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Dior Poison Eau de Toilette 16/01/2008

Poisoned.......................

Dior Poison Eau de Toilette You know how different smells remind you of things? As I spray the liquid onto my naked skin, the scent rises to my nose buds, swirling in my head; I have visions of fumbled kisses on the dance floor of a teenage disco back in 1988! Belinda Carlisle booming from the speakers, high heeled stilettos, massively oversized hooped earrings and hideous curly perms! All the boys were wearing Brut and the girls wore Poison. I could never afford the "real" stuff until I started work, but the local chemist sold a more affordable option - imitation bottles at £2.99. As the years went by my mates seemed to progress to newer and more modern aromas. Maybe I was boring or stuck in my ways or maybe it was "better the devil you know"? I remained faithful to Poison and on occasions still wear the original scent now. ***The Bottle*** The bottle is bulb shaped, dark purple in colour and has a transparent glass lid. Comes in two sizes, 30ml and 50ml. The box is green with Poison and Dior written on the front. ***The Fragrance*** A spicy alluring perfume, full of mystery and intrigue. Too overpowering for me to wear during the day, but ideal for a night out or if I'm planning a little seduction. No need to top up either, it's strong aroma lasts all night and more. *** Price and availability*** A 30ml bottle will cost around £30 and the 50ml around £40. Not available in major high street chains, although smaller retailers still stock. There are still a number of ...

Quick and Easy Recipes 06/12/2007

Blackmail of the Chocolate kind!

Quick and Easy Recipes I found this recipe in a supermarket magazine the other week and decided to give it a try. Quick 'n' Easy Chocolate Wedges ***Ingredients*** 115g (4oz) Margarine 85g (3oz) Golden Syrup 25g (1oz) Cocoa Powder 50g (1 3/4 oz) Raisins 225g (8oz) Digestive Biscuits 115g (4oz) Milk Chocolate ***Utensils*** 15cm (6in) flan dish/cake tin Margarine and kitchen roll for greasing Bowl for crushing biscuit Pan for melting ingredients Microwave for melting chocolate Fridge for cooling Scales for weighing Knife for spreading chocolate ***Method*** Crush the digestives into crumbs. Grease the dish/tin lightly. Heat the margarine, syrup, cocoa powder and raisins in a pan until melted. Add the crumbed biscuit to the pan of melted ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Add the mixture to the greased tin, pressing it to make it even. Put into the fridge to set. Take the milk chocolate and add to a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate according to instructions on packet. Take set mixture from the fridge and add melted chocolate. Spread it evenly over the top of the mixture. Put mixture back into the fridge for chocolate to set. Once set, cut into even pieces, EAT and ENJOY!!! ***Me Experience*** Having actually made these last night, I discovered some handy hints which may help while making them. 1) Don't allow the children anywhere near the kitchen whilst making these, I did and it was a big mistake - half the ingredients went missing ...

Fifteen-Firsts 01/11/2007

My 15 Firsts - The Clean Version

Fifteen-Firsts Well, I've altered a couple of the questions to make them more relevant to me - Enjoy! 1. FIRST KISS Ahh - difficult one. Lots of pecks and messing about, but I suppose first proper kiss was with a lad called Stephen. I was 12 and I was in first year of high school. A mate had organized a bar-be-que and loads of us from school were invited. I remember the awkwardness and the total fear when we finally kissed. My heart was pounding so hard I thought it was going to explode out of my chest. We snogged for what seemed like hours - but it was probably only 2 minutes. I recall he wore Brut aftershave and we both had denim shirts on - Oh how 80's! 2. FIRST TIME YOU HAD YOUR HEART BROKEN Actually had my heart broken twice in the same year. First in the August, when my brother died. He was only 25 and died in a mountain climbing accident. Total devastation and even 11 years on my heart still in not healed. The second time was late October. My first husband and I split again, but this time I realised that the marriage was very much over. I adored him with every inch of my body and even though you know it's over, it still hurts. 3. FIRST JOB Hahahahaha - talk about reliving history! I left school 2 weeks before my 16th birthday. I managed to find a Y.T.S. job at a Racing Stables. For those younger than 30, Y.T.S. was Youth Training Scheme and it lasted 2 years. The 1st year you got £28.50 and the 2nd year was £32.50. However that particular job only lasted 24 hours. ...

