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The Post-birthday World - Lionel Shriver 18/07/2008

The Post Birthday World

Holiday Inn Express City Centre West Berlin 11/07/2008

Great value in Berlin city centre

Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads 07/07/2008

Treatment for teenage skin

Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads are designed to "fight spots and reduce redness to give you visibly clearer skin in just 3 days". The product is clearly marketed at teenagers with problem skin - the adverts on TV for Clearasil products usually feature a teenager getting ready for a party, realising that they have a spot, getting despondent that the spot will ruin the party, being advised to use Clearasil and applying it. By the end of the advert the viewer sees the spot fearing teenager at the party surrounded by attractive people of the opposite sex - which we know would not have happened it they still had that awful spot! I usually lack sympathy for the teenagers featured in these adverts - they're teenagers and therefore are meant to have spots. However, it's a different story when you reach the grand old age of 26 and still have skin worse than most teenagers. I've tried many different skin treatment products over the past fifteen or so years but my skin refuses to clear up. The latest product that I've been trying is Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads. The pads come in packs of 65 which cost around £4.99 and are available from chemists and most supermarkets. The packs recommend using the pads twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening. That's a cost of £60 a year if you use them every day as directed. I think that's quite a lot personally and probably more expensive than most other facial cleaners. The pads are quite wet and sometimes ...

Museum am Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin 28/06/2008

Museum am Checkpoint Charlie

Babyliss 5710 E Beliss 02/06/2008

Not belissfully straight

Made Of Honour (DVD) 17/05/2008

Made of Honour

Cillit Bang Power Cleaner 11/05/2008

Bang, and the dirt is gone - trust pink!

Culloden Battlefield And Visitor Centre, Scotland 08/05/2008

Culloden Battlefield

Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa, Towcester 24/02/2008

Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa

Ripley Court Hotel, Dublin 10/02/2008

Ripley Court - Rip Off?

Days Inn, Niagara Falls 03/06/2007

Two Days at the Days Inn

Days Inn, Niagara Falls My friend and I stayed at the Days Inn in Niagara for two nights in May at the start of our tour round Eastern Canada. We’d booked this as part of our Globespan holiday so I don’t know how efficient the booking process was. The hotel was three star and we certainly didn’t pay over the odds for our stay, although I don’t know exactly how much we paid. Arrival We arrived at the Days Inn at around 3am Canada time, or 8am according to our body clocks! We breathed a sigh of relief as our bus finally pulled up outside the hotel (our flight had been delayed quite a bit so neither of us was in the best of form by this stage!). I’d heard great things about the friendliness of the Canadian race from friends who had been to Canada before so was expecting a nice warm welcome from the hotel staff – you’d expect those in the hospitality industry to be the most welcoming to tourists. Unfortunately we didn’t get the welcome we’d expected. The man behind the desk didn’t say anything as we came in – he just stood there and waited for me to hand over our booking reference. All he said was “Your room’s on the first floor, the stairs are behind you”. He obviously hadn’t noticed the size of our suitcases, but fortunately we managed to locate the lift – there was certainly no question of asking for assistance with our bags! No information re hotel facilities or restaurant was given on arrival. Location The Days Inn is less than a five minute walk from the Niagara Falls which was really ...

Globespan 25/05/2007


Capital One Classic Mastercard 21/04/2007

'Capital' ain't how I'd describe it!

I chose the Capital One credit card when I needed to get a credit card quickly to pay for my work expenses. I’d managed to avoid getting a credit card when at university but was forced into getting a credit card when I started my job as my work travel company wouldn’t accept switch. And so I was faced with deciding between the hundreds of credit cards that are available. (Please ignore the two long paragraphs at the end of this review if you’re not in the mood for some serious ranting – I just had to get it off my chest!) My priority when choosing a card was speed – I needed a card fast and wasn’t too bothered about interest charges as I was only going to be using my card for work expenses that I would be reimbursed for. I didn’t want to be burdened with any annual fees and wanted to be able to pay the balance off in full every month. And so I chose the Capital One card… *Application* Application for the card is entirely on-line. This was really handy. The decision was made there and then – I was accepted without any problems. None of the questions I was asked were too probing and the speed of decision led me to believe that they’re not too picky about who they give cards to. However, I was happy as my card arrived within the promised two weeks. One of the questions you are asked when applying for the card is what style of card you want. There is a choice of about ten different designs to choose from (ranging from the standard silver card which I went for to some wild ...

Kellogg's Nutri Grain Elevenses 20/04/2007

One is never enough!

I tried these Elevenses bars because I was looking for a great-tasting snack that wasn’t too unhealthy. I bought these in a multi-pack for £1.99 for six small bars. Each bar is foil wrapped for freshness and weighs 45g. The bars are available in three flavours, being raisin, ginger and choc chip. I’ve only tried the raisin ones so my review is based on them. The first thing you notice about these bars is the smell – they give off a really great scent that’s a mix of cinnamon and raisins. This got my taste buds watering and prepared for the taste that was to follow. After opening the foil wrapping the next thing you notice is the way the bars look, and I have to say they don’t look to appetising. The bars have oats spread on top of them but unfortunately the oats look like they’ve been spread by a five year old. Some bars are covered in oats while others have hardly any. Also, the raisins in the bars are unevenly distributed which makes the bars look slightly homemade. However, this unprofessional look is more than made up for by the taste… The bars taste absolutely fantastic. They taste really natural and just sort of melt in your mouth. They are sweet but not unnaturally so. The worst thing about these bars however is that because they melt in your mouth so easily you just have to have more than one! I have to confess that I consumed all six bars in one day (shame on me!). I couldn’t just have one, partly because they taste so great but also because they are ...

Brantano 17/04/2007

Brantano - the shoe shop with a difference

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