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    • The Illusionist (DVD) / DVD / 74 Readings / 73 Ratings
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      14.07.2010 14:23
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      A mystery film worth a watch

      FILM ONLY REVIEW

      I always admire Edward Norton as he did a lot of excellent film that I consider worthy of our time. I'm sure most of you remembered him in the red dragon, incredible hulk and the italian job, just few of his remarkable work ,and he never failed me with this film as well. Edward Norton's performance really sold this film for me, so if your not yet a fan , you will definitely become one after this film.


      I actually have seen this film few years ago so when I had the chance to see it again last monday on ITV2, I decided to sit down and enjoy the film once again. Well , as it keep me entertained for the second time I thought it would be great to share it through writing a review.


      MAIN CHARACTER
      Edward Norton - Eisenheim
      Paul Giamatti - Inspector Uhl
      Jessica Biel - Sophie
      Rufus Sewell - Crown Prince Leopold
      Eddie Marsan - Josef Fischer (as Edward Marsan)
      Jake Wood - Jurka


      The Illusionist is set in 1900, in Vienna Austria and tells the story of an illusionist that goes by the name of Eisenheim. Eisenheim is a highly talented Magician who performs impossible illusions, and holds his audience captivated. The story started on the theatre stage were Eisenheim was in almost trance like state, which then followed by the chaos and dozens of policemen storm the stage, to arrest him for outraging public decency. The opening scene is actually a snippet from the latter part as from here the story flashes back to Eisenheim's childhood. When Eisenheim was a child, he befriended a young lady named Sophie, who was revealed to be a Duchess. Sophie was royalty and Eisenheim was a working class boy. Their social standing would not permit them to be friends so they were torn apart. Eisenheim was left heartbroken and never recover from losing her. As they lived their separate lives for many years, Eisenheim become famous and performed successfully to large crowds in Vienna. Until one fateful evening, the two meet while Eisenheim is performing a trick with the Duchess. The two rekindle their friendship, but were stopped by Crown Prince Leopold of Austria, a controlling violent man who wants Sophie as his own.

      The love story plays a very big part on how the illusionist motivates himself to use his magic to gain back the love of his life that was cruelly taken away from him. The conclusion of the film is something that is really hard to predict. It explores the battle between truth and illusion, and this challenges the audience's perceptions right until the end.


      We truly enjoyed this film and I highly recommend it to anyone. The acting of all the characters are brilliant including the setting that was spot on, especially the twist that nobody could ever see it coming. The film has full of mystery, enough to keep you guess wether everything you see and know to be true or is it just an illusion?


      Certification - PG (for mild sex and violence)

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      also posted on ciao under the same name.

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        15.06.2010 16:08
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        I can definitely rely on

        I am truly a fan of Dove products in general, which ranges from bar soap, bodywash, handwash, lotion, hair products and deodorants. So when it comes to deodorant , Dove are my favorite by far. Deodorant is part of my daily routine so I definitely use someone I trust. Dove have gone to different fragrances and varieties like sprays, sticks and roll-ons. I personally prefer roll on but I also tried stick and the spray type which is great during summer.


        HISTORY
        Dove was introduced in the UK in the 1990s. Then followed the launch of more bathtime treats like beauty baths and moisturizing body washes. In 2001 Dove made its first foray into antiperspirant deodorant lines then Hair care products soon followed in 2003.


        RANGE
        Roll on - minimising nature fresh, minimising wild rose, original, silk dry, invisible dry, pro age antiperpirant.

        I have tried minimising nature and invisible dry which I'm currently using and even it was a little bit wet on application, it gets dry easily. It has a fairly neutral 'clean' smell to me which is not strong. As for the white marks, I think it definitely works for me as I have not noticed it leaving any white marks on my clothes.


        Stick - original, maximum protection, silky dry and invisible dry.

        I have tried Dove Original Anti-perspirant deodorant. The application was fairly neat, just twist the thing at the bottom of the product then wipe it on your underarm. It does have a really nice smell which other might find it too overwhelming. Deodorant sticks has a 1/4 moisturisers to give you soft, smooth underarm.


        Spray - minimising nature fresh, minimising silk lily, minimising wild rose, original, sensitive, silky dry and go fresh energise.

        I went for original as I really like this scent. It has a very light fresh and clean smell. This one also works well with me and I never felt sweaty or uncomfortable during the time I used it. It is a cool and refreshing application that provides long lasting protection.


