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I have had this camera for quite a few years now and despite modern technology generating new improved products frequently, I am suitably happy with this purchase and will be for some time.
The camera itself is rather attractive, black in colour and slim in size. The resolution is 12.2 mega pixels and there is 4.6X optical zoom which I find particularly useful for landscape shots. It can easily fit in my hand and is easy to carry around. The back of the camera contains a 3" touch screen lcd screen which is used to view the subject matter one wishes to capture as well as choose between the various settings. The only downside is that there is no viewfinder so one has to rely solely on the lcd screen. The memory of the camera is limited so purchasing a micro sd card is necessary and avoids the frustration of having no memory left when on holiday which I experienced the first time I took this away.
One of the key and unique features of this camera is the 2nd 1.5" lcd on the front of the camera which is very useful when taking self portrait shots. If used during the moving children setting then a colourful picture of a clown appears which can be used to catch childrens attention, providing of course they aren't scared of clowns.
What I love about this camera along with the face recognition feature is the range of different shooting modes available to suit the desired situation. These range from beauty shots which give the subject a clearer complexion, to sunset mode, firework mode, landscape, moving children and several more. There is also a setting for video which is useful for short clips.
The price when it was bought a few years ago was around £200 however it has since gone down in price and is worth checking online for the best deal.
This phone is described as an eco friendly phone, as it is made from recycled materials. This isn't the primary reason I bought the phone, however if it is possible for phones to be more environmentally friendly then I'm all for it.
I chose this phone as despite the craze for iphones, blackberrys and androids, I was merely looking for a standard phone with pretty basic requirements and that had buttons. There seems to be a huge decline in phones that provide buttons and a large range of touchscreen phones available which isn't what I was after.
The cost of the phone at the time I bought it was over £100, however it is available online for a lower price.
The design of this phone is quite simplistic and it looks quite smart, it's pretty slim in size and lightweight. I feel the size of the phone is just right, it's easy to handle and fits in my pocket easily.
Features of this phone include a 5 mega pixel camera, for which there is a camera shortcut button on the outer of the phone, wi-fi, bluetooth, gps, radio. There is easy access to the internet and social networking sides.
The phone comes with a set of headphones, however the quality of these aren't great. Unfortunately, a downside of this phone is that there isn't a socket for standard headphones. This isn't such an issue for me as I don't use the phone as an mp3, however it would be an added feature.
Another downside of this phone is that there isn't a multimedia cable provided to enable you to transfer files/photos to the pc. There is a hd slot so files could be transferred this way, however I'd much prefer to use a cable.
Overall I have had this phone for over a year now, which is a good length of time for me as I'm really bad with phones. I have dropped this phone numerous times and it still works which is great.
If you're looking for a standard phone with a keypad then this phone is fairly decent with only a few flaws.
Gourmet Perle Connoisseurs Selection is a boxed selection of 12 individual pouches. It's made by Purina which is a well known and respected brand that does a wide range of other products.
I first chose this selection as my cats had never seen too keen on previous brands of wet food that I've tried and this was on offer in the shops so I thought it was a good time to give it a go.
This box contains a collection of different choices, Beef, Chicken, Rabbit, Salmon in gravy which adds variety to the cats menu. I feel variety is important in my cats diet as they are indoor cats so I always look for a box with a good selection.
The pouches are easy to open and empty into the bowl without the need of any other items such as a fork. This is a very handy feature of pouches compared to traditional tins and much more environmentally friendly.
The look of the product is much like one would expect, however it is of a much higher quality than other brands I have tried. The meat is textured and the sauce thick. There isn't an offputting smell as I have previously experienced with other brands which is an advantage.
I personally haven't tasted it, being cat food, however it is definitely my cats preferred choice. The bowl is emptied straight away when presented with the food. The only downside is that it is not sold everywhere so if you run out be prepared. I have run out a couple of times and tried another brand and it has not been eaten.
