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    • HTC Wildfire / Smartphone / 65 Readings / 61 Ratings
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      22.02.2014 12:48
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      A great phone

      We have a few phones in our house and this has to be my favourite. It's certainly the one I use on a daily basis.

      I originally bought two of these for both my daughters. As they moved on to other phones these were thrown in a draw until I picked one up and realised what a real great piece of kit it is.

      I'm notreally into mobile phones so I'm going to give you a lay persons view on it rather than an ultra technical one which I guess you can get on the net elsewhere.

      Mine is black and quite small with a touch screen. Initially I thought I'd hate a touch screen as I haven't been used to one before but they really are quite simple to use. The screen is small though compared with some of the newer mobiles out there.

      One thing I did like about the phone is just how robust they are. I can drop mine. Leave it in my pocket and one has even been through the washing machine and still works (after it had dried out). The batteries on mine last a day or so without being recharged and they look smart.

      I have mine set up for internet and emails which is really easy to use. It also, as you would expect, is able to make calls and texts. The facility is there to have it on vibration or have the choice of a number of ring tones.

      One problem I did have with both of the was the on/off switch sticking but both were reapired free of charge under their 2 year warrantee.

      I really do like thsi phone and can't see me replacing it in the near future.

      Highly recommended.

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      19.02.2014 00:57
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      Cheap and cheerful ear phones

      My review is in relation to the Technika probud earphones which according to the packet are made exclusive for Tesco. Although they come in different colours mine are black and not too different to the ones above.

      I first started buying these earphones last year and have gone through a few pair since but at less than £10 a go I think they are very good value. In any case each time they break I take them back and they are exchanged for another pair.

      They come in a sealed plastic case andare suitable for Ipads/Iphones and have a 3.5mm Straight-line connector. Stylish soft touch finish and a 1.2m tangle free cable makes it ideal for me to carry around throughout the day.

      I have found that the silicone buds fit in my ears extremely well and keep background sound to a bare minimum. In fact often I have family members have to actually tap me on the back because I can't hear them shout my name.

      In this set there are neodymium drivers for deep bass and crystal clear sound which I think are superb. The music does seem excellent and provides a great experience in enjoying my favourite sounds.

      Would I recommend them? These are cheap and cheerful and made in China but so are many excellent products these days. Do expect them to break. Two of mine have had problems with just one ear piece working but if you keep your receipt then you'll always get them exchanged.

      It's a yes from me.

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    • Coca Cola Zero / Soft Drink / 39 Readings / 38 Ratings
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      18.02.2014 23:56
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      Great refreshing drink

      I enjoy fizzy drinks but do not enjoy sugar being coated on my teeth all day. I'm therefore a fan of the diet variety. As well as other diet drinks I particularly enjoy Coca Cola and often drink their diet version and more recently their Coca Cola Zero flavour.

      Coca Cola Zero is aimed at Men rather than women as it seems the marketing people believe men do not wish to associate themselves with diet drinks. It's never bothered myself so I can't see the point really but I guess somewhere along the lines they did their research.

      The drink itself in my opinion tastes very similar to diet coke -in fact if I'm honest I can't tell the difference however I understand there is a different recipe.

      Each can of 330ml has less than one calorie and no sugar added. It comes in a black can with red coca cola splashed across the front. It also has zero in white to distinguish it from others. Instead of sugars there are sweeteners added.

      There are other flavours in the zero range including Coca-Cola Cherry Zero, Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero, Caffeine Free Coca-Cola Zero, Coca-Cola Lime Zero.

      If you like diet drinks I would certainly recommend this drink. Itcan be drunk from the can or bottle like all coke can. It can also be drunk from a glass with/ without ice on those warm summer days. Unlike the main types of coke this is often only found in the Supermarket.

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      02.02.2014 19:45
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      Highly recommended Bowel Relief

      I was first introduced to Imodium whilst on holiday about 20 years ago and it has served me well on a few occasions since.

      Although (touch wood) I seldom suffer from diarrhea unless I'm not well there is no worse feeling than going out and about knowing that your 'movements' could move at any time without you being in full agreement. This is where Imodium instant melts come into their own.

      Available in packs of 6 and 12 at a price of about 40p a tablet this is money very well spent.

      Each tablet contains 2mg Loperamide Hydrochloride and also contains Aspartame. These little beauties will stop the runs within an hour in most people and have certainly put my mind at rest when I've been on the go.