        PRICE
        Roll on - £1.50
        Stick - £1.99
        Spray - £2 / 150 ml


        OPINION
        Dove claims to last 24 hrs, but if you sweat a lot , you might need to reapply if you are heading out towards the evening. I do find that it lasts longer compared to other brand I have tried. It is also gentle to my skin which is important as I have a dry sensitive skin. I currently use the invisible dry roll on and find it very effective and dry very quickly. The invisible dry works well with me, it does keep me dry and doesn't leave any nasty white marks. The size of this product makes it very handy which makes it easier for me to carry anywhere, specially now, that summer is just around the corner.


        CONCLUSION
        Overall I would certainly recommend these product. Dove deodorants provide a variety of range that will suit your needs and preferences. It comes in a very easy to carry around bottle. They are also good to your skin as they moisturize your underarms, and it doesn't sting after shaving. A great product that provide a long lasting protection that leaves you feeling fresh and dry all day.


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        02.06.2010 13:49
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        cheap alternative

        Curly fries are a twisted, curled version of regular fries, which really appeal to my kids, adding to that is the flavored coating that makes it different from the regular ones.


        PACKAGING
        It comes in a baby blue packet, with a big heading of the product which is the "curly fries oven chips". An actual fries perfectly formed ringlets of potato were also visible. The simplicity of the design as a whole makes it stand out to entice potential customer. It does not contain a resealable pack so if you can't manage to eat them all , better sealed it with another bag before putting them back in your freezer.


        FRIES
        The oven fries have a light spiced smell and a spicy coating which gave the chips a bit of a twist, but the unnatural orange color is quite off putting for me. There wasn't many spiral curly fries in the pack as well, most of them broke into irregular size. A bit disappointing, as the kids would definitely enjoy it more if it looks the same as the images from its packaging.


        TASTE
        It is really important to turn them frequently in the oven to make sure that it will be cook evenly as some parts that are less exposed take much longer to cook and some bits that are stuck out on a limb end up burning. The coating wasn't too crunchy but nevertheless, it tasted nice with a spicy flavor that is not too overpowering.


        PRICE - 750g bag costs £1.12


        Nutritional Value per 100g Oven Baked

        Energy - 215 kcal
        Protein - 2.9g
        Carbohydrate - 26.3g
        of which sugars - 1.9g
        Fat - 10.8g
        of which saturates - 1.4g
        Mono-unsaturates - 2.4g
        Polyunsaturates - 6.9g
        Fibre - 3.5g
        Sodium - 0.2g

        However, this isn't too bad as I thought that the product would contain more salt as well as a very high fat content.

        The product contains wheat and gluten.


        CONCLUSION
        Curly fries are one of those easy to cook potato range, which follow the huge success of oven chips, fries and potato wedges. There is something about curly fries that I also enjoy like my kids. It's quite fun to eat and they are also suitable for vegetarians. It's quick and easy to cook, only takes 15 - 18 minutes in the oven. Eventhough it is not quite as good as their competitor, this would be a cheaper alternative especially if it's on offer so If you like fries, and fancy a bit of extra kick then give these a try.

        Thank you for reading ;-D

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        • Pringles Texas BBQ Sauce / Snacks / 78 Readings / 78 Ratings
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          Once you pop you can't stop

          Pringles is well known for it's popular tag line "Once you pop you just can't stop", referring to the crisps that can be gone in a matter of minutes. Pringles are oval-shaped crisps, shaped like wedges in a variety of exciting flavors like Sour cream and onion, Salt and vinegar, Original, Texas BBQ sauce and many more.

          The Pringles Texas BBQ Sauce is the newest addition to my list. I have tasted different flavors of Pringles and I found this very enjoyable. I have never been a fan of barbecue flavors in crisps, but I actually found this Pringles version very good in taste!



          PACKAGING
          The tube has the famous logo of the Pringle man and the name of the product 'Pringles' in the usual bright yellow lettering. The design is very cool and refreshing. The purple backdrop and images of onion, tomato, pepper hooked with pringles gives you an idea how exciting the taste could be, which makes it more interesting and appealing. At the back of the tub were the ingredients and nutritional information written in different languages which were quite helpful to others.



          PRICE
          They currently on offer in Tesco for half price but a tub of Pringles usually cost around £1.50.



