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To all my Ciao family...Love you loads...Will try to return when I can....Promise...XXXXX

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since 22/08/2005

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Everything that starts with R ... 12/12/2006

It's Just Another Winter's Tale...

Everything that starts with R ... This is the first christmas I have not minded sitting around, for what seems like endless amounts of time, in draughty dressing rooms because I have found the joy of putting pen to paper. So when I saw lovely Rachels challenge I had to have a go. Here is my offerring and with loads of Christmas good wishes I hope you enjoy it. If Ciao puts in specific criteria...Please take absolutely no notice of it........ Just Another Winter's Tale. *************** *************** Christmas comes but once a year its' wonders to behold. What a strange thing to be going round my brain. It was that waking moment. The moment just before your brain is flooded with sights and sounds. It's the feeling that you are being spirited from that sweet, comfy, safe place called sleep and into the bright sparkling new day. But, today, when I awoke, I instinctively knew something was not quite right. It was too quiet! What was missing? No bird song. Why were the birds so silent? Please let it be sunny. No rain today please. Don't let it rain. That would be the worst thing that could happen. No rain please. I silently pleaded with all the gods I could think of. I was not relying on just one. I wanted them all to do their bit. I crossed my fingers and got out of bed, pulled back the small side curtain of the bay window and, although I really did not want to look, I slowly opened my tightly closed eyes. The scene through the window took me completely by surprise. It did not look like I had ...

Short Stories 27/11/2006

ALWAYS and FOREVER.

Short Stories The last time I wrote a story would be somewhere in the region of 40 years ago. But during the past few weeks I have spent a lot of time sitting around in dressing rooms and there are only just so many magazines you can read before you get bored. So to end the boredom I decided to write a short story. I hope you find it as entertaining to read as it was to write. *************** *************** *************** *************** ********** Always and forever. How long had I been sitting here? I could hear the endless click of the second hand on the clock as it moved round to end another minute. I just could not remember what the time was when I arrived. Was it because I paid no attention or was I just too upset to notice? Either way it was 6.05 am now. Everywhere was springing into life. From the corridor, outside the white door with its small glass window, I could hear people coming and going. Getting on with whatever part they had to play in the programme of events that make up twenty-four hours. The murmur of voices drifted towards me. I strained to hear what was being said but they got fainter and fainter till they were gone. I looked around. I knew every bit of this room, the white door with its small glass eye, I was not sure if this was for looking out of or into the room. The walls were a very soft summer green. The sort of colour you expect to see a newly mown lawn. I could almost smell the scent. Fresh cut grass, sweet and full of childhood memories. My eyes ...

A Day In The Life Of.... 04/10/2006

LEST we FORGET.......

A Day In The Life Of.... Richada set this challenge as a record of what the genral public was doing on the day of 9/11and through that perhaps gather what "the mood of the nation" was and what we were all doing no matter how mundane. I am particularly glad to do this as it is a way of me letting go some of the feelings I still have. The events of 9/11 will remain in my brain for many reasons, most of which will be exactly the same as many many people. The questions that no matter how many times you are told the answers still keep coming back to Why? That day started much like any other. I had been trying to train an unruly Old English sheepdog with an overwhelming urge to pounce on young children. Not to bite them but merely to pin them to the floor. I had just packed him into the back of his owner's van when the phone rang. I remember running into the house in case I missed the call. I picked up the receiver and heard a most terrible wailing sound. Through the breathless ramblings I heard "Tower… Mike… no signal… and dead." I just could not tell who was speaking and why they had rung me. I had to shout to make myself heard. I shouted, "Who the hell are you and what the hell do you think you are doing ringing me?" There was a muffled sob and I got my answer. "It's Kathy. Mike's dead!" My heart leap up into my mouth. "What are you talking about? He's in America." "It's the two towers. They have blown up the two towers." I don't know if it was shock or just that my brain wasn't working ...

Jurys Inn, Glasgow 28/08/2006

The JURYS still OUT.......

Jurys Inn, Glasgow I had the great honour of attending the Scottish meet (review to follow) and, because Scotland is not on my doorstep, I decided it would be better if I stayed over. As I had to work on the Saturday night I stayed the Friday. I wanted a central hotel and, after much deliberation and talks with my lovely friend and fellow Ciao mate Pauline99 aka Pauline, we jointly decided on The Jury's Inn. Booking. ********** This could not be simpler. The website is easy to follow and your room reservation can be made in about one minute. First Impressions. *************** ***** The hotel is situated on a main road and is very close to the River Clyde. The view over the bridge is wonderful. The front of the hotel is well appointed and gives the impression of a large modern building. There is a ramp up to the large double glass front doors, which is excellent for disabled travellers. Reception is directly in front of the main doors and has a lower section of desk to the right, which is ideal if you are in a wheelchair. The reception staff were polite. (I am going to touch on the subject of booking in later in this piece.) I explained I had made an online reservation and gave my name. After tapping on the computer he gave me my room card key and wrote the number of my room on it. I asked what room Pauline was in and was told that they could not divulge that information, so full marks on security. The young man offered to ring the room for me, which he did, and passed me the phone. ...

