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I received this phone on contract with Vodafone around a month ago now and have nothing bad to say about it. It looks really stylish and has proper keys so that you can write emails or text messages. The screen is really easy to use and navigate around, and there are two buttons on the top of the phone allowing you to "lock" or put the phone on standby really quickly. There are several applications automatically on the phone, such as the map facility, facebook and satellite navigation. You can also attach your email account to the blackberry and send & receive emails on the go, and I find that the signal coverage is great, which means that emails/texts are received and sent really quickly. The camera facility is really excellent (for a phone camera), and you are able to email the photos directly from the blackberry, or upload them to facebook. It has a large storage facility and has some great ringtones already on it. The only negative that I can think of is that men may struggle with the buttons which are quite small, but I don't have any problems with them. I can't really comment on the price I'm afraid as I got it free with a contract, but mine was with vodafone for £35 per month including unlimited texts, 600 minutes and unlimited internet usage, which I think is a great deal!
The Miele Cat & Dog 5000 is the best hoover that I have come across. I have a cocker spaniel and have found that the suction on the hoover is absolutely brilliant at removing all hairs on my carpet. It is really neat and compact, and all of the extra brushes come in really handy. It can all be stored within the hoover, which makes it really easy to pack it all away to carry it up the stairs. I love the look of this hoover as well, as it comes in a really stylish dark red and black. It is really easy to use, and is really light and travels well around the house. I have found that it is even brilliant on all types of different surfaces, as we have wooden floors, carpets and tiling in our house and it works brilliantly on all three. The bags are really easy to change, although a little costly at £19.99 for four (but I don't have to change mine that often and have a two bedroom house using it a couple of times a week). The price is a little high at around the £200, but well worth it for this model, particularly if you have pets or allergies. My mother has had this model for a couple of years now and has never had any problems with it, where other upright models have broken down quicker or had suction problems after six months.
This is one of my favourite bars in St Albans. The décor is really modern, with big comfy sofas that you can collapse in and stay all day. Our local Slug & Lettuce (St Albans) is really clean and hygienic. They play music, but not too loudly, and it is normal "pop" music. The food is delicious and you can normally find something for everyone. They have wraps, burgers, proper plated meals (like fish and chips, sausage and mash etc), salads and sandwiches/paninis/baguettes. The food is a little expensive, and you can usually expect to spend around £5-10 per person on food depending on what you have, but it is really tasty, and the service is really fast. All of the bar staff have always been really friendly when I've been there, and they have a wide selection of drinks available. There are even some unusual drinks there for the more adventurous drinker, such as strawberry beer! The drinks prices are a little high (around £3 for a beer), but again, I find the atmosphere is so inviting it is worth it.
I find that juggling work, a home life and a healthy diet can be difficult sometimes, so to make my lunches at work a bit easier, I thought I would try this weight watchers chicken hotpot ready meal. The packaging itself is fairly standard, but the shape of the box makes it really easy to stack a few of these in the freezer. For those on the weight watchers diet, a portion of this hotpot is only 4.5 points, which is fairly good considering that it is quite filling (and seeing as most sandwiches are at least that, then at least you feel like you've had a bit more of a meal!). It only takes around 7 minutes to heat up, which makes it really convenient for a short lunch break. The instructions for cooking are really simple to follow, and cooks the meal really well. The portion size is perfect, and it looks quite like a thick chicken soup when you take it out. It is really filling, and comes with quite a lot of potato slices considering it is a low fat meal. I have to say that there are only a couple of bits of chicken in each one, and it seems to bulk up on potatoes and carrots, but I didn't really notice too much as the sauce is really creamy and delicious! This meal is priced at around £1-2 (there is currently a deal on in tescos where you can buy them for £1, but this only lasts till mid-Feb 2009 I think), which is well worth it for the taste, diet and convenience!
This pedometer tracks the number of steps you walk in a day, and the distance that you have covered. It also features a stop watch, and for those doing weight watchers, it will calculate the number of activity points that you earn in a day. You can adjust the settings for your height and weight, and even stride length, to allow for more accurate results. I must admit, since wearing this every day, I have become much more active! Before you can earn "activity points" you have to walk enough steps to get to a healthy level. This varies for everyone, as it depends on your height and weight, but for me it is around 5,000-6,000 steps. I find that wearing it on my waist encourages me to walk around more, as I'm horrified to see that by 2pm I'm not "healthy" yet! It is relatively small and straps to your waistband easily, and I have never had problems with it falling off (even when jumping up and down). It has made me so much more active. The batteries last absolutely ages as well, I've had mine almost a year and they've still not run out once! The only real negative I can think of is that it is a little expensive, I think it is priced around £12.95 at the moment, and I know there are cheaper pedometers out there.
