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I have signed up to a few different survey sites but i think valued opinions is one of the easiest to use and it pays well.
Ease of use- They email you when a survey becomes available, I probably get at least one survey invite a day. You then simply click on the link it sends you and it takes you straight to the survey. For every survey you do you get money, usually you get a pound but sometimes you get 50p for shorter surveys, at the start of the survey it will tell you the length and how much it pays. I particularly like valued opinions because it does not use points, they tell you exactly how much you will be paid and aren't having to work out a complicated points system. The surveys are usually very easy to do and don't use a complicate format, when you finish the survey you have the option to tell them your views on it and if it was an acceptable length for the reward One thing that does annoy me about them is you don't get your money straight away, it can take up to three months to clear before it is added to your balance. There is the possibility that you will be screened out but I have found that this happens far less with valued opinions than it does with other survey companies. When you have reached £10 you can withdraw your money in the form of a voucher that they send in the post, you can pick out of a few useful places which voucher you want.
Rewards- I think valued opinions pays well, i reached the £10 after about three weeks and did about 1 survey a day so its not really going to make you a millionaire but every little helps. As I said before its really clear how much they are going to pay you so its completely up to you whether you want to participate in a survey or not.
Site navigation- The website is easy to use you can login to see if there are any surveys available however they do email you so there's not really any need. You can also see your rewards statement and it shows rewards that are still pending. The site can be a little slow and when i try and login at college it will not move off the login screen however at home it is ok i guess it just depends on your pc.
Overall I would highly recommend valued opinions to anyone who wants to make a few extra pounds.
The simple answer to the question is NO, I have seen plenty of cannabis related issues and I think it underestimated how dangerous this drug can be.
First of I think cannabis would be ok if people used it occasionally and I cant really see any problem with that. However anyone I know that uses it does not use it occasionally, they have it most days and cant seem to function properly if they have not had a spliff.
For me the main problem with cannabis is it causes people to lose their aspirations, going back to my ex he was a smart person who could of done well, he had a middle class christian upbringing and went to a good school, however at the age of 14 he started smoking cannabis, by 16 he was using it daily. He failed to even turn up to most of his GCSE exams because he was smoking weed and really messed up any opportunity he got. After leaving school with few qualifications he continued to smoke weed, he was kicked out of three collages for smoking cannabis on the premises and then spent his days doing nothing but getting stoned. He did have the odd job but non of them lasted long.
Cannabis brought him into contact with other drugs and other drug users who took anything from a bit of weed to heroin. These people made the whole situation seem ok because they also did nothing all day everyday, they were in and out of prison and really didn't care about their lives.
I met my ex when I was 15 and he was 19, I was going through a rebellious stage and the idea of an older boyfriend appealed to me. At the time he was selling cannabis to pay for his own habit, being young and stupid I didn't care at first he was nice to me and treated me well however after about 9 months things started to change. He became inpatient and unreasonable, if he couldn't get hold of any weed he would go mad and take his anger out on me. The relationship went down hill fast, I felt like cannabis came before me and I'm sure it contributed to a lot of his anger problems. The issue wasn't when he was smoking weed it was when he couldn't get his hands on any.
He was then caught selling cannabis and went to prison for 3 months I waited for him because I loved him and thought that he would of learnt a lesson and things would be different. When he came out of prison he tried to quit cannabis but couldn't. Cannabis isn't physically addictive but it is mentally, he became stressed and agitated when he couldn't smoke it, he also couldn't sleep or concentrate on anything. After a few days he was back smoking weed.
We went out with each other for 2.5 years and then I left him because he was 22 and had no job, no money and no prospects in life, he was living in a hostel for homeless people and cannabis was still the most important thing in his life. I was going to university and had a job and a couple of grand saved up, I finally realised that he was doing me no good and was an irrational, angry young man.
I think cannabis does have a lot of negative effects, we already have a lot of young people in this country who just don't want to work, I think if cannabis was legal it would only add to the problem.
Over the 2.5 years I spent with my ex I witnessed some pretty disturbing things that were all drug related. I'm not saying everyone that smokes weed acts like this but there are a lot who do and I think if it was easily available the problems would be a lot worse.
