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      15.03.2011 18:25
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      A Great Place to Stay

      In the middle of February, my mum, sister and myself, decided to treat ourselves to a few days away. After a lot of consideration we opted for Belfast. We had recently heard lots of good reports about the city. After having a good browse on the internet, we decided to book and stay at the Jury's Inn.

      Our flight arrived mid morning and we were at the hotel around 12 o'clock. As our check in time was 3 o'clock, we intended to leave our bags and go and have a look around and have some lunch. The receptionist was extremely helpful, and told us our rooms were available and we could check in immediately. I thought this was an added bonus, as it allowed us to freshen up before we went out.

      Our rooms were very spacious and bright. We had booked one twin room and one single room. We actually got two twin rooms which was good. The beds were comfy and had lovely cosy duvets, and there were extra blankets and pillows in our rooms. There was also the usual tea and coffee making facilities, television and hairdryer. I also found the rooms to be spotlessly clean. Something else I liked, was the full length mirror on the wall.

      Our bathrooms were spacious and had over the bath showers, which gave us the option of a shower or bath.
      The water pressure for the bath was good and the shower was hot and powerful. The towels, although not fluffy, were very white and clean.

      We stayed for three nights and our towels were changed each day.

      The breakfast was buffet stlye and included fruit juices, cereals, yoghurts, fruit, toast, rolls, croissants and of course the full Irish cooked breakfast. There was also lots of hot tea and coffee. I had no complaints about the breakfasts and my family agreed with me. Our hotel booking had included one evening meal on the night of our choice. When we went to the restaurant we were told that we could choose anything from the menu to the value of £19.50. I had fish and chips which was served with a nice salad and mushy peas. I followed this with sticky toffee pudding with ice cream and finished off with a coffee. This totalled up to £18.75. We did take a bit of time with our choice of food as, of course, we wanted to get the best value for money. I think some people might find this a bit off putting, and would prefer a set menu.

      In the hotel there was a bar which also served food from 12 o'clock. Their prices were very competitive and a large glass of wine cost £4.50. We had our lunch in the bar on our second day and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had soup with a crusty roll, followed by chicken sandwiches, made with bloomer bread. These were garnished with salad and tortilla crisps. This was a special and cost £7. Great value for money I thought.

      The staff at the hotel were all friendly and very helpful. Apart from one lady who worked in the bar, and appeared to have a large chip on her shoulder. Her manner was very abrupt and it appeared that everything was a bother to her. The first night I put it down to an 'off day', but the second night she was the same. Apart from that, everyone else was brilliant.

      This hotel was within walking distance to anywhere we wanted to go. It was clean and friendly and the food was not bad either. I was really pleased with our choice, and should we decide to go back to Belfast this is where we will stay.

      The total cost for the three of us for our three nights including breakfast, and dinner on one night was £375. In my opinion this was great value for money.

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        11.03.2011 15:13
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        A great conditioner that keeps the frizz away.

        As I have already written a review, about a week ago, on the John Frieda, Frizz Ease, Straight Ahead, Daily Shampoo, I decided to follow that review up with a review on the daily conditioner from the same John Frieda hair range.

        The frizz ease conditioner comes in a 250ml soft tube which is mainly silver in colour with added touches of black. It has an easy to open flip top lid and it is easily recognisable on the shelf in the supermarket. It tells me on the tube that the conditioner, tames and streamlines hair for instantly easier straight styling. It also tells me that it nourishes, silkens and maximises shine.

        I use the conditioner each time I wash my hair, which is usually daily. The conditioner has the same lovely fresh fragrance as the shampoo and I only ever need to use a small amount. It is white in colour and feels light, soft and creamy to the touch. After using the shampoo I then apply the conditioner, evenly, all over my hair. If I have time, I usually give it a few minutes to work on my hair before rinsing. If I am pushed for time I rinse it thoroughly right away. To be honest, I do not really notice any difference whichever way I use it. My hair always feels soft to the touch and has no tangles.

        I then style my hair as normal. This product leaves my hair looking straight and shiny and soft to the touch. Even when caught in a shower of rain my hair does not frizz at all. This is something that often used to happen when I used other shampoos and conditioners.

