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Veet Immac Ready to Use Wax Strips Effective Even on Short Hair 11/08/2010

Ouch!!

Veet Immac Ready to Use Wax Strips Effective Even on Short Hair I decided to give these Veet wax strips a go, as I have been watching the adverts of women with gorgeous legs parading around myTV screen, and quite frankly, I want legs like that! So, deciding that using a Razor was archaic, I bought myself some of these Veet Wax Strips to give them a go, and become beautiful. Where from and how much? Savers in the high street, as I decided that that was probably the cheapest place to purchase a new product. The package was very eye catching, and being a female product, it had to come in a pink box. This colour should have been a premanition. They cost me £4.50. Not too bad, considering I spend about £7 for a pack of Gillette razor refills. There are 20 wax strips in the pack, and 4 'perfect finish' wipes. Salient features? The blurb on the box said that they were for normal skin, and effective on short hair. They should leave my legs feeling smooth for up to 4 weeks (excellent, although 'up to' could also mean for one day? ah well). And, the words Shea Butter and Berry and a photo of redcurrants, were emblazoned on the package. Not that I planned to eat the darned things with ice cream, but I imagine 'people in the know' must have some factual evidence to support the use of those ingredients in a beauty product such as wax strips. Ingredients. Well the ingredient list didn't obviously mention many natural products, and I can't see a laymans term for redcurrants, but here goes: Wax strips: Triethylee Glycol Rosinate, Glyceryl ...

We Are All Made of Glue - Marina Lewycka 09/08/2010

Stuck on you

We Are All Made of Glue - Marina Lewycka We Are All Made Of Glue is a new book by Marina Lewycka. She is more famously known as being the author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, and Two Caravans, both also excellent. I like a good read, as I often do a night shift on a different ward than the frenetic Emergency Care Centre (A+E to the rest of the population) and I need something to stop those eyelids drooping. 'Glue' as I will call it to save me getting repetitive strain injury was an excellent choice. The main character, Georgie (or alternatively called Georgine, Georgia, Georgina) is our main player, and we first meet her at the time of her and her husband having a very stupid argument about putting up a toothbrush holder (her request) and her understanding the importance of a progress project (his request) and neither of them really appreciating how important these two inconsequencial requests were in the grand scheme of things. But, as with many relationships, it is the small straws that do indeed break the camel's back; those 'familiarity breeds comtempt' moments. The couple are at a junction in their lives. Nudging middleage; daughter at university, son doing a 'Kevin' in his teens. Georgie has a boring job, home-working at her computer and writing for a journal about glue. Who could cope with being cooped up indoors at a computer all day, like a hermit, tippy-tapping on a computer for a boring glue journal? Humans need contact. Georgie needs human contact. Sadly, her explosion over the ...

Barclaycard 24/07/2010

BEWARE of BARCLAYCARD!

Barclaycard I have just got off the phone to Barclaycard. The most unhelpful, rude woman dealt with me, refused to listen to what my query was, and when I said that I would have no option but to transfer my debt to another credit company, didn't offer any kind of customer service of 'that is a shame, lets look and see if we can help with this'. Oh no! She just said 'well you use the card, so you have mounted the debt' and when I said I might have to switch to another credit company, she sighed and said 'that is your choice then'. Ok, so the history. I am a single parent, and have just my own wage coming in. Life, in line with everyone else's, is hard. I, like most of the population, like to buy presents at Christmas and birthdays. I run a car, which now it is getting a bit old, needs servicing etc etc. I have to pay household bills, and make repairs to plumbing etc. Sometimes, there are payments that have to be made, and I have used my Barclaycard, with the promise to myself that I will endeavour to pay this off. I am well under my maximum credit limit. So, I have a direct debit set up to pay a minimum amount, which has fluctuated over the time presumably as a percentage of how much I have used the card. I noticed that this is really not paying anything off, so for instance, minimum payment £20, but interest charges and payment protection =£18. I then thought, ok, I will pay an additional £20 as a standing order so that, in theory I should now be paying £40 per month, and then £22 ...

SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES. What tracks/albums have made a significant impact in your life and what made it so meaningful? 02/07/2010

Music to help me through my life

SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES. What tracks/albums have made a significant impact in your life and what made it so meaningful? Forty Five years on the planet, so lots of 'forty-fives' to think of! (for those minors amongst us, that was what singles were called 'back in the day'). I bought various singles in my early years, but by the time I was in my early teens, I started to get more of a style going. The compilation below are 'some' of the songs that have had a big effect on me. There are hundreds more left out! Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights. I think I was about 13 when this came out. I loved her, and her style, and it made me realise how wonderful the classics of literature were, when taken out of the class room and read privately, with my own interpretation in my head of how Heathcliffe and Kathy were. I wonder if Kate was named after the heroine. The Pogues - Dirty Old Town. I love the Irishness of The Pogues. Being from an Irish background, living in south London, I really loved The Pogues. Something about imagining myself in a pub in Dublin, singing along with the rest of them, 'dreamed a dream, by the old canal'. Great song, great lyrics, great band. Londoners don't have the sense of community that you find over there. Pulp - Common People. Who couldn't have loved Common People back in the 1990's? Many wanted to have the 'edge' that the working classes have, and pretended to have impoverished lives, like they imagined the likes of the Gallagher brothers had. Jarvis Cocker is so clever with his lyrics. It starts off as a little song about a boy meeting a girl at art college. She ...

Limelite Power Spray 28/06/2010

Stay in the limelight

Limelite Power Spray I usually try to be a green householder, and use environmentally friendly products to clean. The drawback is that my home becomes a bit unmanageable at times and needs something of a blitz. I would normallly use a vinegar mix to keep the limescale at bay, but in recent weeks, I have been working long shifts so not able to stay on top of the battle against south London limescale. Anyone living in London or the southeast will understand where I am coming from, as we have terrible limescale and several people I know have installed water softeners to combat it. I have not. So, I was shopping in Savers last Saturday, and rembered an old product I used to use, called Limelight. In the old days, it was a small bottle that you poured onto the offending limescale, left for ten minutes, and washed off. Nowadays, we have moved into the 21st Century, and have a spray. Not just any old spray, but one that will 'spray' or 'foam' depending on how you use it. How did I use it? I used the foam facility. I tend to spray 'whatever' onto my grouting, or the back of the taps, or the shower curtain, and any where else that looks grey or orange. This was no different. I sprayed using the foam nozzle and it stuck to the place that I wanted it to. Next, I use a scrubbing brush to scrub my grouting and tiles, and a sponge for the taps and basin. So..... equiped with my utensils and elbow grease, I started to scrub away. Result? Not wonderful, but ok. I did have a build up, so I needed to give it ...

Coastliners - Joanne Harris 19/06/2010

You're not from round 'ere, are you?

Coastliners - Joanne Harris Visiting my mother's home a couple of weeks ago, I was looking at her book shelf for something to read. I noticed she had a collection of books by the author, Joanne Harris, which looked untouched. It was true. My mum had been given them as a present, but not got round to reading them, so I was to take them away to read and report back to her if they were worth it. I have started with Coastliners, as I love the seaside and the cover had pictures of shells and whatnot on it, so very inviting as reminds me of the summer we are supposed to be having. Coastliners is a 'number one best seller' according to the cover. I think that this may have been her fourth book, following Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, and Five Quarters of the Orange. Then there is a French cookbook, also. Coastliners is a story set on an island off the French Atlantic coast, and I am given to believe it is quite close to Brittany. The island is called Le Devin, and it has two main districts, one called La Houssinierre, and the other, Les Salants. There is a competitiveness between the two districts. La houssinierre is a upcoming holiday destination with a Mssr Brismand (richest man in the area) who appears to own most of the area, and will develop it to bring money to the island. The other district of Les Salants is still living in the past, as a sleepy village with superstitious sea faring folk living there. They are not interested (at first) in incomers to the area, and prefer to live their lives in the way ...

