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justgiving.com 26/04/2007

ITS NOT HARD, ITS JUSTGIVING

justgiving.com WHO? Justgiving.com is the simple solution for all those wanting to donate to a charity or those who wish to raise funds for good causes. Funds can be raised for any charity you like from the ‘biggies’ e.g. Cancer research, Cats protection league, Dr Barnardos etc, to small local charities and groups e.g. your local brownie pack or church group. Launched in 2001, they have fast become the UK’s leading charity fundraising website. They consist of 34 enthusiastic staff who are based in Old Street, Central London, and also have a sister company – Firstgiving - in Boston, USA. In 2004 they received a Charity Times Fundraising & IT Services award, due the fact that they had “transformed the face of donating in the UK”. Justgiving have 2500 member charities, and have helped over 3 million people to raise over £130m on around 300,00 fundraising pages. WHY? Pre–Justgiving, most charities – even the larger ones - could not even begin to think bout setting up and running an online donations facility, as it is a complex and costly thing to achieve. Justgiving have enabled even the smallest of charities to benefit from their services. Typically the cost for a charity itself to process donations made by cheque or cash is around 15-25%, and so the fee charged by Justgiving is a substantial saving to the charity, meaning it gets more of the money donated to do good for those who need some help. HOW? Instead of running round your office, school, town etc like a wild ...

Remington BKT 3000 Trim+shape Wash.bikini 04/07/2004

BUSH WHACKING FOR BEGINNERS

Remington BKT 3000 Trim+shape Wash.bikini I think I must be going through one of those times in your life when you just want to be slightly different to what you already are. Don’t get me wrong I’m not unhappy being me, in fact I think it is because I am so comfortable that I feel able to gently criticize myself. Perhaps what I am doing is giving myself a mental kick up the backside, and setting out on a journey of self-improvement. Some may say that at 30 I am having an almost mid life crisis! It was in this frame of mind that I set out to see just how different I could be whilst still being me. I found that I really only needed a few cosmetic tweaks to make a difference. I am now feeling ‘new and improved’. The first port of call on my journey was M&S – new knickers, and a pair of sexy red sandals – guaranteed to make you feel ‘brand new’…and yes they helped. My second was the Opticians, to get myself back into contact lenses. By far the most significant of my transformations however was in an area that I have never really bothered with in all of my 30 year on the planet. A region that until recently was an overgrown jungle, a straggling mess, which every time I looked at it I cringed. No not my garden…but my lady garden! Those of you with a delicate constitution may prefer not to read on! Ladies (and gentlemen), I’m sure that I am not alone in having never tended to this little patch before. Previously preferring to have the ...

Everything that starts with F ... 15/05/2004

Finally...The Fricken thing is done.

Everything that starts with F ... This is a response to Joycefricken's challenge. See her reviews for more details. #1: Who was your childhood hero/heroine? Why? It has to be ‘George’ from the ‘Famous Five’. She was everything that I wanted to be. Firstly she had a dog, She was tough and all the other kids wanted to be around her. However I never wanted her hair – far too curly for my liking. #2: At this point in your life would you say you generally go for "quality" or "quantity"? Splain please? Quality is my watchword these days. Having bought a batch of 1000 cheap screws, I now know that one good one will do the job far better. #3: Describe yourself in 3 words. (Not a sentence or a statement. Just 3 words.) Special. Kind. Emotional. #4: Now write a Haiku incorporating those 3 words. A special place The kind wind billows Emotional words #5: In your next life you have the choice of being… *A cartoon character *The leader of a great nation *A doggie *A deadly germ Pick one and explain why? A cartoon character I think…but why? Erm, I suppose because they tend to be bright, interesting and almost never die. Could I be Minnie Mouse please? #6: Use the 3 words listed below in a sentence or a one line slogan. *Freedom Fries *Bitter *Gas Bitter lemon flavour ‘Freedom Fries’…Guaranteed not to give you Gas! #7: Answer the two questions below. Then vigorously defend your answers. (Please note: ...