The apple flavour is probably my favourite lucozade, I find it refreshing and tasty but I try not to drink them to much because of their nutritional content.
Taste- Lucozade energy is a fizzy drink whereas lucozade sport is still. This has a nice sweet and refreshing apple flavour, it is very fizzy though and is a bit gassy. I have found the drink to be quite sticky which I don't really like.
Nutritional content- With it being called an energy drink you wood probably expect it to have complex carbohydrates or stimulants such as caffeine however the main source of energy you will get from drinking this is sugar which is simple carbohydrate and is really not the best enegy source. The problem is sugar will give you a quick burst of energy but it is nothing substantial and wont last for long so its not ideal to drink before playing sport, it is also likely to make children very hyper and then they will tire themselves out and crash. Another problem with sugar is its bad for your teeth and skin so you really want to avoid consuming lots of it. The bottle is 500ml and contains 69Kcal per 100ml that means if you drink this whole bottle you are consuming 345 Calories which is a lot for one drink, after analysing the nutritional content it is clear to see that all these calories come from sugar because it does not have any fat or protein and few complex carbohydrates, this means you are basically drinking flavoured sugar which, for obvious reasons, is not good for you.
Bottle/design- It comes in a 500ml bottle with a screw top, It doesn't leak but I have found the top of the bottle gets quite sticky from where you have been drinking it. The design makes it look refreshing and I think appeals to young people. You can see how much is in the bottle without removing the label which is a bit annoying. All the flavours have different colour bottles so it is easy to tell which one is which.
I would say that this drink is ok for a treat but doesn't really provide you with any substantial energy is quite bad for you. I would definitely avoid giving this drink to children or consuming it if you have spot prone skin or react badly to sugar.
There have been a lot of claims about power plates and how spending 10 minutes on one can transform your body, there may be some benefits but don't believe everything you hear.
Uses- There are three main uses for this power plate, muscular exercises, stretching and relaxation/massage.
you can do a range of muscular toning exercises on them such as squats, press-ups and sit-ups to name a few. you might be thinking cant I do all these exercises without a power plate? and the answer is yes you can, pretty much all of the exercises can be done using a simple step however the idea of the power plate is the vibrations make the exercise more effective. Whilst yes there are some benefits to the vibrations from the power plate they are limited and in my opinion not worth the cost. The benefits are the vibrations will help stimulate your muscles and work the fixator muscles in your body (the ones that keep you stable). For this purpose the power plates do work but it really is not going to make you lose and extra two stone.
For stretching I see no real purpose for the power plate, all the stretches that they suggest you do can be done with a simple step and I don't see any way the vibrations will help with them
Power plate is good for relaxing and massaging your muscles and can be nice and soothing after a hard workout. For me this is the only area where I see a power plate is going to be any use.
Ease of use- The power plates are quite easy to operate they have different vibration levels and you can set the tie you want it to be on for. There are two straps with handles at the side of it for extra balance, there are also handles around the screen at the top and because the power plate is low to the floor there is no real danger of falling of and hurting yourself.
The claims- The most ridiculous thing I have heard is spending 10 minutes on this is the same as a i hour gym session. This is complete rubbish and if it was true we would all look like super-models, yes there are a few benefits for the power plate but conventional gym training is far superior for losing weight and gaining muscle. I think people are quite miss-informed about power-plates and thing they are some sort of miracle which they are not.
Price- Here come the next issue, they are so expensive! At over a thousand pounds I think they are a rip-off and you would be far better of buying a treadmill and a few weights, if there's one in your gym then give it a go but I wouldn't buy one of these for your home expecting something great.
Overall I think the power-plates are over hyped and are a craze which will die down when people realise what they have heard about them is not actually correct and they are seeing no difference after using one.
I use the treadmill at the gym and they have these ones. I think they are great treadmills for gym use but there are probably better and cheaper ones for home use.
Ease of use- The treadmill has a screen with various buttons and modes at the top and in the center of the treadmill. Its easy to chose the quick start mode which basically eans manual, you can then set your own incline and speed, this is the most basic mode and the one I normally use, there is also an option to tell it your weight so it can give you a more acurate reading on how many calories you have burnt. the sides of the treadmill mean you can hold on to them for extra balance although I wouldn't recommend doing this when running. There are also tracks at either side of the treadmill that you can stand on if you want a break or you are waiting for it to get up to the correct speed/incline.