Stolen - Deborah Moggach 23/10/2007

Stolen........................

Stolen - Deborah Moggach ***The Author*** Deborah Moggach - Born in 1948. As both of her parents were professional writers she inevitably began writing in her early twenties. Her first novel "You must be sisters" was published in 1978. She has gone on to write 15 more novels, including the one I am reviewing today, Stolen. ***The Book*** Stolen - first published in 1990 by William Heinemann Ltd, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London. SW3 6RB. ***The Story*** A fantastic story of "East meets West". Salim, a well presented, well spoken, business man from Pakistan, meets Marianne, a typical English girl, with her bleach blonde hair, barmaid job, rebel attitude and a "dark past". Marianne works in a local pub as a barmaid and Salim runs a construction business, owned by his Father in Pakistan. They meet at an evening class, learning French language and slowly become an item. Marianne was shocked by the difference in culture, but also intrigued. Her "usual" boyfriends are very "rough and ready", only "after one thing", but Salim is very old fashioned, sophisticated, cultured and has deep beliefs about how men should treat their woman. Even though they got intimate on several occasions, he wouldn't make love to her until they were married. He respected her too much. He hadn't realised that not only was she not a virgin but she had also had an abortion before she was 16. Marianne's parents were not happy about her marrying a "darkie". It was 1969 and ignorance regarding different ...

reveals yourself in 100 questions... 09/10/2007

The Bare Me - Ok, Ok, I've added Pics!

reveals yourself in 100 questions... 1 - First Names: Lisa Jane - absolutely hated my middle name - then used it as my youngest's middle name - what's that all about??? 2 - Pseudo(s)? Sparkout, Sparkie, Sparks, Lis. The first 3 because as a teenager I was a real live wire. The latter is what my fiancé calls me! 3 - Girl or boy? Girl - although being a boy wouldn't have been too bad - I loved climbing trees and getting dirty as a kid. 4 - Towns? (Birthplace and living town) Born in Woolwich, brought up in Kent and now live in the North East of Scotland. 5 - Size? Of what??? Height - 5ft 2in, Feet - 5, Vitals - 38DD, 28, 34 6 - Age? Mental or Actual??? Mental age is somewhere between 16-24 - actual age is 33! 7 - Colour of hair? Depends on my mood. At the moment it's jet black with manic purple flashes. Natural colour is mid blonde. 8 - Colour of the eyes? Blue/Green 9 - Employment / current occupation? Housewife/Mum - if I could find a satisfying job that allowed me to work around my kids school times AND give me 7 weeks off in the summer, 2 at Easter etc., etc.,. Any suggestions please forward them to me! 10- Astrological and Chinese sign: Sagittarius. No idea what my Chinese sign is??? Hang on while I go check…………………..Apparently I'm an Ox - steadfast and solid, stubborn and dogmatic, but also honest, reliable, honorable and caring - Aww that's me! :-) 11 - I like/love? My 3 adorable (did I say that out loud???) children, my ...

Member advice on Keeping Hamsters 01/10/2007

Alice? Alice? Who the **** is Alice? RIP Alice

Member advice on Keeping Hamsters ***Introduction*** From the beginning of the 1900's the golden hamster was thought to be extinct, however in 1930 a female and her offspring were discovered in the Syrian desert. Both hamsters were captured and kept for breeding (inbreeding common), which has kept the population alive today. Hamsters are very popular as small pets, but owners must realise that although they are undemanding, clean and easily tamed, they are naturally nocturnal and very, very active.. In their natural habitat hamsters are nocturnal or crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk). In captive habitat they wake in the afternoon, but their main periods of activity is during the night, dawn and dusk. When hamsters are awake they are extremely active, either exercising, climbing, gnawing, grooming, eating, rearranging their bedding and finding ways to escape. ***Varieties*** Syrian (Golden) Hamster These are a rich golden brown with a white belly. The cheeks are normally dark with white patches underneath. Self Colours Single coloured hamsters are classed as "self" and come in a variety of colours. White, cream, fawn, honey, cinnamon, grey, silver blue, sepia, chocolate and various shades or natural gold. Surprisingly there are no black hamsters. Some may have very dark colours but are not true black. Marked Varieties These are multi coloured or have patterns. The most common is a self colour with a broad white line accross the back dividing the colour into two sections. ...