Motorola razr V3i Dolce & Gabbana limited edition mobile phone. 09/08/2006

"MOTOPIMPED" by D&G......

Motorola razr V3i Dolce & Gabbana limited edition mobile phone. Background *************** When my computer was very poorly and in computer hospital being cared for I got techno withdrawal symptoms and I needed a techno fix. I decided to update my mobile phone and went out into the big wide 'real' world to seek and find a piece of techno kit to keep me amused. After a visit to a couple of mobile phone shops who really didn't seem to care whether I wanted a mobile phone or was basically just hanging around because I liked the décor…(Which I didn't) I ended up at Phones4U who were great and put the phone I was interested in on order for me. After a couple of days I had a phone call from the salesman, Daniel, who told me that due to excessive demand they couldn't get me the phone and would I be interested in looking at any of the others they had in. Sensing my disappointment he lowered his voice and said that if I was interested they had these phones at a really reasonable price on E-bay. I thanked him and put down the phone. The only thing was I had no way of going onto E-bay. Enter my night in shining armour. My dear friend John who said he would lend me his laptop, which he did. I was back on line and went straight to E-bay where I purchased my longed for phone. Which was unlocked and without a sim card. I did go back to Phones4U where Daniel put an Orange pay as you go sim card in the phone for me. Which cost the princely sum of £9.99. The Package. *************** * My beautiful Motorola Razr V3i limited edition Dolce & ...

Phones4U 05/08/2006

Phones4U...Nice2me....

Phones4U Background ************** When my computer recently went on strike and refused to do anything that I asked it to (actually very much like my kids in their younger days). I had to part with it while the gentlemen at the computer hospital mended it. For you technical people out there, amongst other things, I had a ' Deep Throat Trojan Horse ' Not an ordinary Trojan Horse. No! Mine had to be a Deep Throat one! Anyway I am off on one as usual. Must concentrate. While it was away I had nothing to play with and Yes, I know what you boys are now thinking! Right. Have you finished? OK. We will continue. So, having nothing to keep my mind from going numb I decided to buy a new mobile phone. Now, normally, I would go onto the Internet and have a look around at what was on offer but with no computer to hand I had to do it the old-fashioned way and go to the shops. It was at this point I realised I like living in a virtual world (maybe another review there). I went to the Trafford Centre to check out what was on offer. Well, let me tell you, it is a jungle out there. Give me the peace of my comfy desk chair, a cup of tea and a good browser. I am hereby stating for the record that I am never venturing out to buy anything ever again. They are all quite mad. Shopping *********** My first port of call was the Carphone Warehouse shop where I waited at least 10 minutes for someone to notice I was there and, believe me if you ever meet me in person you will know I am not hard to miss. ...

Greatest loves of my life 07/07/2006

LOVERS LETTERS and MEMORIES......

Greatest loves of my life I have been trying to get to the back of my small bedroom for what seems like ages and, finally, my youngest son has removed his meagre belongings from the break-up of his marriage to 'The Devils Daughter'…(My apologies to Dennis Wheatley!) Once everything had been moved I could then get to what was against the back wall. I moved all the bric-a-brac. You know the kind of stuff… light fittings, bedding, cushions, and stepladders. After removing a very nice throw, that I had forgotten I had, I revealed a beautiful carved camphor wood box that was one of the many treasures sent back from working abroad. I have always been somewhat of a gypsy, or, as my father used to affectionately call me, a 'Road Runner.' I have often wondered how he could possibly think I looked anything like the bird off the cartoon but, there you go. I opened the chest and was amazed and delighted because lying there were untold treasures. My daughter's first dress, my son's first romper suit, a christening shawl, things that my children had made me at nursery and at school and, as I uncovered layer upon layer of treasures, I noticed that I was walking back in time. Old documents from college and university appeared and there right at the bottom. Underneath all these memories lay an assortment of letters all tied with different coloured ribbon. I knew straight away what these were. Love letters. Each coloured ribbon denoting a different lover. I removed the first pack and carefully untied the bow. I ...

mybeautysecrets.co.uk 27/06/2006

Beautiful 'Billy' Bargains....

