Monday, 31 March 2014
Today's Review: Tesco Pizza & Choco Cheese Dippers
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Today's Review: Flaming Grill Pubs' Mountain Of Sweet
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Today's Review: Brown Bread's Oreo Cheesecake
Friday, 28 March 2014
Today's Review: Maynards Discovery Patch
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Today's Review: Skittles Desserts
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Today's Review: Tesco Healthy Living Red Thai Curry Popcorn
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Today's Review: KP Grazing Mix: Yoghurt Coated Raisin & Nut Crunch
Monday, 24 March 2014
Today's Review: Dr. Moo Quick Milk Banana Straws
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Today's Review: Go Ahead! Chocolate Thins
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Today's Review: Special K Multi-Grain Porridge
Friday, 21 March 2014
Today's Review: McCain Special Roast Potatoes
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Today's Review: Rowntree's Randoms Sweet 'N' Sour
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Today's Review: Aero Bubbly White
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Today's Review: Carrying A Large Wad Of Cash
First of all, I had no real secure place to put the cash. We're talking close to a grand here, and that's not enough to put in a locked briefcase that is handcuffed to my wrist, but it's way too much to be able to fit in my wallet. It was warm outside too, so I had no inside jacket pocket to tuck it into. So I had to place it in an envelope, which was then wedged in my pocket with my phone, to ensure I could still feel it at all times, in case some sneaky pickpocket tried to lift it from me.
But pickpockets are only one of the dangers you face when carrying money. There's also people who will just straight up knock you out or rob you at knife point. Granted, this was the middle of the day, in open, populated streets in a safe area, but you've got to think of all the possibilities. Like, what if I passed out for some reason? What if a freak gust of wind managed to pluck the envelope from my pocket and spray the money all over the streets? What if the fabric of space in my pocket area were torn asunder, launching my wealth into another dimension? All distinct, very real possibilities, and all of which made me feel entirely uncomfortable. Once I'd reached the bank and given the money to the teller, I felt a lot better. The physical notes were their problem now, for now my money was digital, only accessible by hackers, fat cats and economic crises.
So, after my 20 minute money-carrying ordeal, I can still safely say I do not understand those people who carry cash around. Physical money is a fragile, easily misplaced thing, especially as it's made of paper. I wouldn't advise that anyone carries a large amount, unless they absolutely have to. It's nerve-wracking.
My rating: 0/5
Monday, 17 March 2014
Today's Review: Starburst FaveReds
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Today's Review: Haribo Dragibus Bi Cool
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Today's Review: Haribo Orangina Pik
Friday, 14 March 2014
Today's Review: Birthday Cake M&Ms
M&Ms may only come in a few varieties in the UK, but I've tried quite a few of the flavours found stateside. Still, I was surprised to find birthday cake M&Ms in my local Mr. Simms. M&Ms and birthday cake? Can't go wrong with that combination.
Upon first inspection, these just look like ordinary chocolate M&Ms. Perhaps slightly fatter, but the inside is uniformly chocolatey. But once I started chewing I found they tasted a little different. The chocolate is heavier, with a slightly doughy texture. Once I popped a few in I also got a hint of frosting. Pretty weird from what looked like regular old M&Ms, but I couldn't complain. While I was expecting to be disappointed from the look of my first bite, I ended up with a mouthful of what amounted to an M&M birthday cake. Since that's what it says on the packet, I can't help but recommend them. If you like cake and M&Ms, i.e. you're not weird, hunt down a pack of these.
My rating: 5/5
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Today's Review: Hubba Bubba Dr. Pepper Bubble Gum
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Today's Review: Wonka Nerdalicious
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Today's Review: Walkers Prawn Cocktail Pops
These Pops are as big and chunky as the other varieties, with the same satisfying crunch too. But the difference with these ones lies in the flavour. While the ready salted and cheese and bacon didn't truly impress me, the bold prawn cocktail taste really suits the texture and size of the Pops. They're kind of like fat, crunchy prawn crackers, and the flavour is strong and covers the crisp well. These are definitely my favourite Pops flavour so far, and hopefully there are more to come. If you're going to give these crisps a try, the prawn cocktail is probably the one to go for.
My rating: 5/5
Monday, 10 March 2014
Today's Review: Walkers Salt & Vinegar Hoops And Crosses
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Today's Review: Cherry Relentless
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Today's Review: Cadbury Eclairs Velvets
Friday, 7 March 2014
Today's Review: Tango Intense Citrus
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Today's Review: Wispa Gold Hot Chocolate
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Today's Review: Having An Itch On Your Back That You Can't Scratch
Itches in themselves are pretty annoying, but once you send your fingernails over to negotiate it's over pretty soon. The trouble is, there's that one point on your back that you can't quite comfortably reach, no matter which way you bend. If you want to scratch and itch there you have to twist and turn in the wind like a maniac, hoping your finger catches the right spot and scratches with enough vigour and intensity to bring you peace. It's either that or searching out a tree or a brick wall to rub against. Either way you'll look like a fool.
