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Wholewheat Pasta should be in every house holds cupboards, even more so now given the current economic climate! Its high in fibre and full of complex carbohydrate which gives it a low rating on the GI(glyycaemic index) essentially meaning it keeps you fuller for longer. Not only is it nutritionally sound it is also very affordable. You can pick up a 500g bag from sainsburys.com for 70p which at 125g per serving works out at 17.5p per portion.
I am aware that you can buy the sainsbury's basics for 43p per 500g but the wholewheat version packs over 2.5 times the amount of fibre, less calories and carbs per serving. Making it the far more nutritious alternative.
As for the taste wholewheat pasta is slightly more heavy than its white cousin with a harder texture but for those who like their pasta soggy a extra few minutes on the stove will rectify this. The colour is also darker both pre and post cooking.
In terms of serving suggestions it works well in meat dishes such as bolognese or with a tomato based sauce both hot or cold. My particular recommendation is served with a generous drizzle of extra vigin olive oil, cracked black pepper and grated Parmesan cheese.
There is little to separate the wholewheat pasta offerings by the big supermarkets in terms of taste or quality although Sainsburys whole wheat fusilli is a tad more expensive compared to Tesco, where you can buy their organic fusilli for 60p per bag.
Overall a great food source for everyone.
Men's Health is a monthly issue magazine originally launched in a America in 1987. It caters primarily for Men aged 20-50 with a interest in improving fitness, nutrition, fashion, technology, travel and relationships.
I have been a regular reader of Men's Health for the last 4 years and it is the only magazine i buy on a monthly basis.
The layout has followed the same tried and tested method for as long as i have been reader. Straight from the front cover(usually a half topless fitness model or celebrity) right through to a advertisement on the back. In-between this is a news section, then various articles related to the above topics that men's health covers.
In terms of pricing my latest issue retailed at £3.95 although offers are usually present to subscribe to the magazine for a lot less on a annual basis. In terms of reading time i tend to read about 80-90% of the contents of the magazine in about 2hrs.
The content on each subject tends insightful and plenty of tips can be lifted from a single issue and put to practice in one's lifestyle. Although some of the cover claims such as "get a sick pack just eating burgers" tend to be slightly exaggerated when reading the article inside.
Some criticism needs to levelled at the excess advertisements within the magazine and also the certain articles seem to reappear in another guise a few months after they were originally published. A lot of the style and technology segments are geared towards individuals with high levels of disposable income.
These are all minor faults which don't take away from the fact that this is the best male orientated lifestyle magazine on the market at present.
I have been using Body Fortress Whey protein for close to 4 years primarily as a protein supplement to aid recovery and build muscle after workouts. I am keen athlete but have no intentions of becoming a bodybuilder and look to have muscles which work well as oppose to look good.
Body Fortress Whey protein is sold through networks of Holland and Barrett at rrp of £24.99 for a 908g tub. This will provide the user approximately 32 servings at cost of 78p per serving. However the great thing with BF is that it seems to be on special offer at least 8-10 times throughout the year usually with savings of minimum of 33%. This makes BF one of the cheapest whey's on the market and if you time it right you need never pay full price for this product.
It is currently sold in 5 varieties chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana and natural(no flavor). I have sampled all but the banana flavor and no of them are at all unpleasant to consume with skimmed milk having first been blended.
In terms of serving suggestions i almost exclusively use skimmed milk to make a shake but the product can be served with water, juice, yogurt or added to porridge to make a complete breakfast!
Occasionally i add fruit to my shakes to make a shake/smoothie hybrid and would recommend vanilla whey, porridge oats, strawberries, a banana, a touch of honey and skimmed milk, blended and served chilled.
I really reccomend blending this product before consumption as it tends to come out very lumpy if mixed with a spoon or a fork and the sensation of swallowing a chunk of whey powder is not the most pleasant.
In terms of nutritional content this product packs 17.6grams of protein per serving but only 98 calories and less than 2grams of carbohydrate. So this is a real winner for anyone looking to top up their protein intake without pileing on the pounds. Also it is suitable for vegetarians which again is only a winner.
With the price of fresh meat seeming to on a constant upward spiral, BF offers a cheap solution to supplement one's protein intake.
From reading many fitness articles i aware that BF may not pack the same punch as its competitors but for at times less than quarter of the price it is a great alternative for the more casual body builder or anyone who has a interest in fitness.
I have used Ladbrokes.com exclusivly for the past 5 years to indulge on the occasional flutter.
From what i can remember it was relatively easy to set up my account and having just refreshed my memory by looking at the application form on the site it still retains a straightforward questionnaire to set up a account.
