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Listerine Coolmint Antiseptic Mouthwash 21/11/2004

Dragons Breath

Listerine Coolmint Antiseptic Mouthwash I recently decided to use Listerine mouthwash, after chipping one of my rear molars on the corner of a fork. Unfortunately the cracked chomper started to get both painful and smelly as my regular toothpaste just couldn’t reach into the damaged area. Desperate to avoid a visit to the local dentist/sadist, I searched for an alternative to pliers. Discussing my situation with various acquaintances my situation seemed fruitless. The dentist seemed set to get both his sick pleasure and all my cash, until one fateful day some bright spark suggested antiseptic mouthwash. At the local supermarket, I headed for the toiletry section trying to avoid the screaming children and disgruntled shop assistants. Browsing through the various oral toiletries, my eye was caught by the king of all mouthwashes, Listerine. Turquoise in colour, and in a handy man sized bottle, Listerine stood head and shoulders above its cheaper red, green and urine coloured competitors. Listerine comes in an opaque, rectangular bottle, which is both simple and alluring. A white label on the front displays the words ‘cool mint Listerine’ and the bold claim ‘Kills the germs that cause dental plaque’. The rear label gives clear usage instructions along with concise ingredient and storage information. An indentation on either side of the bottle gives extra grip in the slippery bathroom environment. What the bottle lacks in complication, the lid easily compensates for with a spill proof yet infuriating childproof ...

Barn Owl 17/09/2004

Owls can be a hoot but be informed.

Barn Owl As an ambulance man I end up in some strange places, on a call recently I was surprised to find two beautiful barn owls sitting on perches in my patient’s garden. As it turned out, her son bred them and they were for sale. They were captive-bred birds and are registered with DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs); therefore we know their family tree; of over four generations. Their great, great grand parents were a pair of injured owl’s in a sanctuary in Holywell. Maureen (my wife) has always had a ‘thing’ for owls. We have a large collection of them all over the house; in the form of ornaments, jewellery, and a chess set: which she made herself in true Blue Peter style. I thought that with her birthday just around the corner that these owls may make an ideal present; so I arranged for her to see them. It was love at first sight. We did not take the task of owning these creatures lightly and soon discovered that there is a great deal of time, effort, responsibility and money involved in setting up. The barn owl in the wild has a life expectancy of about three years but in captivity can live for up to 20 years. So as with a dog ‘An owl is for life not just your birthday’. Shall I get a bumper sticker made or will I have to be more original. We agreed to buy the owls from the breeder at a cost of £50 each; a price which we were later to find out was double the going rate but, hey ho, we live and learn! I agreed that the breeder would keep them ...

Everything that starts with A ... 10/07/2004

A-Z of Me

Everything that starts with A ... I feel that it is only fair that since I know so much about other members from reading their challenge answers that I should put a little about myself to address the balance so…………... A is for Android: The three laws of Robotics (Asimov. I Robot) should be also applicable and rigidly adhered to by mankind. B is for Bikini. I spent a great deal time in my youth worried about the threat of a nuclear holocaust. Much of this stress followed a documentary I watched about nuclear testing in the Bikini Atoll. C is for China: I prefer hot drinks served in a nice bone china mug. I also have a fascination for Chinese remedies and potions and the mysteries of ‘alternative’ medicines and therapies. D is for Deafness. I appreciate deafness is a debilitating sensory loss, but the ability to turn a deaf ear occasionally can be a useful tool. E is for Electronics: I have always been fascinated by the subject of electronics. For the human mind to really understand the number 1,000,000,000 is impossible, yes we can say the number but more than that the concept behind it is inconceivable. So it is with electronics for example we understand the word computer and in varying degrees the intricacies that make one up. But how can a collection of individual components allow you to read this, thousands of miles away or just in the next room? Yes you can say The internet to communicate the monitor to display etc. but what happens to a single electron on its journey to produce the ...