Modes/functions- For people who dont feel confident creating their own workout they have a number of differnt modes, you select one and give it some basic information such as your age, weight and target heart rate, the treadmill will then program its self and change the incline and speed for itself, it will go through different stages to give you the best workout. The top speed is 20km an hour which is very fast but is possible if you are very fit, i'm not sure what the maximum incline is but it can go very steep. They modes are pretty self explanatory such as fat burn, interval etc.
Suitability- This treadmill would be suitable for most adults because you can customise your workout to suit you. I wouldn't recommend that children use it because its quite likely they could fall of, I think other fitness equipment such a cross trainers would be more suitable for them although it might be ok under adult supervision.
The treadmill has a clip attached to a mall wire on it that you are supposed to clip to yourself when running or walking, if you pull on this wire the treadmill will stop, this is good because if you fall off or get out f control it will stop working and you are less likely to injure yourself, there is also a big red stop button on it that you can press to stop it quickly.
Price- As stated before I use this treadmill in your gym so I not sure on the exact price but I know they are expensive and there are probably cheaper ones for your home that would be better.
Innocent smoothies have recently been in the paper with claims they are actually bad for your health and no innocent at all. I have tried a few different flavours and analysed the nutritional content and the ingredients and this is what I have found:
Taste- No-body can deny that they taste delicious, they are a mixture of different fruits that create a thick sweet drink that's really refreshing. Some of them contain small seeds that you find in fruits such as strawberry's I personally like these but if you don't there are other smoothies that don't have any.
Nutrition- There have been issued raised over their sugar content, however all these smoothies contain is fruit, they have no added sugar and no other ingredients. The reason for their high sugar content is fruit is naturally high in sugar. The government recommends you eat five servings of fruit or veg a day and I think that this is a great way to get a couple. I wouldn't recommend drinking more than one bottle a day because it would be better to vary your fruit and veg intake. They are relatively bad for your teeth because of all the natural sugar but if you don't drink loads of them and brush your teeth daily I don't think you would have any problems.
Design- You can see what is in the bottle with innocent smoothies and I always think they look tasty and refreshing. On some of the cartons they have fun facts and tell you exactly how much fruit has gone into your drink. They also contain fun fruit characters and the children's cartons have puzzles on the back.
Price- The only problem with them is they are quite pricey and other smoothie brands are cheaper. Its a lot cheaper to buy fruit and make your own smoothies but this takes time and some people would rather pay more for the convenience of them. For a small bottle it costs around £1.20. You can buy big cartons that work out cheaper but they are still on the expensive side. I would look out for them when they are on offer and stock up.
This drink is produced for Tesco and you can't buy it anywhere else, it is basically the cheaper alternative to red bull.
Taste- Red bull and most other energy drinks all taste similar, for me they are not the nicest tasting drinks there are but I guess that's not why you drink them. They are quite fizzy and a bit gassy, they also have a very distinctive smell. They taste ok when they have been in the fridge but I really wouldn't recommend drinking this drink when it is warm because I think it makes it taste disgusting.
Energy- There is a lot of caffeine in this drink 32mg per 100ml which is the same as red bull. I would never give this drink to a child because it would make them very hyper, it is also not suitable for people that are sensitive to caffeine or people with diabetes. I also wouldn't recommend drinking it any time near bed because it might stop you from sleeping. The energy in this is artificial and I normally find you get a rush for a couple of hours and then crash so it really is a short fix. If you feel you are about to fall asleep in work or are going on a long car journey then it might be useful but don't let this come before sleep.
Nutrition- The basis of this drink is caffeine however it does also contain taurine which provides energy and it also has a lot of sugar (there is a sugar free version available). There 110 calories in one serving so this is something to bear in mind if you drink a lot of these. There no fat or complex carbs it's basically sugar and caffeine (yum).
Bottle- It comes in a 1 litre bottle which contains 4 servings so don't drink the whole thing at once. The bottle has a screw lid which is great because you can re-seal it and put it in your bag and it shouldn't leak. It's also quite obvious what the drink is and nutritional information is displayed on the side of the bottle.