mybeautysecrets.co.uk Background. *************** * I am always on the lookout for bargains and a major part of my expenditure goes on cosmetics. That happens when you reach a certain age and Mother Nature deserts you with amazing speed to be overtaken by a face in the mirror that, when you see it, your exclamation is one of 'Mother??!' So, on my lifelong quest of trying to find good quality cosmetics at a more reasonable price I came across mybeautysecrets.co.uk. This is an Internet site, which offers all leading brand name cosmetics at lower prices than on the high street, or for that matter, salon prices. The Site. ************* The site is easily accessible and very well laid out. The only thing that niggled me was the fact that some of the sections have a lot more products than others. However, with this being a new site I suppose it is going to take some time to build up the product ranges that are available. The site is split into sections, which include: Anti-aging. ************** This consists of some very interesting products to hold back the effects of time including some of the Transformulas range like Transformulas Eye Lifting Gel as used by Victoria Beckham. I cannot vouch for this but I can tell you that I have used Transformulas Lip Volumiser and it really does work. On the day I checked it out there were saving of between £5.00 and £20.00 depending on how many of each product you buy. They even offer a HRT tablet. This is a completely safe herbal alternative to ...

Manchester Ciao Meet 2006 11/06/2006

'We'll meet again'...

Manchester Ciao Meet 2006 Prologue ************ Friday… I had thought I would have a relaxing day getting ready for the meet. I'd have an early night so as to wake refreshed and be ready to meet some interesting people…WRONG! The phone rings and I am told that a band have pulled out and that we have a gig .A long distance gig and a very, very late night. OK! Not a problem. I will still get ready but just forgo the early night. Who needs sleep when you have something brill to look forward to?… Saturday *********** It is 3.30am and I am just going to bed and worrying that I might oversleep…Never go to bed worrying because it really doesn't aid a restful sleep…However I manage to wake on time and stumble to the bathroom now it is at this point that any of the more delicately minded of you should go straight to the next part. The mirror in the bathroom shows me a picture of something out of alien and trust me the mother alien is better looking than me I am sure I took my make up off…Oh! I did those black marks under my eyes are permanent when did my skin turn that funny shade of yellow. This is going to need some major reconstruction…Out comes the heavy duty Polly filler and off we go…1 hr and 45 mins later and I look something close to presentable. The Parking fiasco. *************** ******* For those of you brave enough not to have skipped forward to this point Please collect your medals on the way out. As I am from Manchester I know the place fairly well so parking for me is a ...

annsummers.co.uk 17/05/2006

SUMMER LOVIN'

annsummers.co.uk A Brief History *************** * I have never been petite, dainty or small…. words describing my body usually rate amongst Gargantuan, Enormous and 'Oh Dear God, don't sit on me!' From the age of 13 when I acquired two footballs glued to my chest I have been a lady of ample proportions and have even had a slipped disc because of my huge boobs. That is why I had a breast augmentation… 'boobs made smaller' to those of you who don't know what that is. I was reduced from a 38FF to a very manageable 38C. The bonus of this was I could finally wear pretty lingerie and not something that resembled Boadicea's breastplate. However, due to hormonal changes, which I will not gross you out by going into detail about, I have gradually worked my way back up to 38DD. I had got so used to sexy undies that I just could not bear the thought of going back to huge bolder holders. Enter Ann Summers. Ann Summers. *************** *** I had always thought that Ann Summers was for getting those things that girlies keep in their undies drawer. I had never thought about getting my bras and pants from there. Well, not unless I wanted some stunning little number in black PVC or a delicate little red rubber all-in-one, but I decided, before I rule them out, I would go to their internet site and have a little look. The site can be found at www.annsummers.com. It is a very colourful site with lots of information. I skipped by the toys and naughty nurse's outfit and went straight to ...

Everything that starts with Z ... 08/05/2006

ZE The DEVIL made me DO IT!!!!!

Everything that starts with Z ... Here we are tonight at the MEN Arena in beautiful old Manchester town. The crowd is waiting for the star of this once only never to be repeated (who said 'good'?) audience. The star in question? Gina Mayclair…Star of stage, screen and blue movies…(what? How did that get in there?) "So, ladies and gentlemen, are you ready?" The arena goes dark and one single central spotlight illuminates the dais. The throbbing chant of Queen's 'we will, we will, rock you' begins and the crowd goes wild. They are on their feet. "Ladies and gentlemen," (the anticipation is almost palpable) From beneath the stage a figure emerges and finally there she is… "MISS GINA MAYCLAIR"…what a sight…. no really 'What a sight! "Thank you. Thank you. No really don't, no, no, don't…No, don't stop… It is so nice to be here with you on this rather special evening. After all, it is the anniversary of… the last time I got my purse out…. I am so sorry but there appears to be something shining in my eyes. It's like a mirror. "Excuse me, sir. What have you got there? Oh, it's you Spence **sghawken**. Could you move to one side, please? The light is bouncing off your head and shining in my eyes…thank you. I am sorry people but before I start can I ask what that chinking sound and that smell…its grapefruit, melons and lemons. No, its raspberries, strawberries… No it's **JohnGroom** and his numerous bottles of wine. What on earth is that noise? …Who brought a donkey in here…Oh it's you Mr Roy ...

