainly chicken, fish or seafood although there are a couple of beef varieties as well. There are also plenty of different stir fries and several rice dishes. I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal here, the food is always spot on.


                          The service is normally quick and cheerful and not at all as stiff as in many other places. As your order is taken an electronic order is sent to the kitchen and the waiter then scribbles the number of your order onto a paper mat you have in front of you.


                          There are many of these restaurants in London and there are many new chains opening up around the world at the moment. There are also several restaurants spread out across the UK, if you want the full list you could always visit the website at www.wagamama.co.uk where you can also have a look at the menu and see whether anything takes your fancy.


                          I recommend this restaurant to anybody who wants a delicious and even fairly cheap meal as you can easily have 2 big main courses and a bottle of wine for less than £30, definitely cheap in London if nowhere else!

                          Comments

                          Login or register to add comments
                          • More +
                            12.03.2007 19:26
                            Very helpful
                            (Rating)
                            4 Comments

                            Advantages

                            Disadvantages

                            The best hand cream I've ever used

                            I love my new hand cream!


                            Dove Pro-age is a new product range from, unsurprisingly, Dove. It is part of a series of body products for women “in their later years”. Never mind that, my mum always told me that I had to look after my hands so I don’t think it’s too early for me to start using this cream in spite of it clearly being marketed to somebody quite a bit older than me.


                            Dove’s website promises that the hand cream will help with faster cell turnover, nourishment and UVB protection. I can’t vouch for any of this but it has certainly helped to keep my hands soft, smooth and nice smelling!

                            The tube is quite attractive; it’s a dark red, like the other products in the range, with silver and white writing on it. The cream itself is white and smells absolutely amazing. It is a sort of flowery scent but not overpoweringly sweet or “old” smelling at all. The scent stays on your skin for a good 30-60 minutes after you have applied the cream and this is partly why I really like this cream.


                            The cream itself is nice and thick. A small blob goes a long way and it seems to be absorbed easily by my dry skin. I like the fact that it’s not runny and you don’t end up with white, sticky hands like you so often do with other hand creams. It does seem to instantly soften my skin and I tend to only use it after I have washed my hands which actually seems to be enough at the moment.


                            There is quite a helpful little list of the active ingredients on the Dove website, these are:


                            AHA solution which supposedly eliminates dead skin cells, less important to me, will reduce age spots
                            Glycerin to help nourish and improve surface cell turnover.
                            Olive Oil to give (unspecified) nourishment and
                            SPF 5 to help protect skin from sun damage


                            Of course there are also the usual ingredients that you’d find in a cream of this sort. If you’re allergic to anything specific I’d suggest that you go have a look on www.doveproage.co.uk where you’ll be able to find the specific ingredients for this particular cream.


                            I bought my hand cream from Boots for £3 something but I just had a look at the Boots website and it is now selling for a bargain £1.99 – definitely worth it!


                            The only suggestion I may have for improvement would be that I’d like a higher SPF in the product as your hands are always in the sun (when there is sun of course…). I think SPF 15 would be suitable for a product such as this but then again, I guess not everybody would agree and would unwittingly end up with white hands and a tanned body.


                            I would thoroughly recommend this hand cream to anybody who wants to look after their hands and make them look their best.

                            Comments

                            Login or register to add comments
                            • Max Factor Silk Gloss / Make Up / 42 Readings / 37 Ratings
                              More +
                              26.02.2007 18:04
                              Very helpful
                              (Rating)
                              1 Comment

                              Advantages

                              Disadvantages

                              Great lip gloss

                              Note that this is a review about Max Factor Silk Gloss Tube, not the regular Max Factor Silk Gloss seen in the picture. The main difference, however, is the packaging.




                              I was out travelling recently and naturally took the opportunity to do some airport shopping. In one of the shops I saw something I had never seen in the UK – Max Factor Silk Gloss Tube. I’ve used the regular Silk Gloss before, but never the tube kind. Obviously I had to buy it because I’m on constant lookout for the perfect lip gloss; gloss that stays on and isn’t too sticky.