Angels - Marian Keyes 01/06/2010

Far From Angelic

Angels - Marian Keyes Angels I always enjoy reading a Marian Keyes book. They nearly always (with the exception of Under the Duvet which I didn't enjoy) follow the same formula, and engross me as the reader, into the lives of the characters in the tale. They are very Irish, and wrap me up in the strong Irish family warmth, which reminds me of my large family and I find this helps me relate to her stories. Huge 'feel good factor', even if the stories deal with some difficult subject matters, as it is always done very sensitively. Angels was Marian's 7th novel, coming after Watermelon; Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married; Rachel's Holiday; Last Chance Saloon; Sushi for Beginners, and the afore mentioned, Under the Duvet (short stories). Maggie Walsh is our heroine. She is a woman who likes to control her life, and has always been 'very well behaved'. Or so everyone thinks. Maggie tries to tell her family that she isn't that well behaved, and hates the tag, but nevertheless, she is always considered Well Behaved. That is, until her husband who thinks he is laughing about a shared joke they both have, suddenly realises that it wasn't Maggie who shared the joke, but his girlfriend. Maggie is devastated, and leaves her home to return to the nest. The family are in disbelief. How could this happen to Maggie of all people. Maggie, rather than enjoying the warmth of the bosom of her family, escapes to her friends in Los Angeles, hence the name for the book. It is in LA that Maggie starts to have the ...

10 Things I Miss About My Childhood 30/04/2010

And the sun always shone.....

10 Things I Miss About My Childhood I had a strange childhood. Very eccentric family, but I didn't know anything different,so everyone else was eccentric to me. 1. School. I loved my primary school. I never really got on with my family, God knows why, and felt more at home with my school friends. Iloved my teachers, and the smell of the floor polish in the school hall when we sat down for assembly. I loved the smell of the wax crayons, and the chalk dust in the air. The walls didn't have plaster on them, they were painted with a thick gloss paint either pink, yellow or blue, depending on which class room you were in, and I liked the way it was always dry. (at home, our house had damp problems, so we used to have water dripping down the bedroom walls). I loved the big field, and the playground. Wonderful memories. 2. My dad. I loved my dad, and I missed him immensely when he died. He was the kind of man who could fix absolutely EVERYTHING!! Of course he couldn't really, but I was a child, so believed he was invincible. Unfortunately, his big, kind, heart was not invincible, and he died very suddenly. Not before he had given me a good start in life, and a feeling that he would forgive all my naughty behaviour with a smile. 3. Fanta fizz. There is something to this day that I love about Fanta, especially the orange version (not that I drink the stuff now!). It always reminds me of days spent at the beach, the hot sun shine, women in sandles on deck chairs, men with the trouser legs rolled up but ...

How To Be Married - Polly Williams 28/04/2010

Time to put divorce lawyers out of business

How To Be Married - Polly Williams After reading my last novel (see previous review if interested) I decided to have a little light hearted reading. My daughter bought me How To Be Married, by Polly Williams for my birthday a couple of months ago, so I had it on hand and ready to read! I have read TONS of chicklit in my time. I like to alternate between heavy stuff and easy stuff, and tend to read in my work breaks while having a cuppa. This book filled that break very well, with a fairly large print spaced out on the page. In fact, if I think about it, the pages do resemble a children's book, but hey, I like kids books too! There have been a veritable plethora of 'yummy mummy v domestic disaster' in recent years, and this is no exception. Our hero of the day is called Sadie Drew, who has recently returned from Toronto where her hubby had been seconded. She herself is a florist part time, and a mum part time, to toddler Danny. There is the usual scornful mother in law; the usual 'other wives' to contend with; and the usual 'best single chum' for wild parties. So, all the ingredients are there to make this a perfect chicklit book. The story unfolds, and we find Sadie accidentally making friends with an old lady who helps her after she has had a knock to the head from a fallen branch in a storm (did her mother never tell her not to stand under trees in thunder storms??). However, the relationship between the old lady and Sadie forms the basis of the book, and her quest to learn 'How To Be ...