Being a premium choice of cat food it comes with a price, it isn't the cheapest, however I feel it's certainly worth it. Currently at £4.83 at Sainsburys however if you look around there's often offers on and possibly deals online.
Overall I have found that this is the best brand of wet cat food and my cats love it which is what counts :)
I have had my mp3 player - apple ipod 160gb classic for many years now and would recommend it. It retails around £170 - £200 depending on the store. Although this is quite a large amount of money for an mp3, I think it is worth it due to the quality and long life of the item.
I've had a lot of use out of it and it has lasted significantly longer than previous mp3 players I have had. This to me is a bonus in itself, I was forever having to load music onto a new mp3 everytime one broke which got tiresome.
The design of the ipod is rather simple, with the classic menu circle on the lower front and the 2.5 inch screen at the top. The back of the ipod is plain. Unfortunately the back seems to scratch rather easily, so unless you use a case, then the item goes from looking smart to looking a bit more rough.
The menu circle is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it and enables one to use the variety of functions on offer. On this ipod you can not only store up to 40,000 songs, but also upload videos and pictures should you wish to.
I personally only use this for music and have yet to fill it. 40,000 songs is quite a lot, and possibly not needed for the majority of users. The songs are sorted in numerous ways, such as via artist, genre and it is possible to create playlists should you wish. I tend to listen to my songs on shuffle, which is a useful feature, however I do find that the songs selected tend to be those I've recently listened to rather than a random selection from my library.
Another reason I love the ipod is that the battery lasts for a very long time, up to 36 hours.
Overall I would definitely recommend the ipod classic, it's solid, easy to use, multi functional.
Pepto-Bismol is a medicine aimed at relieving symptoms of upset stomach, nausea, heartburn and associated ailments. It is only suitable for those over 16.
As well as this liquid form it is also available in tablet form should you prefer. I personally prefer the liquid version which comes in a small and a larger bottle.
The price isn't cheap at around £3.15 for 120ml however for me it is the only antacid medicine that seems to work and so it is definitely worth it. It is currently only available over the counter which is often inconvenient if you need it unexpectedly and there isn't a chemist open/nearby.
The product itself has a child proof lid and comes in a clear bottle with a yellow label which is rather bold detailing the necessary information. The liquid itself is a bubblegum pink colour which at first is rather shocking and perhaps off-putting however one gets used to it. Another note is that upon opening the lid, the liquid smells rather strongly, a smell that reminds me of surgical spirit, and it tastes similar too. I don't find this an issue however it is unpleasant for some. I actually prefer the taste of this than other products available which usually taste of aniseed or something which makes me feel even worse.
Unlike other medicines aimed at preventing heartburn and other symptoms, Pepto-Bismol is the only one that I find instantly works. Upon taking the medicine an immediate cooling and soothing feeling is felt and it is such a relief!
I would recommend this product!
Subway is a fast food branch that can be found in roughly 100 countries, quite an impressive figure.
I often hear people moaning about subway, saying it's just a sandwich and that it's expensive, I have to disagree with this and feel that it's a great value meal.
There are several options dining at Subway, there is a range of breakfast subs which are available until 11am, similar to competing fast food chains and then there are a variety of other subs available throughout the day.
The process of ordering at Subway is somewhat different to other fast food places as rather than just picking a complete item, at Subway you create the item yourself step by step. I find this to be quite enjoyable and makes it more personal. I'm often found reading the ingredients of prepared items to see if it contains an item I'm not keen on, and this option at Subway avoids that which makes my meal much more enjoyable and less stressful.
Step 1 you choose your size, either 6 inch or a much larger footlong sub, then the bread type you fancy, a choice of 5, followed by which filling you would like, whether or not you would like cheese, extra cheese or none, if you would like your sub toasted or not, and then you can choose from a selection of salad which is my favourite part. Finally you can choose which sauce, if any you would like in your sub.
I particularly like the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, however there is a range of other fillings from chicken tikka, to steak and cheese, to meatballs to veggie patty.
