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Kandoo Baby Wipes 24/09/2002


Kandoo Baby Wipes James my small big 'un is at that age where he wants to do everything for himself. He wants to ‘cook’ his own meals from the contents of the fridge – mainly consisting of yoghurt, jelly, chocolate mini rolls and carrots and he wants to be totally independent in the toilet area too. Having tried to erm wipe his behind with conventional toilet paper with some success and mess, resulting in shredded bits of paper being stuck where the sun don’t shine, we thought well how about trying some baby wipes. The only problem using baby wipes is I find them very ‘wet’ and they are not supposed to be flushed down the toilet, so we had to have nappy sacks in the toilet for them to be put in. James didn’t like using the wipes very much as he told me it felt like he was still a baby, plus he sometimes would forget to put them in the bag to be thrown away. Bring on Kandoo from pampers. I saw the advert for these toilet wipes and to be honest didn’t really give them a second glance – James, eagle eyed as children are did! On our next supermarket trip in went the box of Kandoo and I was told ‘we really really need them and if your good mummy you can use them too’ ah bless his cotton socks! Kandoo come in a lovely little box – smaller than your usual baby wipes box, and shaped like a toilet when the lid is popped up. They are really eye catching as the bulk of the box is purple and the lid and base are lime green! There is a large rubberised button on the box; to make the lid pop up and ...

Poetry 19/09/2002


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Corsodyl Mouthwash 17/09/2002


Corsodyl Mouthwash I am at present undergoing a treatment regime that has some pretty nasty side effects. One of these side effects is what friends have loving nicknamed ‘galloping gob rot’ or rather an extremely sore and tender mouth/tongue and gums. As my mouth is so sore, it is painful to clean my mouth out using conventional toothbrushes and paste, which in turn puts me at risk of tooth decay, gum disease, plaque and the most dreaded bad breath! After speaking to my pharmacist and doctor they both advised me to try Corsodyl mouthwash. Corsodyl contains Chlorhexidine gluconate an antibacterial solution, which reduces the formation of plaque and assists with good mouth hygiene. Its most common indication is in the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Also where mouth care by conventional means is difficult, as in my case. Corsodyl also assists with the healing of mouth ulcers and sores perhaps exacerbated by dentures or braces. Corsodyl is only available from pharmacies and comes in either 600ml bottles or 300ml bottles. I opted for the 600ml bottle, which cost me £7.99. This is enough for 60 individual treatments using 10mls per treatment, twice daily will last about a month. The bottle comes complete with a measuring cap, into which the said 10 mls is poured, you then swish the mouth wash around your mouth for one minute and spit it out. How vigorously you choose to swish for is up to you, but I find that it is quite painful at present to swish to harshly, so I just move my head ...

Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks 13/09/2002


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Milky Way Mousse 10/08/2002


Milky Way Mousse Imagine if you will, a world where, money grows on trees, you don’t have to go to work, housework and laundry does itself, there is something new and exciting on television and Ciao pay 50p per read, not only that but also you can eat chocolate, delicious chocolate all day every day without putting so much as an ounce in weight on! Ok reality time again – sorry to shatter your illusions but I don’t think any of the above are going to happen in the near future – if indeed ever, but they were nice thoughts whilst they lasted. What I have discovered is a chocolate mousse that doesn’t send James into orbit as soon as he lifts the lid off, and one that doesn’t taste too bad either. Milky Way Mousse comes as a four pack; the packet design is similar to the Milky Way bars. Each little plastic pot contains 45 grams of scrummy yummy choccy mousse. Do beware folks, once you have split the pots up, you are left with one quite sharp plastic edge - which could be dangerous for children. when putting them in James lunch box, I always 'round' the egde off with a pair of scissors. The mousse is not just milk chocolate mousse, but also light and fluffy milk flavoured mousse too. The Mousse is organized very cleverly and prettily into a Battenburg design – in other words, for those of you who have never had to sample the revolting Batternburg – always foisted upon me by my Aunts and Grannies, you get two sections of milk chocolate mousse and two sections of milk flavoured mousse on ...