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 09/04/2010

Antonio and Antonia

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres I have just finished reading one of the best stories I have ever read. What was it? Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. I watched the film years ago, with the semi handsome Nick Cage, and the gorgeous Penelope Cruz, and thought the film was a nice little love story. John Hurt as the frosty father, seemed a good choice too. However, how wrong was I? How wrong was the film’s director? The book has so much more depth and storyline than that film. Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, during the second World War, we are invited into the family home of the widower, Dr Iannis and his daughter Pelagia. The doctor is an unqualified man, but one who has travelled the world and learnt how to heal people by watching and reading. Pelagia, watching her father, feels destined to be a doctor also, despite the traditional role of women to grow up and have children and run a home. She was the son her father never had. We read through the minds of other people of the time, for instance, Mussolini ‘The Duce; the ’Prime Minister of Greece, Metaxa, and through other soldiers who had seen action in Bulgaria, losing their comrades along the way. Then the war comes to the village. Pelagia’s fiancé joins the horrors of the war and the disillusionment and neglect of Hitler’s allies in eastern Europe. The book is very graphic in its description of the slaughter of soldiers on both sides of the war. It shows both sides of the war and the futility of it all, and the way it wrecks human minds that ...

How clean is your house 23/02/2010

How dirty is your house?

How clean is your house With the long winter dragging on, and Sundays being particularly boring, I have become a television addict. Generally More4 on my freeview box. Sundays have been taken over by the delights of many delicious meals being cooked by amateur wannabe chefs in Come Dine With Me, but this isn't my highlight... oh no... my highlight is before that in the form of Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie. Where do they find these dirty tykes? Well, I have been in some places like this in my time. It never fails to amaze me how brazen the scum-dwellers seem to be. They don't appear to give a damn that the whole nation is looking at their filth, and they come out with feeble excuses like 'oh, I had a bad time back in 1987, so I can't do my housework'. What nonsense! I appreciate that some people have mental health problems, I work in the field, but not the people on these programmes. They are the supposedly 'worried well' with such afflictions as an allergy to a dish cloth, or a hoover. Where there are children there is no excuse and it is tantamount to child abuse. The poor kids trying to live a so-called normal life, with stinking clothes and join-the-dot flea scars on their ankles. Any friends who visit, take home more than they came with, in the form of a few hopping friends to drop in their parent's car and carried to their own home. And why do these filthy people insist on having pets? They can't manage their own waste, let alone an animals. So the premise of this ...

Remember Me - Sophie Kinsella 07/02/2010

I will remember this book

Remember Me - Sophie Kinsella Prior to reading this book, I had only heard of Sophie Kinsella in relation to the Shopperholic books. To be fair, I hadn't read the Shopperholic's, but my daughter has and enjoyed them. Plus I have seen the film. So onto Remember Me. My daughter insisted that I read this book. Published, in 2007, it tells the story of a woman in her twenties who awakes in hosptal to find that she doesn't recognise herself. Her nails are manicured, she is slim, and her teeth are veneered. Her last memory (which we know as the prologue) is of a night out in 2004, the night before her father's funeral. Her life was in a rut, she had a boyfriend affectionately known as Loser Dave, and two girlfriends who enjoyed Karaoke. The new improved Lexi, she found out, was a savvy business woman, with a sexy, well groomed rich husband, and a beautiful apartment where everything worked at the flick of a button. How had this happened, and where had the last three years gone? We learn that Lexi has been involved in a car accident (we never find out any details about this accident) and has had a nasty bump to the head, causing amnesia. To be honest, Sophie Kinsella should have researched brain injuries a little more, as most head injury patients would not be discharged from hospital after 5 days, and would certainly have more health concerns than a scar to the forehead, if an impact was enough to knock out three years of memory, but let's over look that in support of artistic license! The story ...