Price- Red bull is quite expensive and kick is a lot cheaper, it cost about 99p for a 1 litre bottle whereas you would pay that for one 250ml can of red bull, so I would recommend this.
These drinks are really quite bad for you but if you really need a quick burst of energy then it is ok.
I tried this shampoo because it claimed to make my blonde hair look brighter and 'lively' I had previously been using herbal essences shampoo for added volume.
Effect- I didn't really notice any change in my hair after using this shampoo. My hair did look clean but it was just the same as it would have been after using a normal shampoo. I think all the different shampoos for different coloured hair are a bit of a gimmick and designed to make you think you are buying a specialist hair product so you pay more. I also didn't think my hair felt particularly soft after using it.
The actual shampoo- The shampoo has a blonde colour to it and I would say you need slightly more than average for it to lather up in your hair, it has a pleasant but non descript smell and is easily applied and washed out of your hair.
Bottle- It comes in a 200ml bottle which is an average side, one good thing about this bottle is it stands on its head so if you are coming to the end of the bottle it is still easy to get out. The bottle is yellow colour and the colour represents what hair colour it is supposed to be for. The conditioner bottle looks similar and I sometimes get them mixed up which is a bit of a pain.
Price- Because sunsilk doesn't really do what it says it is going to do I think it is quite expensive, I think it costs about £2.50 for a 200ml litre bottle and there are other shampoos for less that are probably just as good or even better.
Overall I wouldn't really recommend this shampoo, I think its a bit of a rip-off and doesn't make your hair look any different.
This is great for lining the floor of your small animal's cage.
Practicality- You simply pour the wood shavings over the floor of your animals cage, they come out of the bag easily and usually come out as a block clumped together which means you can get a lot out at once and then break it up and spread it around the cage. I normally cover the whole of the bottom of the cage with about and inch of the wood shavings, I have a hamster and they don't really burrow to this is enough for them. If the cage has mesh on the side there is quite a good chance that your animal will end up getting the wood shavings outside the age and it can make a bit of a mess, bear this in mind when you pick a cage. The wood shavings are however easily hovered up and aren't too much of a problem. When you come to clean the cage you can hover them all up or you can tip them into a plastic bag.
Cleanliness- These shavings aren't scented although scented ones are available, you need to change them at least once a week otherwise they will start to smell of the animals wee, which isn't very peasant. If they do start to smell it is a good indication that you are not cleaning out your animal's cage enough. If you do change them every week they will stay in a reasonable condition and don't really become soggy.
Price- I have found these to be cheaper than other makes because they are pets at home's own brand. I pay about £2.50 for a small packet that lasts for about a month, you can buy them in larger amounts which work out cheaper and would be ideal if you had a bigger animal or cage.
The concept two rower is what you will find in most gyms, there are a few other rowers out there but this one is by far the most popular and these are the reasons why:
What is a rowing machine- For anyone who doesn't know a rowing machine is a cardio-vascular machine and is designed to replicate the exercise done by rowing. It benefits various muscles in your legs, arms and back and is great for your cardio-vascular system i.e your heart. You will find them in most gyms and some people have them in their homes.
How it works- You strap your feet in and hold onto the handle with both hands, you then extend your legs and pull your hands in towards your body as you do so, when your legs are fully extended and your hands are touching your stomach you go back the other way and that is one row complete. When you pull the handle and the wire it spins a fan using air as resistance for your row.
Functions- The rower has a small screen that is on front of your face which you can program to do different things, you can set the distance you want to row for and the time, it will then count down how much you have left on the screen. Another thing I find really useful is you can set it to do interval training so you could do 200m sprinting and then have a 30 second rest and then back to the sprint, you can program it to do this as many times as you want. You can also alter the resistance by moving a sliding switch on the side of the machine. The screen display can be changed to show a number of things including how fast you are rowing, how many calories you have burnt and the total time and distance you have rowed for.
You can adjust the foot straps so they fit your feet comfortably and this machine can be used by a person of any height.
The screen is powered by batteries so you don't need any cables running to this machine.