The website itself is easy enough to navigate with the bright red banner and white logo in the top left hand side, log in information placed centrally at the top of the screen and the tabs for the various forms of gambling options in green tabs just beneath.
The gambling options include the traditional sporting bets(predominantly horse racing and football), poker, casino, games(which include deal or no deal and who wants to a millionaire), financial bets(basically betting on the stock market much the same as a stock broker), lotto and backgammon.
Enter into any of these sub menus and you are presented with a hive of activity, perhaps a little to much choice. Sports includes bet in play on certain events and ladbrokes usually has a range of specials stretching from sports to xmas number 1's
In terms of odds they may be a little behind their competitors but not enough for the casual gambler to mind.
Deposits and withdrawals are a done in a efficient and safe manner, using all the relevant security checks you would expect for any well known brand who has migrated to online services. Having had no real complaints i can't comment to much on the customer service aspect although i do recall it was a bit tricky to switch over my card details and i had to wait for my all my transactions to be settled before this could be undertaken.
My only real gripe is Ladbrokes offers for existing customers are very poor and can't think of any they have offered me which didn't involve me depositing more funds with them.
Overall Ladbrokes.com is a easy to use gambling website for the novice or recreational gambler
Since my childhood Kelloggs Start has always been my favorite cereal! I have fond memories snaffling it out of the variety packs Kelloggs offered or beaming as my mum bought a box home from the supermarket.
Start as described by the Kellogg's website is:
"a cereal for people on the move, people who know that a combination of diet and exercise is the key to keeping fit... inside and out.
The crisp, malty taste of wheat, corn and oats is a really enjoyable way to get the energy you need, and Start is also packed with vitamins and minerals which provide a third of your daily needs of vital nutrients in a single bowlful.
So begin every day with Kellogg's Start... and stay out in front"
On the surface this is exactly what Start is. Digging a little deeper and all is not as it seems. Per 40g serving excluding milk Start has 12% of you GDA of sugar and 8% Salt. Add a generous serving of milk and it starts pushing the 20% for your sugar intake.
On this basis of a 40g serving you are looking at approx 9 servings in a 375g per box, which retails at £1.97(tesco.com) or somewhere in the region of 22p per bowl(milk not included). Again on the surface not to bad value for money. However I can quite easily eat a whole box of start in 6 servings which not only bumps up the cost per bowl but also increases my sugar intake.
The is a huge misconception that cereals as a whole are a healthy breakfast. Start does relatively well against its cereal brothers and sister as it packs quite a punch in vitamins and minerals included but the fact that someone with a healthy appetite could take on board close to a third of their daily sugar intake before they have even left the house in the morning is a tad disconcerting.
As for taste Start has a great texture, very crunchy with a distinct hints of honey every mouthful. It works well as both the main stay of a breakfast meal or as a snack during the day.
Overall Start is a good breakfast soultion in terms of cereals but compared to other breakfasts alternatives lets itself down with its high sugar content.
Ask anyone who specialises in nutrition or dietetics what the most important meal of the day is and they will all say breakfast!
Porridge has been the backbone of breakfasts up and down the country for generations and there plenty of reasons for this:
- Its high in slow burning Carbohydrates
- It is packed with fibre
- Its low in Fat esp that of the saturated kind
Tesco's Value range of porridge is currently being sold in 500g and 1kg portions retailing at 42p and 99p respectively. A little odd the larger amount works out more expensive!
In terms of portions you can easily get 12-15 servings from a 500g bag which works out at about 3.5p per serving(if made with water and no toppings added). In times when everyone is looking for a bargain this is saving which just can't be missed!
The porridge can be prepared with water or milk depending on preference adding a little sugar for those of a sweeter tooth. Topping suggestions include honey, bananas, strawberries chocolate. I personally like my porridge with a teaspoon of sugar and slightly watery.
In a blind taste test i am sure even the most hardened porridge eater would find it difficult to tell the difference between tesco value porridge and some of its more illustrious competitors.
Slight downside is the porridge comes in a plastic bag and needs to be transferred to a seal-able container to retain freshness.
Overall not only is this probably the healthiest breakfast available it is also one of the cheapest. Tesco porridge oats i doth my cap!
In the wake of one of the post war recessions, credit has never played such a important part of our lives.
In terms of finance there plenty of factors to consider when applying for credit, whether its a loan or a credit cards.