        I will continue to use this range of conditioner until I find something else I want to try. For now this one works perfectly for me.

        The John Frieda Frizz Ease products are currently on offer in Tesco. The offer is 'buy three items for £10. I tend to buy when there is an offer on, but if there is no offer I would probably be happy to pay the full price.

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          11.03.2011 09:25
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          One for the kids.....

          When I have my four year old grandaughter staying over night with me, I always like to have some fruity smelling hair shampoo and body wash for her. She is a very 'girlie' girl and loves all kinds of different fruity fragrances.

          Her favourite hair shampoo is L'oreal Kids Tropical Mango. It is a two in one, shampoo and conditioner.

          It comes in a lovely bright orange coloured, squeezy bottle, with a deeper orange coloured flip top lid. The bottle contains 250mls of shampoo and conditioner, and is soft and easy to hold and squeeze. It says on the bottle that it has a super fruity fragrance, is extra gentle, and there will be no more tears and no more knots.

          As soon as I open the lid I can smell the lovely mango fragrance. The shampoo itself is very pale peach in colour and feels lovely and creamy to touch. I find that a small blob of this shampoo is plenty to work up a really good lather. I always give my grandaughter's hair two washes, as I do with my own, and find that the shampoo is very easy to rinse out of her hair. It leaves her hair smelling amazing and looking very clean and shiny.

          As my grandaughter is very good at keeping her eyes closed during this process, I can not say if this shampoo causes tears. What it definitely does do, is to leave her hair feeling very soft and looking very shiny. As her hair is quite long it is an added bonus to me, that this product does leave her hair literally tangle free. After I have dried her hair it is still very soft and maintains it's shine. The fragrance of mango lasts on her hair for a long time, which she loves.

          It says on the bottle that this shampoo adds extra shine and I have to agree with this.

          I ran out of my own shampoo a few months back and used this shampoo on my own hair. It is not something I would recommend, as the only thing it did for my hair was to leave it smelling of mango. I would say this is definitely one for the kids.

          I could buy a 250ml bottle of the shampoo in Boots for £1.69, but I tend to wait until it appears on offer in the supermarket and stock up on it. I can usually get in on 'buy one get one free offer' at Sainsbury's.

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          • Lakeland Banana Bag / Kitchenware / 71 Readings / 71 Ratings
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            10.03.2011 09:49
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            Keeping the UK's number one fruit fresh..........

            Since I was a child my favourite fruit has always been bananas. I do eat lots of other fruit but bananas have remained my favourite. I eat at least one banana each day, usually in my packed lunch for work.

            As I do my shopping on a weekly basis, usually by the end of the week my bananas have gone black and over ripe. I have to throw them out as I can not eat them like this. I have known for a long time that bananas should be kept away from other fruit. This is because other fruit speeds up the ripening process of bananas. Even hanging them on a banana tree did not stop them going black and over ripe.

            Then I came across a banana bag. I bought this from Lakeland during the summer last year, and I have been using one ever since.

            As you would expect the banana bag is bright yellow in colour, and it measures 29cm by 35cm. It has a draw string top. On the instructions for use, inside the bag, it says that, the bag provides the right amount of insulation and air needed to stop the flesh over ripening, and the right amount of insulation to keep the skin warm enough to stop it blackening.

            I can now store bananas inside the bag for longer than a week and the bananas are as good as the day I bought them. As it told me on the instructions, I do keep the bag in the bottom of the fridge. I have not had one over ripe banana since I have been using the bag.

            The bag is very easy to clean both inside and outside with a damp cloth. I always make sure the inside of the bag is completely dry before I use it again. The bag is not suitable for the washing machine and I would not use any detergents on it.

            One thing to keep in mind. If you do not like cold bananas, take one out of the fridge a few hours before you are going to eat it.

            Over time the inside of my first banana bag began to look a bit black and mouldy. When this happened I was more than happy to buy a new one. As the saying goes "good things don't last forever".

            I paid £5.79 for my banana bag at Lakeland. The amount I have saved because I no longer have to throw bananas in the bin, far outweighs the cost of these bags.

            I will take one star off, because in time the bag does turn a bit grubby on the inside. In saying that it does still do the job.