      You can 'take 2 tablets initially, followed if required, by 1 tablet after every further loose bowel movement, up to a maximum of 8 tablets per day'.

      They can be used for acute diarrhea or Iritable Bowel Syndrome - but check with your Doc first.

      Are they recommended? For sure. They have a sweet taste and melt on your tongue within seconds. For me it stops the runs immediately. In fact they produce for opposite for me often meaning I don't need to visit for 'gentlemans room' for a few days. My wife and teenage children have also taken them with the same results and they are never out of our holiday hand luggage. In fact my daughter brought two packs with her on her travels and even gave a few to friends who were also extremely happy with the results.

      These are made by mcneil health and you can read all about them at mcneilhealth.co.uk. Other types of the same tablet are available.

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      01.02.2014 20:16
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      Great medication to keep you going

      I'm on some long term medication that causes me to have heartburn. It's medication I can't really do without so therefore it is something I have to put up with. I've therefore tried many different forms of ant acid tablets including Rennie.

      Rennie have been around for 75 years and are the market leader made by Bayer. They contain 'Antacid to neutralise excess stomach acid, Rennie Peppermint and Spearmint Tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion'.

      The tablets I take are at night and it often resulted in me having hours of discomfort lying awake. I discussed it with my doctor and he suggested to take Rennie as it didn't conflict with my medication but it does with some - SO BE CAREFUL. Heartburn can be caused by a number of reasons including fizzy drinks, smoking, drinking, stress etc but if in doubt please contact your doctor as persistant heartburn can be a symptom of something more serious.

      Rennie can also be used for indigestion and trapped wind but this isn't really something I suffer from.

      The main ingredient is Calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate. It can be used by both adults and adolescents aged over 12 years should take two tablets. It is suggested that you suck or chew two tablets an hour after meals and before bedtime, as needed to relieve symptoms. Extra doses of two tablets can be taken if needed, but do not take more than 10 tablets in a day. These particular ones taste of spearmint but you can get different flavours. They are very easy to take.

      Do I recommend? Yes. These tablets do work and are relatively inexpensive at only a couple of pounds a pack but they aren't my favourite ant acid medication. I prefer a liquid and for that I use a different make.

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    • Ford Focus C-Max / Car / 27 Readings / 27 Ratings
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      01.02.2014 19:52
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      Great family Car

      Last year I chose to change my car and decided to have a look at what was on offer with different manufacturers. I've had many cars in the past and have never been loyal to one particular make. It really depended on the offers available.

      Being self employed it can be a bit hit/miss with finance and I've learnt from past experience that it is better to check if finance is available prior to telling the family I'm changing the car. This saves disappointment and embarrassment. I rang Vauxhall and asked them to put me through a finance check and they said they couldn't until I was ready to buy. They were quickly ruled out. Same with Citroen. I then popped onto the Ford site. They pre approved you online (as it should be) and gave you a printout to take to the dealer. I was sorted. So now I could tell the family and go and check out the cars.

      Armed with my certificate I then went down to my local Ford dealer. There were a few cars that I was shown. Fiesta, Focus, CMax, and S Max. With there being 5 of us in the family I quickly dismissed the Fiesta and after test driving the Focus decided I'd like something that bit bigger. That left me with the next car up which was the CMax. Like with most models there are variations depending on the luxury you require. The types available were Zetec starting at £17, 650, Titanium at £19,650 and Titanium X AT £22, 150.

      The Zetec is the most basic model (info below from Ford site)

      ISOFIX Safety seat attachments
      Ford DAB Audio system
      Ford SYNC (includes Emergency Assist, Bluetooth, voice control and audible text messaging)
      USB connectivity
      'Quickclear' heated windscreen
      FordEasyFuel Capless refuelling with misfuel inhibitor
      16" Alloy wheels
      Thatcham Category 1 Alarm
      Air conditioning
      Torque Vectoring Control (TVC)
      Anti lock braking system (ABS)
      Traction control system (TCS)
      Electronic stability system (ESP)
      Front Fog lights
      Power front windows
      Leather trimmed steering wheel

      The Titanium is the middle of the road model (info below from Ford Site)

