Monday, May 25, 2009

Halfords Bargains!

Halfords have a 50% off sale at the moment including on roof boxes. When we went camping last year the boot was VERY full and the kids were packed in with the sleeping bags and various other bits and bobs for company.

We decided at the time that this year we would purchase a roof box to prevent overloading again but for a reasonable sized one you are talking almost £500!!!

Luckily I happened to see an advert on TV for Halfords which specifically mentioned roof boxes with 50% off!! Brilliant!

I order this little beauty. It will be here in the next week and I have saved over £220!

I realise that this is a very sad thing to post about but as I stride towards 40 these are the things that get me excited. :-)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Snack Review - Doner Kebab Pot Noodle

You may remember that in March I blogged about the release of 'The Ultimate Post Pub Snack'. I was of course referring to the Doner Kebab Flavour Pot Noodle.

I promised to try this snack as Phil has stopped providing us with his snack reviews and although it took me a couple of months to find one, I have finally tried the Doner Kebab Pot Noodle.

Just to set the scene, I believe Pot Noodles are best either post pub or during a bad hangover. To give the Pot Noodle a fair chance I have first consumed four bottles of various ales from the 'Badger' brewery. This beer comes in 500ml bottles and it between 4.5% and 5.5% alcohol. I believe this will inebriate me enough to be fair.

As you can see in the picture the neon light style writing on the pot is attempting to conjure up a feeling of being in a dodgy kebab shop. It does not really work but I would say that the packaging was appropriate for this product.

Once you rip off the lid you are greeted with the normal site of an 'uncooked' pot noodle. Dried noodles and dust topped with a sauce packet. This time though it looked a little more grey than normal.

After removing the chilli sauce packet you get to see the pre-water pot noodle in all it's dusty glory.

I have to mention that when you open this pot noodle you get hit by a smell that is almost like lamb flavouring but with a little plastic added for good measure. I think that this demands points for at least trying to get a kebbaby flavour. Don't try to get a better smell though as trying this means you will just get a nose full of kebab flavoured dust.

Next I added the hot water, waited the required amount of time and was left with this. It looks like a normal Pot Noodle except it was a slightly different colour grey to denote the flavour. :-)

At this point I was actually excited. Obviously the texture of a kebab is impossible to recreate in a pot but maybe, just maybe the flavour and hot chilli sauce could give the same effect as the real thing.

I took my first bite.

It tasted of........nothing.

Any lamby type flavour indicated by the initial smell had obviously been soaked up with the water and diluted to the point of not being there anymore. It really did taste of nothing. Warm, slimey plain noodles with some lumpy bits in it.

I then realised that a kebab is not a kebab unless it has chilli sauce so I emptied in the sauce packet.

I took another bite.

This time it tasted like warm, slimey, plain noodles with chilli sauce. The heat was there but there was still no flavour. The chilli sauce also had the effect of instantly giving me really bad hiccups!

So would I buy another Doner Kebab Pot Noodle? No.

Did I finish it?

Yes of course I did, I had just drunk 4 bottles of strong beer.

Did it fulfill my post drink needs?

Yes, but no better than any other pot noodle.

Personally I would stick to Chicken and Mushroom if these are your thing. This pot noodle really does nothing for the brand.

Taste : 2/10 (0 without the chilli, 2 for the heat of the chilli)
Texture : 2/10 (it had some)
Packaging : 9/10
Over all post drink satisfaction : 4/10 (All Pot Noodles get 4 if you ask me. A real kebab would get an 8)

Total Score : 4/10. Quite sad when you think most of this score came from the packaging. :-)

Just to please Rachel, the Pot Noodle cost me £1.59. :-)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

BBC NEWS | Politics | 'Duck island' claim MP to retire

BBC NEWS Politics 'Duck island' claim MP to retire:

This gets funnier every day. What a twat this bloke is.

Personally I think they should be prosecuted but I guess that when you make up your own rules you can get away with such things.

Maybe we should storm parliament. I can see an elaborate plan very similar to the one seen in V for Vendetta. :-)

I am hoping the Telegraph are saving the best for last. I want to see Gordon Brown's claims and I want to see something really embarrassing for him.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Stewart: The FIA has no right - Planet-F1 News

Stewart: The FIA has no right - Planet-F1 News - from "Stewart: The FIA has no right"

Jackie Stewart tells it like it is. I like this man because he was a brilliant driver, multiple world champion and most of all because Herr Mosley hates him. :-)

Keep it up I say.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

BBC NEWS | Politics | MP admits mortgage expense error

BBC NEWS Politics MP admits mortgage expense error: "MP admits mortgage expense error"

How can you keep claiming expenses for a mortgage that ended 18 months ago? The espenses are not automated are they?

Start building the gallows I say. :-)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Could This Be The Greatest Film Ever Made?


For some reason though I still want to see it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

BBC NEWS | Politics | MPs 'claimed for swimming pools'

BBC NEWS Politics MPs 'claimed for swimming pools': "Conservative MP Stewart Jackson has confirmed that he made a claim of £304.10 for the upkeep of a swimming pool.

But he added: 'The pool came with the house and I needed to know how to run it. Once I was shown that one time, there were no more claims. I take care of the pool myself. I believe this represents 'value for money' for the taxpayer.'"

This made me laugh. How can this be value for the taxpayer? I think we should all turn up for a swim!

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