- Fixed term
- Fixed monthly repayment
- Usually cheaper in terms of APR interest especially for higher value applications(5k and above)
- Limited flexibility in repayments, esp if your financial circumstances change
- Early settlement penalties
- Flexible repayment options
- Interest free offers on Purchases and Balance transfers
- Incentives such as cash back and loyalty points
- More security on purchases made esp online
- Variable interest rate
- Typical APR's interest higher than Loans
- Minimum repayments can mean the debt remains for longer
Overall in my opinion it depends what the money made available is going to be used for, the amount of finance you require which dictates which means of Credit is best for the individual. For smaller purchases, over a shorter term or refinance other card balances, then a credit card could provide a interest free option. However for lending requirements over £5K taken over a longer term then a loan will provide a cheaper alternative, whilst giving you the peace of mind that your debts will be settled over a fixed amount of time
I have been frequenting 5th avenue for nearly 5 years and have watched this club transform unfortunately somewhat for the worst over the years.
5th avenue is a nightclub in central Manchester primarily catering for students and people in their early twenties specialising in Indie music.
In terms of the club itself you can always guaranteed a full house which can be attributed to the ridiculously cheap drinks(depending on the night can be as little as 80p and usually are never more than £2.00 a double spirit and mixer). Their are a range of nights offered through the week however the music as whole is pretty consistently based with a foundation of Indie classics with a splattering of Rock, Dance and more commercial numbers thrown into the mix.
This brings me conveniently to my 1st con, over the years i have noticed especially at the weekends that the music leans more heavily on being mixed night as oppose to keeping with its indie roots. I think this can be attributed to the recession and night clubs allowing a certain chav element through the doors to keep the revenues up.
In terms of the layout the club is based on 2 floors and has been refurbished on more than one occasions. It has 3 bars which usually has capacity to handle the thirsty punters throughout the night and queueing for drink rarely takes more than 5minutes. On the ground floor there is a comfortable sized dance floor, with areas surrounding the dance floor where it is capable to bust a move. Upstairs has 2 smaller bars and seating to rest any tired feet.
As this is a club geared towards young adults it always full of energy and has quite a frenetic feel to it. Also with the vast amount of binge drinking going on it does mean that being bumped into, having your feet trod on or having drink spilt on you is almost a given. My advice don't dress in your best gear and it only becomes a mild annoyance as oppose to a full scale fashion disaster.
In terms of dress code as a whole casual is fine, in fact will as mentioned will do you more favors than than wearing anything smarter. You may have issues getting into the club if you are in a group of lads or don't have a student card. Usually anything more than 3 unaccompanied men with out student card or female company will have difficulty gaining entry through term time.
As for the staff there is huge contrast. The bar staff are generally made up of students and are friendly and approachable. Unfortunately the same can't be said about the door staff. They are very intimidating and i have witnessed them use excessive force on any trouble makers. My advice is let them have there little power trip stay out of their way and it doesn't become a issue.
I guess my biggest problem is 5th avenue just isn't as fun as it use to be. Maybe this is because of the change in music and clientele or maybe its just the fact that i have grown up...a little
I am not Petrol head, I have not owned a car in for nearly 5 years and haven't driven for over 2 years, yet Top Gear is probably one of my favorite TV shows and certainly makes the transition from the weekend to the stresses of the working week so much easier!
I was shocked to find that the show was 1st launched in 1977 and has churned out more than 500 episodes! Although I have vague memories of the run of the show through the 90's. My review is going to be focused on the shows revamp and relaunch in 2002.
Top Gear is the forerunner of motor shows. This itself doesn't do the show justice for it is also probably one of the forerunners for light entertainment on TV at the moment.
This primarily due the on screen chemistry between its 3 main presenters and a show format which makes for such compelling viewing.
The main presenter Jeremy Clarkson is a genius, despite coming across as a rude, ignorant and at times completely obnoxious buffoon there is something very like able about him and under his flippant views is a very intelligent man. He has the knack of saying what people are thinking and is not afraid to court controversy without ever taking it to far.
His co presenters Richard Hammond and James May each have distinct personalities which only adds to show. Hammond playing the cheeky little(literally) scamp and May being the epitome of a socially awkward middle age geek.
When the 3 are together on screen the contrast in styles is emphasised even more which usually leads to hilarious exchanges in views and plenty of practical jokes!
The format of the show is perfect and generally follows a main segment, usually some what unusual motoring challenge split into 2-3 parts, a legitimate review of a range of vehicles, having a special guest do a short interview before sending them round their track in a "reasonably" priced car and a round up of the weeks motoring news.
As mentioned Top gear transcends just being a show about cars into great viewing which can be appreciated by car lovers and non car lovers alike of all ages!
Dimitris is a one of a handful of Greek Taverna situated on Deansgate in Manchester City centre. It is part of a small arcade which includes a Italian restaurant and a Spanish language centre.