Olay Touch Sensory Moisturizing Lotion 31/12/2003

THE UNTOUCHABLES

Olay Touch Sensory Moisturizing Lotion Olay have been producing and distributing their skincare products throughout the world for longer than I care to imagine. During the past few years, along with changing the brand name from Oil of Ulay, to Olay the brand has grown to provide product within a slightly higher price bracket than they used to. With new products such as the Regenerist and Total Effects ranges, it is obvious that Olay are aiming for the buyers who are willing to spend more money on product that will noticeably improve their skin condition. I have used the original type of Olay moisturiser – you know…the pink stuff in the squarish bottle - since I was a little girl, and I used to ‘borrow’ my Grannies bottle when I went to visit her! I suppose I have been using it religiously on a daily basis for around 18 years now. About 3 months ago I decided that with my 30th birthday approaching, that I should make my skincare regimen more ‘grown-up’. I was not tempted to stray from the Olay brand, but I was lured by the promises of the Touch range of Olay moisturisers. Olay Touch sensory moisturising fluid to be exact. At £5.99 for the 100ml bottle from Boots I thought that I had bagged myself quite a bargain, even more so as I used £2 of vouchers which I had earned from a survey site to pay for some of it! You can buy this range in most outlets which have healthcare sections including most if not all of the supermarkets, at around the same price that I paid at Boots. The blurb on the box (and at ...

Comfort Fast Dry 14/10/2003

FAST LOVE

Comfort Fast Dry When the luscious Lisa met Dishy Darren it seemed like a match made in heaven, until her drippy family got in the way of their more intimate moments! A quick fondle in the kitchen ruined by big sis, a passionate session of necking spoiled by mum looking over their shoulders. Can you imagine much worse, when you are two love struck teenagers trying to kindle your relationship? Luckily, they recently found the solution to their problem down at the local supermarket, and now have no trouble with the family hanging around and spoiling the moment… …Of course this isn’t real life that I am talking about, but the continuing saga of those two material characters in the ‘Comfort’ advertisements. You’ve perhaps seen them in their previous adverts for Vaporesse, and other Comfort washing products. In fact 25000 of you may actually own a replica Darren or Lisa, as last year Lever Fabergé who manufacture Comfort, ran a promotion in which you could send away for this cute couple. Comfort has been around since 1969 and has become the fabric conditioner market leader for Lever Fabergé. In a market worth around £240 million a year that’s not to be sniffed at. Considering that these days we have so much choice when looking for these sort of products it does suggest that Comfort must have something special. In summer this year (2003), Lever Fabergé introduced a new Comfort fabric conditioner to the market, Comfort Fast Dry. They supported their new and rather different product ...

Poetry 11/10/2003

A WEDDING READING

Poetry It took a lot of searching in libraries, my own shelves and on the internet before I finally found what I thought to be the perfect reading for me to give at my little brothers wedding. I have since heard that a fellow Cioer read my op and had the same reading at her wedding this year. Hope you enjoy! The Promise. By Eileen Rafter The sun danced on the snow with a sparkling smile; As two lovers sat quietly, alone for a while. Then he turned and said, with a casual air (though he blushed from his chin to the tips of his hair), "I think I might like to get married to you." "Well then," she said, "there's a thought. But what if we can't promise to be all that we ought? Can you promise me, say, that you won't rage and shout, If I'm late yet again, when we plan to go out, For I know I can't promise I'll learn to ignore Dirty socks or damp towels strewn all over the floor. So if we can't vow to be all that we should I'm not sure what to do though the idea's quite good." But he gently smiled and tilted his head Till his lips met her ear and softly he said "I promise to weave my dreams into your own, that wherever you breathe will be my heart's home. I promise that, whether with rags or with gold I am blessed, Your smile is the jewel I will treasure the best. Do you think then, my love, we should marry - do you?" "Yes, she said smiling, "I do."