      Sony DAB Audio system
      Ford SYNC (includes Emergency Assist, Bluetooth, voice control and audible text messaging)
      USB connectivity port
      DEATC air conditioning
      Cruise control with speed limiter
      Power front & rear windows with global open/close
      Auto dimming rear view mirror
      Automatic headlights
      Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
      Hill Start Assist (HSA)
      17" Alloy wheels
      'Ford Power' starter button
      Ambient interior lighting
      Deflation detection system
      Front and rear floor mats

      The Titanium X is the luxury model (info below from Ford Site)

      Panoramic Roof
      Partial Leather seats
      6 way power/heated front seats
      Comfort rear seat system (Not Grand C-MAX)
      Sony DAB Audio system
      Ford SYNC (includes Emergency Assist, Bluetooth, voice control and audible text messaging)
      USB connectivity port
      DEATC air conditioning
      Cruise control with speed limiter
      Power front & rear windows with global open/close
      Auto dimming rear view mirror
      Automatic Bi-Xenon headlights with jet wash
      Rain sensing front windscreen wipers
      Hill Start Assist (HSA)
      17" Alloy wheels
      'Ford Power' starter button
      Ambient interior lighting
      Deflation detection system
      Front and rear floor mats

      I opted the the middle of the range model which as you can see offers many luxuries. I'll take you through some of these. Firstly the radio/cd is rather good. It sets in nicely to the dashboard and has plenty of pre saved channels along with Cd and USB facility to play your IPOD etc. You can even talk to the player to ask what songs you want to play.The Air Conditioning is superb and quickly warms the car up. The heater is also great in removing the condensation from the interior windows.

      One modification I didn't like was the Start Button. Basically you do not use a key to start the car. Providing your key fob is in the car it will start. For somebody who has used a key for 25 years I found it hard to get used to and uneccessary.

      I do enjoy the cruise control though when travelling along the motorway and being able to set the speed to travel. Of course if I need to manually intervene by slowing down this can also be done.

      The dashboard is also built in with bluetooth for hands free phone use which is very convenient.

      The car itself looks very sleek and is very comfy for myself and passengers with seatbelts to all five seats that go over shoulder and not over the lap like some rear seats have.

      One real bug bearer for me was the fact that within the first 6 months I had rather a bad puncture as I hit the kerb and with the high performance tyres one split. You no longer get a spare tyre and I was forced to call family to take me to a nearerst garage to buy a new tyre at the cost of £160.

      The boot in the car isn't as big as some boots I've had in cars but it is still a very reasonable size and would suit most families.

      Would I recommend the CMax. Yes without a doubt. Like with most cars shop around for the best deal. I managed to shave a few thousand off my price.

      Copyright Stebiz 2014 also on ciao.co.uk

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      • Kopparberg Apple / Beer / Cider / 67 Readings / 65 Ratings
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        05.10.2013 12:40
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        A very bitter cider

        Well I'm going to keep this review short and sweet which is exactly the opposite of what I found of the drink last night.

        Over the last few years I've really started to enjoy a glass of Cider of all flavours ie Berry, Pear, Plum, Apple etc and usually buy a few bottles for about £5.

        Last night whilst in Home Bargains I noticed this 'Premium Cider' by Kopparberg labelled NAKED APPLE and noticed it was only a £1 a bottle. A bargain I thought and put a bottle in my basket. I'd considered taking advantage of the cheap price and buying 1/2 dozen but I only had £20 on me and had left my cards at home. I didn't think the wife would take kindly with me coming back with no tea.

        The bottle is green and has a metal bottle top. It also looks expensive and it says on the bottle it is 4.5% VOL. It boasts on the bottle that Kopparberg is 'famous for fruit ciders' and this bottle was the original. It is 500ml and says it is clean, crisp and refreshing.

        So last night I sat down to watch Piers Morgan. The bottle had been chilled for a few hours and I was ready to enjoy it. Well that's what I hoped. The first 'swig' told me that this wasn't my normal cider. It was bitter. In fact I could hardly see how any sugar had been added at all to the recipe. In fact it tasted like all the sugar had simply been removed.

        I took another swig and by this time my eyes were watering and in my opinion it tasted awful. I'm not sure if the cider gremlins got in this on it's way over from Sweden or if the sulphites used to preserve it had reacted but I couldn't drink any more.

        So this morning two thirds of a bottle are cleaning out my pipes in the kitchen after being poured down the sink.

        I wouldn't recommend this drink at all and give it a massive 1 star - only because I have to.

