New Product Review: Mars Galaxy Nut Crunch

This is a large 114g chocolate bar (they don’t make them in small sizes for those watching their weight) and I bought this for a Special Price of £1 – No doubt the price will rise drastically after this.

 
 
 

Ingredients: Sugar (so mostly riddled with sugar), Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, skimmed milk powder (well it’s a start!), milk fat, hazelnuts, almonds, lactose, whey powder, emulsifier (soya lecithin), salt (yes, added SALT), natural vanilla extract (May contain peanut, gluten (wheat). 

 
 
 

Calories: 560kcal per 100g 

 
 
 

Carbohydrate: 52.1g per 100g

 
 
 

Sugars: 51.5g per 100g

 
 
 

Sneaky Marketing: On the front of the bar,  the label states kcal per 3.8g, as opposed the 560kcal per 100g written in small print at the back. So, please read the back!

 
 
 

Fairtrade: No Fairtrade Mark whatsoever.  No fairtrade sugar either. 

 
 
 

Milk or Dark Chocolate: Milk, so even more fattening.

 
 
 

Packaging: Uninspiring, and tacky looking, perhaps made to look even cheaper.

 
 
 

Taste: Well the nutty crunch is nice and gives reminds you of eating a posh chocolate, but after a while, you suddenly get the sickly cheap chocolate taste, which tastes a bit weird and doesn’t seem to match the almonds and hazelnuts. It also tastes  sickly.  When you try it, it is nice for a bit, then you feel you have eaten a globful of fat, which has a funny after taste, even though you have just had one or two cubes.

 
 
 

Would I buy this again? I would only buy it if I could share it with several people, as this bar is far too much for anyone, and the amount of sugar  and fat is far too much. I don’t think I would ever buy this more than once ever two years,  and even that is too much!

 
 
 

Review: 5/10

 
 
 

 

Why is she so Nasty to me? Signs of Narcissist Personality Disorder

Have you ever wondered why your relative or boss seems to have a very disturbed view of the world round him or her and puts you down whenever they can? 
Have you found that you just cannot talk to them, about just about anything, without them getting angry and turning against you, even if you are trying to help or resolve situations? 
Have you been disherited on numerous occasions as a way of trying to control you? 
Here is a list of things you need to look for with a person who has Narcissist Personality Disorder, a frightening and crazymaking condition for victims, who constantly wonder what they have done to upset this person.  A person with this Disorder has extreme low self-esteem and constantly tries to present a powerful image.

Can you spot some signs of person with NPD?

  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, money and greed, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. Sometimes money can be more important than love and genuine kindness.
  • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique, and the world revolves round them. Conversation comes round to them all the time and they are often a ‘victim’, it is never that fault.
  • Can be very selfish 
  • Can be generous to people who agree with them or those they can take advantage of
  • Not listening to you, you have no self worth
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a very strong sense of entitlement
  • Is exploitative of others, and frequently friends and spouses do not notice this until it is too late
  • Lacks empathy
  • Some people would call them ‘emotional vampires’ 
  • Is often envious of others 
  • Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
  • Deviousness
  • They don’t like happy people or those who disagree with them
  • May use money to buy friendship, as a means of control 
  • Can be volatile, blowing hot and cold
  • Some can be sociopathic
  • May not like relatives helping –  ‘they are ok, mind your own business’
  • Using a loud voice to control or screaming, use of anti social swear words
  • Using the telephone to abuse people
  • Highly territorial, frequently having legal disputes, and having a lot of legal bills. Maybe not be able to pay for them. 
  • Emotional Blackmail to control people
  • Lying, but being often being discovered, as they’re not very good liars.
  • Emotionally cruel to their own children
  • Children are an extension of themselves
  • Having an outside image of charm, ‘a bit eccentric’
  • Neglect of their own children, perhaps leaving them home alone or not spending Christmas with them, failing to make meals and getting someone else to do it as they can’t be bothered
  • Charming to friends, but often speaking behind their backs
  • Not standing up for their children, but expecting them to stand up for them
  • Hates gossip, but is a huge gossip themselves
  • Revenge
  • Possible debts
  • Not getting the right help from the right places, may prefer a dodgy friend 
  • Being lazy and getting someone else to do things for them, for free
  • Stealing things for ‘righteous cause’
  • Supposedly being religious but rarely doing religious things, perhaps like going to church and using it as ‘cover’ for their image. Being surrounded by religious people also means that they will get admiration, that’s if they do mix with them sometimes.
  • Silent treatment to relatives who do not agree with them, they ‘feel hurt’
  • Having conmen tendenances
  • Surrounded by admirers, such as ‘conmen’ and frequently being taken advantage by them and not knowing it
  • Admiration of professionals – the money you spend on them, the more they are trusted. This is very worrying as they can be taken advantage of by solicitors and investment advisors.
  • They want their children to be carbon copies of them, if they are not, they will get emotional abuse or blackmail. They will speak ill of their children.
  • Friends and relatives start to ‘feel used’ and if they are not wanted anymore, are ‘tossed aside’. 
  • If they have witnesses, they can charming but a lot of the abuse goes on behind people’s backs.
  • They would prefer a solicitor to be a trustee, rather than their own children
  • Putting unreasonable clauses in legal agreements, the solicitor often going along with it for the money
  • Because they may money problems, they could be taken advantage by people. Neighbours for example, can encroach on their land or try to buy property for a good deal. Neighbours can use their charm or money to take advantage of someone with Narcissist Personality Disorder. People around them need to keep an eye on this behaviour.
 