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              08.03.2011 17:02
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              Great Novelty

              I am always on the look out for different kinds of novelties and gadgets. I was at a party just before Christmas last year and the centre piece on the table was a Cocktail Fountain. As soon as I saw it, I knew I would be online checking out different sites to find the best priced one.

              I love having different surprises for my grandchildren, so I ordered one online from Amazon. The illuminated cocktail fountain came in a large square box with lots of packaging. Once I had unpacked all the separate pieces, I found that it was very simple to make up. All the different pieces slotted easily into place. I followed the simple instructions that came in the box and it was ready for use within about ten minutes.

              The bottom of the fountain contains the motor and the illumination. You then have a large 4.7 litre bowl with little hooks on it. There are eight cups with good size handles and these hook onto the sides of the bowl. The bowl itself looks very much like one of the original punch bowls, from years back. There is a stem running up the centre of the fountain and there are three individual tiered, smaller bowls, which fit onto the stem. The smaller bowls have small pipes on them and when the fountain is running these pipes allows the liquid to cascade down into the large bowl at the bottom.

              My grandchildren were here the first time I tried it, so I used diluting juice for them. All I had to do was fill the large bowl, up to the marker, with the juice. I plugged the fountain in, it light up and the juice started cascading. The kids absolutely loved it and I was pleased with it myself. They loved filling their cups under the running juice.

              On other occassions, when I have used the fountain, I have used different recipes for punch. I try to make the punch up, in a bright colour, for a better effect. The adults loved it as much as the kids.

              There is a noise coming from the motor when the fountain is running, but this is not noticeable when everyone is chatting. The illumination gives a lovely effect and looks good as a table centrepiece.

              I found that I had no problem cleaning it and it comes apart easily for storage.

              O.k. it might be a bit on the tacky side, but who cares, as it is only a bit of fun.

              I bought this from Amazon and I paid £19.99 for it.

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                07.03.2011 15:09
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                A disappointment....

                If you have read some of my previous reviews you will realise that, I love any kind of kitchen gadgets. I am always on the look out for something just a little bit different.

                When last visiting Lakeland, which is one of my favourite shops, I could not resist the temptation and just had to buy, their version of a Cherry and Olive Stoner. As the name suggests this is a device which removes the stones from olives and cherries. The stoner is dishwasher safe.

                The stoner is approximately six inches long and it is made of stainless steel. It has a small scoop at the bottom of it, on which the cherry or olive sits. You then simply squeeze the top and bottom parts together and the mechanism removes the stone, and the cherry or olive should be left intact, and minus the stone.

                When I first used this device I wanted to stone some cherries for making jam. I found that, although the device removed the stone easily, and the quality of the cherry afterwards was very good, The stones bounced out of the device and landed on the table or the floor. I had expected each stone to drop onto the work surface I was using. So, although the stoner did remove all the stones from the cherries, it was very time consuming to then, have to find and pick up all the stones. At first I thought maybe I was being a bit heavy handed, but it did not make any difference, even when I was more light fingered with the stoner. I tried this little device on several more occassions but still had the same results.

                Although disappointed with my cherry stoning, I decided to try again and use the stoner for some olives.
                This was a complete disaster. Not only did the stones roll around everywhere, the olives were smashed to pieces. I must have tried stoning around twenty olives and had the same result with them all.

                One other problem I found was with the catch at the back. It is used for locking and unlocking the stoner. I found it was quite loose and moved around too easily. Because of this the stoner tends to unlock by itself.

                This is the first product I have bought from Lakeland, that I have been disappointed with. It will probably lie in the kitchen drawer unused from now on.

                The stoner costs £7.49 and is only available from Lakeland.

                Unfortunately it is not something I would recommend to my friends.

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                • Plenty Kitchen Paper / Kitchenware / 46 Readings / 46 Ratings
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                  01.03.2011 15:42
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                  One sheet does all

                  Over the years I have tried and used, numerous types of kitchen towels. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just plain useless. Nowadays I use nothing except Plenty. This is the updated name for the original Bounty kitchen towels. I have no idea why the name was changed, because the plenty towels are the very same as the original bounty ones.