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          01.09.2013 09:22
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          A great inspirational book for those who enjoy making money

          I have always had an interest in making money which is one of the reasons I found this great review site. As well as earning money in my main job I've always found sites like this help me with a few other bits that perhaps I wouldn't usually have bought.

          Since I was left school 25 years ago I have worked continuously. I've never been on the dole and I've always done what I could to earn an honest living but at times it has been hard. If you take the average persons salary 25 years would equate to over 600k in cash over this period and yet other than a house most would have little to show for it.

          This is were Rich Dad Poor Dad exams the idea behind building assets. His view is that if you can buy an asset say for example £100,000 house, this could provide you with an income for life of say £6,000 as well as the property going up in value. It is only this £6,000 you should live on and at no time eat into your main asset.

          Since this author was young he has always worked hard to invest in assets of one kind or another to provide him with an income. It appears to have paid off as he is now a multi millionaire with numerous properties.

          Much of the book refers to dollars as he was American but the concept is really the same in any country. It really got me thinking. Say Dooyoo made me £10 this month. If this was invested then it might make me 30p or so a year. If I was just to live off that 30p rather than spend £10 then that would go towards a guaranteed income for life. If I was able to put £1,000 a way that might make me £30 a year for life..........and still leave me with the £1,000.

          I enjoyed the book and have always been interested in asset building. I've not done too bad over the years but it isn't quite as easy as he'd have you believe. At the same time it is achievable and with a bit of hard work (and luck) it is within anyones grasp.

          I enjoyed the book and no doubt my £8.39 I paid on Amazon will go towards his asset building project. Good luck to him and all those that try it for themselves.

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          • Magners Pear Cider / Beer / Cider / 73 Readings / 71 Ratings
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            Nice cold cider

            I'm not a huge drinker although I do tend to drink more during the Summer months rather than the Winter ones. I also tend to drink beer or cider of a Summer rather than shorts which I drink in the Winter.

            It was my brother who actually introduced me to cider a few years back. At the time the main ingredient was apple and that was the type I would drink. Then one day I was browsing the shelf in the supermarket and came across Magners Pear cider so I thought I'd give it a go.

            Pear cider isn't a new thing. It has been around for years, often disguised as a branded perry such as 'Babycham' but that drink was aimed largely at women and wasn't really fashionable. Perry was also known as a "yokel" drink favoured by people living in farming communities. In fac it wasn't unusual for locals to have a few trees in the corner of a field they'd use for cider making.

            Moving on to this drink. It comes in a bottle that looks identical to the one above. It comes with a bottle top that needs a bottle opener. I don't find that an issue but others might and it makes you wonder why they don't have a screw variety. Perhaps it is to make it look that bit more special. It also comes with foil wrapped around the top part which I find rather annoying as I find it near impossible to drink out the bottle without getting bits of this in my mouth.

            It is a good idea to keep the bottles at fridge temperature in order to enjoy it the most and I usually leave mine in there for a few hours prior to having a drink. It pours a nearly clear liquid and is of course made with 100% pears. It obviously has no hard and is sparkling.

            Upon tasting it I can only say that it tastes more like juice, which is rather frightening as I can see how older children could take to it quite easily. In fact it is easy to see how somebody could get really quite drunk without realising it. At 4.5% ABV it isn't hugely alcoholic, only like a normal beer, but the ease it goes down is quite frightening. You can get a slight hint of pear out of it but it is quite sweet and the fact you are drinking, rather than eating it, it is easy to forget what it is that has been fermented.

            The bottles themselves are not cheap either. They tend to cost on average £1.50- £2.00 so the money can add up if you plan to have a few. I tend to just stick to a couple and especially when the sun is out can't think of anything nicer sitting in the garden.

            I would recommend this drink. It can be drunk by young (over 18) and old alike. It is very refreshing and I can only see the market share increase in years to come.

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            • Calpol 6 Plus / Pain Relief / 58 Readings / 58 Ratings
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              I'm going back to the medicine

              My son is just 8 years of age and for most of his life I've given him Calpol for any aches/pains/fever etc like most Mums and Dads do. Last time I went to the supermarket I saw these tablets and thought what a great idea. If I was out and about and he needed medicine I could simply keep a pack of these handy. How wrong can somebody be?

              The tablets came in a box like above. In total there were 24 and the price paid was £6.00. So in essence it is just over 25p or so each. Not a huge amount.The flavour is strawberry which is a kids favourite and each tablet contains 250g of Paracetamol. They are only suitable for children 6 or above. So far so good.

