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Having recently downgraded my sky package and taken off the movie channels I decided to start making my way through a rather dusty looking dvd collection. In need of humour, and not wanting anything with much depth I settled on this.
This is the sequel to Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery and is full of toilet humour and cheesy gags from start to finish.
Starring Mike Myers as Austin the film starts off with Austin being woken up in the 1990s needing to find his "mojo" a.k.a sex appeal and save the world from the dastardley Dr Evil - also played by Myers. However I am not going to give the plot away.
There is a lot of linking between this film and James Bond in a micky tacking spoof like way with Austins "bond girl" sidekick - the wonderfully named Felicity Shagwell (played by Heather Graham). The villain is Dr Evil who is joined by his own mini me along with a rather unattractive and appropriately named Fat Bastard - also played by Myers but in a fat suit. The plot is rather predictable but there are some classic moments when the whole disjointed Dr Evil family go on Jerry Springer and a slightly uncomfortable , but never the less hilarious, moment involving Austin and Heather in a tent, various items and silhoutte lighting.
This is definately a slapstick comedy with inuendos everywhere, I think it woud help if you had watched the first film but it is not essential. Mike plays the nerdy , "sex" symbol well, Dr Evil is pure genius but I found Fat Bastard a little too disgusting and had to look away for the "chicken in the bed" moment so beware!! There is no message, no hidden meaning and no real point to this film but it is, in my opinion, one and a half hours of mainly comic brilliance.
The DVD also includes some extras worth looking at - deleted scenes including accidental bloomers and more toilet humour - worth watching for more laughs, behind the scenes and music videos - including Madonna's beautiful stranger written specifically for this film.
If you are looking for a film with twists, turns and surprises this is not for you, if you just want a laugh and are not easily offended then this is it - it can be picked up very cheaply now - under £4 new in Amazon and it is a certificate 12.
Until last week I had not had one of these for years but they are currently on buy a pack of 5 get a pack of 5 for free in Tesco costing a grand total of £1.55 for 10 - I am not sure this justified the 4 packets I ordered though.... nevertheless I felt unable to resist the urge!
They come as shown above and are made by chocolate giants Cadbury. They are a substantial size and completely covered in gorgeous mouth watering cadbury's milk chocolate , inside is scrummy nougat on top of a crunchy base which is quite biscuit like in texture and contains crispy cereal. As soon as you open the wrapper you can smell the delicious milk chocolate, I find it nicer to eat the nougat part first - nice and chewy but not too much so and not too sweet either , before eating the harder, crispier biscuit like cereal part - this chocolate is a nice balance of soft and hard and extremely filling - I would have to be in need of a major chocolate fix to eat more than one of these at a time.
Nutrition wise these are not good for you!
If E numbers have an effect on you avoid these as they contain E442 and E446. On the wrapper it states that each 60g bar will cost you 275 calories, and contains 32.4g of sugar (over a third of your daily alllowance) , 11.3g of fat and are not suitable for anyone with allergies to soya or nuts as the wraper states the bars may contain traces of them. It also says to be enjoyed as part of a healthy active lifestyle - so I guess if we go for a three mile run before indulging we will be ok!- but I believe a certain amount of chocolate is essential to help maintain a happy person!!
Enjoy - I am!
A side effect to one of the tablets (chlorpromazine) I take to help stabilise my bipolar is torticollis - otherwise known as wry neck, my head muscles basically go into spasm and my head ends up turning slightly to one side, it is extremely painful and takes a few visits to my osteopath to put right. As I normally have to wait a few days to get treated I rely on this to get me through - I will take painkillers as well if it gets too bad but prefer not to pump my body full of any more medication as I am on enough as it is.
It comes in a can as shown above and is for fast relief of rheumatic pain, muscular aches and strains.
Main active ingredients
To use this you need to make sure you are applying it to skin which is not broken - no cuts etc. The first time you use this I must emphasise the need to do so on a small area only. I am ok taking this but my teenage son had some reaction to it and came out in a rash - this disappeared reasonably quickly but he did say it felt like his skin was burning for a while - so please be careful. You also must make sure you don't spray too close to the skin to avoid the burning sensation rather than warming sensation you should be getting. Shake the can well first and then remove the lid and spray at least 6inches / 15cm away from the skin in three short bursts - do not be tempted to do more than this it is not needed and will lead to too much heat. You can re apply this up to 3 times a day if required.