Everything that starts with S ... 03/07/2004


Everything that starts with S ... A strange challenge set by Treley… Please take this challenge of weirdness and pass it to your friends. Please message me so I can have a look when you've done it! (yup - I'm nosey!) My answers aren't here because I want to see what other people come up with first. I'll give you my answers in a months time. Odd ones first! 1. If you were a colour what would it be and why? Green. Because it represents freshness renewal and hope. 3. If you were a type of bird what would you be and why? Swallow. Representative of summer, their freedom and agility are awe-inspiring. 5. If you could do one of these things what would it be and why? a) Fly b) Breathe underwater c) Breathe fire Fly: I was starting my pilots licence last year but after a heart attack I had to abandon the lessons. 7. What is your favourite word and why? Serendipity: Because I discovered it by chance and most of the best things in my life have been due to this. 9. What is your least favourite word and why? Sunday: To me it represents the end of good things and the beginning of bad ones. 11. If you could design your bathroom any way you wanted, what would it look like? Outdoors indoors. A large room with a large window in the ceiling opening to the stars, dark and warm with exotic plants in abundance and a wooden tub. 13. What is the strangest thing you have ever done? Scuba diving at two in the morning on a rocky outcrop by the warm water outlet of a power station to catch ...

Victorinox - Swiss Army Knife 23/06/2004

Never be without it

Victorinox - Swiss Army Knife I have owned and carried a Swiss Army knife for thirty-five years. My present knife, a SWISS CHAMP (the subject of this review) was given to me by my wife for my 50th birthday and never leaves my side. As an ambulance man for twenty years, I have lost count of the number of times I have used my knife in innumerable situations, to repair equipment that has broken, cut off clothing, cut oxygen tubing etc etc and off duty it’s uses have been countless. HISTORY The Swiss Army knife has been with us since 1884, some one hundred and twenty years. The firm who makes this famous knife re-named it in 1921 after the founder’s mother, Victoria Inox. The ubiquitous VICTORINOX has now become synonymous with quality utility knifes. The soldier’s knife was first delivered to the Swiss Army in 1891 and since that time has been the instrument of choice not only by the military but many civilian organisations and individuals. There are many accounts of incidents were these knives have been crucial in successful survival and rescue situations and to the essential to the success of many of the most remarkable adventures and discoveries of mankind. To a lesser extent there are accounts were the corkscrew attachment has proven to be a lifesaver on a picnic. THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE SWISS CHAMP Large blade Small blade. Can opener and small screwdriver Bottle opener with large screwdriver and wire stripper Reamer, punch and sewing eye Key ring Tweezers Toothpick Scissors Hook ...

Hay-on-Wye (Wales) 19/06/2004

Make Hay Whilst The Sun Shines..

Hay-on-Wye (Wales) The town and its book shops. The town of Hay-on -Wye nestles in the lush rolling hills on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Powys, Wales. It is a picturesque hamlet which boasts almost 39 book shops some of which seem to have been created by the same group of Time Lords who built the Tardis, as you enter these deceptive establishments you will be surprised at the relative imbalance between the outward appearance and the volume of the interior and even more surprised at the number of books in stock. Some call Hay the second hand book capital of the world and indeed the range and number of books I have seen on a number of visits has yet to be surpassed. Book prices range between several hundred pounds and as little as 10 pence. Traditional bookshops abound but there are also the oddities, like the outdoor honesty book shop, where shelves and shelves of books are displayed with no cover other than that they are in open book cases, no shop assistants and no security, to pay you simply drop your money in a box set in the wall. It is perhaps the magic of Hay that keeps the books safe from the weather since the books never seam to degrade. The town motto,” FOR EVERY NEW BOOK READ AN OLD ONE”. which is prominently displayed on a banner on the high street works for me on a number of levels, keeping the bookshops of Hay in business and supporting my pet quote that “Those who do not know there history are doomed forever to repeat the same mistakes”. For full details of ...

The Randolph Hotel, Oxford 17/05/2004

Four Star tag, but

The Randolph Hotel, Oxford History The Randolph Hotel is the reputed to be the most prestigious hotel in Oxford. Designed by the renowned architect William Wilkinson, this simplified Gothic hotel opened in 1864. Situated on Beaumont Street opposite the Ashmolean Museum and the Martyrs Memorial the Randolph was named after the Randolph Gallery in the Ashmolean Museum Arrival My stay at the hotel was to be one of rest and recuperation, a treat for my wife following an operation. After a long drive (four hours), the hotel was easy to find, bang in the centre of Oxford. The hotel has a small parking facility and a slot is allocated to your room when you book. I pulled up outside the hotel and an attendant duly took my keys, parked the car and carried our bags into the hotel. A good start! Finding Peace We entered the hotel through the dramatic arched door way and booked in. Having reserved a ‘Superior’ double room with a view we were lead to a tiny twin room at the rear of the hotel with no view at all I complained to the porter who contacted reception and we were lead to another room this time still tiny still at the back of the hotel and still with no view, but at least a double well one out of four is not too bad is it for a four star GRAND hotel? I was still ready to complain but my wife who dislikes confrontation asked me not to so the weekend being for her I reluctantly acquiesced but the Randolph had other misfortunes to bestow. The Randolph is in its own right is somewhat of a media ...