                  Each sheet is white in colour and is 2-ply. There are fifty sheets in one roll and each sheet measures approximately 228mm x 228mm. There is an embossed pattern throughtout the roll, with the usual perforated tear line.

                  I use kitchen towels for a variety of tasks around the house, and not just for mopping up spills. Each sheet of plenty feels nice and thick and quite luxurious. I find that I can use just one sheet of plenty, for any cleaning task. One sheet will mop up spilled tea or juice without a problem. I like the fact that one single sheet does not go all soggy after mopping up the tiniest of spills. This was something that used to happen with other kitchen towels. I was always using two or three sheets for each task.

                  I find these kitchen towels are great for wiping windows, mirrors, furniture, anything in the kitchen, paintwork and anywhere else that needs wiping. I use them dampened to clean grubby little finger marks on my doors. I also keep a roll in the car. The list of uses is endless.

                  It does state on the packaging that these kitchen towels can be rinsed and reused. This is something that I do not tend to do, but I did try it out to see what happened. And yes the sheet was still intact and could be used again. This is something I do not think I will do, but if you are watching the pennies, it can be done.

                  Plenty is not the cheapest kitchen towel on the market and it costs around £1.25 per roll. When you consider that you only need one sheet at a time I think this makes them economical to use.

                  The supermarkets sometimes have them on offer and I tend to stock up then.

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                    28.02.2011 16:36
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                    Suitable for all Ages

                    Like most women I love perfume and I am always happy to receive a bottle as a present. I tend not to stick with the same fragrance, but like to try out different brands.

                    Last Christmas I was given a bottle of 'Elle' by Yves Saint Laurent, or YSL as it is now much more commonly known. I must admit that this was one bottle of perfume I did not open and try straight away. I had the idea in my head that YSL tended to manufacture perfume for the more mature lady.

                    Last week I decided it was time to give it a try. It was part of a gift set, which included body lotion. The packaging was lovely and the bottle itself really appealed to me. The bottle is a pretty, dark pink, colour, and the YSL logo is etched out on a gold coloured metal.

                    When I sprayed the perfume I immediately got a distinct aroma of ginger and wood, and this then settled down to a slightly flowery, gingery fragrance. I found that this perfume did take quite a good few minutes to settle down on my skin.

                    This is a fragrance that I will probably wear in the evenings, if I am going out somewhere. I do not think I would use it regularly during the day.

                    Despite my original opinion that YSL would be more suited to the more mature lady, I now have to admit that I got it wrong. This is a lovely fragrance for evenings and I will continue to use it.

                    I found that although I only sprayed a small amount, friends did ask what perfume I was wearing. The fragrance does last for a good few hours.

                    I have had a look around and have found that YSL is quite expensive and for a 50ml bottle it can cost around £55. This does vary from store to store. It is not as widely available as some other perfume brands but it can easily be purchased in Frasers, John Lewis, Debenhams and some larger Boots stores.

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                      Good Morning

                      I have always been a great fan of all things Dove, and my family and friends all know this too. At Christmas I received several Dove Body Washes along with my other pressies.

                      A few weeks ago I decided to try the new Go Fresh Revive one.

                      It comes in a white squeezy bottle with a pink flip top. There is a picture, of a large slice of pomegranate with two green verbena leaves, on the front.

                      The body wash itself is a very delicate pink colour and is very soft and creamy. It has a lovely light fragrance with a fruity hint of pomegranate and lemon. I found that it lathered up really well and, after I had used it, I felt that my body was really clean and refreshed.

                      The fragrance lingers on my skin for a few hours which I like. Just now I feel that this particular body wash, helps me wake up in the morning and gives me a good start to my day.

                      As with all Dove products, the body wash contains 1/4 mousturising cream. This left my skin feeling soft and hydrated.

                      The bottle itself contains 250ml and the contents have a shelf life of 12 months after opening. This will never cause me any kind of problem as I use it every day. It will not last 1 month, never mind 12 months.

                      Five Stars for this one...

                      Although this was a gift to me, I have seen it on a special offer in Boots for 99p. The full price for the body wash is £1.99. As this is my favourite at the moment, I would probably pay the full price, if I could not find it anywhere on special offer.