Poetry 27/04/2006

A Dogs Prayer.

Poetry Foreword. *********** As you know Polly my lovely westie has had her pups and they are now ready to go home with their new mums and dads. This is always a sad time for me...I often recieve little gifts from grateful owners but this is one gift I had to share with you... One of my lovley new owners brought me a sampler she had embroidered and framed for me what is written on it is below. A Dogs Prayer. Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than this loving heart of mine. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for I would lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do. Speak softly to me often, as your sweet voice is sweet music to my soul, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear. When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to the bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. If you had no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home, for you are my life and I am devoted to you. Fresh food and water is all I ask so that I may stay well to romp and play and do your bidding for I would protect you with my life if you should be in danger. Oh beloved master ...

After Eight Dark Chocolate Irish Creams 11/04/2006

A BITE of the BLARNEY!!

After Eight Dark Chocolate Irish Creams Background *************** I know you purists will not like this bit so please skip forward. For you others I felt I needed to let you know how I came by these chocolates as it bears relevance to this review. I am a lover of all things chocolate and have a deep and abiding passion for Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur that, as the bottle says, is a natural marriage of fresh Irish cream, Irish whiskey and the finest of spirits. So, when my daughter saw Nestlé's After Eight Dark Chocolate Irish Creams she immediately thought of me…AHH Bless. Description (taken from the package) *************** *************** ************ Plain chocolates with Irish Cream flavour fondant cream centre. They are square, exactly the same shape and size one always associates with After Eight Mints, and come individually packed into those little packets, but these are a cream colour and not the traditional black. The box is the traditionally accepted shape as before but it is cream and dark green. So, they are handy to give as a present. Smell ******** The first and immediate smell was of mint. I feel certain that this is my brain playing tricks on me just because it looks like the After Eight Mint. However, it is the chocolate that smells sharp and bitter as you would expect of dark chocolate. I break open the little square and I immediately smell very sweet fondant cream. At this point, I must add, I do not smell anything remotely resembling Bailey's and I am disappointed. However, it ...

Everything that starts with D ... 01/04/2006

Doing it DOGGY STYLE!!

Everything that starts with D ... Doing it Doggy Style. As most of you will now know, I am a breeder of West Highland White Terriers and have been for many years, and I thought I would share with you some interesting information I picked whilst at a show the other month. I had been chatting to a group of breeders and stewards when a very well known breeder and judge came up to us and said he was having a problem with an imported dog. We all gathered round whilst he explained and this is the bit I would like to share with you. He had bought a dog from Sweden to help with his breed line because, if you don't already know, it is an uphill battle to try and keep your chosen breed true to the way they are supposed to look and more and more unscrupulous breeders are trying to breed down in size to accommodate fashion. We all admired the photos and clucked over the most impressive pedigree but none of us could understand what problems there could possibly be with such a fine specimen. He admitted that, as always, when you import a dog, there is a language problem, unless you are multilingual or can speak the native tongue of the dogs (and I don't mean 'Bark'). As you know, it is sound that a dog responds to and not words. No matter how many times you have heard the phrase 'He understands every word I say' I am sorry to burst your bubble but, no, he doesn't. However, he does understand every sound you say, so, with that in mind, we continued our conversation. We all nodded in agreement and sympathised with how ...

Lily O'Brien's Cocoa Deli 24/03/2006

Loving Lily's Lollies!!!!

Lily O'Brien's Cocoa Deli On a quick dash to the shops recently I spied something new and just could not resist Lily O'Brien's Caramel Toffee Biscuit Crunch Belgian Milk Chocolate Lolly Truffle. This is a very big name for such a small treat. It has the appearance of a mini Magnum Ice Cream bar and has Cocoa Deli on the front of the wrapper. There are three to choose from Mixed Berry Crunch, Cookies & Cream, and the one as listed above which I am reviewing. Upon opening the wrapper the first smell that I got was a wax smell from the wrapper. This is a little off putting, as I actually thought that it was the chocolate I could smell, but upon further sniffing I got the distinct smell of butter then cream and finally a cocoa smell. Not the chocolate smell that I was expecting. I removed the lolly from the wrapper. It is a darker shade of milk chocolate but not dark enough to be classed as dark chocolate. I bit into the lolly and the first taste was a very creamy chocolate. Although the outer shell is quite thin, it is very creamy and not at all synthetic, which is what I had first thought it was going to be. Having taken off just the end, all I had in my mouth was the outer coating and not the filling, so as to best to describe the chocolate to you. Cream. That's what I can taste the most. The cocoa or chocolate taste is secondary. The main taste is buttery or creamy. It is a very mild milk chocolate in my opinion. Beneath this outer shell is a thin layer of caramel, which has a rich buttery ...
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