What is it like
It has a heavily medicated smell to it and for me it offers some relief from constant aching muscles when my wry kneck occurs. It is not a miracle cure, it will not make you feel like dancing a jig or going mountain climbing, but as long as you are not allergic to any of the key active ingredients, it should offer help. The skin feels as though it is slowly warming up and this in turn reduces the amount of pain you are in.
It was also fairly useful when I had sciatica a few years ago but it failed to make any indent on my compressed discs in my back last year so I think it is effective help for moderate pain. I wouldn't recommend using it for long periods.
They say writing things down is good therapy so here goes.
11 years ago I was in a high powered job with a great wage, no major debt , lots of friends, a gorgeous son (5 at the time) and a supportive husband. I had everything going for me and yet I felt like my whole world was caving in. I was far too embarrased to talk to anyone and just kept my feelings to myself - pull youself together Lisa, what have you got to complain about. The darkness I was feeling steadily got worse until everything seemed to overwhelm me. I started to burst into tears at the slightest thing and became overly sensitive to any joke that may relate in an obscure way to me. The feelings of tension became so strong that I started to self harm.
At first I managed to conceal this but it was inevitable it would come out at some stage. My husband did not know what to do, reacted as most people would, with horror - telling me I had to stop this. I tried but failed.
My husband worked shifts at this time and one night I was on my own (husband at work and son at my mums) when I decided enough was enough.
People may critisise me for the following.
I started the evening by writing a letter to my husband - asking for his forgiveness and tellig him I loved him and my son but could not cope with how I felt any longer, people say that commiting suicide, or attempting it, is the most selfish act. In a way it is but when you are so low that you contemplate ending your life it is not because you want to take the easy way out. As a christian I struggled with the fear of being alive and the fear that by ending my life I would be eternally "doomed" but I could not carry on any longer - so after placing the letter on my husbands desk I took a concoction of alcohol mixed with 80 paracetamol and went to sleep - at the time I hoped forever.
My husband was not due back for 8 hours by which time, I calculated, I would be out of the "madness of my mind". Strangely that night he was ordered to leave work 6 hours early, I don't remember him coming home, I remember waking up in hospital and being given a disgusting charcoal drink which made me very sick. I had blood tests and other tests and after a day was told how "lucky " I was to be alive and that only time would tell what damage I may have done.
I remember apologising to everyone, saying it was a moment of madness, persuading the hospital psychiatrist I was fine, screaming inside and not feeling lucky.
As a family we did not really discuss it, pushging it away, embarrased and ashamed. I pushed it down but it kept coming back and inevitably I tried again with no success to end my life.
The next two years were mainly spent in our local psychiatric hospital where I was put on various drugs and mostly slept - slipping between the dark feelings and other more pleasant ones - at times I felt almost like I was God and that I could do anything - this I now know was the beginning of mania.
Nothing seemed to balance my moods, no drugs worked well and E.C.T just wiped out some of my memory and gave me recurring headaches - then came a small light. A new psychiatrist who wanted to try me on a new drug called depakote - it worked quite well. I managed to feel a little more human, I managed to almost stop self harm, I managed to smile.
Three years after my initial suicide attempt I was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar - my mood swings changing frequently.
Medication on its own though, did not seem enough, I still felt quite ill a lot of the time. I was referred to a psychotherapist and the first time I went to see her turned out to be the best decision. I won't go into details here, but my father (who I now adore and never touches alcohol) was a violent drunk, I was sexually abused by a close friends uncle for 3 years, one year after he was imprissoned I was raped almost outside my own house - and psycotherapy ripped me apart and slowly rebuilt me to a point where I am now mostly ok. Apparently a large percentage of people with mental health problems have abuse in their past.
I work hard at beating this illness, it is a part of me but it doesn't own me, I have not been in a psychiatric hospital for six years and I don't want to ever want to go there again.
Please don't judge everyone who has bipola by Kerry Katona's standards!