              As they contain Paracetamol it is very important that you follow the correct doses and these are written clearly in the instructions and on the pack. You are told 'To remove a tablet, use fingernail to break the foil along the dotted line before pressing out the tablet. Calpol Six Plus® Fastmelts should be sucked gently until they melt on the tongue'. Absolute nonsense.

              The first time I tried this a couple of weeks back my little boy was just getting over a cold and was suffering earache. He was happy to go to school so I thought I'd give him some 'Calpol' to ease the pain. Breaking the foil I found that the tablet was all crushed. I literally had to pour it into his mouth. I thought it was just the odd one. But that night he was complaining again from earache and my wife got up to see him during the night........................when she got back into bed she had powder on her and complained how she had to do what I had done that morning.

              Now there is the possibility that we just got a rogue pack. The packet wasn't broken or crushed so I'm not sure how but there is a possibility they were damaged in transit. The positive side is that they did work and my son did enjoy the taste but I think I'll keep to the medicine from now on.

              This review has also reminded me to write to McNeil products.

              1 Dooyoo star for me

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                Great Opticians

                As I'm in my forties and work in front of a screen all day and a lot at night I thought it was sensible to get an eye test done. The last time I had one was when I was at school.

                As Specsavers had advertised a lot on the radio and TV I thought I'd give them a go. They had a local shop and when I rang them they could arrange a test the next day.

                Arriving at the shop I was pleased to see how bright and clean the premises where. There were so many different types of glasses on display and the staff were very welcoming and not too pushy. I explained that I had an appointment and they filled some paperwork in with me.

                Within minutes they had me in a room with a computer to take some photographs of my eye and everything was sterilised when I was finished. This gave me confidence that the same had been done prior to me having my eyes against the eye piece. The assistant was very very friendly and bubbly and I felt at ease straight away.

                After this I was introduced to the examiner herself. Again such a friendly person who took me in to another room and examined the photos. She also ran some tests on a computer removing slides as we went along. This is a lot different than we had years ago and so much more professional.

                The examiner also explained the results to me with a very slight impairment on one eye but not one that would mean getting glasses unless I really wanted to She also checked for diseases and said that it was all clear.

                I also noticed that they carry out hearing examinations in the shop too, which is something I'll bear in mind in future.

                I will get a reminder in another 12 months for another test which I will go along too for peace of mind. I'm so glad I went to Specsavers. They are not only quite cheap- it only cost me £20- but they are also extremely professional.

                Fully recommended with 5 Dooyoo stars

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              • Otex Ear Drops / Medicine / 52 Readings / 51 Ratings
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                Will not work for all.

                I have suffered for most of my adult life with Ear Wax. It isn't a case I don't clean my ears or anything, as I do, but more the fact that my body creates too much ear wax. I think it runs in the family as my Dad and Uncle have had the same problems.

                Most people will only become aware of the problem when they realise that they have the TV on too loud or they struggle to hear people speak. The first time it happened to me I took a visit to the Doctors and he suggested that I use Otex to liquidise the wax and then if necessary get them syringed.

                So of I trotted to the Chemist and bought a small a small bottle of Otex. It cost me about £4. Otex contains urea hydrogen peroxide, which reacts with moisture in the ear wax to release oxygen.

                In order to use it you squeeze 5 drops in the associated ear and tip the head so the loose wax can drip out. Pretty disgusting and best done in the bathroom and away from others.

                'The bubbles of oxygen help to break up the wax, while the remaining urea and glycerol soften any hardened wax so it can be shed naturally from the ear'.When you have it in your ear you could actually hear the wax breaking down.

                I did hear a lot better after using these ear drops however in my case I still needed the syringing. When I was getting them syringed the nurse said that it many cases drops by themselves are enough. But in severe cases they still need syringing. She also went on to say that without the drops, as the wax can get very hard, she insists on the wax being loosened first.

                I'll give it 3*'s. It might work for some but you still may need medical assistance.

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                Not a drink for all the family!

                Well up to now this Winter I've kept those flu and cold viruses away, until last week. Starting off with my little lad getting a cold, then the Chief Nurse (Mum) getting her version and then finally after sneezing all night over me for a few nights my immune system decided it had better give in.

