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    • Tetley Red Bush Tea / Tea / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      02.08.2011 16:15
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      Seeing Red

      Hydrating like water?? WOW! Congratulations Tetley - you persuaded me to part with my money based on a very funny and informative television commerical for what I now know is the most disgusting cup of tea I have ever had!

      I realize that we all need to get more rest, should not be drinking stimulants and should probably not actually be drinking milky tea, but there are so many better teas that have the same health benefits as the ones that Redbush claims to have.

      I really cannot begin to describe the taste. The taste of regular breakfast tea is very odd to describe anyway but this tea has a more earthy taste, maybe like heated up tree sap or something! Perhaps with a spoon of sugar (which would defy the point anyway) this could be tolerable. Hydrating like water?? Well I'll just have a glass of water then! Looking at the other reviews, this tea seems quite popular but I will struggle to see how this can be anything higher than 1/5 when it is a lot dearer than regular Tetley and tastes revolting.

      Twinings Green Tea...that is all I am saying ;)

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      02.08.2011 15:58

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      The countryside bottled

      Aside from the very foreign sounding name, Copella is one of the most fabulously english of juices on the market. Actually, I rarely buy it because it is one of those drinks that, despite being money well spent, is not money lasted because I can down a large bottle in one sitting its that good!

      I feel like this juice gives it's consumer some sort of feeling of status. Much more grand than it's carton counterparts, this bottle exudes a certain arrogance and demands to be picked off the shelf. I also love the simplicity - just apples. All of these tropical juices containing superfruits and exotic fruits and fruits you've never heard of. The benefits of drinking a glass of pure apple juice are exactly the same and you can just tell that this is pure apple! Its got that aroma of baked apples gone cold mixed with apple baby food. They really should have that smell wafting around the aisle. I think the world would be a happier place!

      Can I afford it everyday? NO! I'll grab some if its ever on offer but because I know how quickly I will drink, I just cannot justify spending that much money on it all the time. But for a classy summer's picnic in the park, it would be my top choice for a treat!

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    • Tea in general / Tea / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      02.08.2011 15:48
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      Tea-Total

      Tea is the new 'in' thing. Forget your traditional builders tea! You can steep just about anything and create something that could shake off an army.

      Ever since I travelled to Bolivia and became hooked on Cinammon Tea, I have stopped taking milk with my regular Tea. I don't drink coffee or respond well to stimulants so will often have a de-caff in the evening (Apparently a strong cup of tea can have just as much caffeine in it as coffee!)

      So what other tea do I like? Well I've tried various flavoured green teas but they leave a lot to be desired in term of flavour. The aroma is heavenly but the tea tastes just like hot water! I am currently drinking Dandelion Tea as I have heard this is good for water retention (as an occasional underwear model, retaining water is not a good look on camera!) A former housemate of mine only used tea leaves; the preparation is slightly longer but it is definitely worth the wait. The strongest brew I have had!

      Why just this weekend I had a Ginseng and Blackcurrant Tea at Cafe Rouge - very posh indeed!
      For me, tea is calming, it can feel quite cleansing (maybe just a placebo effect based on all the hype about green teas!), and its quite filling for very little money! I also find tea helps with constipation.

      So tea maybe something we drink with milk and get laughed at by the rest of the world for doing, but its not the be all and end all. So next time you're in the supermarket, try something different and be opened up to a whole new world of hot drinks! Now if only they could invent a way of tea staying warmer for longer...

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        02.08.2011 13:14
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        Best Collection of Boyband Songs

        This album reminds me of the good old teenage years when I would go out with my college friends on a Friday night and drink lots and dance to good old pop music, no matter how cheesy! These days, most artists release a Greatest Hits after a couple of albums - its now just a money making marketing tool to combat dwindling album sales...and who can blame the industry!

        But this album, as much as it is EVERY hit, still contains the GREATEST of them, which is a fair few!

        Forget about the recent 'comeback' songs i.e anything past track 11, and that still gives you 11 cracking pop songs and I am unashamed to say that there is a place for this album at any party I may have or any roadtrip I may go on!

        For me, their truly Greatest Hits, in order of 'Greatness' are:

        1) I want it that way: Classic Pop Ballad and instantly recognizable opening riff and a key change which does not involve standing up off of stools!
        2) Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely: Slightly darker pop ballad, laden with synth effects
        3) Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - the ULTIMATE 90's party song and a fantastic video to accompany it; so many times I look back and regret my drunken attempt to try and do the dance!
        4) Larger than Life: Big Anthemic Pop Song, Big Video, a taster of electro-pop auto-tuned music that arrived in the noughties

        How can you not buy this piece of pop history at the price it currently goes for on Amazon?!