Thankyou for reading
A personal experience of BT customer services
Apart from a brief venture with another company I have always been with BT - more through the convenience really. As the credit crunch bites harder and harder I decided to look into other options with regards to phone / broadband / tv packages and after full investigation realised I could save a lot by downgrading my package with BT to landline only and defecting to a different company.
When phoning BT and going through millions of options and being on hold for a very long time I was eventually put through to an "agent". I explained that I wanted to downgrade as there was a large saving to be made going elsewhere - I gave them the figures and then was put back on hold for a further 10 minutes. When the "agent" came back online he gave the usual jargon about me being a valued customer ( this is something they use to try and massage your ego I feel - I never fall for it with any company) and they could match the price for a year of what I was quoted as they did not wish to lose me.
Changing broadband supplier etc can be a bit of a hassle so after weighing it all up I decided to stay with BT at a much reduced rate - I was albeit temporarily, a happy customer.
Around 1 month after this call, I had an email from BT advising me I had gone over my monthly allowance on broadband and they would overlook it this month but in future months I would be charged?? As our family uses the internet a lot I always have an unlimited package so usage charges have never come into it. Must be a mistake I naively thought as I set about phoning and navigating round the options to speak to another "agent".
The agent explained that when I had called a month ago I had asked to downgrade my broadband , there was no "record" of me being persuaded to stay at a reduced rate, nothing about them trying to get me stay - just me wanting to downgrade. Luckily for me I also now record all calls like this myself and asked to speak to a manager.
After another 10 minutes on hold I was put through to a manager who said they always write notes according to phone conversations and I had definately not been given a reduction in price - this is not their policy etc etc and so forth. I asked him if he could listen to my earlier call - he agreed and I played it to him.
The manager said there was no guarantee this was a genuine recording - may as well have called me a liar in my opinion - and agreed to investigate further - meanwhile I am unable to increase my plan to unlimited without paying a lot more money - I am, at this stage, rather unimpressed to put it mildly.
Two months later another manager calls me full of what I call "humble pie", terribly apologetic and promising to repay any charges to my account for usage and reduce my bill accordingly for the remaining year.
In my opinion they do not treat customers with the respect deserved and on no occassion should a company such as this insinuate the customer is not being accurate with the truth. I will wait out the year - apparently they put me on another year contract when I "downgraded" and quite frankly I have not got the energy to argue that one. I will definately be looking to change a renewal and unfortunately will not be able to believe any offers I a so called "valued" customer, am suddenly entitled to.
Rant over lol
I will admit I was first attracted to this website through the forums in moneysavingexpert. The prosect of making 50p for little work ( not how I feel now) seemed really appealing and could be a way of helping clear a few of my smaller debts.
So on day one, with no idea of the real spirit of dooyoo, I set about doing 6 reviews - 150 words per review , people rated it and £3 made - if I could keep this up I would be quids in I thought.
The next day I eagerly logged on - I had a comment, it was a constructive comment from one of the guides - I feel lucky that this guide wrote the way he did - welcoming me to the site, picking up the positives of the review, then making suggestions on how my review could be improved to be more informative to the people reading it - especially the non readers.
From that moment on I was hooked on the positives of dooyoo and have tried to make my reviews more informative and useful whilst really enjoying reading other peoples reviews.
In January I nervously redeemed my first £50, I had heard a lot of negativity on how they weren't paying up and were chucking people off the site and I wondered if my reviews would be adequate. Two weeks later I received my cheque - I was really chuffed and it went straight into my account to be used against some debt.
Last week I managed to flood the kitchen, electrocute myself - well a rather nasty electric shock anyway! and knock myself out all within a few seconds - I am a total numpty for not remembering to do things like turn off the water and switch off the electrics before embarking on a task beyond my limited means anyway! In the chaos my phone ended up in the flooded mess - so I now have redeemed £40 amazon vouchers for a new cordless phone - we are at the moment using my emergency minnie mouse phone much to my teenage sons disgust!
So my dooyoo pounds are going to be spent on clearing debt slowly!! or, more than likely, replacing something I have broken in my seemingly endless clumsiness!!
I do like yoghurt as a snack or pudding but had become rather bored with my budgeted cheap varieties and as I had a smaller online shop than usual , decided to treat myself to 5 various flavours of tesco finest yoghurt - I managed tp peruade myself I was still bagging a bargain as they are currently on offer at 5 for £3, but as they are 0.64p each this is a megre saving of 0.20p!