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                      26.02.2011 21:28
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                      A great little gadget

                      I am always on the look out for 'something a bit different' for my grandchildren. When I saw this Hot Dog Roller advertised in a magazine, I decided that it was something I just had to purchase.

                      It came in a large box with all the different parts individually wrapped. I found it very easy to assemble. I loved the red and white stripped canopy at the top of the machine. There are two black switches on the front. One turns the machine on and one regulates the heat.

                      Although it is not very big in size, when it is assembled it does hold, and roll eight hotdogs at the same time. If you lift the red and white canopy at the top there is a space where you can store the rolls while the hotdogs are cooking. The heat from the rollers warms the rolls.

                      The first time I used my hot dog roller I used a tin of hot dog sausages. Although my grandchildren were delighted with my latest purchase, they preferred to watch the hot dogs rolling on the machine, rather than eating them. We decided that the next time we used it, we would cook 'real' sausages.

                      On the instructions it told me that hot dog sausages should be ready to eat in ten minutes. I thought I would give the 'real' sausages about twenty minutes to cook. Unfortunately the roller only seemed to heat the sausages and did not cook them. They were still quite raw.

                      So third time lucky.This is where the cheating comes in. Now when I use the machine, I pre cook the sausages and then use the roller to reheat them. A lot more bother, but it is worth it to see the look on my granchildren's faces. They absolutely love it.

                      It is very easy to clean as the rollers come out easily, and there is also a drip tray.

                      This cheery little machine cost me £29.99 and because my grandchildren love it, so do I. It brightens up a dull, rainy, day, when they can not get out into the garden to play.

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                        25.02.2011 10:47
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                        Does what it claims to do

                        Over the years I have changed my shampoo on a regular basis. That is until I found out about the John Frieda, Frizz-Ease Straight Ahead, Style Activating Shampoo. I came across this shampoo while looking around in Boots for soemthing different to try on my thick, course hair.

                        It comes in a 250ml mainly white tube, stating on the front of the tube that it 'Smoothes, shines and aligns hair for an instantly, easier, salon straight ,styling; it nourishes, softens and hydrates. Now with my thick, course hair this was a lot to ask for.

                        I find that the shampoo squeezes easily out of the tube. It has a really lovely, smooth, creamy consistancy, and has a really delicate fragrance. My hair is about chin length and I found that a small blob was enough to create a great, creamy lather and after rinsing I needed even less for the second wash. My hair felt really clean and smooth after using this shampoo.

                        Before drying and styling my hair I have to say that it did feel much smoother and softer than usual. After drying, my hair still feels soft and smooth.

                        With regards to frizz, this is something I no longer worry about. My hair does not look frizzed up even if I am caught in a shower of rain.

                        I use this shampoo with the matching conditioner.

                        The one downside to this shampoo is the cost. With everyone trying to economise and cut back on spending, this shampoo is a bit more expensive than other brands. For this reason I will take off one star.

                        It cost £5 for a 250ml tube from boots. I have found it to be more expensive in the supermarkets. I try to buy my shampoo when it is on a three for two offer in Boots. What I will say about this shampoo is that I probably need to use less of it than I would with other brands.

                        This shampoo can be used daily and can also be used on colour treated hair.

                        I have been using this shampoo for about four months now and have no intention of looking for a different brand. This does what I want it to do with my hair.

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                          24.02.2011 16:38
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                          Great for parties of any kind

                          I bought my Cookworks Chocolate Fountain from Argos just before Christmas. I wanted to have it for New Year. The price was discounted to £19.99, which I thought was a great buy. My new purchase was intended mainly for my grandchildren.

                          It came well packaged in a large box. I found it very easy to assemble, using the instructions supplied. Having never used a chocolate fountain before, I was surprised to read on the instructions that vegetable oil was to be used. There were clear instructions on the ratio of chocolate to vegetable oil. I followed the ratio exactly and have to say that there was no oily taste.

                          The first time I used the fountain I used Belguin chocolate which was quite expensive. Since then I have used Cadbury's Dairy Milk. I can honestly say I could not taste any difference.

                          Although the fountain was purchased with my grandchildren in mind, I have to say that it was enjoyed by the entire family. Despite being small in size the fountain can serve up to twenty people easily. The chocolate flows freely and stays at a lovely warm temperature.

