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The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins 17/06/2015

Better than Gone Girl!

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins Rachel takes the same commuter trains every morning and evening. Every day, her train passes a stretch of cosy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to watch a couple who live in one of the houses. Sometimes they are sat outside on their makeshift roof terrace .Rachel starts to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then Rachel sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Suddenly everything has changed and unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? To read or not to read? I will begin by saying that I was in no particular rush to read The Girl On The Train after being given it to read by my daughter. The reason being that it was being described as the new "Gone Girl" which was enough to make me be discouraged from reading it. Indeed I was previously left dissapointed after falling for the hype of "thriller of the year" Gone Girl, a novel which certainly did not live up to the hype in my opinion. Therefore, if I was disappointed by Gone Girl was I going to be equally disappointed with The Girl On The Train? I decided to give it a chance after it had sat on my bookshelf for a while, with the promise to myself that if I found it to be hard going or ...

Premier Inn Carlisle Central North, Carlisle 28/04/2015

Not the best in Carlisle.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Lotion 24/03/2015

It works!

Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire Eau de Toilette 23/02/2015

Not as extraordinary as Alien, but still out of this world!

Travelodge Chester-le-Street Hotel, Durham 17/02/2015

As quiet as a mouse....

Travelodge Chester-le-Street Hotel, Durham Although I live in the North East of England, I often stay at hotels which aren't very far from home, particularly when attending a concert, family occasion or night out. The reason being, you can often bag a Premier Inn or Travelodge room at a bargain price, which proves cheaper than the cost of a taxi home. Although Premier Inn remains my budget hotel brand of choice, I am happy to consider other options, including Travelodge, which at one time I used frequently, until I thought it began to go downhill and then Premier Inn proved to be the better option in my opinion. Just before Christmas I needed a hotel in the County Durham area and a friend recommended Chester-le-Street Travelodge, having stayed there herself on a couple of occcasions. She informed me that in her opinion this particular Travelodge was "one of the better ones" and she had always been satisfied with her stays there. She also likes the Vintage Inn pub/restaurant 'The Church Mouse' which sits adjacent to the hotel. It sounded good to me and was in an area which would suit my needs exactly for that night and so I looked up the Travelodge website to take a closer look. Chester-le-Street Travelodge Chester-le-Street Travelodge is situated on the Great Nort Road not far from Chester-le-Street itself. It is an ideal base for visting Durham County Cricket Ground, Lumley Castle and Beamish Open Air Museum, which are all easily reached a short car journey away. It is situated just over 4 miles away from Durham ...

Sell-Ideas Samsung Glaxy S5 Leather Wallet Case 22/01/2015

Excellent case for your S5!

Remington D5220 PRO-AIR Turbo 13/01/2015

Blown away with this bargain!

Remington D5220 PRO-AIR Turbo In the run up to Christmas I knew that my hairdryer was possibly on its last legs as it would make a strange noise now and then. However, I hoped it would see me over Christmas at least, then I could maybe pick one up in the sales. It chose to finally stop working on Christmas Day of all days, which wouldn't have been so bad except that I was working that day and so it was a bit of a rush to work after having to wake my daughter to ask where her hairdryer was, as I needed to borrow it. The weekend after Christmas I ventured into town and went into Boots to take a look at the half-price sale and it was there that I spotted this Remington Pro-Air hairdryer, half-price at only £15 instead of £30. My daughter was more than happy to keep sharing her hairdryer with me, however, I was also bearing in mind that if myself or my daughter went away for a break, one of us would be left without a hairdryer as we both like to take our own hairdryer away with us. Therefore this hairdryer seemed to tick all the boxes for me when looking to purchase a new one, in that it was a great price, a good brand and most importantly for me, it was an Ionic hairdryer. I have used Remington products in the past too and have always been happy enough with them. Since discovering the advantages of owning a hairdryer with ionic conditioning after buying an Andrew Collinge ionic hairdryer around 13 years ago, I have since refused to use anything else. This is because the results I get after drying my hair ...

Pantene Pro-V Repair&Protect Conditioner 03/01/2015

I have been lured back to Pantene!

John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen & Restore Conditioner 17/12/2014

Repair your hair!

L'Oreal L'Oréal EverRiche Nourishing and Flowing Conditioner 15/12/2014

Go with the flow!

L'Oreal L'Oréal EverRiche Nourishing and Flowing Conditioner A few months ago I set out to find a new conditioner suitable for my hair as I was becoming a little disillusioned with those I was using. I wasn't getting the results I expected and wondered if the product has changed or maybe my hair condition was changing. I have fairly long hair which can become dry at the ends, despite regular trimming, but oily at the roots. My hair is also wavy and can become frizzy in hot or humid conditions if getting wet in the rain. I always use a conditioner each time I wash my hair and also I often buy a deep conditioning hair mask or treatment. I decided I would try some of the more expensive conditioners around, but waited until I spotted them on offer first, as I find hair products are often part of promotional deals in supermarkets and stores such as Boots and Superdrug. L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche Nourishing & Flowing Conditioner was one I spotted on offer at Morrisons supermarket a few months back. The price stated it was usually £6, but it was part of a half-price offer and so just £3 at the time for a regular sized tube. After reading the product information on the tube, I decided I would give this a go whilst it was half-price. These onditioners are advertised as hair care products specifically designed for very dry and rebellious hair. Enriched with botanical oils, the formula leaves hair feeling intensley nourished whilst helping to protect from dryness. Now whilst I wouldn't go as far as to say I have very dry or rebellious ...

