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Bruno Mars released this, his debut album in October 2010 and won his first Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in February 2011, having received six other nominations. In October 2011 he was again nominated for six Grammy awards including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Doo-wops and Hooligans and Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for the song Grenade from this album.
Unfortunately I was a bit behind the times and only got round to purchasing this album in November 2011 after the release of the fourth song as a single, despite liking every song he had released to date. Why it took me so long I have no idea as it is one of the best albums I have in my collection. Normally there are one or two songs on an album that do not appeal but I have to say I love every single one. I find it easy to listen to and great to sing a long to when driving, it really puts me in a happy mood. The album contains all the well known hits, Just The Way You Are, Grenade, I Think I'm Going To Marry You and The Lazy Song. The album is a mix of toe-tapping hits, soulful songs with great lyrics by a very talented singer song writer. It seems amazing how it took so long for him to be discovered as an artist. This is one album I will continue to play for many years and one that I would not hesitate to recommend to my friends and family. I look forward to hearing his future offerings and I am sure I will not wait so long to buy his next album when it is released.
I finally caught up with modern music technology about 18 months ago when I purchased the Apple iPod nano (5th generation). This model lasted one month past the one year warranty when it developed a fault with the headphones and speaker which could not be repaired. I was reluctant to purchase another iPod as I was worried it would not last much longer than the one year again but as Christmas was coming I put it on my list to Santa.
Santa did not disappoint and I was given the 6th generation in a lovely blue colour. My husband had kindly put all my music on it for me, however we were both surprised when it did not switch on as he had recently charged it to full. After charging I used it for about an hour but noticed the battery indicator had depleted to half full. The next morning the iPod was completely dead. After a few days of charging cycles and playing the iPod for an hour we took it back to Argos where it had been purchased and exchanged it for another one. This one did in fact charge to full, is retaining the battery life and I now need to charge it about once a week in order to play about 16 hours of music.
I was also worried about the small screen size particularly as I can be a bit accident prone. However it is very easy to navigate between screens, easy to select albums, artists etc and touch response is very good. The sound quality is excellent, the radio easy to tune and the fitness feature is a bonus for power walking. The shuffle function is a good addition if you wish to change tracks. There is also an automatic sleep facility which helps to retain battery life.
Overall I am very pleased with the newer version of the nano despite the battery problem I had with the first purchase of this generation. Perhaps I was unlucky to get one that had been in the shop a long time.
As a previous life long Nokia customer I was reluctant to switch to another manufacturer of mobiles when my contract came up for renewal in March of last year. However as I wanted to join the i-phone/android generation and Nokia at the time were miles behind in this field I had no choice but to look elsewhere for a new phone. Fortunately both of my stepchildren are up with modern technology so I had the opportunity to look at both the Apple I phone and the Samsung Galaxy S. In my opinion there appeared to be very little difference between the two phones apart from the contract price with the Galaxy S being £5 per month cheaper.
I finally decided to purchase the Galaxy S (as cost was a consideration for me). I have been using this phone for over 10 months and I am extremely happy with the reliability, style and ease of use. The screen is clear and detailed, colours are bright and text easy to read. The phone is easy to customise for your own personal use. The camera takes excellent pictures (much better than my own digital camera), texting is simple with voice recognition facility if you prefer. My own slight criticism with texting is the keys are quite small. There is a wide range of apps available on the market including many free ones (although the I-phone still seems to be leading the way with regards to apps), all of which I have found to be easy to download and use. The navigation facility is excellent apart from the American words and pronunciation which takes some getting used to. With regards to battery life I have had no issues but battery life can be prolonged by turning off background data and autosync facilities, turning down the brightness and changing the screensaver.
Overall I am extremely happy with the phone and I would not hesitate to consider a Samsung phone again.
In Case You Didn't Know is the second album by Olly Murs and was released in November 2011. The album contains thirteen songs of which two (Heart Skips A Beat and Dance With Me Tonight) have so far become number one hits in the UK.
I bought Olly Murs first album last year which I loved and was keen to see if his second album would live up to the first. In fact my personal opinion is this album is even better. His smily cheeky personality is reflected in his songs which are lively and upbeat and even the ballads have a bit of a feel good factor to them. I find this album incredibly catchy and uplifting and it never fails to make me start to tap my feet and sing along with the lyrics. Every time I listen to the album I like it more and more, I'm sure my husband must be sick of listening to it by now!
I have no doubt if he releases more songs from the album these will also become number one hits. My only negative is I did not buy tickets for the album tour as I would have loved to see him perform these songs live!