                          I buy the wooden skewers in the supermarket and these are ideal for use with marshmallows,strawberries, apple or any other fruit you want to coat in chocolate. It is a good idea to put some kitchen towels on the table round the fountain to collect the drips of chocolate. As soon as I am finished using the fountain,I switch it off and I wash all the parts immediately. This is to avoid the chocolate setting and making the cleaning up task much more difficult.

                          This fountain is one of my great buys and I am certain I will use it many more times in the future.

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                          • onepoll.co.uk / Internet Site / 230 Readings / 217 Ratings
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                            13.03.2009 00:31
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                            Don't expect to get rich quick.........

                            I joined Onepoll in November of last year. This was after reading several reviews about it.

                            It was very simple and straightforward to sign up. All I had to do was complete the form giving my name, address, telephone number, email address and password. Then my date of birth, occupation, marital status and nationality.

                            As soon as I had signed up, my account was immediately credited with £2.50.

                            Onepoll claim to be the U K's fastest growing online market research company. The site is bright and colourful, and is very easy to navigate. To access the site all I have to do is enter my email address and my password.

                            Onepoll say that I can earn between 10p and £1 for each survey I complete. Since I have joined I have only ever seen surveys that pay between 5p and 20p. I am still waiting for the £1 surveys or even the 50p surveys.

                            One plus point about this site is that I have never been screened out of a survey. Any surveys that I have started, I have been allowed to complete them and the payment has been credited to my account straight away.

                            There are also lots of surveys to be completed which allow you entry into a prize draw. The prizes are mostly for gift vouchers, spa treatments and small electrical goods. Since joining I have completed lots and lots of these surveys, but I am still waiting to win a prize.

                            The surveys all have multiple choice answers. Some surveys have just one question and some have twenty or thirty questions. I have found that the length of the survey does not usually match the payment. I have been paid 10p for a one question survey and 5p for a twenty question survey. Most surveys only take a few minutes to complete.

                            Unlike most survey sites, I do not receive an email when a survey is available. I have to log onto the site each day. This is quick and easy to do and there is usually at least one survey to be completed.

                            Since joining up last November I have now earned the princely sum of £11.90. Obviously this is not a get rich quick site. If you are happy to spend a few minutes each day on the site, like I do, the cash will build up slowly. Although I have not done this, apparantly, you can earn £1 if you recommend five friends to join.

                            Onepoll only pay out once you have reached £40. I have it on good authority that payments are made promptly. You can either have the money paid into your bank account or you can be sent a cheque.

                            I think that if I keep going, I might have an extra £40 towards my 2009 xmas shopping.

                            An Update on my Onepoll Account

                            The payments for surveys have increased since I wrote this review. I am now being paid between 10p and 20p per survey, with a 25p one at times. There are now a lot more surveys to complete and it now takes about 3 or 4 months to earn £40. As it does not take long to complete the surveys I find this acceptable.

                            In view of this I have given Onepoll four stars.

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                              Happy Days..........

                              I have read several reviews lately, about favourite childhood toys. The reviews have brought back some lovely memories of my own childhood toys.

                              I am now a grandmother and love to buy the latest toys for my grandchildren and as we all know the choice is now wonderful. When I was a child there was certainly a lot less choice, but I can remember playing happily for hours with the toys I had.

                              When I was around six years old I can remember being given a Tressy Doll from an aunt. At that time the Tressy Doll was very popular and I was so proud to own one. Tressy was the same size and shape as a Cindy Doll. Tressy was slightly different in that, her hair grew. All I had to do was press a button in Tressy's tummy and her hair grew into a ponytail. To change it back to short hair all I had to do was, put a small key into her back and wind her hair back in again. I spent many, many happy hours brushing and combing her hair. I had different ribbons and hair slides to match her different outfits.

                              One of my favourite Santa Presents was a doll's pram. It was not a large pram, but more of a pushchair. I can remember that it was quite a large pushchair with very sturdy wheels. What I can't remember is what my doll that was in the pram, actually looked like. Like most children, my friends and I experimented with my pram, and it did not take us long to work out that each of us could actually sit in the pram quite comfortably. Many happy hours were spent taking each other for walks in the pram.