Avon Paddle Brush 14/12/2014

A good quality hairbrush from Avon.

Avon Paddle Brush I have long hair and so always like to use quality brushes when brushing my hair to try and help protect it and minimise damage. A few years back, a friend at work used to bring her Avon brochure in to work and whilst flicking through it I spotted some brushes which were part of a promotional special price at around £2- £3 each at the time. I noticed these paddle brushes but didn't really like the look of them and thought they would be awkward to use, but I did order a vented brush instead. When it came, I was impressed with the quality of the brush for the price I paid and it was a really good hairbrush. Not long after my purchase, my daughter mentioned paddles brushes. She has long hair too and regularly used straighteners on her wavy hair and told me the hairdresser had mentioned using a paddle brush. Christmas was approaching and I bought her a paddle brush from the Toni & Guy range in Boots. It was around the £8 mark at the time and she was delighted with it. I thought back to when I saw them in my friend's Avon brochure and decided that if these brushes were ever on promotion again, I would buy one and try it. Although I was happy with my vented hairbrush, my daughter enthusing about her paddle brush made me keen to try it out and I thought that if I bought one for £2 or £3 then it wasn't a lot of money to spend if I didn't like it. It was only a couple of months or so after this that I spotted these paddle brushes once again in my friend's Avon brochure and they were ...

Yankee Candle Black Cherry Wax Tart 03/12/2014

Great longevity from Black Cherry.

Yankee Candle Black Cherry Wax Tart Whenever I am in town I like to treat myself to a couple of Yankee Candle Wax Tarts. Priced at £1.35 on average, they are ideally priced to give yourself a little treat if you're a candle lover like me. Buying these wax tarts or the votive sampler candles from the huge Yankee range, also means you are able to try out the different fragrances without paying out a lot of money. I would hate to spend a lot of money on the expensive glass jar candles in the Yankee range only to find I am not keen on the fragrance. I had noticed this Black Cherry fragrance a while back when treating myself to some wax tarts, but at the time they only had a glass jar available and so I made a mental note to keep looking out for it in wax tart format. Fortunately for me, I have a kind daughter who often treats me to some wax tarts too and so I was really pleased when on my recent birthday, she surprised me with some wax tarts and one of them was Black Cherry. You can smell the fragrance of Yankee's wax tarts through their clear shrinkwrap packaging and this one has a lovely fruity cherry scent, which Yankee describe as a delicious sweetness of rich, ripe black cherries. I have generally found that the strength of fragrance from a wax tart whilst it is still in its wrapping is a good indicator of how strong the throw from it will be when you are burning it. Usually if the fragrance seems weak, then it doesn't last as long or give off as strong a fragrance when burning as the stronger scented ones. ...

Premier Inn Nottingham West, Nottingham 24/11/2014

Ideal Nottingham hotel, especially when driving!

Yankee Candle Fruit Fusion Wax Tart 19/11/2014

Great scent, shame it disappeared so suddenly!

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Wax Tart 10/11/2014

Cookies are not just for Christmas!

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Wax Tart Yankee Candle's Christmas Cookie wax tart was one I first sampled last Christmas. It was quite a bargain buy at the time, as I spotted a lot of the Christmas range from Yankee reduced in price in a branch of Collectables. Reduced to just 50p each, this was less than half the usual price of £1.20 - £1.30 per wax tart at the time, so being the wax tart fanatic that I am, I seized the opportunity to stock up and bought quite a few of the wax tarts. You can smell the fragrance of Yankee's wax tarts through their clear packaging before opening them and this one had a lovely sweet scent as I held it up to my nose before making my purchase, which Yankee describe as buttery rich, vanilla scented, holiday sugar cookies. I could definitely smell the vanilla which is actually a fragrance I am not so keen on, but here it certainly has a 'buttery' scent which does indeed remind me of home baking. I have also generally found that the strength of fragrance from a wax tart whilst it is still in its wrapping is a good indicator of how strong the throw from it will be when you are burning it. Usually if the fragrance seems weak, then it doesn't last as long or give off as strong a fragrance when burning, as the stronger scented ones. For good longevity I prefer the stronger smelling wax tarts and Christmas Cookie certainly has a strong but very appealing scent. Longevity varies with these wax tarts,with some lasting longer than the approx 8 hours burn time and I thought that this one may ...
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