Anyone on a diet will know that occasionally you just get a craving for something sweet and naughty! I bought these rich toffee chocolate bars at a Weight Watchers meeting, but you can also get them from the website, or order them over the phone I think. The packaging itself is fairly standard, and the bars themselves are small enough to be slipped into a handbag or desk drawer. For those on the weight watchers diet, one bar is worth 1.5 points which I think is well worth it given how delicious they are! The bar itself is very like a toffee crisp bar, except much lower in fat! It has crispy bits, and a chewy toffee nougat centre, and is covered in thick chocolate. It is fairly sweet so I normally find that one will suffice, but they are lovely with an afternoon cup of tea! I really can't tell that they are low fat, and I have to hide them in my house as my fiancé (who isn't on a diet) keeps scoffing them because they're so nice! A box costs around £1.99 which is a little expensive for five bars, but because I love them so much I can't resist them!
I find that juggling work, a home life and a healthy diet can be difficult sometimes, so to make my lunches at work a bit easier, I thought I would try this weight watchers beef hotpot ready meal. The packaging itself is fairly standard, but the shape of the box makes it really easy to stack a few of these in the freezer. For those on the weight watchers diet, a portion of this hotpot is only 3.5 points, which I think it well worth it as it is really filling! It only takes around 6 minutes to heat up, which makes it really convenient for a short lunch break. The instructions for cooking are really simple to follow, and cooks the meal really well. The portion size is perfect, and it looks quite like a minced beef stew when you take it out. It is really filling, and comes with quite a lot of potato slices considering it is a low fat meal. This meal is priced at around £1-2 (there is currently a deal on in tescos where you can buy them for £1, but this only lasts till mid-Feb 2009 I think), which is well worth it for the taste, diet and convenience!
I find that juggling work, a home life and a healthy diet can be difficult sometimes, so to make my lunches at work a bit easier, I thought I would try this weight watchers chicken curry ready meal. The packaging itself is fairly standard, but the shape of the box makes it really easy to stack a few of these in the freezer. For those on the weight watchers diet, a portion of this chicken curry is only 4.5 points, which I think it well worth it given how nice it is. It only takes around 6-7 minutes to heat up, which makes it really convenient for a short lunch break. The instructions for cooking are really simple to follow, and cooks the meal really well. The portion size looks a little small when you first see it, but it actually really fills me up. The rice is quite fluffy, and does stick together a little when you first take it out of the microwave, but easily breaks up with your fork. The chicken curry isn't very spicy at all, but you do get a lot of sauce, and it is really tasty. You actually get quite a lot of chicken as well considering this is a low-fat curry. This meal is priced at around £1-2 (there is currently a deal on in tescos where you can buy them for £1, but this only lasts till mid-Feb 2009 I think), which is well worth it for the taste, diet and convenience!
This is an absolutely brillant film for kids (and adults who think like kids - like me!) to watch. The premise is that the earth has been evacuated due to some emergency which has meant that humans can no longer survive on it. Wall-e is a robot designed to clean up and he spends his days moving waste around. Meanwhile the humans are living on a massive spaceship run by robots in space, and they are getting fat and lazy! The spaceship sends down a probe to look for live, called Eva, who meets and falls for Wall-E. The effects in this film were amazing, at times it looked like they were actually filming this little robot, rather than just having created him on the computer! The storyline is really cute as well, and I found myself going "awwww" at Wall-E on more than one occasion! There are also the underlying "moral" messages for the kids which so many of today's films miss out on, for example, that we should look after our planet or it won't be around forever, and also the dangers of relying too heavily on technology which will turn us all into couch potatoes! Definitely a great film for the kids, it has brilliant graphics and a lovely storyline - its classic Disney material!
After nearly 20 years, Steven Spielberg has decided to honour us with yet another film to add to the Indiana Jones collection. As a big fan of the first three, I was anxious to watch this DVD. I have read a lot of reviews about this film online and have seen that it was not too popular, but I think that tends to be the way when trilogys are extended. I thought it was a brilliant film. Harrison Ford was brilliant as Indiana Jones, and I loves Shia LaBeouf as the side-kick, he managed to capture that rebellious streak that worked really well. The relationshop between the characters played by Harrison Ford & Shia LaBouef was really believable, and there seemed a real chemistry between them. Cate Blanchett was excellent as the mad doctor, and she was really quite sinister at times. The scenery in the film was fantastic, most of the film taking place in Peru, and there were a few moments of special effects that were truly spectactular. The storyline wasn't the greatest of the Indiana films, and it was a little unbelievable in places, but if you don't take it too seriously then it is definitely a film worth watching.