Hidroflo Aquapower Shower 10/09/2003

THIS CIAOER HAS GOT A NEW SHOWER

Hidroflo Aquapower Shower As far as I am concerned, a shower is essential at the start of the day, and often necessary later in the day, when I return from work with the odour of feet ingrained into my skin and hair (apologies to those of you who are eating!). Imagine then my horror and devastation when our shower recently spat the dummy and broke, and even my resident DIY expert couldn’t fix it. In fact I think he made it worse. (Why do all Steves ‘mends’ yield several spare bits!)? Needless to say we required a replacement and quickly! When we originally moved into our house in 1998 it had no shower, and we soon put that right, as having to face getting out of bed and into a bath every morning was not my idea of fun. However it was not an easy process finding the correct type of shower for the job. I had previously imagined that you could just buy whatever model took your fancy, fit it, and jump under that refreshing spray…WRONG! As you will no doubt know if you have faced the same dilemma, the type of shower system that you fit is dependant upon certain factors - The availability of a satisfactory fuse box and electrical wiring system, whether or not your plumbing system is gravity fed, or if you have a combination boiler system. Now, we already knew what type of shower we wanted. It was simply one which would give us a powerful spray, unlike some of the purely gravity fed showers that we had used in the past, that provide a mere dribble of warm water if you are lucky, the wind is ...

Sanex Shower Gel 18/12/2002

I'M NOT QUITE AS MOIST AS I'D LIKE TO BE...

Sanex Shower Gel Say Sara Lee to most people and no doubt they will be thinking of chocolate gateaux and lemon meringue pies! The German owned Sara Lee group however also includes the well-known Sanex brand of health and beauty products. I bought the 500ml bottle of the ‘dermo-moisturising’ shower gel, just after moving up to Aberdeen at the start of November, where I was, and am finding the harsh (and very, very wet) weather was very drying to my poor skin. Those of you who know me will be aware that I am a sensitive soul!! I have previously used other Sanex products such as the liquid soap, and deodorants, and I have found them to be effective yet kind to my skin, and so without much thought I picked up this in the local Asda for around ₤2.99 for the 500ml size. As I remember I didn’t even bother to give it a sniff, as most of the Sanex range has little or no smell, and even those that do tend to be very subtle. •••PACKAGING••• On first impressions the container is pretty unexciting, an opaque plastic bottle with a blue flip up top, although on further inspection I noticed that those nice people in the Sanex design office have added some Braille on the lid of the bottle. Not being skilled at translating Braille, I can only presume that it says DO NOT DRINK, or such like! The name Sanex is the main component of the labelling, and is prominently displayed front and back, in their easy to distinguish blue and white ...

Chiropody (Podiatry) 28/10/2002

FOOT FETISH...APPLY WITHIN

Chiropody (Podiatry) Feet…YES, fetish…NO! For those of you who do not know by now, I am, for my sins, a Podiatrist. I can’t really remember why I chose to study Podiatric medicine, but I think it may have had something to do with several pints of Marstons Pedigree and a game of dare! After all its not everyone’s idea of the perfect job. What is a Podiatrist I hear you cry! Well, were really just Chiropodists in disguise. In fact the name has been updated in an attempt to gain legal protection of our title, so that you ,the public, can be sure that your Podiatrist has undergone the required training to become State Registered. This will mean that you will be able to get the best possible treatment from someone with expert knowledge about the lower limb, and especially the foot. Politics lesson over for now! The general view of a Podiatrist is of someone that cuts old lady’s toenails all day long…and we do a lot of that, but so much more as well…. WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY DO… Podiatrists work in many different environments, but very often work alone (well obviously with a patient). We work within the NHS, in private clinics, for sports clubs (including major football, cricket and rugby clubs), practicing Podiatric surgery, in teaching, in high street stores (such as Boots or Scholl), in research, and most recently in forensics. Pay levels vary depending in which branch of the profession you work in, but NHS Podiatrists can earn up to £28,000 per year, and in private practice I ...