          TASTE
          On the first bite, you will get a spicy kick that tastes of paprika with a hint of BBQ sauce, but these crisps taste is quite subtle that makes me eat more and as you getting into it , you will notice a real sweet taste of a barbecue seasoning. The minute you pop the lid you will smell the aroma vibe and the reddish flavoring which are quite off putting to some people. The taste is quite tangy mixed with sweet which I absolutely love as well as the texture and thickness.



          NUTRITIONAL DATA per 100g (from the tub):

          Energy: 516 kcal
          Protein: 3.9g
          Carbohydrate: 53g (of which sugars : 3.8g)
          Fat: 32g (of which saturates : 7g)
          Fibre: 2.6g
          Sodium: 0.6g

          Although it has a great taste, they are not the healthiest snacks. These crisps are not designed to be eaten every day considering the fat content and high salt ingredient , so better have it as a special treat.



          RECOMMENDATION
          As what I expect, the quality of Pringles has always been superb and this flavor does not disappoint me so I highly recommend these Pringles texas barbecue sauce flavour. They are simply delicious and great in every aspect. These are also suitable for vegetarians. Definitely one of my favorite flavor so if you like barbecue, better try and give them a go.



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            26.04.2010 16:13
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            An Excellent Way of Brushing

            The first electric toothbrush I owned was not as high quality as Oral B, and when the charger broke , I decided to get a reasonably priced electric toothbrush so I opted for Oral B as it was the leading brand when it comes to dental hygiene. It's really worth the money as I have them for several years and it still works perfectly.


            PRODUCT
            Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean toothbrush comes with one cleaning head, a charger , the base or handheld unit and instructions manual that consists of useful information on how to use it properly and clean the brush.

            The Vitality is very easy to use, it has a simple button to turn on and off. The charger is a two-pin, shaver-style charger that has to be initially charged for 16 hours which give 20 minutes of brushing, probably last around 5 days when used twice a day. As for me, as soon as it starts to lose it's power I'll plug it back in to recharge. However, you can leave the brush on the plugged in charger unit to maintain the brush at full power as it's impossible to overcharge. The toothbrush comes in a two-tone blue color with a 2 minute timer , there's a couple of short stopping and restarting vibrations alert to let you know that the two minutes have been reach. It's definitely a great way to do our brushing properly as what British Dentist Association recommend.


            HEADS
            The replacement brush heads are not cheap - a pack of 4 currently sells at around £12 - £15 so it is worth looking out for special offers. There are also Braun Oral-B heads that will fit this toothbrush and most of them are well labelled to inform you what model they fit. They also have a useful indicator, the bristles fade when the brush needs changing.

            PRICE
            The toothbrush cost around £29.99, but can be bought for just £13.95 at amazon.co.uk.

            A brilliant price for a very efficient electric toothbrush.


            OPINION
            This product is really amazing because I immediately feel the difference the first time I used it. I also realized how inefficient the traditional ways have become and how effective it is than a manual toothbrush. A great product that is very easy to use, all you need to do is to hold it on each tooth and move it around to create a brilliant result. The small heads seems to be very useful as it can also help you consume much lesser toothpate, as well as good in reaching those awkward areas like the wisdom tooth. When it comes to oscillation from left to right , it was more vigorous that quite stimulate the process as well as the gums for a much cleaner feeling.

            I highly recommend it to anyone, so please don't be put off with the price because it's definitely worth paying for and over traditional brushing, I find electrical toothbrush the best as it can last for years, making our teeth cleaner and smoother.


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            • toluna-group.com / Internet Site / 77 Readings / 74 Ratings
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              too much effort for less

              Most of us have participated in different surveys, just to earn a bit of extra. I have some few favorite sites, but toluna is not one of them. I have been a member for about a year, and I'm not that impress at all.


              TOLUNA
              A survey site where we can earn points in exchange for vouchers. It can achieved by participating in surveys, creating polls, opinion topics and taking part in different polls. As you become a member, you can start getting to know the site to manage your own account.


              REGISTRATION
              Joining was easy and short, just a few basic informations and verification of your e-mail address. Upon registration, you will earn 500 points instantly. They will also offer you to complete a survey about yourself which can earn you 2000 points. It is advisable to complete these surveys to have more chance of getting survey in the future.


              POINTS
              I usually receive one survey a day and most of the surveys worth between 1000-7000 points. It's the easiest and quickest way to earn points. They sometimes offered a survey worth 20,000 points, which I sometimes managed to qualify. These kind of survey are very rare and would have taken about 45 minutes or more to complete. There are many instances that I am screened out, half around the surveys which are quite annoying at times.