Eastenders is one of the nation's favourite soaps, first broadcast in 1985, and has continued to entertain the families of the UK ever since! I have watched this soap four times a week for as long as I can remember, and am embarrassed to say that I feel I know some of the characters better than some of my friends!!! It is broadcast three times a week on BBC1, at 8pm on Monday, 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday and 8pm on Friday. It is also broadcast in one big chunk on a Sunday afternoon. The characters are really quite believable, and you really feel that you connect with them. Some of the families in the soap have been on the square since the soap began in 1985, and I think Dot Cotton is one of the only characters still in it from the first episode. Like most soaps, some of the storylines are a bit far fetched, but if it were exactly like reality it would be boring! It has a nice mix of cutesy humour and dramatic stories (particularly around Christmas time), which give you a great break from the every day routine!
Being a big fan of Jennifer Aniston, I was quite looking forward to watching what looked like quite a funny film. The whole plot is centred around the "real life" family that inspired the film and book "The Graduate". The storyline is actually pretty clever, although is a bit tongue in cheek in places. Shirley MacLaine plays the role of the grandmother brilliantly and adds a real sense of fun into what would otherwise be a fairly dull film. Mark Ruffalo is excellent as the main character's boyfriend as well, and you really sympathise with him in places. The film is a little dull in places, but has a few funny moments. It is set in suburbian LA and New York, and some of the scenes in it are truly breath-taking. This film retails for about £3-5 on some of the DVD websites, which I think is a pretty good price for this film. It isn't the best film in the world, and is a bit boring at times, but is a nice feel good film to make you smile.
We went to the Hatfield store of Homebase on Saturday to get our Christmas tree, but also had a browse around the rest of the store. I have to say that the majority of their goods are quite a bit more expensive than other stores I have seen, but they do have some special offers which are worth keeping an eye out for. We bought our Christmas tree, which was £70 for a pre-lit 6 foot tree, which I didn't think was too bad. The checkout staff weren't entirely helpful or friendly. We wanted to pay £30 cash and £40 on debit card, but the cashier who served us didn't know how to do that. It wasn't a massive deal to us, but we just thought it was a bit odd. When we got the first tree back though, the lights weren't all working properly, which was a bit frustrating. However, when we returned it to the store they gave us a full refund without any problems and reserved one in another store for us to collect. The tree was easy to assemble though and looked great once we got it up. I have to say that their staff aren't the best trained in the world, and the prices are a bit expensive, but their customer service isn't too bad.
I can't begin to tell you how much easier shopping online with tesco.com will make your life! The first thing to note is that the site is really easy to navigate. You can browse through the various food options, or look via the special offers, and when you add items to your basket you can see what you have got so far on the right hand side of the screen (and what the total is). The delivery charges are one of the cheapest as well, with some times in the week being £3-3.50 (going up to £6). They have a wide selection of different foods (basically everything in the store). The offers are really good as well, although the only thing I didn't like is that buy one get one free deals are not reduced in the basket, you are charged for two and then the price is reduced when the shopping is delivered (never did quite get my head around that). You can also earn clubcard points on everything you buy, so can accumulate them quite quickly. The delivery slots are 2 hour slots, and go up to midnight, so there a plenty of options there. I think one of the things that puts people off is the delivery charge, but i have actually found that I save more than that by not getting tempted into all the pretty things on the shelves that attract me when I go round the stores in person! I have always found the delivery men to be really helpful and cheerful as well (even those on the late shift!). You can also earn extra green clubcard points by not having any bags with your delivery.
Now I have been a lifelong fan of this movie, and could not wait for it to be released on DVD, and I was not disappointed! It has been digitally restored and you can really see the difference in the animation. The story is brilliant, and is based around a young mermaid who is fascinated by the human world, falls in love with a human but is forbidden from going to the surface by her father. The characters are so lovable, and even the baddie Ursula is likable in a way, as she is so charmingly evil! The songs are really catchy, and I can't help but sing along every time! The music is done by Ron Howard, and it is another one of his masterpieces. The DVD also has several other features, which are a lot of fun. There is the DisneyPedia which helps children (and adults I'm ashamed to say!) to learn about the real life animals under the sea which inspired the movie. There are deleted scenes and animated shorts, and a sneaky peak of the Little Mermaid III (which I have also seen - although they were pushing it a bit with that one!).