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    • Cadbury's Roses / Chocolate / 74 Readings / 71 Ratings
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      01.01.2010 01:12
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      Great to give as a gift, or to receive

      I am sitting here with a pile of empty wrappers sitting next to me, I am a huge cadburys fan so was very happy when my lil sis gave me (or rather my family) a tin of Roses.

      These chocolates always say "special occassion" to me, as thats the only time I get them.

      Each Chocolate is individually wrapped in a coloured foil wrapper. A card enclosed gives you a key to the flavours.

      The flavours are:
      Cadbury Dairy Milk - 2 segments of plain ol' cadburys milk chocolate
      Country Fudge - Fudge surrounded by a thin layer of chocolate (Not a fan of fudge)
      Brazilian Darkness - hard chewy caramel with crushed brazil nut, covered in dark chocolate (in my opinion the worst one in the packet)
      Caramel - Chewy caramel with a milk chocolate coating.
      Caramel velvet - Silky, runny caramel in milk chocolate
      Golden Barrel - similar to the caramel velvet but not quite as sweet and a different shape
      Strawberry dream - Strawberry fondant centre surrounded in milk chocolate (my favourite, nom nom)
      Hazel whirl - A single hazelnut surrounded by thick milk chocolate.
      Tangy Orange Creme - Orange, creamy fondant centre, surrounded by crisp chocolate.
      Hazel in caramel - A single hazelnut, surrounded by runny caramel, encased in milk chocolate.

      I find that after about 10 these chocolates become very sickly, this isnt necessarily a bad thing as it means you cant pig out too much on them.

      Out of all the different tins of choc you can get these are definantely a firm favourite of mine, I eat all but 2 flavours out the tin, whereas in the other tins there are move flavours I dont like, though I do miss the coffee centred ones :(

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        01.01.2010 00:30
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        Definately recommend

        I would never have bought myself a set of GHDS, or even a set of straighteners. My sister had tried to straighten my incredibly curly hair many times with it only to look like a 1980's rock band bad hairdo.

        My brother & partner bought me the GHD purple IV limited edition styler hair straightener gift set for Christmas. Its a beautifully presented set, a small hairdryer, straighteners, in their own seperate bags. These bags velcro onto a roll up bag with handle(has an inbuilt heatproof mat), which also holds 2 hair clips. This is all packaged up, along with an instruction dvd, in a beautiful, matching, purple box.

        When we were due to have a family meal, mainly out of politeness I tried them out.

        I tried to watch the dvd, but for some reason my dvd player refused to play it, so I tried to find it online, or at least some sort of guide, and had no luck. I decided to just get on with it, trial & error.

        The hairdryer is small, travel size, and took ages to dry my hair (mid length, and lots of it). I personally have to use a few more clips to hold back hair out the way, the 2 included just arent enough. The Straighteners warm up very fast, are easy to use, a nice size to hold and actually straighten my hair! I was shocked, my hair was only slightly "fluffy" without any hair products in, with a bit of serum it became lovely and straight, something I'd always dreamed of having.

        These straighteners make it so I could even flick the ends inwards, or out, add a wave or even a large curl. And if I forget to turn them off, they do it themselves after about 30 mins.

        I now think they are definately worth the money if you have very curly hair like mine, they give you the versatility of many more hairstyles that other straightners just cant do.

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        • Vertbaudet / Highstreet Shopping / 46 Readings / 45 Ratings
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          10.07.2009 17:52
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          great when the sales are on, especially for something a little different

          My Mother-in-law got me into buying items from vertbaudet after she bought the most gorgeous fold up cradle. It was like nothing I had seen before & with using codes it was a bargain.

          I had just had my second child at the time and having been very ill with his birth couldnt go out shopping for little outfits how I would have liked to, so being able to either sit with the catalogue or look online was brilliant.

          Their stuff is totally different to the items you'd find in the normal shops. And with a discount on the first order I bought a few gorgeous outfits.

          They not only sell clothes, but kids furniture, toys, and other baby/childrens accessories. You get what you pay for, its not cheap (except for the sales) but it is very good quality. The sales are brilliant though, they really bring the prices down, and this is whenI normally get a few items.

          Theres normally several free gifts offered and discount codes, though the codes dont normally work with sale goods. And you have to pay p&p, so keep this in mind if you only want a single item.

          As of yet I've never had any problems or reason to contact vertbaudet for help or queries.

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          10.07.2009 16:46
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          This is a sequel that does not disappoint

          Having read Eragon I immediately picked up Eldest.
          It is written in a slightly different way to Eragon as it flips from following eragon to his cousin, Roran.

          This book looks deeper into the relationships people have within it and how these develop. Eragon must decide with whom his loyalties lie and how others can use this to their advantage.

          POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT READ ERAGON
          To avenge his family, and prevent others being harmed by Galbatorix Eragon must learn to enhance his powers, but having been badly wounded he is at a distinct disadvantage.
          We Also learn what has been happening since Eragons departure from his home village to his cousin and the other villagers.

          THis book strenthens you feelings towards the characters, and following them along their paths you feel every emotion with them. Though there is less action than in the first book, and the pace is slighlty slower it is still a gripping read.

          Having quickly got half way through this book I ordered the third and last book in the series, knowing I would be annoyed if I'd have to wait to find out how it all ends. And I was right :)

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            10.07.2009 16:19
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            A must read for anyone who enjoys a fantasy book

            I was bought the book set of both Eragon and Eldest one christmas due to my love of dragons and fantasy stories. And this one definately did not disappoint.

            Eragon has grown up with his uncle and aunt as one of their own, he knows little about his mother and nothing at all about his father. As a 15 year old boy he is on the edge of manhood, trained to hunt in the surrounding areas for food. He finds a blue stone, which turns out to be an egg out of which a dragon hatches, and chooses him to be its "Rider". Thats where Eragons adventure begins.

            He is thrown into a world of elves, dwarves, sorcery and magic. Along the way he makes friends, enemies, falls in love and suffers much grief.

            An amazing book, that had me gripped from the start. If you liked Lord of the rings then this is the book for you. The descriptions within weave a clear picture, wich can be both beautiful and unnerving.

            As soon as I had finished Erragon I had to pick up the next book in the series.

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          • Angels and Demons (DVD) / DVD / 30 Readings / 28 Ratings
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            10.07.2009 15:23
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            If you like a murder mystery, check this out.

            I had read Da Vinci code and Angels and Demons before the movies came out. When they released The Da Vinci Code as a movie I said to anyone willing to pay the slightest bit of attention that Angels and Demons would make a MUCH better film. I loved every minute readin the book.

            As with any book based movie, it cannot give all the detail the book holds, but this one does give a good over all view. The book gives a lot more background detail that the majority of the viewing public would find unnecessary to a movie.

            A brief over view of the movie:
            The film starts with a pope having died, and the ceremony of choosing a new pope having started (papal conclave).
            At the same time, in another country, scientists are running an experiment to create anti-matter, otherwise known as the "god particle". Almost immediately after it is created a sample is stolen and a scientist (who is also a man of god) is also murdered in the theft.

            Robert Langdon is approached by the vatican to help them with their own crime due to his indepth knowledge of the illuminati, a legendary group he had spent his life researching. A video message had been left in the name of the illuminati showing that 4 cardinals had been kidnapped, and would be murdered, one each hour in public, ending with the vatican being destroyed as revenge for an ancient misdoing by the vatican against the illuminati.

            Robert Langdon, with help, must follow any clues he can find, along with his knowledge of symbols, religion and past history to try and save the cardinals and the vatican.

            This film will keep you guessing and wondering whose behind it all right upto the end. It is full of action, and mystery. Great if you enjoy your detective and/or thriller movies.

            Even my OH enjoyed this film, and he was really against watching it, he prefers his comic book based movies and comedies. He was also gripped from the start and thoroughly enjoyed the revelation of the "boss" behind it all.

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              10.07.2009 13:41
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              Keep an open mind and you will love it!

              Though I enjoyed watching the Transformers TV series as a child I would never call myself a fan, my other half on the other hand was a HUGE fan and was eager to watch this movie. With both sat, waiting for it to start we had different approaches, mine was to keep an open mind, watching it as a sequel to the first movie but not related to the comics/tv series, he went in expecting it to be a movie upgrade of the comic/tv series.
              I came out having enjoyed it more than him, he had spent almost the whole movie mentally reviewing what they were getting "wrong".

              This movie has definately been made main stream, you get the "bad guy" agent who doesnt want these alien robots around, the teenage angst as Sam Whitwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) tries to balance starting uni, trying to be a normal teenager and a long term relationship with his girlfriend (Mikaela Banes, played by Megan Fox), and finally some Transformers action and explosions. Theres even a pirate like character to tie in with modern day "fashions".

              There are a new Transformers in this movie, but you dont get to know most of them, they're like extras in a soap. And a couple of the ones you are allowed to get to know (aka the twins) you wish you hadnt.

              This movie DOES NOT follow the cartoon, or the comic book, and its best to enter with that fact in mind or you'll loose a lot of the enjoyment that the movie brings. & yes, it does bring enjoyment. The fight scenes are amazing, the comedy (at times) is hilarious and as usual the world is underthreat so lots of action to maintain its safety. 2&1/2 hours is far too long though, many scenes could have been deleted to make this a slicker 2 hour film.

              People have complained about the cgi, mistakes being made, I couldnt see any, I just sat back and enjoyed a great film.

              If your want a carbon copy of pre existing transformers work avoid this, if your between 9 and 14, or enjoy explosive films this is a must see.

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