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        • Morning Glory (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          02.08.2011 12:44
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          Glorious at any time of day

          Do you think that working in TV is all glamour and no work? Well, think again! Rachel McAdams stars as the lead character in this film about a struggling TV producer who is handed a lifeline...a head of production role on an America Breakfast TV Show.

          Also starring the effortlessly sublime Diane Keaton and Hollywood Legend Harrison Ford, this is effectively a chick-flick but with some quirkier comedic moments. It is set in New York, mainly the reason I got this in the first place because at least if the film is bad, I can still see some of my favourite place on earth. McAdams does extremely well in this role - Its not her most challenging but she certainly throws everything at it in order to portray the frustration she feels about her co-workers, her boss and her inability to juggle a relationship alongside a career.

          Diane Keaton seems to be a mere 'prop' in this film - maybe she was struggling for work or was just offered a hefty pay cheque, but I would consider this barely a supporting role. That said, she still has some great scenes with Harrison Ford. Speaking of whom...it took me a while to get used to his character. Basically, he plays the nasty TV presenter who thinks he is too big for the show but nonetheless is tied in to a contract with the station and has no choice but to take it. I could not tell if his acting was supposed to be as wooden as it seemed initially, but I feel this was his attempt at being cold-hearted.

          As with any rom-com, it is all very predictable but I liked the setting of the story and the fact that it tried to show us a side to something we probably looked at differently beforehand...the world of TV! Alongside that, the soundtrack is fantastic! Nothing that I have heard on the radio, but a lot of acoustic, chillout music that would be great in one's CD collection.

          Movies like this will never win awards, but its good to see Harrison Ford attempt something very light-hearted and GREAT to see Rachel McAdams taking the lead alongside some Hollywood greats

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          • Babyliss 7845U / Electric Shaver / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            02.08.2011 12:14
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            On style and On Trend

            As a guy who suffers from terrible shaving rash, and one who has previously owned a couple of electrical shavers which left a lot to be desired, I decided to go for a stubble look and opted for this brand, mainly because of the price (I paid less than £20 at the time)

            Now this is not a clean-shave shaver. It is designed simply to get stubble nice and neat, and there are several 'thickness' options. I always go for the closest trim because my facial hair grow pretty quickly (On a side note, this shaver is quite effective for trimming torso hair too but just make sure the skin is nice and moisturized before and after!)

            My overall rating is 5/5 based on:

            Functionality: Very light-weight, charge lasts for up to 16 hours. Water resistant so just wash it out under the tap and its good to go for the next time. My only slight gripe is that it is quite hard to trim stubble around the neck line as it is hard to get the angle right. Does not take up too much space in washbag either so great when travelling. Not all the noisy either (I also have a standard pair of clippers and they really rumble away!)

            Price: Like I said, under £20 at the time of purchase and, for maintaining a neat stubble look, is far superior t any electric shaver I have ever had

            Aesthetics: Looks very classic and sleek. Narrower than standard shavers. I've been using mine usually once every 2-3 days for 7 months and it still looks new

            Overall this is a great little piece of grooming kit for creating an easy-to-maintain look that is stylish and on trend

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          • Frijj Milkshake / Soft Drink / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            02.08.2011 11:54
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            Delicious but waaaaaaaaaay too thick

            First of all, please do not believe the marketing around these products promoting it as some form of 'healthy' snack. I'm a firm believer that nobody needs to be drinking a lot of milk, and these drinks are ladened with sugar and calories. That said, as a treat once in a while, these do hit the spot! And the bottles are just cool!

            I have only ever had the chocolate and banana flavours. Both were equally sweet and equally thick.
            I do find that the bottles are far too large for a quick 'snack'. They really need to be consumed straight from the fridge, nice and chilled, to really hit the spot! But with the size of the bottles, you get about half way through, start feeling rather sick but just keep on going! I mean, who actually wants warm milkshake that you've left in your bag? Urgh!

            Banana is more of a 'synthetic' banana sweetened with sugar. I have no idea what makes it so thick but the ingredients contain something called Modified Maize Starch and also Buttermilk Powder in addition to its 94% milk content.

            For me, I would love it if they did Frijj shots, or least something a bit smaller and cheaper. The taste is good. The consistency is a little too thick for my liking but I can see why Frijj have become the market leaders in milkshake drinks.