              Another way to build up points is to create an opinion poll or opinion topic. But getting response to your poll is not easy, as to compared to old members who have enough followers, most of their surveys appeared on the main page that can attracts more respondents.


              REWARDS
              You must reach a minimum threshold of 80,000 points to claim a gift voucher. Last time I redeemed for 60,000( £10 ) but they increased the number of points to 80,000 in order to claim a voucher that can be use at either HMV, CDWOW, Halfords, Debenhams or Love2shop. You can also convert your points into prize draws and another ways to use your points are through meals, transport, I-points, or online vouchers.


              DOWNSIDE
              I observed that Toluna become very tight with the points they offer. They have reduced the reward points, those survey that used to be worth 5000 points for 25 minutes are now offered for just 2000 which I think is really unfair. So I don't bother answering those survey that is not worth the time.

              When it comes to my rewards, It took almost four months to received my last £12 amazon voucher that I requested for 60,000 points. I also requested another voucher last week and I have no idea when will it arrive.
              I'm also a bit frustrated about the increase of threshold which is quite a lot. I only realized the increase when I attempted to claim for 60,000, and that was then I knew that the new threshold is 80,000. There's no email or whatsoever to informed us about the changes. I also noticed last time that the amount of voucher were not indicated while you choose your rewards to claim, so you have no idea how much will be the worth of the voucher you requested. It also took awhile to earn enough points so I think that its just fair to send it in a much reasonable timeframe.


              OPINION
              As being a member of other survey site, I manage to compare how toluna failed me in many ways. Aside from the voucher that takes ages to arrive, the respond for inquiry and concerns are also poor. I have not get any respond to any emails I sent them. I believe I'm not the only one who lost patience and interest especially when they increased the claim to 80,000 threshold, considering the time that you still have to wait for another months to receive you reward.

              At the moment, I'm not very keen to any surveys they offered. I'm just waiting to get my voucher. There are far more better survey sites that are worth the effort. I have been a member for a year but it's definitely a hardwork. Now it's much even harder because of a much higher threshold. I would not recommend it to anyone because this is one survey site that isn't worth doing, there are better alternatives to earn extra. It's definitely not the most reliable survey site!

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                10.04.2010 18:54
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                good for you

                My son loves having sweetcorn, anytime of the day and I am happy to serve it to my family as it's also part of a healthy meal. We have tried various brands but I have to say that Green Giant obviously use the best quality from the tin, that are easy to open to its sweetcorn that has a great texture and taste.


                PRODUCT
                Green Giant Sweetcorn is available in different varieties. It has a ring pull on the top, makes it easier to open. The product is 340g but 285g if drained. The packaging is quite appealing with its famous 'green giant man' standing that can be distinguish easily on the shelves.


                The sweet corn is brightly coloured and each piece has a perfect shaped. It's ready to serve, after you drain off the water from the tin. It tastes really sweet with a nice texture and flavour.


                Sweetcorn can be added to various foods such as rice, salad, pasta, pies or simply prepare it on its own but I love it with leafy salad, it definitely add excitement to your dish. We also enjoy having them with tuna-mayo, making it more crunchy and yummy.


                INGREDIENTS
                sweetcorn, water with a little salt added.

                With a fat content of 1% and counting each portion of 80g as one of your five a day, it's definitely a good part of our diet.


                OPINION
                This product has been part of my weekly shopping and I always keep enough stock in the house. As to compare to the basic or value range which cost 35 pence. Green Giant cost around 75p-80p, more than twice the amount of sweetcorn. Obviously, very pricey but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it as it does seem to be produced in high quality standard when it comes to presentation, color , texture and taste. Adding to that is the sweetness and flavor that my children truly enjoy. I highly recommend it to anyone, you will definitely love the taste as much as we do so it's a big thumbs up to the GIANT!


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                  09.04.2010 13:58
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                  A quality with reasonable price

                  Eventhough toilet paper is not the most exciting product to review, I still find it essential in our household that might be worth sharing. Since we had the recession, I decided to downgrade into value range product which was a total disappointment so I moved to the next cheap rolls which was the "springforce toilet tissue discount brands ". A product that gives me total satisfaction with a reasonable price tag.


                  PRODUCT
                  It comes in a plastic packaging decorated with large assortment color of daisies. It consist of 9 rolls x 2 ply white toilet tissue and has an average of 210 sheets per roll. It also has a tiny small dot criss-cross pattern. This plain white paper is really soft and no where near the level of skin-scraping harshness.


