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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 ...

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Victorinox - Swiss Army Knife 23/06/2004

Never be without it

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

Carry On Screaming (DVD) 16/05/2004

Frying Tonight

Kodak EASYSHARE DX3500 01/05/2004

Something old something new.

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