A great range of the subs are also low fat so make a great healthy alternative with no loss to the taste.
There are over 15 varities to choose from which I think is quite a good range and allows for enough variation should you wish to have it often.
I only have it occassionally so tend to stick to the same favourites.
The prices of the subs vary depending on if you just have it by itself or as part of a meal deal. Meal deals currently start from £3 for a 6 inch sub and £5 for a foot long, which is a great value choice as you basically get a free drink.
As well as subs there are a range of other items available from wraps to salads to sides such as nachos and toasties. If you fancy something sweet to go along with your meal there is a range of cookies, muffins and donuts available.
I would highly recommend Subway at any time of the day, the range available is versatile and extremely tasty at a great price.
I have recently stayed at this hotel having previously stayed many years ago.
The hotel has changed a great deal since my previous visit which in my opinion made the stay much more enjoyable. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is very pleasant.
Previously the hotels decor was rather old fashioned and dreary, however now it is very fresh and modern and makes for a very relaxing stay.
The hotel is situated in Beaulieu Sur Mer which is a small town to the east of Nice. The location of the hotel is on a main road opposite the port with stunning views. There is a choice of beaches only a short stroll away.
Despite it being on a main road there is no disturbance once in the room. There are a number of room types available including studios and I stayed in one of the rooms with a sea view balcony which I would highly recommend due to the spectacular views. The cost for this room was roughly 140 euros per night on a room only basis. There is the option of breakfast at an extra cost.
The room itself was very large with the majority of necessary items; air conditioning, a large wardrobe, television, desk, chair and mini bar.
The bathroom was clean and spacious with a large walk in shower that had the choice of an overhead shower or handheld with varying power settings. I found this shower to be very satisfying compared to those of other hotels I have stayed in. Towels were changed on a daily basis and there was a heated towel rail which I found useful for drying beach towels etc.
The hotel has a small pool situated at the front and also lounge chairs if one wishes to use them. There is also a bar at the reception area if one wishes to have a beverage. Several leaflets and maps of the area are available from reception. It is easy to access this hotel via public transport with there being bus stops a few minutes away which travel to Nice and Monaco among other places. There is also a train station which is roughly 10 minutes walk away.
Overall I found my stay very enjoyable, in a good location and would definitely stay again.
Rio is an animated film released in 2011.
The film focuses on the life of Blu, a macaw who was smuggled into the country and ends up being found by Linda who brings him up in a mainly domesticated lifestyle.
The story takes off when Tulio, an expert in the bird species arrives and wants Blu to save the macaw species and mate with the only female macaw left, named Jewel. The only trouble is that she is in Brazil.
Blu, Linda and Tulio travel to Brazil with lots of adventures encountered on the way.
Smugglers attempt to steal Blu and it is at this point that we meet several other characters that become Blu's friends and who help each other to escape and to find Linda. There are also enemies that are introduced and try to interrupt their plans.
Throughout the film one gets drawn to the different personalities and emotions shown throughout the film, which I think is always a positive sign.
Linda clearly has strong feelings for Blu, who reciprocates the feelings, but who also realises from his encounter in Brazil that he is different to the other birds, in that he cannot fly. I found myself feeling for Blu and thankfully there is a happy ending.
There is lots of energy and vibrance in the film. It is very colourful which keeps one's attention and makes it interesting to watch. On the other hand, the contrast of the smugglers and the evil animals create a different outlook and brings a deeper, darker level to the film which one doesn't necessarily expect.
I found the film to be very entertaining, one of the better animations that have been released recently and is a great all round film for everyone!
Lush Bubble Bars are a product from the cosmetic store Lush, aimed for use in the bath.
They are of a solid consistency which means they are extremely enviromental as there is no need for a container and therefore no waste!