Let's Talk About Sex - Robie H. Harris 27/09/2007

Let's Talk about Sex

Let's Talk About Sex - Robie H. Harris ***The Book*** Let's Talk about Sex written by Robie H Harris and Illustrated by Michael Emberley in 1994 for Walker Books Ltd, 87 Vauxhall Walk, London. SE11 5HJ. Priced £8.99. ***The Cover*** The front cover of the book is very colourful with pictures of clothed people all ages, sizes, sex and race interacting with each other. The reverse of the book has reviews from different sources, one of which I'm going to quote :- "Illustrated throughout with witty, but always accurate cartoons, it provides thorough, frank, up-to-date and reassuring information on all aspects of growing up, puberty, sex and sexual health. Facts and feelings are covered in equal measure." By SEX EDUCATION MATTERS. ***The Contents*** There is an introduction and six parts to the book all containing different chapters. Part 1 - What is Sex? • Girl or Boy, Female or Male - Sex and Gender • Making Babies - Sexual Reproduction • Strong Feelings - Sexual Desire • Making Love - Sexual Intercourse • Straight and Gay - Heterosexuality and Homosexuality Part 2 - Our Bodies • The Human Body - All Kinds of Bodies • Outside and Inside - The Female Sex Organs • Outside and Inside - The Male Sex Organs • Words - Talking about Bodies and Sex Part 3 - Puberty • Changes and Messages - Puberty and Hormones • The Travels of the Egg - Female Puberty • The Travels of the Sperm - Male Puberty • Not all at Once - ...

Matrix Shade Memory Blonde Shampoo 20/09/2007

The Matrix - for Women!

Matrix Shade Memory Blonde Shampoo ****The Product**** It's a shampoo specially formulated for blonde hair. A 250ml/8.5 FL OZ bottle contains a rich creamy shampoo made from Grapefruit Clarifier, Vitamin E and Memory Ceramide Strengthener. Made in the USA for Matrix, 15 Rue Saint, Florentin, 75000, Paris. ****The Packaging**** Blonde/Gold coloured bottle with white and black writing. Instructions for use on the reverse of bottle. Ingredients list (which is too small to read) and a symbol showing shelf life of 12 months. Flip top lid for ease of use. Not too wide (17cm at widest point) to hold with one hand and because of its height (18cm from top to bottom) you can open the flip top lid with one hand. ****The Price**** Ranges from around £6.00 to £8.00 depending on where you purchase from. My local salon are selling them for £7.50 each but have a special offer on at the moment, where you can buy 3 bottles for £20. ****Availability**** Can only be purchased from Salons or via the internet. (www.matrix.com) Not available in high street shops. ****What it does**** The Grapefruit Clarifier cleanses the hair, removing all traces of built up product or dirt revealing a bright, sparkling colour. Vitamin E improves scalp circulation and the Memory Ceramide Strengthener does exactly what it says, it strengthens the hair without losing the brightness of the colour. ****Using the product**** Wet the hair first, either in the bath or shower. Squeeze a small amount of shampoo ...

Q & A 03/07/2007

More about me!

Q & A 1. How long, on average, does it take you to get rid of someone trying to sell you something over the phone? I always have the intention of hanging up straight away but somehow never do. Why do I stand there and let the caller talk and talk?? I then apologise (what's that all about?) and say "No thanks" then feel guilty. I really gotta toughen up! 2. What is the most expensive object you have ever broken on purpose? ('when angry' counts as 'on purpose' even if you regretted it soon afterwards) Can't say I've ever broken anything, either on purpose or in anger. 3. If you buy something for 99p with a £1 coin, do you really want the 1p back? Damn right - For one it means that the person behind the counter has to put it in the til and two it goes in my "Booze Fund" money box! 4. What was the last thing you shouted while alone in a car? Erm, not sure I can type that - I can? Oh kewl - YOU WUCKIN FANKER - boy racers who try to overtake when there's not enough room! 5. What is your typical path through a supermarket? I always start at one side of the shop and finish at the other end. That way I don't miss anything. It's strange the routines you get into but the side I start on has frozen foods and the end side has tins - so by the time I've reached the checkout all my pizza's are defrosting and my breads been squashed by the baked beans! You'd think I'd learn! 6. Do you lick the underside of the foil top when eating a pot of yoghurt? Of ...

