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Logynon Contraceptive Pill 19/05/2006

Logynon - A Reliable Choice.

Logynon Contraceptive Pill Logynon is a 21 day contraceptive pill system. I have been using it for nine years, and I haven't got pregnant yet, so something must be working! Logynon comes in a white box with yellow and brown graphics, and is available on prescription. Each box contains three months supply although if your doctor gets fed up of seeing you every three months for a pill check-up they may give you six months supply instead. My doctor has been doing that for three years. Inside the box is a very detailed instruction leaflet which covers the menstrual cycle, how Logynon works, how it interacts with other medication, the risks of cancer or thrombosis, how to take Logynon, what to do if you get it wrong and the possible side effects. Each pack of Logynon comes in a gold blister pack. There are 21 numbered pills in it and a row of blisters with the days of the week. This is a helpful little device to remind you when you took your first pill. You pierce the corresponding blister on the first day you take a pill, and if, like me, you forget whether you have taken a pill later in the cycle, you can simply count along the pack. My doctor put me on Logynon as a teenager because I suffered with violent sickness every time I had a period. Since taking Logynon I have had no sickness and very little period pain, so I would certainly recommend to anyone suffering from PMT. I also checked with the doctor during the recent "pill scares" and Logynon is definately not one of the culprits, so it is safe ...

Everything that starts with K ... 21/04/2006

Kollarosie's Questionaire

Everything that starts with K ... I read a couple of answers to this review, and thought it was great, but I couldn't find the original. So here are my answers with thanks to Morning Becomes Electra for providing the skeleton! #1. So, why the username angiegw? Well, it's my name - followed by my intials. Sorry, very boring, but I needed something I could remember! I'm always forgetting usernames and passwords! #2. Give us one word to describe you: Loyal #3.Chose one Desert Island Disc: Just one? That's criminal! I guess it would have to be "Rebel, rebel" by David Bowie #4. Chose one Desert Island Book: Again, how can I pick just one? I think it would have to be some kind of anthology to get a bit of variety! #5.Chose one Desert Island Film: Interview with a Vampire. But "The Crying Game", "Labyrinth", "The Princess Bride" and "The Breakfast Club" are not far behind. # 6. What floats your boat? Sunshine and lazy days in the warm open air . #7. Tell us something no one knows about you: There isn't anything. Lots of people know lots of different bits - I'm not sure if any one person knows everything about me, but I'm pretty sure I don't have anything which is a secret from everyone...... #8. What's your idea of a dream date? A warm day, the sea, a small boat, a good book and someone I was comfortable enough with just to spend time chilling out with. #9. Do you believe in love at first sight? No. I believe in lust at first sight, but ...

jobcentreplus 14/10/2004

A visit to the Jobcentre - Plus!

jobcentreplus On entering the Jobcentre, now helpfully repackaged as “jobcentreplus” (all lowercase so as not to confused the txt generation) I stood behind the desk marked “welcome”. Behind the desk I could see a number of workstations, all staffed by employees who stared at me as though a customer was the last thing they expected. I continued to stand, and they continued to stare, until another client walked through the door. This person was obviously a seasoned visitor, as he bypassed the Welcome desk and stood at a random spot on the carpet. Immediately, a member of staff beckoned him over to an interview area. Following his lead I moved to the correct, unmarked area of carpet. In the manner of a movement activated singing fish, a member of staff suddenly sprang into life and approached me. “I’m due to be made redundant in December” I began. He interrupted, saying, “You can’t claim anything until you’re actually unemployed”. I carefully explained that I wasn’t asking for benefits, I was looking for work. Confused, he suggested I came back when I was out of work, and I pointed out that I hoped to avoid that situation by using his facilities; “Last time I was in a job centre, there were little postcards around the walls with jobs on”. He directed me to a brightly coloured computer terminal, which I had mistaken for a children’s play area as I entered. “All the jobs are on there now. Just followed the instructions.” I pressed the appropriate buttons for “I would like a day job not ...

All About Me 11/08/2004

Not quite "All about me" - but close!

All About Me I've seen a few of these surveys around Ciao, but I really liked this one, so I thought I'd give it a go. What time is it? Depends which clock I look at. By the computer, 11.35. By the wall clock which I'm too lazy to change to BST, 10.39. Something's not right there! 02. Name Angie 03. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake: It would have been 28, but I have to make my own Birthday cakes, and I didn't have time this year. 04. Hair colour: Brown, with sun-bleached bits that my husband likes to call grey. 05. Tattoos: = None. I nearly had a strawberry tattooed on my tummy, but never quite plucked up the courage! 06. How much do you love your job on a scale of 0-5: 4 out of 5. And that's only because of the redundancy threat hanging over me :( 07. Favourite colour: Purple. I even had a purple wedding dress. 08. Home County: Dorset 09. Current Relationship Status: = Married 10. Favourite food: Strawberries. Only good strawberries, mind, and never adulterated with cream, chocolate and all that other rubbish! 11. Been to Africa? Only by convincing my husband that Morrocco isn't really Africa. He had some bad experiences there. Let's just say a giraffe swept him off his feet! (It sounds better than saying he was head-butted by a giraffe!) 12. Been to Camden? Of course. 13. Loved somebody so much it made you cry? = Yes. This morning. 14. Been in a car accident? Yes, ...