                It wasn't man flu, although even man cold is at levels women can't even imagine. One of those 200 viruses that can make up a cold had found its way past my defence. Waking up on Tuesday I had a sore throat coming on. Nose dripping too. But as I'd just started a new job recently time off is something I couldn't really consider. If my boss felt different when I arrived at work that was his choice. Not mine. His choice was to keep me in.

                So it was important that I did all I could to knock this cold in the head as quickly as possible. This is paracetamol based so it wasn't as if I could shove all kinds of drinks down my throat. My lemsip box came with 5 sealed sachets. The sachet came with a powder mix that you poured into hot water. You can't use it in cold water as the mix doesn't dissolve correctly. You can smell this drink a mile away. No wonder the cold does a runner.

                It isn't a nasty drink but then again it isn't something I enjoy. Usually I just take a warm drink of cordial and a couple of paracetamol INSTEAD, I stress instead as otherwise you could overdose. I find it cheaper. However I thought I'd give this a go because of the decongestant. 'Some Lemsip products contain decongestants which work by constricting the blood vessels; this action may worsen raised blood pressure/hypertension' so it is not advised to use if you do suffer from this condition.

                After drinking the lemsip I did feel a bit better. Even whilst drinking it I could feel the vapours wafting through my nostrils. This made me breath easier and the paracetamol took the pain away from the tension above my nose. Later that day I took another sachet and this had the same affect. I also slept easy that night too, without feeling blocked up.

                Was this down to the lemsip? I don't know. Like all medicines it is so hard to say whether we'd recover anyway. Maybe it was just a 24 hour cold. For this reason I can't really recommend or not recommend,if you get my drift. Would my cold have gone anyway with paracetamol and juice, along with my head over a steamer with menthol or lemon drops.? It would certainly be a lot cheaper. It might also be a lot safer as there are so many DO NOT's on the packet ie: Pregnancy, Kids, Blood Pressure, Diabetics, Vegetarian etc etc

                Mine cost £2.60 for a pack of 5. Available frommost corner shops, supermarkets and chemists.

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                • 21 - Adele / Music Album / 88 Readings / 87 Ratings
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                  Super Album for all age groups

                  For those of you who have been asleep the last five years, you really don't know what you have been missing. This North London girl with attitude has come on the music scene out of nowhere and some of her songs really are out of this world.

                  Born in 1988, Adele's debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to huge success and certified four times platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US. 'At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance'. All this before the age of 21.

                  It wasn't long before she released her second album 21 in early 2011. This is the album on here and it really is quite amazing. The album has hit number 1 in more than 26 countries, including the UK and the US. I've got the album in the car and have played in continuously for months and love belting out the songs as I drive along. She has released three singles from it. These were "Rolling in the Deep" , "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain".

                  The album:

                  1) Rolling in the deep. Although reaching number one in eleven countries, including reaching number one in the 'Billboard Hot 100' for seven weeks it only reached number two in the UK. The song was written by Adele and Paul Epworth and the notes she reaches with her brilliant toned voice really are fantastic. Just listening to it really brings music alive to me and with this song in particular brings chills up my spine. Why on earth it never reached number one in the UK I'll never know.

                  2) Rumour has it. This song isn't my favourite song on the album but was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder. Like many of Adele's songs the words it was written with a purpose and Adele said it was aimed at her own friends, who frequently spread rumours about her break-up with her boyfriend: "People might think it's about blogs and magazines and papers, but it's not. It's about my own friends believing stuff that they hear about me, which is pretty mortifying really." It is more of a jazz number with a lot of percussion. I'd be surprised if it was ever released. It just isn't one of those songs you can sing along too.

                  3) Turning Tables. This was another song written by Adele after an altercation with her former lover. Although the song has a lot of meaning the song doesn't in my opinion allow Adele to use all the range of notes with her voice. It is a Pop Ballad and does allow you to sing along. The words have real meaning and you can get a feeling of what is going through her mind. The lyrics 'Close enough to start a war, All that I have is on the floor, God only knows what we're fighting for, All that I say, you always say more' often come to my lips throughout the day after listening to it in the car. Sadly it flopped at 62 in the charts.

                  4) Don't You Remember is a song that hasn't been released but in my opinion should be. It is a sad song and the pain comes out with her voice. Again a song about somebody leaving her. I'm not sure if this was about her ex lover, like a lot of her songs are about, but for those who have split up with loved ones, it is asking why did you leave me, and to remember the good times they had. Over 31 million hits on youtube show what others think.