Everything that starts with C ... 02/07/2007

C.S.A. Where is the support???

Everything that starts with C ... I first became involved with the C.S.A. when my husband left me with 3 children back in 1998. I had to apply for Income support, so the CSA automatically got involved. To be honest I didn't want anything from him and would have preferred it if they weren't involved, but the law's the law right? Well aparantly not. The law states that parents who don't live with their children must support them financially. The C.S.A. (Child Support Agency) were set up by the Government to ensure that maintenance payments were being made by absent parents. They calculate a percentage of the absent parents income and award the other parent the maintenance payments. Payments can be made either directly to the other parent or they offer a collection service and pass the money on. If the absent parent refuses to pay, the CSA have the power to arrest their wages and even take them to court. My ex managed to lie his way through the claim form, claiming he paid more rent than he did, got less wages than he did and pulled the wool over their eyes totally. Up until my new husband adopted the children in 2004, he had paid a big fat ZERO. In Aug 2004, I got in contact with the CSA to advise that the case should be closed, due to my husband adopting the children, my ex was no longer financially responsible (legally). I sent in copies of the adoption certificates and as far as I was aware, the case was closed. My new husband and I separated in Dec 2005. I had to make another claim for Income ...

Samsung SGH-D600 03/06/2007

Big Hands??? Don't Bother!

Samsung SGH-D600 The Samsung D600E is a small, stylish slide-up mobile. Great matt black colour with silver trim. ***The Phone Spec*** 2.0 Megapixel Camera with Flash MPEG4 Video MP3 Player Bluetooth/USB External Memory TV Output support Quadband Games SMS Calender ***Accessories*** Standard battery TV Out Cable PC Data Link Kit AC Charger Handsfree car kit Car Charger Memory Card ***My Personal Experience*** I loved this phone from the start. Small enough to fit in my pockets without creating a bulge. Very smooth slide action, with automatic keypad lock - There's nothing worse than dialling numbers whilst it's in your pocket. I loved the MP3 player and being able to assign certain tracks to certain callers. Doesn't have a huge memory (81MB) but you can buy extra memory cards. ***Downsides*** A few things I don't like about this phone. Unlike the previous model, D500E, it doesn't automatically save "Sent" texts in the "Sent" folder.and it only has 10 text alerts and you can't record your own. The 10 alerts are pretty naff, so I found that a major annoyance. After 14 months of having the phone, the navigation key in the middle has started to stick. Whether this is a common fault I'm not sure, but I have Insurance with the phone, so I will see about getting it replaced. Finally according to my Fiance, the keys are too small for him and it takes him ages to type a text! My answer to him - stop using my phone :-) ***Conclusion*** All in all a great ...

Abott Reductil Meridia Slimming Pill 22/05/2007

How much have you got to lose?

Abott Reductil Meridia Slimming Pill *******The Scientific Bit******* ***The Product*** Reductil (U.S. name Meridia) (Sibutramine) is a drug most commonly used for weight loss. It contains the active ingredient Sibutramine Hydrochloride Monohydrate, which was first manufactured as an antidepressant. Reductil comes in 10mg and 15mg strengths. The 10mg capsules are blue/yellow and have Reductil 10 printed on them. The 15mg capsules are blue/white and have Reductil 15 printed on them. Both strengths come in blister packs, in boxes of 28 capsules. ***Other Ingredients*** Dimeticone, Iron oxides and hydroxides (E172), gelatine, colloidal anhydrous silica, indigo carmine (E132), lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl, sulphate, shellac, soybean lecithin (E322), titanium dioxide (E171). The 10mg capsule also contains Quinoline yellow (E104). ***The Criteria*** Reductil is a prescription only medication which comes with certain criteria. To be eligible for use you need to fall into one of two categories. *Have a body mass index of 30 or over* *Have a body mass index of 27 or over and has diabetes. It is possible to buy this medication online(UK) - however it is expensive (starting at £100 for a months supply) and you have to have an online consultation with a GP. It is available in the US online, but you can't guarantee that you are getting the genuine medication. I wouldn't advise buying this medication online but to seek advise from your ...