Ease of use- The concept 2 rowers are very easy to use, it may take you a little while to find out how you program it to do different things but its not too complicated. The movement is simple and easy to get the hang of.
Safety- Obviously caution should be taken when doing any exercise but I would say you are fairly safe on this, its not like you can easily fall off it and you are always in complete control.
Overall opinion- I think this is a great piece of exercise equipment and would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve or maintain their cardio-vascular fitness as well as improve muscle tone in a variety of areas.
Vodafone are one of the more well known networks but my experience with them has been much better than other countries such as orange.
Services- They offer pay as you go and contract services. I am on a two year contract with them which is coming to an end. I probably wouldn't recommend their pay as you go because there are cheaper networks that offer better rewards. There contracts however are good and they have lots of different deals available.
One good thing about Vodafone is how god there signal is, I would say they are the best network for this and I can get signal pretty much anywhere i go. If you cant get a proper signal then you often get emergency only signal which means you can dial 999.
The internet is also good and runs reasonably quickly, I guess this also depends on what phone you have though.
Cost- they offer some good deals on contact, I currently pay 30 pounds a month for 600minutes and unlimited texts plus a free Samsung phone, I know this sounds quite a lot but I got a free PlayStation 3 with it so that is why. They also offer 30day rolling contracts which cost a bit more but you have the option to cancel when you want. Most of there contacts include a free phone and you can get other things like PlayStations and tvs, they also sometimes give you cash when you take out a contract with them. They are probably quite similar in price to other networks and its worth checking them all out.
Customer service- I am always forgetting to pay my phone bill but they do send you a polite text to remind you. If you don't pay on time they will cut you off like all other phone companies, but as soon as you pay your bill they will put your phone back on. If you don't pay your phone bill on time and leave it for a few weeks they will ring you but I have found them to be polite and understanding.
Ease of use- they have lots of branches around that you can call into for help, you can also ring them or email them. You can also look at your account on-line and see how much our bill is and when you need to pay it by, this is useful because it allows you to keep on top of things and monitor how much you are spending.
I think Vodafone is a good network and would recommend it but also check out the others as well.
After trying loads of beers I have come to the conclusion that this one is great.
Taste- Lager is lager and to me they are all quite similar, however this one does taste nice and with it being a premium lager does not taste watery like some others. People say this beer has a light taste to it but I have not noticed this. And of course it tastes best cold but it not to bad if it does get a bit warm. I haven't found it to be any more gassy than any other lagers.
Bottle/can- Coors light has pictures of mountains on the front and the big coors logo, one feature that's great is the fact that the mountains turn blue when its at the right temperature, if they have been in the fridge for a while then this will happen, you don't have to wait until then but it tastes best if you do. Another good thing as the bottles have 330ml in them because I have noticed a lot of other lagers shrinking to 275ml which is a bit of a rip-off in my opinion.
Price- It's not the cheapest lager there is but also not the most expensive, you can get it on draught but its not that common. I normally buy 12 bottles for 9 pounds in morrisons. You can also buy larger amounts that probably work out cheaper.
I think it would be good if more pubs started selling coors light because everyone who I know likes it and I think it would do quite well.
I have quite short naturally medium blond hair and decided that I would try this hair dye to make my hair lighter, the colour I used was 1aa platinum and this is what I found:
Ease of use- The box contains a mixer bottle, a sachet of powder and a paste, it also provides conditioner, gloves and an instruction leaflet. I have never dyed my hair before and asked m sister to help me do it. The instructions are clear and the whole process is relatively simple even if you have no experience of doing this. You basically put the powder and the paste into the mixer bottle, shake it up and then apply to your hair. The mixer bottle comes with an application tip so that it can be applied easily. You do need to start applying the mixture straight away otherwise too much pressure might build up in the bottle and cause it to "explode". I would recommend that somebody helps you apply it otherwise it might be hard to spread it evenly on your hair. The conditioner is re-sealable which is very useful because you might not need it all the first time you use it. The rest of the box needs to be thrown away after use.