To make the best use out of the bar, it helps to break it up when putting it into the running water. Although the bars are solid, it is easy enough to crumble, unlike other items of Lush bath products such as bath bombs which are hard to break. When the bar and water collide, bubbles are created and at some points I've been concerned that bubbles would keep appearing and there'd be nowhere for them to go! Can never have enough bubbles though! I find bubbles to be magical and they make bath time special and fun!
Several varieties of bubble bars are available in different shapes and scents, both in store and online, the prices vary from £2 - £4 per bar. It is suggested that the bar is used in one bath, however I do not feel this is necessary and therefore find it extremely good value for money as I get quite a few baths out of one bar! Many of the bars are suitable for Vegans.
One of my favourites is the Happy bubble bar, which is unfortunately only available online in the Retro section. I like this particular one most as the oils used ar neroli, orange and sandalwood which are some of my favourite scents. They combine together to create a relaxing aroma that is very calming, just what I like when I'm in the bath!
Virgin Active is part of the well known Virgin chain and has a large number of health clubs across the UK.
To find your nearest branch I suggest you check the website which has recently been updated and is easy to use. Quite recently Virgin Active has acquired Esporta Health clubs so the number of clubs has increased, which in my opinion is a great thing as Esporta clubs are great.
There are different memberships available depending on which you join to, this then becomes your home club. With my home club the membership allows me to use any other club within my group plus groups which are lower, this gives me potential access to over 50 clubs in the UK.
Certain other clubs that are in a higher category can be used once a month and some unfortunately would have to be paid extra for.
I currently pay rounded up £60 per month. I find this to be good value considering what is on offer. My friend who has a home club only membership pays £40 per month but prices do vary depending on location and your requirements.
What is on offer?
Unlimited use of the gym facilities, which for mine includes gym, swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and a beauty section should you wish to have a massage or manicure etc, (this section is payable). A lot of home clubs have a female only section which may be of interest to some.
There are televisions in the gym that you can listen to/watch via earphones, or on certain machines there are interactive screens where you can play games whilst you cycle for example. I find this enjoyable albeit rather distracting at times as I forget to cycle.
There is also the option of taking part in a large number of the exercise classes that take place 7 days a week. I have only tried a couple, but so far my favourite is the Kettlebells class, it is an intense calorie burning workout involving the use of a kettlebell which is of russian origin.
There is a variety of classes to suit different interests, for those who prefer more of a dance workout there is the Zumba class which seems quite popular. Other popular classes include body pump, spinning and yoga.
A few classes are offered on a payable basis too, this is clearly displayed on the timetable.
The staff are very friendly and easy to aproach should you have a query on how to use a machine or such.
My home club also offers a Creche facility, I suggest you look on the website to check if your nearest club offers such a service.
Towels are not free, they are available for a £1 a time fee or on a monthly basis for roughly £5. I have to say I am disapppointed they are not free considering membership has already been paid for.
Lockers are provided on a daily basis which require a padlock that you can buy at reception if you don't have your own. There is also the option to rent a locker on a more permanent basis. I personally just use them on a daily basis.
Showers are available to use and I have found them to be clean and large in size.
There is also free internet usage should you wish to use it.
Most clubs have a cafe area which provide hot and cold snacks/lunch and drinks.
What I miss in the facilties on offer is that there is a lack of racquet sports available in my area. I would have to travel a long way to use a club that offers such a facility, however it is the same with all the different brands of gym clubs.
Overall I find the Virgin Active clubs to be of great value and they offer a great range of facilities!
I grew up without any pets and never really had a preference for cats or dogs, which are some of the most common household pets.
It was only upon one flatshare where I discovered how much I liked cats and what amazing animals they are.
I now have 2 cats of my own, both boys, one is 2 years old, a large black and white fluffy cat (Elmo) and the other is a 1 year old stripey cat who is rather small (Womble).
I always used to think cats were just cats and never really noticed that each had their own special personality. It is fascinating to see how they behave and interact. I was concerned upon getting a second that they would not get along, but they seem to be the best of friends. Elmo has taken on the parent role and still tries to clean Womble, which I find sweet, but Womble probably finds quite annoying now he has grown up.