Alton Towers Ciao Meet 27/10/2002

THE TERROR OF THE CIAOERS

Alton Towers Ciao Meet I can hardly believe that it is over a week since the Ciao Alton Towers bonanza. It has taken me almost a week to recover, and for at least three nights last week I was safely tucked up in bed by 8.30pm! I feel slightly disappointed that the most excitement I have had this weekend was visiting my Nana in hospital in South Shields on Saturday. Not a white knuckle ride in sight (that’s if you don’t include my Dads driving)! Those of you who were there last Saturday will no doubt have re-lived one or two of the funnier moments in your mind over the past week. I certainly still have the horrifyingly funny image of Dave (Howiemon) drop kicking a random toddler (complete with reins), and one of Dean (Deano76) scared tishless in that tiny glass sided, slightly rocking, cable car. I fear there won’t be a Ciao ski trip, or at least Dean will give that one a miss! I know that many of you who could not join us have already read the accounts given by some of the others. Including strange tales of black holes, panic attacks, wizards, and of course purple dinosaurs! I’m not going to make you read through another description of our day, but instead I thought that I would take this opportunity to write a little about each of the Alton Towers Ciaoers… …Sarah (Trampus). Thank-you for being the organised one of the bunch. To keep at least 8 Ciaoers at any one time (and in various stages of hangover), together and happy is no mean feat, but you managed it with aplomb. You are also a ...

Everything that starts with B ... 23/10/2002

I LOVE YOU...YOU LOVE ME...

Everything that starts with B ... Let me describe him to you. He’s funny and cuddly (no, not Sleevie!), kind hearted, has an angelic singing voice, tells great stories, and kids love him (and a couple of adult Ciaoers too!). He’s also 6ft tall, purple and green, and a dinosaur. Yes its Barney! I love him. Don’t ask me why, but all that prancing around that he and his rainbow coloured little friends do, and the vomit inducing songs that they sing appeal to my sense of humour. I cannot fail to become engrossed in the TV when Barney comes on. In fact I go into some kind of a trance. For those of you who don’t know the programme, then the best thing that you could do is to tune in to Channel 5 every weekday morning and watch. Or if you want you can catch him online at www.barneyonline.com. I challenge anyone of you to have a bad day after an early morning Barney fix. Barney isn’t alone on his programme, he often has human kiddie helpers, and his two little brightly coloured fiends Baby Bop, and BJ (a bit of an inappropriate name I feel). Like a lot of the other current kids TV programmes the aim is to teach kids about right and wrong, and about everyday things, such as visiting the dentist, going to school and having baby brothers & sisters. I suppose the Tweenies are the British version of Barney. However American Barney is becoming a firm British favourite, and as an adult, chances are that you will find him difficult to stomach, but I bet your kids love him. I recently had the privilege ...

Pickfords International 13/10/2002

IT TOOK THREE MEN TO REMOVE MY DRAWERS...

Pickfords International Moving house is listed as one of the ten most stressful things that can happen to you in a lifetime, along with the death of someone close to you, divorce and marriage (and amputation of your pussycats leg a week before your move!). Imagine the situation…your husband leaves the country for four months, meanwhile you sell your house and have to organise how to store all your junk (and we seem to have a lot of it) so that it can be moved to your new house (which you have yet to buy!) once the other half reappears. One of the most time consuming parts of the moving process is choosing how to move, and who to move with. Being very unrealistic at times my husband suggested that I hire a van, and place our stuff into storage myself! I fear he might have forgotten that I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…but he was only trying to save money (typical Scotsman)! Having firmly ruled that option out, I organised for several different removals companies to provide quotes for the packing and removal of the contents of our two bedroomed abode into storage and then eventually onwards, and upwards to the sunny shores of Aberdeen. I would suggest that when choosing a removals firm you check whether they are members of the British Association of Removers (BAR), as this will protect you if anything horrific happens during the move, and also demands that the company provides services to certain preordained standards. You will find that the adverts in the Yellow Pages, or on the ...

