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256 10/07/2002

Chocolate you shouldn't live without - II It’s surprising how many good quality chocolate sites there are on the Internet. It’s also worrying just how many I’ve visited and purchased from, considering only a few opinions back I was talking about good health and how to live healthily. is, however, one of my favourites. Not as unique or original as (see last opinion), but instead containing some of the most gorgeous chocolate you are ever likely to taste, is a must if you’re looking for the finest chocolate around. The site samples and collects different chocolates made by different chocolatiers all around the world, and puts the best of the best together for excellent quality chocolates in every order. There are tons of different things to choose from, all made with fine chocolate and other ingredients, some aimed at young children, others as professional or unique gifts for adults. The variety of chocolate on offer is amazing; not only can you buy items made entirely of the luscious ‘Chocexpress’ chocolate, but there are also boxes of chocolate that vary in size and price immensely, even cuddly toys that come with chocolate on the side. As with all chocolates of this quality, you should expect things to be at a price. Indeed they are, but not at an excessive cost. Although even the cheapest item available is usually more than a few pounds, the pure bliss that you can receive when eating even one mouthful makes up for the cost…and the fat. And because it’s such ... 07/07/2002

Chocolate you shouldn't live without - I You know there are some things that are so good that you can’t wait to tell the whole world about them? Well, I’ve found one. One of the most underrated sites on the Internet has to be Unlike a normal Internet order site for chocolate, this company has made it so that you can create individual and unique bars every time you place an order. On top of a layer of chocolate (dark, white or milk) sits a specially designed piece of artistry made of icing sugar), which can either consist of one of the designs built into the system, or a picture uploaded to the site via your scanner and modem. What makes the chocolate so unique is that you are able to print a message into the side of the picture, so that your friend not only knows who gave it you, but so that you can add your own jokes or touches. Something so personalised and with need of careful attention when posted to an address is something that you wouldn’t expect to come too cheaply. Although there are more expensive chocolate sites out there, the bar still retails at £9.99 (+ p&p), which is quite expensive when you consider all you are getting is 220g of chocolate. To put that into comparison for you, that is approximately the size of a 200g Dairy Milk bar, which retails at around £1. However, it is not the chocolate that you are paying for, obviously. It is the unique nature of every bar that’s printed. You are even allowed to pick a date for dispatch and change the fonts and sizes of the writing. ...

Goodman CDMP 345 05/07/2002

Enjoy your MP3s with toast

Goodman CDMP 345 Let’s be honest, there aren’t all that many people that can afford high-quality CD players in their cars, are there? Very expensive to come by, and usually only found in brand new Mercedes, which already have air conditioning and metallic painting as standard, for the regular Joes, CD players in cars are a thing of dreams. This CD player looks to change all that. As well as being a great portable Discman-type player, it doubles up as an in-car removable player, that doesn’t need extra wiring or batteries for it to work. It also allows you to play MP3 CDs, and CD-Rs (writable CDs), and has anti-shock protection of up to 10 seconds for normal CDs and 25 seconds for MP3 CDs. How? Well, it uses a car’s tape player to produce the sound: You simply plug in the fake cassette tape, which is linked up to the CD player; so that the car is tricked into thinking it is using a tape and not a CD. The sound comes out of the speaker as with a normal tape, even in stereo. Goodmans have made it so that you don’t need any extra wiring added to your car, except for the link from the tape to the player and from the player to the cigarette lighter as a means of power. All of this arrives with the CD player with high-quality and easy to follow instructions, even instructions explaining how to use the player with MP3 or CD-R CDs. ---Sound Quality--- From the instant you turn on the player, you realise that you’re in for a treat. The headphones, which are both stylish and practical, are ...