Travelodge Bournemouth Seafront, Bournemouth 03/02/2010

By the seaside

Travelodge Bournemouth Seafront, Bournemouth I recently had to go to Bournemouth with work, and needed to stay overnight as the meeting was scheduled for 10am on the Monday morning. As I live in south London, I decided to set off on the Sunday morning, spend some time at leisure in the afternoon, and be all fresh for the next morning's meeting. I have stayed in Travelodges before with varying success. The last time I stayed in one, it was on the side of a motorway and I had travelled with a friend. We had booked a double room, but there was only one bath towel, and one hand towel, and no bath mat/towel. There was no soap, or shampoo, and worse, no hairdryer. I am trying to remember if there was a television, but I couldn't swear to that one. I went on-line to book this one, a month in advance. The website, www.travelodge.co.uk, was easy to navigate and had special offers starting at £19.99 per night, per room. I soon found that this was not the price for the night I needed to book. However, I did feel that the price I needed to pay was reasonable enough at £29.99. It would have been more £39.99), but as I was paying up-front for the room, it was at the lower price. There was a 'no cancellation' clause, which didn't bother me as I knew that only sickness would have prevented me attending the business meeting, and I am not one for getting ill too often, so worth the risk. However, had I been concerned, I could have paid a £2.50 insurance against needing to cancel. I did choose one extra, and that was to book ...

Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? - Paloma Faith 21/01/2010

This is something beautiful

Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? - Paloma Faith Today, I got through the post from Play.com the first CD that I have been inspired to purchase for the past year. Artists come and go, along with their songs, but other than listening to them on the radio I don't really feel the urge to go in search of them. I think the last ones were James Blunt, and James Morrison. There was a difference with this one - firstly, a woman, secondly, not called James! A few weeks back, whilst stuck in a traffic jam whilst Christmas shopping, I heard a song which I thought was Duffy. I was convinced it was, and could imagine her standing singing in her black and white video, only to find that I was completely wrong, and it was an (unknown to me) Paloma Faith. What an amazing voice, I thought. On returning home, I headed straight to YouTube to look her up, and found the song "Do You Want theTruth or Something Beautiful" (title track of the album) and saved it as a favourite website. Absolutely wonderful video, showing her putting on an overly 'happy' face to her audience as she sings the title chorus, but as she turns back from the crowd, you see the smile fade and tears roll. I think this one captured me more than anything, as it was so heartfelt, and I can relate (and many other women, and men for that matter) where we put on a show of being perfectly ok and on track, when inside we are in turmoil and distraught about something. I found other tracks from this album on YouTube, and fell in love with the whole lot, including her ...

asda.co.uk 16/01/2010

It 'asda' to be ASDA

asda.co.uk With the snowy weather, I was finding it difficult to get my car out of its rut on the side of the road, and even when I dug it out with a shovel, the ruts of the road were so deep that I couldn't get the wheels into them without wheelspinning. I was very low on food indoors, and there is no supermarket within walking distance. I noticed that an ASDA van had managed to negotiate my slippery road to deliver to a neighbour, so I thought I would go on the website to see how it all works. I typed in ASDA.co.uk, and signed up for a delivery. The first thing to do, was to type in my post code, to ensure that they do deliver to my area (I already knew they did, as I had seen the van). Next, was to book a delivery slot. I couldn't get a delivery straight away, but was able to get one for three days time. I was hoping that the snow would have gone by then, but decided to go ahead anyway to see how I got on with using the service. Then, I went on to choose my shopping list.. The site is dead easy to use. Across the banner at the top, are a range of headings with the type of items showing (health and beauty; bakery; tins and packets etc). Once you have clicked on to the main headings, you are then given the option of sub-items. So, for example, Bakery then has the sub heading of 'bread'. Click on that, and you are then given options to choose from (if you like) or you can scroll through ALL the bread. So, I personally like the cheapest brown loaf there is. So, click on ...
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