                  PRICE
                  £1.99

                  The fact is theres no available cheap rolls out there in the market, even leading brands that were on offer wont cost as cheap as Springforce. The price tag also proved that even on a very tight budget, you can still get a good quality.


                  ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
                  By buying these products that has FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label, you are supporting the growth of responsible forest management worldwide. This product contains 100% recycled fibre.


                  OPINION
                  I'm actually one of those people who cannot justify spending £4 or more for 9 rolls of toilet roll, so I scrutinized any tissue available and this was by far the best deal on toilet tissue. They are also kind on our skin and do not rip when being used. It's quite absorbent, not too soft nor too thin either and last longer than other leading brand. I will definitely continue using it and I highly recommend it to anyone who were looking for a toilet roll that can competes with top brands without the high price tag. So why pay more? If you can get a high quality product for less.


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                    Limescale Remover Duck

                    When I was young, I always remember how fussy my mom was when it comes to making our toilet clean so I am now doing the same thing in my own home. I find it very important especially having kids around and the only brand I trust with this is the "Toilet Duck ".


                    PRODUCT
                    Toilet Duck 3 in 1 is a family of SC Johnson Company. 3 in 1 pertains to 3 factors such as to kill 99.9% of germs, limescale removal, cleans and freshens.


                    BOTTLE
                    It comes in a 750ml bottle with a red nossle at the top. It has a unique angled neck shaped bottle that reaches under the rim. I think the bottle is like their trademark that differentiates them from other competitor.


                    SCENTS
                    Ocean (blue)
                    Fresh (green)
                    Citrus (orange)

                    All of them have the bleach scent but I prefer the green as it has more of a nice fresh aroma fragrance.


                    EXPERIENCE
                    As you open the cap, remember to squeeze both pads to unscrew. You will notice the thickness of the gel that sticks quite well. Use a few squirts under the rim and squeeze evenly around the bowl, followed by brush and flush will leave your toilet bowl sparkly. You can also reapply liquid to leave a long lasting scent. This product works well for me and for just less than a pound, I would definitely stick with it.


                    OPINION
                    Most of us always aim to get rid of those limescale. It's horrible to see those residues that build up round the top of the bowl so I have mine cleaned regularly to avoid such thing to happen. I tend to use it three times a week and for best result, I usually try to leave it about an hour before flushing. It definitely provides complete hygiene and help prevent limescale leaving our toilet clean and fresh.


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                  • American Idol / TV Programme / 47 Readings / 47 Ratings
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                    07.04.2010 20:21
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                    Great Reality Show

                    I have watched American Idol for so many years and I can't believe that its been 9 years since I started following the show. The programme have produced and discovered the most talented singer. American Idol singers who hit big time are Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood who were both well known singers worldwide. Many Americans who wants to follow their footstep tried to take their shot by undergoing a tough audition of their life.

                    AMERICAN IDOL
                    It's a well known singing competition where America decides. The one who has the highest vote will be crowned the winner. The voting is via telephone and text-messaging which begins after each performance show, and results are announced during the following night's broadcast. A major recording contract awaits for someone who will get the American Idol title.

                    Eventhough the judges can voice out their opinion, the viewing public still determines who will go home. The Emmy Award-winning show is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment Ltd. It's also hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

                    For the past few years, they also introduced one time immunity that can be used by the judges to save an artist they think worth saving. They currently have not use it yet.

                    TOUR
                    The American Idol judges visited Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and Orlando in their quest to find someone that are worthy of the "Golden Ticket" to Hollywood.

                    TOP 12
                    Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, Didi Benami, Katie Stephens , Lacey Brown, Lee Dewyze
                    Michael Lynche, Paige Miles, Siobhan Magnus, Tim Urban

                    Sadly 3 girls were voted off already
                    Paige Miles
                    Lacey Brown
                    Didi Benami

                    The show was open to 16-27 years old so they were obviously young talented musicians and everyone has something different to offer.

                    JUDGES
                    American Idol has 4 judges, they tour America and put through those who have the potential. They have to go through various stages until they are whittled down to the final 12 then followed by the live shows. They make this season quite interesting by having a special guest judge on their tour which includes Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain, Katie Perry, Avril Lavigne, Mary J. Blige, Joe Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth. The mainstay judge who replaced Paula was then revealed during the Hollywood audition.

