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Review of Fabulous website for keeping you up to date with what’s happening in Irish politics. This is recently revamped website that basically aggregates what’s being mentioned on the Irish blogosphere on any irish TD. It’s very user friendly and you can select your local TD to see what’s being written about him/her and keep up [...]

Review of The Restaurant TV series BBC2

The Restaurant TV series BBC2 The Apprentice meets Hell’s Kitchen, this series started slowly but gaining pace with 9 couples competing to win a restaurant with Raymond Blanc This latest reality TV offering started a couple of weeks ago. Everyone thinks they can run their own restaurant so the prospect of watching amateurs give it [...]

Review of Broadway bagels

Broadway bagels Delicious bagels that are available from most supermarket freezer sections. These are so handy to have in the freezer. They defrost in a couple of minutes in the toaster and they taste great. I love them. They are produced in Dungarvan in Co. Waterford are low fat and low salt and come in a [...]

Review of Torres Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva 2002

Torres Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva 2002 Yummy big intense Spanish wine with blackberry and spice aromas. When it comes to red wine, I usually opt for a Rioja or Shiraz. Normally I’m not particularly enamoured with spicy tones preferring lighter reds. However, I am loving this wine. Its a deep red to purple colour, [...]

Swimming in the sea

Last Sunday I went swimming in the sea for the first time in years. It was a gorgeous day here and we were on the nearby beach before midday, I couldn’t resist it. I’m an enthusiastic rather than an accomplished swimmer, I still haven’t mastered putting my face in the water when doing the forward [...]

Review of The Pink Elephant Bar and Restaurant

The Pink Elephant Bar and Restaurant,Harbour View, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, Ireland Stunning views, friendly, efficient service, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food make this restaurant one we will be back to again and again. Last Saturday, after enjoying a fine day’s sunshine and leaving the kids in Auntie Fiona’s excellent care, we decided to head out [...]

Review of Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes

Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes Off putting fragrance and thicker wipes make these my least favourite brand of babywipes. With 2 children in nappies and 3 others very messy, we buy and use many packets of baby wipes every week. I have found most brands to be fairly similar in texture, cleaning ability and price: [...]

Review of Estee Lauder’s Idealist Micro-D Deep Thermal Refinisher

Estee Lauder’s Idealist Micro-D Deep Thermal Refinisher Complex name for a great facial skin product that leaves my face feeling smooth and refreshed. I can be very lackadaisical about my whole skincare routine, most nights its just soap and water to clean and then some moisturiser before I collapse into my bed and similarly in [...]

Review of Brothers and Sisters TV series

Brothers and Sisters TV series American drama that’s not quite The West Wing or Studio 60 but it’s growing on me. I started watching this a few weeks ago after we finished the House and Heroes series as I was at a loss of entertaining programs to watch. It didn’t really grab me initially as [...]

Review of Great online bookstore with free delivery, editor’s blog and twitter updates. I love it! I came across this website many months ago and have used it frequently since. I had gotten annoyed with’s gouging shipping charges and so had gone in search of an alternative. The site is really easy to use, has [...]

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