When entering Dimitis from Deansgate you are greeted by a cosy traditional themed bar. Once inside you can chose to dine within the bar, a small but well set up restaurant or my particular favorite within the arcade itself to get a real feel of al fresco dinning with all the comforts of roofing and external heaters!!
On my several visits to Dimitri's i have never needed to book a table however i tend to dine earlier than most in the evening and usually will be seated before 6.30.
Although containing many local dishes, the menu itself has a more Mediterranean than Greek feel to it and is split with a range of sharing tapas dishes and individual main courses. I tend to opt for the tapas as it makes for a more intimate experience as a whole. I would recommend the stifado(greek beef stew).
Where Dimitris lets itself down is pricing, although the food quality is of a high standard a typical meal for 2 and a bottle of wine can easily push the £30 per person and the tapas portions themselves could be bigger for the price tag they carry(approx £6 per dish)
The service is always quick and efficient which only adds to dinning experience.
Overall Dimitis is a excellent venue for dates or to take loved ones giving to its intimate set up but may be a bit of a wallet buster for the whole family or large groups.
Ryanair suffers from the marmite effect(it polarises opinions) In my opinion it shouldn't!
I genuinely get angry seeing stories of families of 4 moaning for getting stung by charges for their to 2 week trip to annual holiday, feeling ripped off for the extras added for card booking fees and baggage.
The facts all of ryanairs charges are on their website(although admittedly sometimes hard to find) and you are made fully aware of the final bill before the transaction is completed.
The website does include their full terms and conditions which most people tend to overlook and the costs involved for not bringing your check in documents or having to much baggage. I am not suggesting that these prices are at all fair but they are explained to customer in advance of traveling
I have used Ryanair on several occasions and find that their service is as good as any airline i have used. They seem to one of the most punctual providers on the market and the planes are clean and as comfortable as your gonna get on a budget airline.
Yes there are downsides to Ryanair. To avoid card processing fee's you must book with Visa Electron, of which only approximately 8% of the British Public use. The airport's used can be over 100KM from the intended destination. The internal baggage allowance only allows for the 2-3 days worth of clothing.
Ultimately without Ryanair and Budget airlines in general so many people would not be able to visit mainland Europe, experience a different culture and have a holiday which does not include someone in a Redcoat!
I think part of the reason i like Ryanairs and have no remorse for its dissatisfied customer is the fact that its about the only service which benefits my demographic Young, Single, Male, Employed over the traditional 2.4 children household.
You can have your Tax Credits, Child benefit, Child Trust funds, EMA's whilst i have my cheap holidays around Europe!
Just for anyone who is interested in the definition of the word Review the thefreedictionary.com provides this:
1. To look over, study, or examine again.
2. To consider retrospectively; look back on.
3. To examine with an eye to criticism or correction: reviewed the research findings.
4. To write or give a critical report on (a new work or performance, for example).
5. Law To reexamine (an action or determination) judicially, especially in a higher court, in order to correct possible errors.
6. To subject to a formal inspection, especially a military inspection.
1. To go over or restudy material: reviewing for a final exam.
2. To write critical reviews, especially for a newspaper or magazine.
1. A reexamination or reconsideration.
2. A retrospective view or survey.
a. A restudying of subject matter.
b. An exercise for use in restudying material.
4. An inspection or examination for the purpose of evaluation.
a. A report or essay giving a critical estimate of a work or performance.
b. A periodical devoted to articles and essays on current affairs, literature, or art.
a. A formal military inspection.
b. A formal military ceremony held in honor of a person or occasion.
7. Law A judicial reexamination, especially by a higher court, of an action or determination.
8. A musical show consisting of often satirical skits, songs, and dances; a revue."
But what makes a Good review? Surely this is a very subjective issue.
As for my writing style when it comes to reviewing on Dooyoo usually follows a simple structure:
- What the product is
- What influenced me to purchase/use/subscribe to the product
- The pros of the product in my opinion
- The cons of the product in my opinion
- A short summary on the product
In terms of grammar i will be the first to admit my writing style isn't up there with some of the crowned reviews and the occasional typo does find its way into my reviews.
In general I like to keep my paragraphs short, concise and to the point.
If i can provide any tips into making the most out of the product's features i do my best to illustrate them.
So as for what i dislike in a review is the complete opposite or written by another user i have no common ground on.
My biggest gripe is the British public's need to find fault with everything or have to expect the world when spending on budget models (ryanair reviews are great for this)
SO far the majority of reviews on this website i would say are good and some as good as any specialist critic!