Process/results- it took around 10 minutes to cover my hair in the mixture which has a slightly un-pleasant smell to it. You then have to leave it on for about 45mins, this for me is the worst part because it makes my head quite itchy and you can't really scratch it without getting the mixture all over your hands. If you get any on your face in dries with a powder like texture but this is easily washed off. If it is your first time doing it you will slowly see your hair start to change colour, it may go strange colours like orange but if you leave it on it will end up blonde. After 45mins you can wash it off in the shower, it comes out easily and does not stain your shower basin. You can tell when it is all washed out because the water will run clear. You can then apply the conditioner which leaves your hair feeling silky and smooth. When I first got out of the shower I was a bit shocked because my hair was a yellow colour but this was only because it was wet and when it dried it looked fine. The colour is slightly artificial but I like it. I would say that this colour is definitely aimed at a young person. If you don't wash your hair with conditioner then it will become dry and out of condition so this is something to be aware of. I would also recommend that you use a hair recovery mask every now and again because the process of bleaching your hair can be quite harsh.
Safety- Before you use this you are supposed to do a patch test to check that you don't have an allergic reaction. I didn't do this because I was in a rush and I was ok but I would recommend that you don't chance it. There is a list of ingredients on the side of the box so you should look at this if you have any allergies. Also don't use this if you have any skin irritation or cuts on your scalp.
Price- I pay about £6 for a box of this which is reasonable because it would cost about £30 to get it done at hairdressers, because I have short hair I only needed one box but if you have hair that is longer than your shoulder and its your first time dying it then you will probably need two boxes for it to be even.
I have tried out a few different lubricants and have found this one to be the best.
Quality of product- This lubricant is water based so it is safe to use with condoms and wont stain your bed sheets and clothing, it is smooth and a clear color. I think that this is the best lubricant because it lasts for ages! you only need to use a tiny bit and you don't need to keep reapplying it. If you use it about 3 times a week then it will last you for a couple of months which is more than can be said for a lot of other lubricants. If you get this on your bed sheets it leaves a sort of water mark that lasts for a few hours and then usually disappears, if it doesn't go then it will defiantly come out in the wash. I wouldn't of thought this would irritate sensitive skin because it is water based and seems quite mild.
You can also use this for giving massages and it is better than most massage oils, its feels silky smooth and is easily washed of the skin.
It doesn't have any particular smell/taste and I think it would be good if they bought this product out in other flavors to make things a bit more interesting.
Design- It doesn't look tacky and its not very obvious what it is, you could just leave it at the side of the bed and not have to be worried about who's going to see it. The bottle is quite small and can also be put in a draw and will not leak.
Price- I payed around 10 pounds for a bottle of this, which is more than brands such as durex however because of the time it lasts I actually think it works out as a better deal and the quality is much better.
I think this is the best lubricant and massage oil there is and is perfect for anyone, its also great that you can use it with condoms and it wont stain your sheets.
I have a current account with santander and have found them fine.
Why I chose their account- I went on a site that compares interest rates and found santander to be the best. I was 16 when I opened an account with them s i chose their 16-18 current account. It was a simple account I could pay in however much I wanted each month and also withdraw however much i wanted with no change to my interest. There is also a branch within walking distance of my house.
On-line- I do most of my banking on-line and santander is great for this purpose. The only thing that is a bit annoying is that you have a registration number which is about 9 digits that you need to know but I have just saved this in my phone. You then need a username and password which you can pick. if you are using a computer that you don't normally use then it will ask you a security question like what is your mothers maiden name. When you log in it is easy to view recent activity on your account and if you have more than one account with them you can easily switch between the two.
Customer service- I have rang santander on a few occasions and have found them to be helpful, they have also known the answer to what I was asking. The only problem is I think their call centres are abroad and its sometimes hard to understand what someone with a foreign accent is saying especially o the phone so I have had to ask them to keep repeating themselves. When I have been into one of their branches I have always found the staff to be helpful and polite.
Ease of use- Santander is regularly in contact with me to tell me about changes to their policies which effect me, they usually contact me by letters in the post but I also get the odd email. They also used to send me a paper bank statement each month but I have been able to stop this and I now receive it by email which is a lot better. This has been my first proper bank account and I have found them to be great and easy to use.
I would recommend sanander to most people, they are also now giving great rewards to new customers so they are worth checking out.