                    The main stay judges are Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. As for me, the set of judges this season has a great combination because each one of them represent each viewers point of view. I personally like Ellen and Simon, they both give honest criticism. Ellen's comedy genius personality add more spice to the programme. For me, Kara and Randy quite represent the composers, singers and producers thoughts. And of course Simon Cowell, who I think the main reasons why the show become huge in america so it will never be the same if he does leave American Idol next year.

                    American Idol is on the air every wednesday and thursday 8pm at ITV2 and also repeated on a sunday.

                    OPINION
                    I don't watch reality show religiously except for Xfactor and American Idol. Over the years, I observed that the quality of singers who participates are unbelievable. Most people that were chosen are really talented and can compete with every challenges they offered each week. The guest artists were very inspirational especially last week mentor Usher who performed his latest song brilliantly. They seems to be very helpful and the contestants learn a lot from their advice. Well, my favorite is Lee Dewzee who seems to improve a lot. But I think Crystal Bowersox is also a strong competitor, she always have an outstanding performance, and obviously know what kind of artist she wants to be.

                    Overall, I still love the audition part which are really hilarious. It's a very entertaining reality show that I truly enjoy watching.

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                    • ebay.co.uk / Auction / 59 Readings / 55 Ratings
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                      A Great Auction Site

                      Ebay is a great auction site, the best way to buy and sell goods. A very well known site to earn a bit of extra or simply to get an item for a bargain price.

                      I have been a member for 6 years and have different experiences with the site. I used to love ebay but I am now more wary, with both buying and selling. Here are some details to point out.


                      SITE
                      On ebay you can buy or sell almost anything except for guns and knives. Auction were usually the most common way that buyer use more often as the bidding usually start as low as .01 p or 99p. The auction style works to entice prospective buyers into bidding on a particular item and at the end time, the highest bidder wins. When bidding, always consider the cost of postage plus the price of the item to avoid getting an item higher than the original price.

                      In case you really want the item you can also get them through 'buy it now' price or 'best offer' option which allows buyers to make an offer. The seller can then accept, decline or counter offer. They also now introduced 'eBay Outlet Stores', that include stores like Debenhams, Tesco, Office, Dune and many more. We can get discounted price items from any of their leading brands.


                      LISTING
                      Listings can run for 1, 3, 5 or 10 days. The longer the better as there are more chances of getting more buyers to look at your product. On the otherhand, registered shop seller can list products for longer period of time. Bids from as low as 99p are free to list and any amount more than 99p will be charge accordingly. So it's better to be aware of any fees they might charge you and remember that you will also have to pay a 10% of the total price of the product sold.


                      FEEDBACK
                      Upon completion of each transaction both the buyer and seller can leave feedback. You have a choice of rating them positive, neutral or negative. But recent changes applied to seller, as they can only leave positive comments to avoid any revenge feedback. As a buyer, they are also asked to rate the seller on postage prices, service and communication.


                      PAYMENT
                      Using paypal as your payment method for both buying and selling is the safest way to protect you against fraud. Being a verified member can also covered up to £500. Majority of sellers and buyers use paypal and it's a much safer option than sending cheques, cash or postal orders through the post.


                      EXPERIENCE
                      I sell and also purchase on ebay. I usually sell products from clothing, shoes or anything that won't be any use for me. I have had a problem with few buyers but I managed to sort it out rather than having a negative feedback. You can also choose to open disputes to retrieve your listing fee. As to make sure you are dealing with genuine buyer, it's better to keep them informed in your listing to contact you before bidding on your item. Adding pictures when selling will also encourage buyers to see the item you are offering them. Also make sure that your descriptions are detailed as possible to avoid negative feedback.


                      DOWNSIDE
                      Many people do sell fake products in almost every category so be careful specially when buying designer brands. Double check the sellers background and feedback. Make sure they also offer returns and refunds incase you are not happy with the item. You can across very unpleasant people so try to avoid them by looking at their reputation on the site.

                      When selling an item you might encounter a buyer claiming they didn't receive the item so always send items via tracked delivery and always obtain proof of postage. I had this kind of experience so I returned his payment to avoid any inconvenience. Then I manage to claim from royal mail the payment for the lost parcel. All you have to do is to make sure you have evidence that you sent the item.


                      OPINION
                      Ebay is a well known auction site around the world. Almost everything you are looking for can be found in this site and get it delivered directly to your door. We can often find bargains including those items that are very rare. A great site to earn some extra money. It's basically a modern car boot sale in the convenience of your own home.