 
 

What to do about them

This is very hard, they can be very difficult but you have to take care of yourself. It is very sad also for them, that they have this disorder.
If you are at work, either leave or appease them, carefully agreeing what they say or making your idea, ‘their idea’.This is hard, but they hate people disagreeing them at all and could make you a target. The best thing is to leave or move offices, they are emotional vampires. Do not give much information about yourself, they could use it against you. Be careful when talking to their friends or relatives as they could talk and they could gang up against you, after all, some people think the person with NPD is ‘charming’ and ‘could do no wrong’. When you meet them, ensure you have a witness, they don’t like that, but it means you are safer from abuse and lies. Banks can help by controlling loans and keeping an eye on their accounts, and advising their power of attorney if any problem. If people can notify their next of kin this can be helpful, as often the Next of Kin may not see the full range of problems they are causing to others and themselves. Inform the police of your fears and of who may be taking advantage of them, particularly if they are elderly. They may not be able to do anything, but they can keep it on record. Take a holiday away even if for a few days, maybe stay at a friend’s house so you can undo any negative abuse, and the toxic environment.

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Protesters to protest outside Daily Mail Offices on Sunday, October 6

A  protest is to take place on Sunday, 6th October, 2013 by the Daily Mail offices. They will meet at Young Street, London W8 5EH (South Kensington tube) at 12pm, in response to the Daily Mail shamelessly slurring Ed Miliband’s late father as a man who ‘hated Britain’,  the protesters claim that it is the Daily Mail that really hates Britain. Over 500 people have already signed up saying that they will go along to the event.

In their Facebook campaign, they say:

“So, the Daily Mail accused Ralph Miliband – a Jewish refugee who fled the Holocaust and proudly fought the Nazis – of “hating Britain”. The irony. This is a paper that once backed the Blackshirts and Adolf Hitler.

But the truth is the Daily Mail hates Britain more than anyone. It hates its proudest institutions, like the BBC and the NHS, which the Tory Nigel Lawson once described as ‘the closest the English have to a religion.’ It hates public sector workers, who range from dinner ladies to nurses – the pillars of our society. It hates trade unionists, who belong to Britain’s biggest democratic movement. It hates women generally. It hates Muslims. It hates travellers. In its long, hateful past, it has spewed hate at Jews and gays, arguably the greatest threat this country has faced in its entire existence.

It really is just one big inky fountain of hatred. But for too long we’ve ignored it, almost like an eccentric misguided relative, stuck in a bygone era, but largely harmless. In reality it is a poison in public life, bullying and blackmailing anyone and anything that gets in its way. So let’s strike back. On Sunday, all the people hated by the Daily Mail – that’s pretty all of us – are going to turn up at their headquarters, loud and proud about who we are. If you’re a woman, a Muslim, LGBT, a nurse, a socialist, a trade union rep, or just someone who doesn’t like hatred being pumped into public life every day, turn up.”

Being an environmentalist, another object of hate, I will coming along, that’s if my cold, from all that time in the fresh air, cycling and being out in the wilds of Tory Kent, will let me.

Weather Report for Protesters

According to the Met Office, the outlook for this weekend is expected to be mainly fine and dry with some bright spells.  The UV will be low at 2 and Pollen will be Moderate. Temperature will be 19C.

I recommend bringing a long of hot flask of hot chocolate or soups, as if you are like me, you need to keep warm.

Angry Tonbridge Residents demand action over Drytec Smells

Angry residents have set up a Stop the Stink Campaign as the sickly air quality round Tonbridge High Street in Kent, is still continuing, They have also signed a petition about the deodorant smells that has gone on for several years.

I have smelled vanilla and strawberry in the air, which sounds nice, but it has been making a lot of people sick.

When I asked Drytec about the chemicals they used, they said:

“We make powdered fragrance which is added to the deodorant can .The formulation is the intellectual property of the company we supply to so we are not permitted to send the recipe to members of the public. However we have on request of Tonbridge and Mailing council we have provided data sheets to them these were sent to the public health dept. They confirmed there was no health risk with these products”

@BBCRadioKent will be reporting outside Drytec at 0850 this morning but it is not known whether Drytec or Sir John Stanley, MP, for Tonbridge & Malling will speak to them.