Elmo is unlike most cats I have met, he is almost more human like. He sits up like a person would, with his back up straight and his legs out, he runs to the door when I come in and puts his arms up for a cuddle. It's amazing how you can have such strong feelings for a different species, and how they just fit in with your life. They really do make a difference to your life.
When Womble arrived, it was a bit of a tricky start for him, he was rather young and had to be bottle fed, which was tiring but thankfully he has grown into a regular cat, albeit small.
I find it fascinating how excited they can get over little things, like a screwed up piece of paper or a ribbon. I love to see their little smile and when they curl up into a little ball, it is the cutest thing ever.
Cats are very affectionate animals, however they are not always percieved as being this way, which I think is a shame.
Masala Zone is part of a chain of indian restaurants, Masala World which include the higher end restaurants of Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy and Amaya!
Masala Zone is an average priced chain of 7 restaurants, currently only situated in London.
Each restaurant has a different interior, from rajasthani puppets in Covent Garden, to tribal murals In Islington. Each has a contemporary feel and are very clean. I have visited Soho, Covent Garden, Islington and Camden. Soho is a rather busy restaurant, and as such I don't find the atmosphere to be as enjoyable as the others.
The other 3 are Bayswater, Earls Court and Fulham.
Unlike the majority of Indian restuarants, Masala Zone offers something different. I only discovered it a few years ago, and since then it has become my favourite Indian restaurant.
Whilst it may not be what some expect from a traditional restaurant, the culinary experience is most enjoyable.
The menu has an extensive range of choices, from street food, to thali's to curry and rice, to kebabs. Dessert is also on offer, from Gulab Jamun to Kulfi.
It is possible to create a meal simply out of the various dishes of street food on offer, which include hot and cold, meat and vegetarian.
One of my favourite of these dishes is the vegetarian dahi puri, which is a puffed biscuit filled with chick pea mash, pomegranate, ginger, coriander, yoghurt and chutney. The idea is you pop it into your mouth whole and all the flavours intertwine. I personally prefer to eat it in pieces.
For a main meal I choose the thali, as I like to have a little bit of everything.
The thali is a nutritionally balanced meal and there are 2 types to choose from, the regular or the grand thali. Each has added side dishes, with the grand having more than the regular. I opt for the grand thali. With each thali you can choose which curry from the menu you wish to have. My favourite is Chicken Mangalore, which combines coconut and tomato and has a slight kick. I find the ingredients used to be of a high quality, the spices and herbs are fresh and zingy and the taste of each dish is just amazing. You can really taste the different flavours and ingredients used.
Special drinks on offer include Lassi in flavours plain, strawberry and mango, Juices such as orange and mango, apple and pomegranate, apple and mint, and a special lime squash, Nimboo Pani which is very refreshing. There is also wine and beer on offer, as well as a selection of spirits.
There are special lunch and pre 6.30pm offer, where you can have a three course meal for under £12!
All Masala Zone restaurants benefit from street level access and disabled toilets.
High Chairs are available and there is a children's menu for under 7's!
As well as being a restaurant, Masala Zone also offers a delivery service providing you live within 1.5 miles of a restaurant. Unfortuantely I don't so have not experienced this.
If are interested in a different culinary experience, then I recommend Masala Zone!
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, mostly referred to as The Sagrada Familia, is a church in Barcelona, which began being built in 1882 and which is still unfinished.
The architect associated with this magnificent building is Antoni Gaudi, who unfortunately died in 1926 and was unable to complete the work himself. However to this day, the church is still being built.
I visited Barcelona earlier this year and was fortunate enough to visit this building. I have to say I wasn't expecting it to be as astonishing as I found it to be. I often find such famous sites to be over-exaggerated and then I am left disappointed when I visit, however this is possibly one of the greatest buildings in the world.