Ask any knowledgeably football fans to review Wigan athletic in a few words and you will generally get the following responses; like able, honest, hard working, underdogs, They are adopted by many fans as a 2nd club for those endearing reasons although they do suffer from the marmite effect as it does upset certain fan bases of more prestigious clubs who have fallen on hard times, that a team with very little history and a even smaller fan base have had so much success.
For me the attitude on and off the pitch is what I love about the club and can really identify with. I have been a fan since i moved to area in 2002 and have watched them go from success to success with more than a little help from "Uncle" Dave Whealen's back pocket. Finally they have established themselves in the Premier League of English football(this could be a case of famous last words come may if they get relegated)
The Pro for anyone considering supporting Wigan:
- They play top flight football
- You can always get a seat(also a negative more on that later)
- They are the cheapest club in the Premier league to support in terms of ticket price. Tickets on average range from £20-£27 for adults, although its worth mentioning they have recently ran a special offer of 3 games for £30! For comparison sake My friend paid £54 to see Manchester United v CSKA Moscow earlier this month.
- The stadium is modern, easy to find and access with a good standard of facilities
- The fans although few in numbers are loyal and as result you really feel part of the club.
- They work very hard in the community offering free tickets to schools and junior football teams in the are
- The team has a array of prospective talent from around the globe
- The atmosphere on match day can be lacking at times as they are the worst supported club in the top flight of football. The average attendance is less than some clubs playing 2 leagues below them.
- The squad is not full of well known players or England internationals
- They don't get the same amount of TV/media coverage as most of the other teams within the league
- A lot of their best players often get transferred out to more established clubs. Which although the revenue and profit margin generated from such moves is great often leave the fans frustrated.
Overall for the neutral or anyone looking to follow a Football team in England. Wigan welcome you with open arms. Come on you Latics!
*update this review has come back to haunt me as Wigan Athletic have suffered their heaviest defeat in their short history a 9-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs this weekend 23/11*
About 6 years ago a company called myspace decided to create the idea social networking online for the masses. A model based round user benefit free to connect with new and old friends, coworkers and random people from Iceland to Mozambique.
As we approach the end of the decade there is only one name people (except the occasionally tweet) think of with social networking and that is Facebook.
Facebook origins lie in the US and was originally launched in 2004. It has since become the most used social networking website available. Its dramatic rise has been contributed to is ease of use as oppose to myspace's vast options to customise one's page.
As for usage anyone is free to set up a account with facebook(unless you reside in China, Iran, Syria and several other countries) upon access to your account your are free to customise your personal details, upload photo your own photos or tag other users photos, search for friends and let the world know what your doing through status updates.
Fundamentally the rise of social networking in particularly facebook has been both the best and worst invention of this fledgling millennium!
Its is undoubtedly a great way to keep in touch with friends, pass messages on about events reconnect with old school chums but it comes with a price and that price is privacy!
In a world where we are sacrificing any form of privacy at a rate of knots(think CCTV and the possibility of identity cards) facebook only fuels this fire. It seems now that i can know what my friend did last night by viewing their photos and know what they are eating breakfast the following morning by a status system so abused that even the most trivial details will get publicised!
There are plenty of apps(again most of them pointless for even the most prolific procrastinator) and at times the whole thing feels like a popularity contest.
That its brilliance and sheer addictiveness comes from the fact it feeds our curiosity(essentially we are bunch on nosey beggars) but this again comes with its drawbacks that to extent we a peering into other peoples lives maybe further than is good to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships.
Overall i am undecided on Facebook but i know it is here for the long run or we install cameras in every room of every buildings with they way things are going should only be a matter of a few years time...MYLIFE anyone?
This the first time i have reviewed something i absolutely despise!!
I am completely shocked to find under the description for most haunted as "Living TV's most popular show" just as i am gathering my composure i am hit with the bombshell that this has been commissioned for 13 series and a total of 161 episodes of dross. Come on how many haunted locations are there in the UK!! Where next a barn where there was a lonely cow but he cheered up before passing away
The shows basic setup is Yvette Fielding and her cronies(mostly so called mediums/psychics and her crew) visit apparently haunted locations within the UK turn the lights off, feign fear badly whilst one of the mediums spout incorrect nonsense apparently under the guise of being possessed.
For the viewer this is complete train wreck TV not only is it a visual disaster as everything is conveniently in night vision with the supposed intent of toning up the fear factor. Also its almost cringe worthy to see grown adults act like morons for 45minutes.
Despite this my poor mum, who is of sound mind and intellect is glued to this rubbish and this leaves me feeling more uneasy than the show itself!