Sudafed Decongestant Nasal Spray 03/08/2004

Clear Nose - A Clear Winner

Sudafed Decongestant Nasal Spray I hate having a blocked nose, and will do anything to get rid of it. Over the years, when I've had a cold, or hay fever I've tried menthol crystals, decongestant tablets, aromatherapy oils - anything that might possibly help. I've found that decongestant sprays work best for me for two main reasons. Firstly, they work fast, and secondly I am allergic to caffeine, which is contained in many decongestant tablets. In the past I have always used another well known nasal spray, but when I needed to replace it, the chemist had run out of my usual brand, so I tried out the Sudafed version, and found it to be very effective. The Sudafed Decongestant Nasal Spray comes in a slim white box with blue writing, and claims "fast, long lasting relief from cold & allergy, congestion and sinus pressure." Inside there is a comprehensive instruction leaflet and a glass bottle containing the medicine, with a spray top. The spray gives a measured dose, but I found that it was too much for me. Half a spray has the desired effect, and doesn't make my eyes water! The active ingredient in Sudafed Nasal Spray is Xylometazoline Hydrochloride. The instructions on the side of the bottle suggest that adults and children over 12 should take two or three sprays daily. It is not suitable for children under 12. I have found that half a spray taken twice a day works for me, but this may not be the same for everyone. I'm also not certain that the measure is particularly accurate, as I found I needed a ...

The Redbush Tea Company - Redbush Tea Bags 14/07/2004

A Drink with a Difference

The Redbush Tea Company - Redbush Tea Bags I discovered that I was allergic to caffiene 8 years ago, and although my first concern was that I couldn't eat chocolate anymore, I quickly found that I missed tea and coffee much more. I drank fruit teas instead for several years, but although they tasted great, they never quite hit the spot that a lovely cup of tea used to. I also ran into the regular problem that not many of my friends were able to cater for the weirdo who didn't drink tea or coffee. Eventually when I refused another cup of hot blackcurrent, one of my friends dragged out a dusty box from the back of the cupboard and offered me a cup of black Rooibos tea. I have to admit, I did spit it out, it was so disgusting, but it was from a different company, and well past its sell by date. A little later I was sent a free sample of tea from the Redbush Tea Company. If I remember correctly the free sample didn't actually mention "rooibos", otherwise I would have thrown it away in disgust. I gave it a go and discovered that it really seemed to hit the tea spot. To be honest, this was several years after I drank my last cup of "real" tea, so I can't really make the comparison between the taste of tea and redbush, but for me it is the closest to tea that I have found. Redbush tea comes in boxes of either 40 or 80. The boxes are red with white writing and have stacks of brightly coloured cups on the corners. The redbush history, instructions and general information is all printed on the sides of the boxes, which ...

Shrek 2 (DVD) 08/07/2004

A Fairy Tale Film

Shrek 2 (DVD) My husband and I went to see Shrek 2 at the cinema last Friday. I was a little concerned about going as we have no children, but I needn't have worried - there were loads of adults going on their own. We had been looking forward to it, as we both really enjoyed Shrek, and the trailers looked great. The basic premise of the film is that Shrek and Princess Fiona return home from their honeymoon and receive a summons from the King & Queen of Far, Far Away (Fiona's parents). Shrek is uncomfortable about going, but Fiona insists and they set off. I loved the travelling scene, but I can see that some peple might think the joke is a bit laboured (I don't want to give it all away). Of course, when they arrive, everyone, including the King & Queen are shocked that Fiona is now permanently an ogre. Prince Charming and his mother, the Fairy Godmother are furious, because Prince Charming should have married Princess Fiona himself. The King is a weak man, dominated by the Fairy Godmother, who sets out to re-establish the "correct order" by eliminating Shrek and tricking Fiona into kissing Charming. This is the start of a brilliant story of love, ambition and mistaken identity. I particularly liked the reprise of the theme from the original Shrek, that inner beauty is much more important than external appearance. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz are as good as they were in the original, but for me, stealing the limelight has to be Puss In Boots, played by Antonio ...