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                      • Tesco Clubcard / Credit Card / 67 Readings / 65 Ratings
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                        I have been using tesco clubcard for so many years and I really find it to be very useful in many ways. It is a loyalty card from Tesco supermarket which can gain points everytime you avail anything on their chain, then it will be converted into vouchers that can be use in their store.


                        POINTS
                        Every pound you spend will gain a point which is equivalent to a penny. Aside from those vouchers that they usually send through your door every 3 months, they also include extra points when you avail a particular product that they offered you. The extra points were usually those products that you might have purchased in the past. You can also receive one green point for every re use carrier bag. It just seems to prove that there were many ways to make your points accumulate. At the moment they still offer a double points everytime you buy anything from them which includes petrol, groceries, games, accessories, clothing, appliance, dvds, cd's, books, tesco homephone, other online products and many more.


                        REWARDS
                        We can also get up to 4x the value of our clubcard vouchers, just use their website to exchange the clubcard voucher into a token from hundreds of their partner with over 450 rewards to choose from eg. Every £2.50 in Clubcard vouchers gives you £10 to spend in many great restaurants including PizzaExpress and Café Rouge.

                        There's definitely something for everyone, with those variety of choices from cineworld to a fun day out.

                        You can also placed your order through post by simply printing out the order form from the link on their website and complete sections 1-5. Alternatively, you can use the order form in the rewards brochure. Attach your Clubcard vouchers to your completed order form and then send them to

                        Tesco Freetime Limited, PO Box 654, Crawley, RH10 1RG


                        EXCEPTIONS
                        Points cannot be collected on tobacco, Esso fuels, prescription medicines, lottery products and infant formulae milk.

                        CLUBS
                        Joining the clubs means that you can get even more from your Clubcard. You will receive magazines featuring offers, competitions and expert advice and ideas from the Clubs' team.

                        -Food Club
                        -Wine Club
                        -Healthy Living Club
                        -Baby & Toddler Club
                        -Christmas Savers Club
                        -Greener Living Club


                        REMINDER
                        In case you forget to take your card with you, you can present your receipt anytime on their customer service and they will immediately add those points in your statement. I rarely forget mine because I have the small card attached with the rest of my keys. So It's always with me whenever I go out.


                        VOUCHER
                        It's really nice to receive something that you are not really expecting to have. I'm always glad whenever I received a voucher, there are times that it almost pay off my weekly grocery shopping as I keep them and use them in one go. The expiration date takes years so you can either save it for later or use it as soon as you want to. Another plus is the school voucher that you can now collect, one voucher for every £10 you spend. A good purpose to contribute in supporting a good project for kids. As the time goes by, Tesco clubcard is getting better and I'm sure many of us who have them for a long time really appreciate the benefits of this clubcard points.


                        OPINION
                        Tesco clubcard is one of the best rewarding loyalty card around. Points are stored that built up into a small amount of money that can be a great help, specially with my household budget. I remembered the £10 voucher I got just before christmas and received another £8 this week. It's also a great saving because it can be use in many other stuff that the whole family could also enjoy. It's definitely worth having, a card that gives something back. My most frequent choice of supermarket that really proves that "every little helps"


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                        • Princes Corned Beef / Meat / Fish / 59 Readings / 58 Ratings
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                          Excellent stand by meal.

                          When it comes to corned beef, I only have one brand on my mind and it's Princes corned beef. It has proven its quality all through the years. It's easy to prepare and excellent standby meal for everyone.


                          One of the famous recipe is the corned beef hash which can be cook in various ways but I prefer mine with sliced potatoes that have to be fry until cooked, then followed by onions and thinly chopped garlic. Lastly I add the corned beef and continue to mix them all together. I also sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper to add more flavor. We usually have them with rice, a very satisfying meal. I also tried them with sandwich and it's also tasty. Perfect for anyone who are always on the go and want a meal in minutes.


                          PRINCES
                          As you open the tin, the corned beef come out in a solid, lump with a jelly coating on the sides which I usually scrape off. However the beef content totals 96% which makes it more impressive considering the tasty strong beef flavor that I really prefer.


                          PRICE
                          (340g)
                          £1.57 Tesco
                          £1.56 Asda
                          £1.32 Sainsbury

                          Available at all supermarkets and small shops. It is often on offer that makes it even better value for money.