The campaign can be followed on @stoptonsmells. For a copy of the Petition E-maistopdrytecsmells@hotmail.com

Update:

0900 hours 17/09/2013

When asked by @bbcradiokent to comment on the Tonbridge Stink when they were live outside its factory, Drytec refused to do so. No comment from Sir John Stanley either, though it appears that @BBCRadiokent did not ask him.

Ships’ Opera Stuns Londoners

AN EXTRAORDINARY armada of nine historic vessels performed an ‘opera’ tonight using traditional steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, sirens and cannon as part of the Thames Festival 2013. The idea was dreamed up by artists Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski

The magnificent three-part maritime performance started at the mouth of the Thames and travelled right through to the Pool of London, one of the old port centres – sailing under Tower Bridge, in theatrical style.

Some of the ships taking part in the ‘symphony’; were the Trinity Lightship (LV95), VIC 56, VIC 96, the Kent, and the Dutch sailing clipper De Walvisch.

As the boats sailed into the Pool, spectators seemed a little awestruck at the sight of such beautiful ships. It was possible to envisage the days when such vessels were regularly seen along the Thames, not just the party boats and speedboats that inhabit London today.

Particularly impressive was a stately red Lighthouse ship; like many Londoners, I had never seen a ‘mobile’ lighthouse before. The old sounds seemed wonderful – and so eerie, particularly at night. Massive cannons from HMS Belfast sounded from time to time. (I anticipated chunks of the Tower of London, sited on the opposite bank, would be blown away away in front of us! It was not to be.).

There were times when the ‘ship’s opera’ sounded as beautiful as the songs of whales, but at other times, it was a bit like a ‘M25 traffic jam’. Even so, the whole event was magical, particularly as the boats headed back under Tower Bridge in the finale. A Spanish tourist laughed as a little boat, with a few spectators, followed the armada behind.

And, just to add to the effect, the Thames provided its own distinctive flavour to the performance, as it gave off a rather nasty muddy vapour, perhaps reminiscent of The Great Stink.

I don’t suppose any tourist or Londoner will ever forget this evening. Equally, I expect that Canaletto, or any other of the great artists to paint London’s river, would have loved to have been here tonight, and to have seen the spectacle and heard it all.

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Lance Armstrong hands back his Medal to US Olympic Committee

According to @Velonews today,  the competitive cycling journal,  Lance Armstrong claimed on Twitter that he has returned his 2000 Bronze Medal to the USOC.  He also attached a photograph of it with his tweet.

The journal then reported: 

“Shortly after Armstrong’s tweet, another followed, from Patrick Sandusky, chief communications and public affairs officer of the United States Olympic Committee. “I can confirm that The United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The International Olympic Committee and the USOC had previously requested that the medal be returned. The USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC.”

Cycling fans on Twitter,  and those who were affected by cancer, on the whole, seemed to be very supportive of him despite the scandal, with just a handful, who were still very annoyed at his cheating. 

My own opinion was that it was right for him to return it, and wonder why it took so long. However, I will never forget his work in helping cancer victims and I myself, have used Livestrong on a number of occasions to obtain useful information on advice.  I hope his medal goes to the next person on the list, and I hope he gets an award for his work in setting Livestrong up, although this may be pretty unlikely.

 

Deadly killer Japanese Hornets set to invade the UK

The GB rapid response protocol have issued this statement:

 
 
 

“Vespa velutina, sometimes known as the ‘Asian hornet’ is an invasive non-native species from Asia.  It has recently arrived in France where it is spreading rapidly.  As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems.   

 
 
 

The places it is most likely to be found are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) or goods among which it could be accidentally imported (such as soil with imported pot plants, cut flowers, fruit and timber).  Active months between April and November (peak August/September).  Inactive over the winter, so the most likely time to see this species will be early next year.

 
 
 

Sightings should be reported, along with a photograph and details of where you saw it, to: alert_nonnative@ceh.ac.uk   

If possible, send in a sample to the National Bee Unit for examination to confirm identity (details at: www.nationalbeeunit.co.uk).  However, do not under any circumstances disturb or provoke an active hornets’ nest.”

 
 
 

Some nests have already been spotted in Brittany, France, which is not very far from the UK. 

 
 
 

This extremely aggressive species can kill some people and a whole nest of bees. They release a poison that dissolves human tissue. When someone is stung, the poison can even attract even more wasps.

 
 
 

The hornets are orangey yellow and dark black,  thumb sized and have three inch wing span and they can move very fast at 25mph. They can nest in sheds, and even on the ground. 

 
 
 

It is recommended that medical attention is sought quickly and antihistamines taken. Please also make people aware, especially those in the southern part of England.

 
 
 

 

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