                  5) Set fire to the rain. Why oh why did this only reach number eleven in the UK charts? This song is absolutely amazing. It really does get you belting the song out loud as you drive along. Her voice reaches so many different notes. If you listen to just one song on this album please listen to this. Try googling Adele's live version of the song, from Live at the Royal Albert Hall on youtube. It has received 'a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on 10 February 2013'. I'd be surprised if she didn't get one.

                  6) He Won't Go. This song hasn't been released either and is very much a slow song with a piano background. She really does sound in pain while singing this. The emotion of her voice as she sings 'Not one resemblance to the man I met, just a vacant broken boy instead.

                  7) Take It All. So many questions in this sad song. Didn't I give it all? Didn't I do it right? Did I let you down? The song is slow but allows Adele to reach a number of her best notes as she appears to talk to er ex lover in this song. Not one of the most popular hits on the album and with only 3 million hits on youtube, unlikely to be released as a single.

                  8) I'll Be Waiting. One of my least favourite on her album. Starts off with a bit of a drum background and what appears to be an electric guitar. It is more upbeat but I don't feel anything for the words. It just doesn't come across like her other songs do and I often skip this.

                  9) One And Only. According to Adele 'it is about trying to buck up the courage to tell someone who you've loved for ages that you want to be with them'. Often she becomes visibly choked up while singing the song during live performances and it is believed the song is about somebody she used to have strong feelings for. A nice song to listen to with great words.

                  10) Lovesong. A cover song of one released by The Cure. One of the reasons I enjoy listening to Adele is her brilliant voice. The other is the words which I believe she has written from her heart. So as she only sang this I can only enjoy this half as much as many of her other songs.

                  11) Someone like You. This was Adele's first number one and is an absolute wonderful song. Adele had said that she began writing it on her acoustic guitar in the wake of the break-up of her 18-month relationship with the 30-year old man she thought she would marry. But rather than dwell on the past this song allows her to sing out her emotions and although sad it sends a shiver down your spine. She is obviously showing how she is coming to terms with losing him and this comes across in 'I heard that you're settled down, that you found a girl and you're married now, I heard that your dreams came true, guess she gave you things I didn't give to you. A great song with some real meaning and sang absolutely beautifully.

                  If you are ever going to buy an Album in your life please give this Artist and Album serious consideration.

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                    Great all round DIY knife

                    I have said on many occasions how I don't fancy myself as a DIY'er. Put simply I find it stressful and no matter how hard any of us will try, you will never be as good as a professional. The best you will ever be is a 'Jack of all Trades, Master of None', so that is why I usually get tradesmen in to do work.

                    However it won't have gone unnoticed by many that we are now in the depths of a recession. Treble dip, many would have you believe. For this reason we have really been tightening our belts and when a piece of bathroom carpet needed replacing we decided to do it ourselves. Or to put it another way, the wife decided I would do it myself.

                    So on the day in question I removed the old carpet and lay out the roll of the new one. It wasn't to size and needed cutting and this is where my Stanley came in handy. For small jobs I have used a craftsmens knife before but going through carpet the blades often snap. With Stanley, although the blades get blunt I have never had one snap. Touch wood.

                    The Stanley knife is grey painted and die-cast metal and moulded in a way that makes it very easy to grip. It cost around £5-£6. The blades are stored inside the knife itself and can be accessed via a screw which when undone opens the knife. It is inside here that you can also adjust the blade positions. However that isn't always necessary as you have basic control with the slider on the outside which retracts the blade when your job is complete. It also allows you to push the blade out a small bit if you don't want a full blade.

                    The length is approx 6" long and it is quite heavy duty. It would take a lot for you to break the knife although I suppose you could lose the screw holding the knife together.

                    The blades themselves usually come in packs of 10 and can cost about £3.00 or so. They also come in different thicknesses depending on what you want to cut. but I find the 0.65mm blade is quite sufficient for cutting carpet and lino etc. However I guess that depends on how thick your floor cover is.

                    I am happy to say that I have now completed the laying of the carpet. The knife worked a dream and cut through with ease. Too easily at times so be careful not to cut too much off or injure yourself. The blades are still intact and although it won't be as good a job as a carpet fitter, it looks good.

                    I would recommend the Stanley knife to all DIY'ers.

                    Copyright Stebiz 2013 - also on ciao.co.uk

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