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          • Kenwood SB277 Smoothie Maker / Blender / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            02.08.2011 11:41
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            Designed for an impulse buyers

            I've owned this brand of smoothie maker for a couple of years. To be honest, its one of those kitchen appliances that gathers dust despite all your intentions to use it regularly!

            Its great for blitzing up fruit or cooked vegetables for a delicious homemade soup. I've also found that its powerful enough to blitz up things like oats and even nuts such as peacans and cashews even though this is not not actually marketed as a food processor. In addition to the blending function, there is a 'super charged' pulse function which really allows you to go to town on any remaining lumps!

            Aesthetically, its a nice piece to have to show off. In an ideal world it would be surrounded by a fruit bowl of colourful exotic fruits. In reality it sits in the cupboard under the cutlery draw, mainly for the following reasons:

            1) It is quite large and, for something I do not use that often, I don't want it taking up space on my worktop
            2) It is LOUD! The pulse function in particular is rather grating and I'm conscious that at the time of day when I need a quick smoothie i.e first thing in the morning, I'd wake up the rest of the house!
            3) Its difficult to clean! Even with a dishwasher, some musty smell still manages to gather right at the bottom and it actually seems to take longer to clean the thing than it does to make a meal from it!

            So all in all, this has been more of an impulse buy which I will use occasionally but is not practical enough for my everyday needs.

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              29.07.2011 13:24
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              A generation of foot fashion

              I confess - I have a Converse Hi Top addiction! Ever since I got my first pair about five years ago, I have been purchasing new pairs every few months.

              They are the most comfortable and versatile show I have ever worn. With so many different colours, no wonder most of us own more than one pair! I wouldnt say that they are the most durable shoe, which is why I always buy new ones so often. Its always the bottom of the heel that damages the most, so leave them long enough and you end up with an actual split heel...which some people actually like!

              They also get dirty very quickly. Again, most people actually prefer to 'dirty them up' to get that rough and worn look, but I actually like to keep them as clean as possible so I can wear them with different outfits.
              At the moment, I own 5 pairs, all of bland colours but can be worn with many outfits. For work, I often wear a white pair with some grey trousers and a checked-shirt. Very comfy, and casual-smart. Or with a pair of shorts and a t-shirt in the summer when you dont want to be in flip-flops but still want something comfy when your feet get hot and tired.

              One thing I have noticed is the soles seem very thin. I have got around this problem by adding an insole for extra comfort. I also like that you can decide how 'loose' or 'tight' you want to wear them; I usually leave to open shoelace holes. They still look neat as the trouser leg covers the top half anyway.

              In terms of price, well they can be expensive but I always pick up a pair on sale in America where there seems to be an endless supply of all sorts of colours. I think £25 is a reasonable price but expect to pay nearer £35 for a standard pair on the High Street

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            • Tesco Ibuprofen Gel / Pain Relief / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              29.07.2011 12:44
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              Instant relief for tired muscles

              Having spent years trying various forms of Ibuprofen tablets, I felt like giving Ibuprofen gel a try.

              I plumped for this tesco brand purely as an experiment as I didnt want to spend a fortune on something that I may only use a couple of times.

              I've been struggling with a dodgy shoulder for while and, being sat a desk most of the day, instant relief is what I needed in the short term. Firstly, the smell of the gel is quite strong, but not on a level like deep heat!
              It has a much thinner consistency than I would have expected for a gel (I'd say this is more like a lotion), so be very careful when squeezing it out of the tube!

              When applying it, really work it in to the affected area - it does have a nice warm, massaging effect and, possibly just a placebo effect, it did make me feel looser. But then this was a muscle ache I had so I can't speak for soothing any other types of bodily pain. The relief seemed to last a couple of hours, and then I applied some more. I think, alongside regular painkillers, this gel can work as a back-up, but I get the impression this is for instant relief on a very specific area of the body. A quick fix, if you like. And I'm not sure that applying more gel than directed would lead to greater relief (unlike when doubling the dose on tablets!)

              But as an additional item to one's first aid box, I think this is a great form of painkiller for muscle aches in particular and its fairly inexpensive and, if used sparingly, will last a long time.

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              28.07.2011 15:20
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              Cements her status as a global star

              After a less than convincing debut album to follow up the initial worldwide success of 'I Kissed A Girl',
              Katy Perry's follow up really cements her place as one of the top female popstars. In terms of pure sales, she is not on par with the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga, but Teenage Dream can still be considered a global smash!

              Lets face it, as much as we will never claim to be a fan of unoriginal pop music, there is always a place for good pop music and this is exactly what Teenage Dream encompasses. What I also love about Perry is that the never seems to take herself all that seriously and this comes across in her cheeky lyrics and even cheekier music videos.