Wella Shock Waves Maximum Hold Styling Gel 02/07/2002

Shockingly horrific

Wella Shock Waves Maximum Hold Styling Gel It’s about time I wrote a review that actually brought a product into the limelight for being terrible; all my reviews seem to tell of how fantastic everything is, perhaps because so much research is done into products nowadays that it’s unusual to find something that doesn’t quite meet everyone’s expectations. And if there is one thing that really doesn’t outstand me with its excellence, it’s Shockwaves ‘Maximum Hold’ Styling Gel. ---Why isn’t it any good?--- I have to be honest and say that I haven’t used any of the other Shockwaves gels, but if this is, indeed, the ‘Maximum Hold’ variety, I’m not sure I want to. When I use gels, which I have begun to use every day now within the past couple of months, for style effect (my Ciao photo is two years old now, that’s why I’m not using gel on it), I expect something that will hopefully not only keep my hair where I intend it to be, but also that it will last. This gel does not last. It’s quite as simple as that. If you accidentally hit your head, rub your hair, or even lie down, the gel almost immediately loses its effect, and the wet look disappears. This is handy for at night, so that the gel doesn’t stick to the pillow if you don’t have chance to wash it out beforehand, but it is most definitely not strong enough for during the day for when you need it most, and for when you expect it to last. ---The smell?--- As for the smell – well, for a bloke to be using it (and it does have Gareth Gates on the front, so it ...

C'mon, C'mon - Sheryl Crow 01/07/2002

To be loved by everyone

C'mon, C'mon - Sheryl Crow It was nearly 10 years ago now that Sheryl Crow first perturbed the grounds of the British music industry with ‘All I Wanna Do’. Since then, and the release of a further three albums, she has performed the theme tune to ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and ‘Big Daddy’, and had more than 10 Top 40 singles. And yet, her latest album has struggled to remain in the top 10, indeed the top 75, since its release earlier this year, despite the release of two strong singles, and even of those singles, neither has reached the top 10 in the UK. All this seems almost conclusive evidence that Sheryl Crow just hasn’t got what she used to have; the sparkle that got everyone’s attention and attracted mass numbers of sales in the early days has been lost, as happened with Hear’Say and soon to happen with pop idols Will and Gareth, I’m sure. However, it’s quite simply not true. To say that this album was ‘the best she’s ever done’ would be a bit of a dramatic overexaggeration, it’s quite simply not. But the maturity shown in the wide range of mastered genres in each of the tracks represents something more than the pop-happy ‘Everyday is a Winding Road’ and ‘My Favourite Mistake’. The album begins with her latest release: Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen (who apparently is an actor from the 70s) is a very mainstream attractive song, diving straight into the ‘drive-time across America’ mood of combined country and rock. A very catchy riff, along with a head-boppingly fantastic chorus annul the slightly ...

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling 26/06/2002

A controversial 3 stars...see why

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling OK, it was because of the craze, I admit, but last Christmas, I started to read the first in the series of the Harry Potter books. I’d heard a lot of good things about the series, from friends and family, and on the news of course, what with the movie having just come out, the fourth book selling out in hours in bookshops up and down the country, and the fifth book and second movie being ever increasingly anticipated by young and old alike. Despite the fact that I’ve written a few book reviews on Ciao before now, reading hasn’t been something I’ve done much of in the past few years. With increasing amounts of schoolwork, coursework, working towards extra-curricular achievements, and, of course, work, I used to find it much easier to relax with an American comedy on the box than a book in my hand that I actually needed to concentrate on to enjoy. However, almost as soon as I started to read the Harry Potter series, I was hooked. The books (as if you need to be reminded) tell of Harry Potter, a ten year old son of famous wizards, who gets accepted into Hogwarts, the magical school for young wizards, where he learns about the magical world, and fights evil against Voldemort, sorry, You-Know-Who. I don’t usually like science fiction (which is basically what it is) stories; anything to do with witches, goblins, elves or the like I usually lose five pages into the introduction, I don’t even start the first chapter, as it doesn’t seem realistic enough and the names just merge ...

George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine 25/06/2002

Lose fat, keep your food - 250th op

Under Rug Swept - Alanis Morissette 25/06/2002

Mistress of Talent

Heinz Spaghetti, in Tomato Sauce 03/02/2002

Read on to learn how sad I am

Violin 30/01/2002

Trilogy of Terror III - The Finale

Blockbusters (Shop) 27/01/2002

Free eggs all round

Mountain Dew 24/01/2002

Trilogy of Terror - Part II

Pepsi Max 22/01/2002

Trilogy of Terror - Part I

Toy Story 2 (DVD) 20/01/2002

No three circle heads found here

Microsoft MSN Explorer 18/01/2002

Time-saver, life-saver...and it's free

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