I first heard about Rescue Remedy a few years ago through a friend who ran an animal rescue charity and who was also a fan of the holistic approach rather than conventional medicine. She used to add a few drops of rescue remedy to the water in the cages of nervous or distressed animals and swore it used to make them easier to handle before grooming or transferring them to new homes. As I had a very nervous cat I used it in his water to help him settle into his new home after moving and I found he settled much more quickly than after a previous move. I also use it in his water in the weeks leading up to Bonfire night and although he still gets scared he is more calm in the house than during his early years. Before using it on my cat I must confess I was a bit sceptical and thought it could be the placebo effect, however when it comes to animals this does not enter the equation.
I have also recommended Rescue Remedy to my family. My husband has a stressful job and after trying it prior to an exam, now always carries a bottle in his pocket. My Mum does not travel well and keeps a bottle in her handbag for long car journeys and my sister uses it when she is under a lot of pressure with work. I have also used Rescue Remedy before exams and found it helped to calm my nerves considerably.
Rescue remedy is supplied in a small dropper bottle which is perfect for carrying in a pocket or handbag. Although it seems expensive for a small bottle you do only need a few drops so it does last for ages. After using rescue remedy and also seeing the benefits my family have experienced I have now completed a course in the use of Bach's Remedy's.
After trying a couple of other ready meals in the Waitrose range I decided to give the tikka masala a try. Although this is one of my favourite indian dishes I have often found that supermarket ready meals are not to the same standard. The Waitrose tikka masala is supplied with the pilau rice in one section and the curry sauce in the other with a film lid and cardboard cover. The meal is suitable for both microwaving and cooking in the oven, although personally I always heat my ready meals in the oven. The meal was cooked in exactly the time specified on the instructions. The rice was unfortunately a little crispy on the top even though the film lid was left on. I sometimes add a little bit of water to rice in ready meals part way through cooking so maybe I should have added some water. The rice does contain some cloves, peppercorns and cardamon pods which I like, however I had to sift through my husband's rice to fish these out as he does not like them! The curry sauce was rich and creamy with plenty of flavour. My only criticism would be the sauce had slightly too much oil on the surface after cooking. Overall the ready meal was flavoursome, very convenient, cost effective and a very filling meal. I would buy more of these in future.
I have thin, fine, curly fly away hair which is prone to static build up so styling my hair is a big problem. The mousse is very light and expands rapidly in your hand so only a small amount is needed at any one time. It is not at all sticky and is very easy to apply, although the fragrance is not the nicest on the market. Personally I find it is best applied when my hair is damp and I scrunch the product through my hair. This helps to make my hair more curly, bouncy and accentuates the curls as a pose to dull, static and fly away. The only downside is that it does not last very long, only a few hours so it is good for a night out but not so good for lasting all day. The product is extremely cost effective, especially if you can find it on offer and as you don't need much it takes a while to get through a can.
I received the small tin of Nivea Creme as part of a free gift set with some make up and I can honestly say it is one of the best free gifts I have ever received. Due to the small size and suitability for travel I tried using it daily whilst on holiday in the Caribbean and for the first year my face did not peel at all. I have very dry skin, suffer from eczema and also have oral allergy syndrome which means the skin on my face can become extremely sore and dry. Since using this product I have seen a huge improvement in the condition of the skin on my face, with no more dry patches. I have even seen an improvement in the fine lines around my eyes. Make up is also a lot easier to apply after using this cream. I have also used this product on my hands which suffer from dry, cracked and broken skin. Again I have seen a huge improvement in the skin condition and my hands are no longer sore. The cream is easy to apply, rubs in well and does not come off on my clothes. The fragrance is very subtle, not at all over-powering.
After using them for a few months I am now a big fan of the Revlon 12 hour eye shadows and have several different quad sets. There is a good variety of colour options available with some neutral palettes such as the blushed wines collection which are perfect for day wear and give the barely there make up look. There are also darker options such as the sultry smoke quad set which is suitable for a good night out creating a good smoky dark eyes effect which my husband loves. I find them easy to apply and very smooth to blend on my skin. Unlike many eye shadows on the market they do not crease, smudge or wear off during the day. I have worn them during the working day, on a long haul flight and even whilst in hot climates. In all environments I have found them to be long lasting and smudge free, looking as if they have just been freshly applied. I also recently bought some of these sets for my stepdaughter and have converted her to being a fan of this product. My only slight criticism would be they are a little on the expensive side so watch out for them to be on offer.