It is hard to describe in words, how ornate and unique this building is. There is so much detail and intricate designs throughout the whole building, from the animal statues to the angels. There are so many different offerings of symbolism and stories displayed throughout the building.
The outer building is quite classical and I stood in awe looking up at the unfinished masterpiece with the tall spires that reach to the sky. I contemplated not entering the building, thinking it would be much the same as the outer, however I am so glad I made the decision to enter.
The inner building is totally different to the outer, modern, clean, and I have never seen anything quite like it. It looks like a totally different world with columns that have bright pods at the top that look almost alien like. I found it very inspiring just looking all around at the architecture, finding it hard to believe that this section was built long ago. It looks like something I would expect to see in the future.
I would recommend anyone who visits Barcelona to see this from the outside at least and if you have the chance, to go inside and see the spectacle for yourself!
Marks and Spencer's foodhall is an area of some of the larger Marks & Spencer stores, however in the past few years there has been the addition of the M&S Simply Food stores.
The foodhall/simply food stores are one of the main reaons I visit M&S. I find the items to be well laid out and there are clear allergy/vegetarian symbols on items.
Items available are everything you would expect from a foodhall; cupboard items, fresh items, frozen items.
In the past M&S only sold own brand products, however more recently, they have started selling other brand items as well.
I generally only buy own brand products from M&S, and I find the quality to be very high.
One of the main reaons I visit regularly is that I find the Lunch food at M&S the best out of the main supermarket shops, e.g. Sainsbury's, Tesco etc, there is a wide range on offer too, from sandwiches, to wraps, to salads, to sushi.
One of my favourite sandwiches is the New York Deli which is delicious!
Another of my favouriite lunch foods is the Indian Rice Salad which is so fresh and fragrant. I find the prices reasonable too, with there often being meal deals on offer.
There is also a wide variety of ready meals on offer, from the standard choices of Italian, Indian, Chinese, British to more special ranges such as Gastropub and Cook! I often buy from the Cook! range, in particular the cajun style chicken which is very tasty and healthy too!
There are also the count on us and nutritionally balanced ranges which are great if you are watching what you eat!
On certain weekends, there is the dine in for £10, which is a great deal that offers a main meal, a side dish, a dessert and a bottle of wine/twin packs of juice for £10! There is a great variety to choose from and I find it to be great value and I often buy it as a treat.
Several offers are available on a daily basis in store, for example 2 for £3 vegetables, in which I particularly like the Asparagus and Purple Sprouting Broccoli.
Another of my favourites are the 2 for £4 chocolate/biscuit snack tubs, which include choices of flapjack, chocolate rolls and my favourite rocky road!
The dessert section is extensive and I find the products to be extremely tasty, it is very hard to resist temptation of buying one on every visit! Some of my favourite desserts they offer are Key Lime Pie, Banofee Pie, Morello Cherry Tart, Melt in the middle Chocolate Puddings. They also do a turkish delight desset pot, which is delicious and something I have not seen in any other store.
Overall I love Marks and Spencers foodhall, I find there to be a great selection on offer, at great prices!
Tramp shower gel is a one of a kind product from the cosmetic store Lush.
The shower gel is the only item available with the Tramp scent, which I feel is a shame as it has such a unique and magical smell! However it can be used as a shampoo also, so all is not lost! It is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans and like all Lush products, has not been tested on animals.
The product was previously available in Lush stores on the high street but now it has been made into a Retro item, which means it's only available online! It comes in two sizes, 100g and 500g.
The contents of tramp are a dark bottle green colour gel which has a quite a solid consistency. A little goes a long way and you can create a great foamy lather with the smallest pea sized amount, very economical!
It is one of my favourite items, it has such a deep, earthy, sensual scent.
One of the ingredients is that of patchouli, which is a smell I just love, it has a woody, dark aroma, which is very calming and relaxing. The scent soaks into my skin and stays with me for a long time, at the same time leaving my bathroom smelling great!