Vodafone 09/05/2007

pay as you talk

Vodafone I bought a Vodafone, pay as you talk phone a year ago, and now don't know how I could have lived without it. The phone, a Nokia 5110 was a basic model. I could send and receive texts and phone calls and that was about it. The ring tones were pretty poor, but for a first phone it did the job. The Pay as you talk plan from vodafone does what it says. You only pay for what you use. This differs from a contract because you pay up front and once your "credit" has been used you have to buy some more. To top up your phone you have to have a swipe card. This card has a unique number which is registered to your phone number. You can either take the swipe card to a store that offers E-top ups, or register a debit/credit card to your account. The pros of pay as you talk are not having to sign a 12 month contract and not overspending, however the cons are running out of credit in an emergency especially when you've got kids at home! ***Price Plans *** ** Anynet ** Daytime calls (Mon - Fri 7.30am - 7.30pm) 30p a minute Evening & Weekends - 10p a minute SMS (Texts) - 10p each This is the standard price plan and the one you'll start on. ** Anytime ** 30p a minute for the first 3 minutes Every minute after first 3 is 10p a minute SMS (Texts) - 10p each To switch to this price plan you have to call 2345 from your vodafone mobile. Hope this has improved a bit! Thanks for reading. Lisa x ...

Recipes for Cakes and Biscuits 23/04/2007

My Grandmother's Finest (Updated)

Recipes for Cakes and Biscuits My Grandmother (1897-1995 RIP) handed me this wonderful recipe for Oat Biscuits that I having been enjoying for years. I thought it was time I shared a little piece of happiness with you all :-) ***Ingredients*** * 8oz Porridge Oats * 8oz Self Raising Flour * 8oz Margarine * 8oz Castor Sugar * 1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda * 1tsp Vanilla Essence * 1tbsp Black Treacle ***Utensils*** 2 Teaspoons 1 Tablespoon 2 Bowls 2 Wooden spoons Hand mixer/Husband (Optional) :-) Baking Tray Cup Oven Oven Gloves Spatula Cooling Rack Container for Storing (unless kids and husband are about because they like to store them in their bellies!) ***Method*** * Cream the margarine and the sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. I use a hand mixer/Husband (whichever is closest to hand) as I don't have much strength in my hands. * In a separate bowl, mix the oats and flour together. * Put Bicarbonate of Soda, Vanilla Essence and Black Treacle into a small cup and put into the microwave. Cook on full power for approx 13 seconds (800w) until the mixture bubbles. When you stir the mixture it should expand in the cup and look very similar to a mousse like substance. * Spoon the oats/flour and treacle mix alternately into the creamed margerine/sugar bowl. Mix together thoroughly until you get a dough like mixture. You will need to roll your sleeves up and use your hands for this one! * Roll mixture into small balls (depending on size of balls you can get ...

Dyson DC01 18/04/2007

Amazing Device

Dyson DC01 After giving a home to a Very Hairy German Shepherd Dog, my stylish black living room carpet, constantly looked as if it had been snowed on!!! My hoover at that time, was constantly left out and I was hoovering the carpet three or four times a day. My next door neighbour had just purchased a Dyson DC01, and I asked her what she thought of it. She raved about how good it was, and how she couldn't live without it. So I asked if I could borrow it to see just how good it really was. Amazingly enough, it was just as good as she had stated, so off I went and bought one for myself. The DC01 model (the first) is an upright hoover with a 1200 Watt motor and 3.6L capacity. The hoover itself is pretty standard, a roller with brushes on driven by a belt. There is the hose attachment (known as the wand) which is handy for when you are hoovering the stairs or hard to reach places.This clips into the frame of the hoover when not in use. There are small attachments which clip onto the end of the wand, a brush, a nozzle and a hard floor attachment. Personally, I prefer the nozzle attachment and use this most of the time. There is no bag with this hoover, however, you have to empty the cylinder, which is clipped into the main body of the machine. You can see when this is full as it is transparant. The DC01 also uses dust filters which need to be changed. Dyson stock filters in packs of 4 for around £6 but you can purchase after market ones cheaper. My DC01 lasted roughly 4 years. ...
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