I do find that on the odd ocassion I indulge in an item from the Tesco finest range I can usually tell that it is higher quality so I was full of anticipation when I went to try this out yesterday.
Some nutritional info
This is not to be eaten as part of a calorie controlled diet! - A whopping 240 calories, 22g of sugar and 12.2g of fat. If you ate 3 pots of this in one day you would have eaten your entire allowance of saturated fat , three quaters of your sugar allowance and nearly half your calorie allowance so it's defiantely a treat to have in moderation!
The main ingrediants as stated on the pot are milk and nuts no real surprises here. The milk is sourced from channel island. At this point it will be obvious that this product is unsuitable for people with nut allergies!
What is it like
I eagerly peeled off the lid to reveal a creamy thick yoghurt with plenty of good sized pieces of hazelnut but no real tempting smell . The first thing I noticed was that this really is incredibly thick and creamy and tastes heavenly - creamy, rich , sweet but not too sweet and very nutty, they certainly haven't scrimped on the nuts and it is a very filling and fullfilling desert - it is not one I would really have as a snack but to finish off a dinner once in a while I can see no harm!
This is definately a luxury pudding and worthy of the "finest" title.
Around a week ago I noticed a rather unpleasant cabbage smell eminating from my washing machine every time I opened or closed the door - it got steadily more pungent until a couple of days ago when I took my "clean" washing out and noticed the cabbage smell was now transfering itself onto the clothes. I quickly pegged them out and was thankful it was a good dry day but knew this problem needed resolving.
After spending a while googling various ideas it became apparent there was an underlying theme - soda crystals.
I purchased these from tesco costing £0.64 for 1kg - it was the bag I bought for this job not the spray.
It comes exactly as shown above and claims to unblock grease from sinks and drains, shift heavy stains in washing and soften hard water and cut through the grease on cookers, pans and surfaces. For the purposes of this review I was trying it out to stop the foul aroma coming from my washing machine.
What did I do
I opened the packet with scissors and poured a large cupfull into the detergant drawer of my washing machine ( I had cleaned this area thoroughly before hand). It is a soft white powdery consistency with no aroma to it, then I set my washing machine to 90 degrees as recomended on the various sites I googled, I set it off with nothing else in it and waited for the cycle to finish.
Did it work
once finished I opened the door and was a little disappointed to still detect a slight cabbage smell, however I decided to pop in a wash load and wash as normal to see if it had worked at all. Upon opening the door after a normal 30 degree wash I was immediately greeted with a nice fresh smell, I could easily detect my detergant and softener smell and there was not even a hint of the cabbage aroma. I have done 4 loads of washing since then and the cabbage has definately been eliminated!
After speaking to my mum she advised it is a good idea to do this once a month - called a maintaince wash - to give your machine a thorough internal clean - apparently consistently low temperatures and the use of gels / liquid mean detergant can build up in unseen areas and this is the cause of the smell.
My husband once spoke to Jeremy Kyle when he was on our local radio station in Jez's confessions. His impression was of someone caring and genuine - I had no reason to doubt this until a recent spout of illness confined me to either the bed or sofa and, whilst channel hopping, I came across this programme. A lot of my friends watch it but although I do not work, I don't want to get in the habit of watching daytime television as it caused problems for me in the past - that's another story though.
This filled the gap left by Trisha and is shown weekdays on itv at 9.30 - 10.30 am. The show sets out to "resolve" issues that people are unable, for whatever reason, to resolve in the normal manner.
What can I expect?
In my opinion this really is car crash television. Jeremy Kyle comes across really smug and self righteous - though I must state this is only my opinion - as he quickly seems to make up his mind whos side he is on.
The problems vary from whether the man raising or not raising a child is really the father, lie detector tests - has he / she been cheating to anything else that just feels like uncomfortable dirty laundry airing.
I don't like the way Jeremy shouts down any comments or opinions from the "guests" if he doesn't agree with them - it feels like he believe his opinion is the right one no matter what. The people on the show come across in a rather negative way and woe and betide the person who has had an intimate relationship without any precautions used. Yes this is daft, but condescending and rather patronising comments are not helpful at this stage.