This situation highlights two things that are very wrong with our bodies. First of all, why do we have just one spot that we can't touch properly? Every other part of our bodies can be touched with minimal effort, so why do we have this blind spot on our backs that is doomed to live in isolation? Secondly, why does it itch so much? Does my brain suddenly decide that it wants me to do some stretches, or does it simply want to torture me? Either way, having an itchy back is one of the worst things about being a human being. That may sound like an exaggeration, but it's not. Everyone hates having that one itchy part of their back, and they're right to do so. Bust out your backscratchers, people, this annoyance is one that's going to stick around forever.
My rating: 0/5
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Today's Review: Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Sauce
Monday, 3 March 2014
Today's Review: Gravity
Space is... well, space. It's a dark, empty void, devoid of oxygen, sound, life. So what are we doing messing around up there? Things are bound to go wrong, and Gravity is a movie in which everything goes wrong. It follows Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer on her first mission into space, accompanied by grizzly space veteran Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). During a space walk, and with very little warning, the Russians launch missiles at a defunct satellite, sending off a cascade of deadly space debris that leaves Stone and Kowalski floating through space, with almost no chance of survival. Hope is on the horizon, or rather slightly above the horizon, in the form of other space stations orbiting Earth. But with oxygen running out, diminishing methods of propelling themselves, and more inevitable strikes from the debris orbiting the planet, the astronauts must attempt to survive, against all odds.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie. The vast majority of comments I'd heard about it were concerned with how nice it looked, so I wasn't too convinced there would be much substance. One thing's for sure, Gravity is absolutely beautiful. Although you may think that a movie set in space would be dark and boring, the sky(?) is full of stars, and many glimpses of Earth are shown throughout, depicting beautiful terrain, sunrises and the Northern Lights. Explosions and spinning astronauts, while obviously the product of CGI, look entirely realistic. Even the deadly space debris is a sight to behold, and it's all beautifully portrayed with great use of 3D. But a movie can't just get by on its good looks, how does the rest of it stack up to the visuals?
There are only a few characters in this movie, but they all do a fantastic job. Clooney is a great leader, while Bullock switches from panicked, to serene, to determined at several points throughout, and never breaks out of her character. The cast is small, and perhaps not even that important in the grand scheme of things, but it's done right.
The star of the show, besides the visuals, is the sound. I was skeptical at first, as at the beginning words flash up on the screen stating that no sound can be heard in space, before immediately cutting to a ship flying through space accompanied by a low hum. But I soon learned this was just part of the fantastic ambient soundtrack. The actual sound effects heard throughout the film belong only to the characters themselves, through their radios or in oxygenated areas. Out in space, there is no sound, which is especially profound in some of the explosive action sequences where a lot is happening visually but there is no sound to go with it. It probably would seem a little off, were it not for the soundtrack pumping out the best music for every moment. In one intense scene in particular, I found the beat of the backing track was matching my heartbeat, and I felt totally immersed in what I was watching. That's quite a rare thing.
Gravity is a fantastic movie. It looks great, it sounds great, and there's never a dull moment, just a few quiet ones that are almost instantly ripped away. It's a heart racing sci-fi disaster movie, and it's well worth a watch.
My rating: 5/5
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Today's Review: Haribo Bubblegum Bottles
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Today's Review: Wet Socks
Huzzah, the seemingly never ending bad weather appears to have ended, which means Spring can... spring. While I certainly haven't endured the hardships that many have during the heavy rains and flooding, I certainly have become reacquainted with one of mankind's worst enemies: Wet socks.
Socks are meant to protect us, keep us warm and dry. But once they come into contact with water they'll absorb it like a sponge (or piece of fabric), and make every step a cold, soggy nightmare. Granted, it's probably my fault that I don't own any weather appropriate shoes, but that doesn't change the fact that wet socks are the worst. Not only do they make you cold and miserable, but prolonged exposure could even cause trench foot, which could lead to gangrene. How can it be that socks, upon coming into contact with what they're meant to protect you from, will suddenly be on a mission to kill your feet? Water is the socks' catalyst for becoming a super villain, and wet socks are an evil that must not be allowed to spread. Because they suck, bad.
My rating: 0/5