Carry On Screaming (DVD) 16/05/2004

Frying Tonight

Carry On Screaming (DVD) Carry on Screaming Certificate: Parental Guidance Directed by Gerald Thomas Written by Talbot Rothwell Running time: 97 mins Released 1966 Music composed by: Eric Rogers Cast: Harry H Corbett: Sergeant Bung Joan Sims: Emily Bung Kenneth Williams: Doctor Watt Charles Hawtrey: Dan Dan Jim Dale: Albert Jon Pertwee: Doctor Fettle Introduction Carry on Screaming is a spoof on the popular Hammer Horror films and a great example of British Comedy. There are mummies, Jekyll and Hyde transformations, werewolves, vampires and creaking doors in profusion. This was twelfth of the Cary On films. The Storyline A number of young girls has been disappearing and turned into shop manikins. Investigation leads the detectives to the old house of Doctor Watt. The Setting The film is set in the centre of the English countryside with the woods always cloaked in fog; at the centre of these mysterious and spooky woods is the Doctor and his sisters old family house and finally in the centre of the house is the mad doctors laboratory with is complex (well for the time) frightening equipment and vats of boiling oil (“frying tonight” as the Doctor famously calls as he processes his latest victim). With the obligatory cobwebs and dark corridors, all the clichés of the gothic house of Hammer Horror are represented. Caricatures Consistent with the clichéd setting, the main characters are caricatures of famous detectives, villains and assistants with the ubiquitous comedic ...

Kodak EASYSHARE DX3500 01/05/2004

Something old something new.

Kodak EASYSHARE DX3500 The Camera The Kodak DX3500 is a chubby retro designed camera, which except for the silver/grey colour could be a Kodak Brownie from the 50’s. although bulky it is eminently capable of producing a good quality picture if the conditions are right (outside with the sun behind you) or small group shots indoors. The built in flash has a fill capability that is only effective in reasonably close situations, a red eye reduction facility that is effective but you tend to get people moving before the picture is taken because there are two flashes one to eliminate redeye the other to take the picture. With the internal memory you can get 12 pictures at best quality or 48 at low quality. If you get the compact flash memory you can store many more. The 3X digital zoom facility is really a bit of a con since if you use it you effectively expand part of the image from the lens electronically and loose the proportional amount of picture quality. If a zoom facility is important to you then when choosing a camera opt for an optical zoom. The Docking Station This unit acts as an interface between the camera the computer and the battery charger It is simple and convenient to use since it remains connected and you don’t need to fiddle with wires to download your images. The Software The DX3500 is supplied with a suite of software to enable you to download, organise and manipulate your pictures. Impressive? Well it would be but….. I have had my camera for 2 years and have ...

Yamaha Dragstar XVS125 17/04/2004

Dragstar 125 the bike with street cred and safety

Yamaha Dragstar XVS125 Having been a biker on and off for over thirty years I went with my son (19 years) to find a replacement for his sick Yamaha 125 custom. Getting lost looking for a motorcycle dealer who had moved, we were looking for directions and were attracted by the sight of a lovely, what we thought to be Harley Davidson Fat Boy. parked outside a security lodge. This bike turned out to be the Yamaha 125 Dragstar and my son was in love for the first time. The bike looks fantastic and has bags of power and a lovely deep note to the engine. None of the whiny noises of the other 125cc bikes on the market due to the v twin configuration of the engine. From my point of view being the concerned parent with some experence of the biking world, I was pleased to see a machine with the weight to resist the onslaught of a crosswind and the power to deliver an acceptable acceleration speed to keep up with traffic and not annoy other road users, thus putting my son in danger. At the same time I was pleased with the layed back attitude that the design of the machine instilled in my son thus encouraging him to keep his speed down and "crusise". I could go on about the technical details of the bike but these are freely available on the internet. My point can be summed up quite simply....A Good Safe Reliable Bike.
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