Wimborne (England) 08/07/2004

The Town That Thought It Was a Village

Wimborne (England) I have to be honest and own up to the fact that I actually live in Wimborne Minster. I am so grateful to actually be living in a town that many people love to come to on holiday. Wimborne Minster really is confused. It has all the ammenities of a town, with a small supermarket, and high street shops, whilst retaining the charm and quirkiness of a village, complete with peacocks crossing the road. If you visit Wimborne, you will notice that it is dominated by the Minster Church of St Cuthberga, which is built on the site of a Saxon Abbey. The Minster is a good tourist attraction to visit, but you should be aware that it is also a "working" parish church. Don't be surprised if your visit is interupted by a service, concert or even an after-school club! Things to look out for are the Astronomical Clock, built in the 1300s, the Quarterjack (a little soldier situated on the bell tower who rings a bell every quarter hour), and the Chained Library, which was one of the first in Britain. The Chained Library is only open between Easter and October. It is well worth asking a guide to show you round (they wear red sashes or tabards) as they are very knowledgable and can fill you in on some of the Minster's "hidden history". Once you have seen the Minster, cross the car park to visit the Model Town. This was built in the 1950s and is a 1:50 reconstruction of the town as it was in the 50s. Do ask for the children's leaflet (even if you haven't got children) as it makes the ...

Yamaha Diversion XJ600S 24/06/2004

A Good, Reliable, Steady Bike.

Yamaha Diversion XJ600S I bought an M reg Diversion with 16,000 miles on the clock, about 5 years ago. I use it as my only means of transport and ride it in all weathers. I must be every bike's worst nightmare - the bike is kept on the street, has never been serviced and eventually goes to the garage when the tyres are bald and the brake pads are down to the metal. (I am not proud of myself!) Despite this appalling treatment, my Diversion has been very reliable and only really requires the bare minimum of mantainance. (which is very lucky really) I have taken my bike comfortably up to 95mph but it clearly has more power in it, and I don't even think about refilling the fuel tank until I hit 150miles. I know at that point I have another 20 miles to find a garage before needing to switch to reserve. I find the seating position on the Diversion one of the most comfortable I have tried - it's very upright, but with a great mid-way handlebar position (not up very high like a Harley). The back seat is comfortable too with hand grips on either side to avoid those embarrassing moments when giving lifts to people you don't know too well. The Diversion is a great commutor bike - I originally bought it because I had to commute 60 miles a day along the motorway. It is big and wide enough to hold it's own in heavy traffic and weighty enough to cope with side winds. It isn't fantastically fast or particularly attractive but it is a good solid, reliable bike. I was nervous about making the leap from a ...

Sonicare Electrical Toothbrush 22/06/2004

Cleaner teeth, lighter bank balance

Sonicare Electrical Toothbrush I was desperate for a Sonicare toothbrush. I'd seen them advertised on TV and they looked fabulous, so I was thrilled when my parents gave me one for Christmas a year and a half ago. I think it was around eighty pounds, but they got a "buy one, get one half price" deal and treated my sister to one too. The Sonicare comes with two heads and a base unit for recharging. My first thought was how much larger the heads were in comparison to the standard electric toothbrush I had been using, but I got used to it fairly quickly. The instruction leaflet did make quite a big deal of the "tickling sensation" when you first use a Sonicare, but I barely noticed it. After the first time I used the Sonicare I was aware of how much smoother and cleaner my teeth felt, and I have no doubt at all that the Sonicare is extremely effective. I also really liked the 30sec interval timer so you know how long to clean each quarter of your mouth. I was less keen on the two minute automatic shut-off though - until I read the instructions thoroughly I thought it was faulty! Sadly, despite the Sonicare's many advantages, I am now using a manual toothbrush because the replacement heads are so expensive. I kept going with the original head for over a year (my husband used the second one) which is far longer than recommended, but eventually I had to give up and buy a manual toothbrush. So my Sonicare sits in the bathroom getting dusty because I haven't yet managed to find replacement heads for ...

Eden Project, Cornwall 21/06/2004

Not quite Paradise

Eden Project, Cornwall We arrived at the Eden Project just before half-term, which I think was a sensible decision, as I can imagine it getting very busy during school holidays. We were expecting queues along the road, but found none and were efficently directed to a well designed car park. I was impressed that despite warning people not to bring pets in all its literature and along the approach road, the Eden Project does, nevertheless provide a covered area for people who have ignored their advice. We walked to the Project itself, although there are free buses to ferry people from the numerous car parks. I loved the concept of becoming a "Day Member" rather than just paying the entrance fee - this allows the Eden Project to "gift aid" your entrance fee, enabling then to claim back the tax - a great idea. As we had arrived around lunchtime, we decided to eat at the restaurant before viewing the Project. Sadly we found this probably the worse meal we ate in Cornwall. My husband left his Hungarian Goulash uneaten after one mouthful, it was so unpaletable, and while my choice of children's chicken wings, sausage and beans was edible, I would question whether many children would eat the beans which were tough and covered in a spicy tomato sauce. The food was also far more expensive than I would have expected - I didn't keep the receipt, but I do remember being shocked at the cost. The exhibit in the foyer area was very clever; showing what would happen if we did not have any oxygen, and I'm ...
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