              It feels like this album has been around for ages, particularly as she has just released the fifth single, and my favourite track from the album - Friday Night - from it. California Gurls - the debut single from the album - really is the ultimate in good, catchy pop music. Personally, she didn't need the services of Snoop Dog (Though these days everybody seems to need a guest rapper to boost sales!). Title track, Teenage Dream and power pop song, Firework, are both classic radio tunes with their hooks. That said, Firework has now been officially overplayed and featured in way too many tv shows (you know which section of the song I am referring to!) The rest of the album fills up the time but is nothing to shout about so I think the single releases are the highlights from the album

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            • Nike / Sports Equipment / 9 Readings / 6 Ratings
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              27.07.2011 21:50

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              Top of its game

              So I am reviewing two quality, if not small, piece of Nike Sportswear that I currently own.

              First, have you ever wanted to be Federer or Nadal? Well I did, which is why I purchased one of those Nike Swoosh Bandanas that they both wear. I sweat A LOT when i play squash or go spinning and this bandana, aside from making me feel like a sports star, soaks up every drop of sweat coming off my head and gives me room to see! Also very sofa fabric and very stylish. A little on the expensive side at £12 and it is very hard to get colours other than black and white (Nadal and Federer seem to have different colours every tournament!)

              Second, Nike Speedos Phwooooar! I know most women must despair at the sight of a man in skimpy swimwear but in terms of function, speedos are the best! This pair of Nike Speedos are VERY form fitting, if not a little crushing. Very stretchy and durable, they mould to you like a second skin, but do feel a little tight. That said, I glide through the water so they are perfect for training and are actually good value at around £10. They also have some squarecut trunks which I assume would be just as functional.

              So for your headwear and swimwear needs, Nike do some great clothing worthy of adding to your sports attire wardrobe

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            • Tesco Value Vodka / Spirits / 10 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              27.07.2011 21:38

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              Cheap Vodka is for one purpose only...need I specify?

              Tesco Value Vodka is bargain, but it really is like drinking paint stripper! Do I care that it isnt triple-distilled and filtered blah blah blah? Why do we buy it then? Because its cheap to use with a mixer or add to a punchbowl

              I consider it the best value Vodka in the supermarkets but I only ever buy it for parties or occasions where I know I need a cheap night of drinking. Mix it some juice, a soft drink and its absolutely fine! No need to be splashing out on fancy bottles of vodka when the outcome at the end of the evening is just the same!

              That said, I do believe that cheaper alcohol leads to a more devastating hangover. I think this is even more true when it comes to cheap vodka! I think that is why I stopped drinking vodka full stop though.

              So for a cupboard filler, you cant knock the price of this stuff if you need something strong but cheap knocking about

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            • Smirnoff Ice / Liqueur / Cocktails / 10 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              27.07.2011 21:27

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              Sickly and Sweet

              I remember being 16 or 17, being old enough to go out and get in to pubs and get drunk, and drinking Smirnoff Ice until I was sick.

              It baffles me that this drink is still in existence. Its beyond tacky. I feel they should sell it with a lollipop and a bag off penny chews.

              I think this is reflected in the price today. When I used to drink them they were a 'premium' drink. Nowadays you can grab a bottle for under £2 even on a Friday night. I realize that this type of drink appeals to girls that want something pretty and something that doesnt really taste alcoholic but will still get them wasted, but this is like a cold lempsip! Sooooo sweet and sugary...is it the alcohol or the sugar that is actually giving you a rush? The aftertaste, after a couple of bottles, lingers in your mouth and I can feel a trip to the dentist coming on.

              Please people, go for something a bit classier

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              27.07.2011 21:16

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              Alcohol, Marzipan, YUM!

              Firstly, I adore Marzipan to the point that at Xmas I can sit and knaw at a bag of it

              Disaronno, for me, is basically alcoholic liquid marzipan. I'm not a keen drinker but this stuff has such a heady aroma that the smell is intoxicating in itself! It is also the only liquor/spirit that I can drink on its own/over ice.
              I dont earn a lot of money, but investing in a bottle of Disaronno and having an oppulent bottle sat in the kitchen gives me a feeling of grandeur!

              If i'm taking it 'long', I'll have a Disaronno and Diet Coke with ice. A refreshing drink at any time of the year, with just enough alcohol that you can enjoy one at lunch and still have clarity, or have a few in the evening and be well on your way.

              So this is a great liquor well worth the price tag (generally around £20) and works well with various mixers so you, well, mix things up!

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