                              This is a gloss that won’t give you lots of colour. In fact, the slogan for this product is “Don't Go Bare – Go Better! Silk Gloss for nude lips.” Still you can choose between a selection of tints and I decided to get the Blush Wine kind.


                              Moving on, the tube, which contains 13 ml, is made out of very soft plastic so it is easy to squeeze the gloss out. The tube is partly white and partly clear so you can easily see the very sparkly lip gloss inside. If you remove the cap you can see that the application area is at a 45 degree angle which makes perfect sense as you normally don't hold the tube straight when applying gloss. This way you don't have to hold your hand at a weird angle in order to get full contact between the application area and your lips. Since the plastic is, as I’ve already said, very soft you have to be a bit careful so you don't get too much gloss on your lips. I made the mistake of squeezing too hard once but now that I’m more careful it works perfectly well.


                              After having used this gloss on a regular basis for a while I must say that it’s probably one of the better ones out there. When on the lips it actually feels more like lip balm than gloss, still it looks very sparkly and glam. It is not sticky at all and it stays on about one to two hours depending on what you’re doing. I cannot honestly see the slightest difference in colour, but then again I’m not big on using colour so it suits me perfectly.


                              The gloss has a very pleasant smell, like a mix between coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately it doesn’t taste of anything…


                              Since I didn’t buy it in the UK I'm not sure of the price, but the regular Max Factor Silk Gloss costs around £7, so I assume that this one would be about the same.


                              *****************************
                              The Boring stuff:
                              If you happen to be allergic to any of these chemicals you probably want to avoid this product…
                              Polybutene, petrolatum, paraffinum liquidum (I guess that’s liquid paraffin in Latin), candelilla cera, tocopheryl acetate, mica, oleyl alcohol, aroma, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), aloe barbadensis leaf extract, propylparaben, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, methylparaben, limonene and citral. Sounds yummy if you ask me.

                              Comments

                              Login or register to add comments
                              • More +
                                10.02.2007 12:02
                                Very helpful
                                (Rating)
                                5 Comments

                                Advantages

                                Disadvantages

                                This is not a worthy prequel to the other books

                                I’m not normally into the horror/thriller genre but ever since I saw Silence of the Lambs I have been a closet Hannibal ‘fan’ (if that’s the right word, I don’t want to sound like some sort of psychotic maniac!). I actually got Hannibal Rising as a present and couldn’t wait to read it before I saw it at the cinema.

                                The book is basically a prequel to Silence of the Lambs. It attempts to describe some of the aspects that turned Hannibal into the monster that we know and, in a very strange sense of the word, love.

                                The book follows young Hannibal as he goes through a very traumatic event which is to shape all of his later life. He ends up being brought up by his uncle and the uncle’s wife who he comes to respect and adore. When the uncle dies their relationship grows and this is the only person in the world that Hannibal seems to care about at all. For a long time he cannot remember the events from his childhood as he is so traumatised but one day they come back to haunt him.

                                I read the book in one day in spite of not usually being a very fast reader. Unfortunately this was more to do with wanting to escape the torture that it was rather than anything else.

                                The book seems to be something that has been written in a haste, not because Thomas Harris wanted to explain Hannibal but because the wanted the money normally associated with him. It was always a dangerous idea to try to explain Hannibal and I don’t feel that this attempt in any way manages to explain anything. It is fairly slow and sometimes can be a bit difficult to follow. Hannibal seems to change from a sensitive and protective child into an angry violent and cruel youngster with nothing really in between.

                                After having read this I will not go to see the movie as it was such a massive disappointment.

                                If you, in spite of this would like to read the book you can pick it up on Amazon for £8.99 but I’d wait until all the unwanted copies end up on ebay as that seems way too much money to spend on this mess.

                                Comments

                                Login or register to add comments
                                • More +
                                  01.02.2007 18:47
                                  Very helpful
                                  (Rating)

                                  Advantages

                                  Disadvantages

                                  xxx

                                  x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x xx x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx xx x x x

                                  Comments

                                  Login or register to add comments