                              My sister and I used to love playing at shops. We usually ended up 'selling' the entire contents of our toy box, to each other. My best toy for playing at shops was my Money Till. It was a small brown till that had white buttons on it. I had pretend money and loved giving out change. As my till did not give out receipts, I loved writing them out by hand. I can remember my sister and I arguing over who was the shop assistant and who was the customer. We both wanted to be the shop assistant so that we could use my till.

                              Another favourite toy of mine was a 'John Bull' printing set. I got this on a visit to Santa's Grotto. I can remember it was a small box that contained all the letters of the alphabet and numbers from 0 - 100. To print a message, all I had to do was put the relevant letters and numbers into a 'stamper', then press the 'stamper onto the ink pad. I could then press the 'stamper' onto a piece of paper and read the message. I remember giving these printed messages to my family and friends.

                              I don't know if this could be classed as a toy, but I know I spent lots of long, happy hours playing with it. My mum would buy me a large packet of elastic bands. My friends and I used to loop and tie the elastic bands together and make a very long chain. The chain was then joined together. We needed at least three children to play this. Two children would put the elastic chain round their ankles and stand at least four feet apart. The other child would jump over the elastic bands trying not to fall. If successful the other two children would move the elastic bands up to their knees, then their waist, then under their arms and usually by this time it would be impossible to jump over. Then it would start over again. Sometimes we criss crossed the elastic bands and tried to jump out of them.

                              These are just a few of my favourite childhood toys but I also loved Skipping, Peavers (hopscotch), Pretend Cooking and Playing at Houses.

                              What I loved most when I was a child was very simple. I loved when my parents sat down on a Sunday afternoon with me and my sister and we all did a Jigsaw. (Wonderful Memories).

                              Five stars for this as it has brought so many happy memories to the front of my mind.

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                              • Mr Kipling Angel Slices / Snacks / 190 Readings / 185 Ratings
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                                22.11.2008 20:16
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                                Exceedingly Good Angel Slices..........

                                Just like everyone else, I am always on the lookout for a few bargains when I am out doing my shopping. During the week when I spotted that Tesco were selling their Mr Kipling cakes for £1 per box, I couldn't resist.

                                Normally when I buy Mr Kipling cakes, I tend to buy the same varieties. I either buy the Cherry Bakewells or the French Fancies.
                                On this occassion I decided to try something different. I chose a box of the Angel Slices.

                                These cakes come in a lovely pink cardboard box which contains six cakes, and there is a picture of an Angel Slice on the front of the box.

                                When I opened the box there were three small trays inside. Each tray contained two Angel Slices and had a clear plastic film round it.

                                I took one of the small trays out of the box and easily removed the clear film. The Angel Slices are mainly pink and white. There is a layer of pink sponge on the bottom, then a layer of filling, then a layer of yellow sponge and this is topped off with white fondant icing. On top of the white fondant icing there are drizzles of pink icing.

                                When I bit into one of the cakes, I could immediately taste the moistness of the sponge. This was followed by the sweet taste of the fondant icing. The cake tasted very light and sweet. I tried, but I could not taste the filling between the sponges.

                                Obviously, as I knew I was going to write a review on the cakes, I had to eat another one, so that I could taste the filling. I had to separate the sponges to get a taste of the filling. There was a slight taste of vanilla and it was moist and sweet. Overall the different textures work very well together.

                                I thoroughly enjoyed the two cakes and did not feel that I had eaten too much. They are very light and fluffy and went down really well with my afternoon coffee.

                                I gave one to my grandaughter, who is almost three, and loves everything pink. She loved it and demolished it in seconds. She now asks for a Princess Cake. I have told her that they are called Angel Slices, but she is having none of it. So they now have a new name in my house.

                                These cakes contain no artificial colours or flavours and it tells me on the box that they are 'twin packed for freshness'.

                                Each Slice contains:

                                148 Calories
                                15g of Sugar
                                6.6g of Fat

                                This is quite a lot for a small cake but they taste amazing and are lovely if you want a treat.

                                All the Ingredients, Guarantees and Contact Details are printed on the back of the box.

                                As I said this box containing six cakes cost me £1 in Tesco. I will buy these again even if they are at full price.

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