To me it is the uk equivalent of Jerry Springer. It made for uncomfortable viewing at other peoples expense - a bit like putting someone in the stocks and watching them squirm. There is rarely a satisfactory resolution. If the father of the baby was not interested before, he is probably not interested on being given dna proof. Likewise, the partner who has been shown to be cheating with the use of a lie detector test, often states it is in accurate and I doubt will change purely as Jeremy says they need to.
I won't be watching again!!
Please note these are only my views and opinions
I admit I am a huge fan of all the terminator movies and am eagerly awaiting the 4th installment which will hopefully bring a resolution of some kind. Before this I am able to satisfy myself with this series.
Currently in its third season this is being shown thursdays at 9.00pm on virgin, though it is soon to move to 10.00pm. Seasons one and two are now available to buy as DVD.
This basically fills in where terminator 2 stops, filling in the gaps. It follows the lives of John Connor (played by Thomas Dekker) and his mum Sarah Connor (actress Lena Headey) who are forced in the first season to travel forward in time to avoid Johns termination. They have help from a female terminator Cameron ( Summer Glau) and are joined at some point by Derek Reece (actor Brian Austin Green)
John is now a headstrong teenager fully aware of the future as it stands. Thomas plays the character well - you see how he struggles with his "destiny" whilst also fighting against it at times and trying to hold on to any shred of normal teenage life - girlfriends etc.
Lena has taken on the Sarah Connor character brilliantly. The struggles she is going through mentally are well shown, most of the time she is a very cold person, strong confident but not the type of person to give hugs. She remains completely focused on her task as she sees it - nurturing John and preparing him for his role, whilst also trying to prevent "sky net" from ever starting, thus hoping to prevent judgement day. Fans of terminator the movies will know Sarah eventually dies from cancer and there is a link in one of the seasons as to where the exposure may have happened.
Cameron is played really well by Summer. Posing to everyone on the outside of the circle as Johns sister she is an extremely advanced terminator who has been reprogrammed. Her "mind" is black and white, to her the only thing that matters is keeping John safe at whatever cost. You do see some humerous moments as Cameron tries to develop further and learn some of what is it like to be human - of course she cannot but it can be funny watching her try.
Brian plays Derek Reece well -he is a headstrong character, determined to bring down sky net as he knows from real experience what the future under control of machines is like. He likes everything to be done his way but there is depth to him and you see a slightly softer side to him at time
Cromartie - Garret manages to act without any expression, this is the terminator shown in the first episode of season one. I am not going to give anything away except to say he gets "interesting" in season thee.
Catherine Weaver - played by scottish singer Shirley Manson of the band Garbage, she is a complex character who is still developing in season 3, quite secretive it is not clear yet what her real objective is - fascinated by technology but with more going on I believe, than has yet been revealed.
Riley comes in during season two and bonds quite quickly with John. Not all is as it seems. I am unable to say anymore without spoling it.
Richard plays Agent Ellison well, showing the internal struggles the guy goes through - at some point in season one / season two he is forced to make a decision as to whether Sarah has been telling the truth all the time. You will have to watch it so see the consequences of the decision and where that then leads him.
Great acting and some fantastic special effects in the programme. Plenty of cliff hangers and more questions than answers at times. I am an addict.
I am currently addicted to this cheese spread as I feel I can slap it on without too much guilt!!
This currently costs £1.70 in Tesco for a 300g tub and is always on my online shopping list! Thanks to some clever advertising it is shown as being a heavenly treat - but is it?
I have always skipped this and having looked at the tub am pleased to see per 30g, it only contains 47 calories (not bad) - 2% of allowance and 3.5 g of fat -5% of allowance, however the saturated content of fat per 30g is 12% of what you should have in a day so this does still need moderation! This is roughly half as much as in the original version so is definately the best option.
When you open the lid and peel of the foil wrapper you see a nice smooth creamy mix and can certainly smell the cheese. I do think this has a little more liquid to it than the full fat version.
I enjoy this on hot toast and if I am feeling good I spread it directly onto toast - most of the time I am feeling wicked though so I spread the toast with margarine and then add the phillie! It has a very smooth texture to it and spreads over toast really easily. It is quite thick and nice and creamy enough to taste with a good cheese flavour but not too overpowering. This will keep in the fridge for 5 days once opened but as the whole family love it we never really get past day 4.