The Treatment - Mo Hayder 08/08/2002


The Treatment - Mo Hayder I first came across Mo Hayder, author of The Treatment, in her first book – Birdman. I am a great fan of anything murder/mystery/thriller so I turned the pages of the book rapidly until I reached the bizarre ending. Although a pretty gruesome story, Birdman certainly whetted my appetite for Mo Hayder's further writings. In The Treatment, we once again meet with Detective Inspector Jack Caffery of the AMIT squad (Area Major Investigations Pool) in the south London area. Caffery as well as heading the murder squad and trying to find the perpetrator committing the dreadful crimes is trying to unscramble his own life. His life as we find out in Birdman is blighted by a dreadful skeleton in his closet. As a young boy, he had a tiff with his brother – Ewan. Ewan ran off and since then has never been seen again. Caffery blames himself for Ewan's disappearance, as do his family. He still lives in his childhood home and keeps a shrine as it were to his brother. The main suspect for Ewan's disappearance is Ivan Penderecki – a known paedophile who lives over the train tracks at the back of Caffery’s house. Despite intensive investigation by the police, no evidence has ever been found against him regarding the disappearance of Ewan. This storyline is continued in The Treatment as just one more agony of Caffery – the conclusion, if you can call it that is certainly an interesting one and not beyond belief. The book begins with the appalling discovery of a husband and wife in ...

West Mid Safari Park [TV Advertisement] 02/08/2002


West Mid Safari Park [TV Advertisement] I have just realised that this is for the advertisement for West Midlands - I emailed Ciao to move it as soon as possible. After the dismal day out we had at Gulliver’s Kingdom, we decided to try further afield for a day out. Taking advantage of a rare weekday off during the school holidays. The weather in Derbyshire was dire – slinging it down with rain, but on checking the weather in Bewdley the town West Midlands Safari park is located showed it was going to be an overcast day – perfect for sitting in a car watching animals. On arrival at the park we were filtered into about 6 lanes waiting to pass the kiosks to pay our entry fee to the park. Whilst waiting in the queue we were approached by staff offering souvenir ‘programmes’ for sale. Priced at £3 each and packed with information about all the animals in the park, these A4 size glossy magazines were well worth the money. Waiting time in the queue was about 10 minutes, extremely good considering the volume of traffic waiting. The entry fee was £6.25 per person with under 4’s going free. Once you have paid, you are also given a free re – entry ticket – sort of buy one get one free. This re entry ticket has your car number plate written on it, and the amount of paying people in the car. The same car has to return and only the amount on the card get in free – but others in the car will have to pay. At the kiosk you are also given the opportunity to buy some animal food – these boxes of pellets will set you back ...

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Outdoor Paddling Pools in General 15/07/2002


Outdoor Paddling Pools in General Whilst baking in the sun yesterday afternoon, listening to the gentle fall of the waterfall in the pond, I had the sudden urge to dip my feet in and have a splash about. Not only would the fish have resented this, I don’t think it would have set too good an example to James, my three year old. Not to be deterred out came the Argos book and we ruffled through the pages to find the padding pools. We didn’t want anything too big – last year we bough a 6ft x 6ft pool with canopy, which was wonderful for about a week – but it took so long to empty and fill the water soon took on that ‘green’ hue that is NOT desirable. We settled on the ‘boat pool’ a rather fun looking paddling pool in the shape – funnily enough as a boat and priced at £24.99. I reserved the paddling pool online at and was delighted to see that it was in the half price sale at £12.49 so we set off quick smart to fetch it. The pool comes in a small box with a picture on the front, of what the boat is supposed to look like. Inside the box is the pool itself, complete with an inflatable spray fish, which is blown up and connected to the hosepipe and has a ‘rose’ on the end for showing all and sundry. Also with the boat you get an inflatable anchor. There is also a spare valve and repair patch for any mishaps. The boat is 225cm long, 105 cm wide and 95cm high; the actual pool depth is 40cm. The boat boasts that it has ‘quickflate valve technology’ and that it can be inflated in less than ...
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