Citroen Xsara 1.4 19/09/2002

XSARA DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

Citroen Xsara 1.4 Xsara…What a strange name! Perhaps Citroen had a valid reason for naming two of their cars with ridiculous names, maybe we will never know. I bought my brand new Xsara 1.4i, 5-door saloon, in silver grey in January of 2000. My husband had absolutely nothing to do with the choice of car (‘what a brave man’, I hear all you fellow males cry!), and I suppose that it was the efficiency of the dealership which finally swayed me to by this particular make of car above all of the others that I had seemingly spent days wandering around. I didn’t particularly want a new car, but spent a while checking out some offers at the local garages and noticed that I could have a brand new Xsara for just a little more than a 2 year old one (around 7500 used, and 9995 with cash back new). This sounded too good a bargain to me, after all I am well know to be the Queen of bargain hunters (I wonder if David Dickinson is the King?). I used the main dealership for Citroen in Derby on Alfreton Road, just outside the city centre, which at the time was called Mark Pritchard, but has since changed name to Bristol Street. This worried me a little as I found the service at this garage when I bought the car excellent, but I need not have panicked, as they remain thoroughly concerned with providing excellent customer care. My initial instincts have proved right, I believe, and I have definitely found the Xsara represents excellent value for money. It is a very good- looking ...

Everything that starts with P ... 10/09/2002

THANK YOU URI...

Everything that starts with P ... As those of you who have read my profile recently will know, I had to travel up to the big toon of Aberdeen in sunny Scotland for an interview last Friday. Having been given only 3 days notice and asked to prepare a presentation, I was thrown into a frenzy. Arranging flights to get there and accomodation was the easy bit! Thank goodness for my good friend and colleague Vicky, who was able to help me out with my presentation, and built up my confidence to an all time high. I am sure that without that help I wopuld have been a quivering wreck. Even better was the fact that she gave me my tea too! (Brain food you understand). By Wednesday afternoon I was on top form, sure I was the one for the job, and raring to go. However, over the course of a few hours, doubts began to creep in. I wanted this position really badly, as it will mean that Steve and I will be able to live in the same town again (that is after he returns in November from a 4 month jaunt to Texas). If you've ever been in the position of wanting something really badly, you'll know all about the feelings I was having. I decided to fill in my time by reading and rating on Ciao (as one does), and actually put a note on my profile to the effect that I had an interview and would everyone who read it, think of me having an excellent interview at 11am on Friday 6th September. I think that seeing Uri Geller on that awful Celebrity Survivor programme, prompted me to try using the power of positive thinking (pity he ...

Asda Tiger Singles 08/09/2002

EASY TIGER...

Asda Tiger Singles If like myself you enjoy the pleasure of feline company, you will almost certainly find that your cats become extra fussy several times a year. Blame it on the weather, them preferring to visit your neighbours, or even objecting to the colour cat bowls you are using, it doesn’t change the fact that it can be really annoying, when your pussies turn their noses up at everything that is put in front of them. My two (George & Mildred) have just been through one of these episodes, and their Kitekat just wasn’t going down too well. In fact I think I fed more to my dustbin than to them. I use the single serve packets of food, and eventually was only getting them to eat one between them twice a day. I hate to think what it has cost my in wasted food. These packets are not the cheapest way to feed your cats. I tend shop around for their food, as you can often pick up quite good offers at various times between the supermarkets. They often have 3 for 2 offers, or drastically reduce the prices for a few days. Unfortunately there was a severe lack of special deals when the terrible twins went on their recent hunger strike. I eventually decided to get a box of ASDA Tiger, select cuisine. Some of the packets were with gravy and some with jelly. There seemed to be a good mix of fish and meat, which is always a bonus for me as George eats fish, whilst Milly prefers a good bit of meat. I was a bit concerned when I fed them a pack of the gravy type, as they only usually ...
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