I reccomend spreading a little of this on a cracker and putting a small thin slice of smoked salmon on the top for an even better taste sensation!
The sugababes are a hugely successful female band where the members of it have changed at fairly regular intervals - the most recent change was when Mutya left the group to concentrate on her baby and was replaced by Amelle. Lots of controversy surrounded her when she joined the group but it all seems to have settled down now. The other members are Keisha and Heidi
This is their 6th album and the first one I own - pressie from hubby at christmas -as their music can be a bit cheesy for me. They are a fairly typical girl pop band and in my opinion the strongest and best singer is keisha who has a gorgeous tone to her voice. In this album they are trying to move away from pure pop and it feels a little too random and experimental.
Girls *** (for the fun element)
Probably the most famous track on the album, this is a cover and has been recently used to promote Marks and Spencer at christmas. It is a catchy number with all singers singing various parts of it - nice vocals and a good beat - slightly annoying after hearing it as a soundtrack to various show advertisings , but nevertheless a good upbeat female track
You on a good day -**
This is a track about a guy who keeps messing up. Reasonable beat and tune to it and a nice pace but it is a little uninspiring lyrically and I can't see what they are promoting here - staying with a guy despite him getting strippers in and spending all your money etc - hardly a role model type song
No can do **
Slower track with a fairly predictable rhythm and tune to it and a complete contrast lyrically to the last track - about how she's through with the guy who keeps messing her around, became bored quite quickly while listening to this
Hanging on a star **
This has quite a funky feel to it to start with, in regards to the beat and tune and is based around a crush for a guy - The lyrics are not particularly interesting though and after a while it does become rather dull
Side Chick ***
This is a good track with a solid and groovy feeling sound to it - nice beat and good vocals - the lyrics work well , it's about the whole male / female - should we go further issue and I feel it is relevant to today - fun track not to be taken too seriously with nice harmonies to it
Unbreakable heart ****
One of my favourite tracks - a nice smooth tune which flows well, the lyrics are well written and sung with a nice amount of feeling in the vocals. This track does show that the girls can sing in tune at times
Sunday Rain ***
Another of the reasonable tracks - very strong and emotional ballard with nice vocals and plenty of meaning to it - quite sad but nice to listen to
Every Heart Broken **
Found this a bit annoyingly repetitious tune wise and dull lyrically - a bit egotistical to suggest she's murdered the peoples hearts and this annoyed me- skip it
sounded slightly James bond at times with some dramatic parts to it musically but the vocals are not great on it
Nothings As good as you **
Found the tune to this really bland and uninteresting and the vocals are not that strong - a little insipid in my opinion
Sound of goodbye *** (an extra star for nice harmonies!)
Some reasonable harmonies to this slow ballard type track but the non harmonised vocals are lacking in tone for me and it becomes a bit drab after a while
Can we Call A Truce ****
Probably my favourite track this is soft and quite enchanting with good vocals from amelle proving she deserves to be in the band - slow soft and a nice flow to it.
About you now *
This track to me just sounded like three females trying to out sing each other - loud vocals which were not in tune as far as I can see and very difficult to listen to it.
She's like a star ****
As a fan of DECENT r&b / hip hop this was a bit of a hit for me with a great beat and pace to it - but then it was Taio Cruz who made it work - the sugababes did well in their parts and I listen to this track the most
Having been a happy owner of a sky plus box for over a year now it's time for my verdict.
What is it?
It is a personal video recorder - or PVR for short which you use in conjunction with your sky tv package. The price for me was £50 all in but this may be cheaper now - check with sky for pricing info as it does vary and the sky plus HD box is now only costing £50. The remote control is more advanced for this box than the normal standard one with various extra options.
PAUSE - you can pause tv, this is extremely useful to me as I always seem to get friends / family callng me during eastenders. I simply press the pause button and the programme stops still, then I press play when I am ready to resume watching.
REWIND - My son has the habit of chattering on nineteen to the dozen during my favourite programmes taking little notice of my constant requests for him to "please be quiet for a bit"! If I feel I have lost the plot I can press rewind and see what has actually been going on.