                          NUTRIOTIONAL DATA
                          (per 100g )
                          Energy kCal 223 kCal
                          Energy kJ 930 kJ
                          Protein 24.8 g
                          Carbohydrate 0.5 g
                          Fat 13.5 g

                          This information may be useful to weight watchers.


                          OPINION
                          Although I'm not having them in a regular basis. I must admit I always have Princes in my cupboard, it's a good back up meal if you want a quick and easy to prepare menu. Eventhough it cost a bit more than its competitor, the quality, and taste makes it really worth paying for and I wouldn't bother choosing other brand of corned beef that contains too much preservatives. For me, this product is perfect and versatile. It has a five year shelf life and also available in smaller tins. I highly recommend this product and I cannot ask for more to my Princes.


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                          • facebook.com / Internet Site / 47 Readings / 46 Ratings
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                            13.03.2010 14:49
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                            Great Social Network

                            Social networking sites are very in demand for younger generation, but it doesn't mean that we can't be part of those modern ways of socialization. These sites are the modern way to keep in touch and be updated with anyone we care about like family and friends. I have been a member of facebook for so many years. I didn't bother joining any other site like this as I thought that facebook is enough to reach out for someone I care about.


                            Facebook is a social networking website that allows people to communicate with their friends and exchange information. It's also made up of different networks like schools, companies, charities, businesses, regions and many more.


                            As for me, It actually started out as a mild curiosity that turned into a fun obsession. It is an involved website where anyone can set up an account. Aside from keeping close contact with friends and associates, you can also share photos, videos and create new friendships. Signing in is quite easy as well as completing your profile information and uploading pictures that you want to share. There were also many different applications that could be applied to your profile if you wish to, but those things are not my kind of thing. These activities are fun for those who have a lot of free time and preferably will appeal for younger people.


                            When it comes to privacy, there's a basic visibility rule where only your friends in your networks can see your profile , but there are also an option if you choose specific privacy for settings and photos. Facebook is rapidly becoming the social networking tool of choice for everyone. It's definitely a river of news and information from your friends as they update their profiles, their apps, or their friends list. The site has the ability to bring people together, keep them in frequent touch with each other, and help them plan events in various occasions. It can also give your business network a nice flair if you want to promote it to anyone.



                            Overall, I am loving facebook each day, it's a fun site that brings back good old memories, specially when someone posted old photos that reminded us with those happy times we all shared together. I also rekindle friendship from my old close friends which I haven't seen ages ago. I find myself regularly visiting the site and hearing something new about my family and friends, make my day more complete. It might not be everybody's cup of tea but it's worth a try specially if you are missing an old pal of yours, who might be in facebook and also looking for you.


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                            • Tesco Coconut Macaroons / Snacks / 48 Readings / 48 Ratings
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                              09.03.2010 16:00
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                              Love Macaroons

                              My friends love making macaroons which taste really good but I haven't seen them for a while so as I miss them, I also miss those little macaroons they used to make for me.


                              Last week, while checking out for bargain in tesco. I found this yummy treat, very tempting as well as the price which only cost 2 for £1. It's also affordable for a regular price of 79p. I grabbed 2 to try and I'm so glad I did because I truly adore the taste.


                              MACAROONS
                              Enclosed in a plastic wrapper and comes in a clear plastic tray which has two sections with three macaroons in each section. Each pack consists of 6 macaroons which are on a round piece of edible rice paper. The top has a drizzling chocolate flavor. On the first bite, you will taste the crispiness then followed by the taste of the coconut. The coconut is rich and moist and the inside has a soft chewy texture. The combination creates a very tasty and yummy treat.

                              Each coconut macaroon contains:
                              139 Calories
                              18g of Sugar
                              6.2g of Fat


                              The calories were too high, each macaroons almost contain 7% of our guideline daily amount and if you can't resist and you finish the whole pack, you will consume almost 1/2 of your GDA for just a snack.

                              The macaroons are produced in Netherlands for Tesco. It should be stored in a cool dry place and once opened stored in an airtight container. It is also suitable for vegetarians.


                              ALLERGY ADVICE
                              contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg, soya.


                              OPINION
                              I highly recommend it, specially if you want to try something different for your treat. I have to say that it's truly addictive, I can't help myself because of its adorable taste. The effect are now extended to my waist which is quite noticeable. Those calories are such a hindrance to enjoy the goodness of life. But aside from that, It's truly worth a try.

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