FAST FORWARD - Obviously not possible if you are watching a programme live! I love the fact that I can fast forward my pre recorded programmes durng the adverts - really get annoyed with the amount of adverts on certain channels
RECORD -Now I can set my favourite prgrammes to record and no longer need to make nagging comments under my breath when the husband feels like spending a night on the xbox. As an extra bonus you can set your favourites onto a series link - press the "r" button to set it to record and then press the green button - no more missed episodes of corrie / holby - yey.
When you access your recorded programmes by going to "planner" it will tell you how much percent has been used - sky claim you can store up to 40 hours at a time. I tend to delete programmes as soon as I have watched them but by pressing the yellow delete button. By pressing the blue button on your planner you can choose to "keep" it - all other programmes will be deleted automatically after a certain period of time - several weeks.
You can record two programmes at the same time but if you do this you cannot watch a third programme. It is useful if you are away for the evening and - for example - you want both x factor and strictly come dancing recorded!
Occasionally I have found the programme is slightly out of sync - watching an episode of heroes but the sound was about how wonderful mr muscle is! I have found coming out of the recording and going back into it sorts this glitch out. Sometimes it gets a bit stuck and doesn't want to fast forward if you have paused it - this is a rare glitch but can be annoying if you pause tv you have not recorded.
If I decide to leave sky any time in the future I will definately make sure I have saved up for another PVR before doing so.
In this day of endless budgeting I am enjoying having more of my friends round for a dinner on a Sunday than going out and spending money I can ill afford on a prepared roast. However puddings can make a meal rather more expensive so this weekend I decided to go back to basics and do jelly and icecream for pudding after the roast.
This costs £0.39 for 135g of jelly and I bought two of these as I was feeding 6 people including one always hungry teen along with a husband with a love of all things sweet.
I chose the strawberry flavour as I was going to spruce it up a bit. A quater of the jelly when made up has 92 calories and zero fat so not a fattening pudding (until I added to it and served with the ice cream anyway!)
Upon removing it from the packet you need to remove the actual jelly from its covering using scissors or a knife. As soon as I opened it I was greeted with a very full aroma of sweet strawberries.
For a simle jelly you just cut the jelly into cubes and pop into a jug, add half a pint of boiling water and stir to dissolve. I was pleased to see this did not take too long - a minute or two at most and all the jelly was completely dissolved, then top up to 1 pint with cold water, pour into serving dishes or a mould and put in the fridge to set - it does take several hours to set so either do it first thing in the morning or the evening before.
I made a pint of jelly as directed and poured into a glass serving bowl but then I stirred through a smooth strawberry yogurt and added some tinned peaches. I left this to set overnight. In the morning I made a fresh pint of jelly. After bringing the previously made jelly out of the fridge I popped some more peaches on top of it and added the fresh jelly mix on top. Be careful here as it can get a little messy as the liquid tends to spray a bit when added to the set jelly!! I then left this to set.
When I was ready to serve pudding I whipped up some double cream and spooned onto the top and added some chocolate flakes for effect.
The jelly had a strong strawberry taste to it and I did not find it too sweet, but my additions did mean I failed in my attempt to keep the cost down!
Contrary to the clever advertising slogan I have to say a finger of fudge is not enough to give "me" a treat! While it is defnately enough for children - which in fairness was their point, I tend to have one and find myself hankering for another - maybe I'm a fudge fanatic, maybe I'm just a piglet!
These treats are still very reasonable priced at around the 15p mark each and are normally discreetly added to my online shop and squirreled away out of site from the family when I unpack - hope this does not count as neglect!
Each fudge bar is individually wrapped as shown in the picture. Unsurprisingly this is not that low on the calorie side - 115 per bar and 3.9 g of fat. It may be best to avoid giving this to children who are sensitive to E numbers as it contains two of these - it is also unsuitable for anyone with allergies to nuts and dairy products.
What is it like?
It brings back fond memories for me as I was often treated to one of these on a visit to my aunties at the weekend. It is basically a fudge bar coated in milk chocolate. As you bite into it you can definately taste the chocolate mixed with the softer fudge inside, however this is not for someone without a sweet tooth as it is very sweet. To enhance the treat I reccomend dunking an end into coffee or tea briefly to let the chocolate melt a little and then eating it - yummy!