Monthly Archives: August 2017

  • How to Best Store Your Cleaning Supplies

    cleaning suppliesWhether you're just doing some end of summer cleaning or are just moving into new accommodation (such as for university), Poundstretcher has all the cleaning supplies you'll need to have a sparkling and tidy home.

    Whilst there are many amazing bargains here, the main issue comes from where to store everything correctly once it's all back home! Right here and now you can have definitive reassurance just where is best to keep your cleaning essentials.

    Getting That Bathroom Sparkling

    An area synonymous with cleaning supplies and chemicals is the bathroom.  You want somewhere safe to store your bleach and bathroom cleaning sprays. With what goes on in the bathroom you need to be sure it's spotless and hygienic.

    All of these items can be kept in one place, somewhere dry and cool. You don't want to store them anywhere with varying temperature extremes, so somewhere out of the way of direct sunlight/heat is key. Making sure it's dry is ensures there are no spillages or any chemicals merging together.

    Another idea would be that you may wish to keep them in a small cupboard, a high shelf, or a box (either under the stairs or hidden away in another room) for ease of access. Perhaps you could keep them with the rest of your cleaning supplies (such as your polish and kitchen supplies) so they are all in one place?

    Spick & Span In The Kitchen

    Moving on, it might be best to talk about where a large bulk of your cleaning products are most likely stored and used: in the kitchen. The same rules apply here as they do in the bathroom. You need a clean area and a safe place to keep everything.

    It all boils down to the fact that with cooking and prepping of food means that area has to be free from bacteria. Germs are another issue as you handle items such as raw meat.

    What better way to keep everything hygienic and germ-free than with kitchen cleaners and all-purpose cleaners? Be they anti-bacterial kitchen sprays, washing-up liquid, drain unblockers, or oven cleaners, these all are used to keep your kitchen surfaces and appliances spick and span. A tidy home is a happy home, as they say.

    The same can be said about laundry items. Fabric softener, washing powder/tablet, stain remover, or even colour catchers. All of these can be stored with the rest of the under-the-sink supplies. That or keep them close-by to your washing machine, but out of reach.

    Whilst so much happens in this room, the same rules as the above apply. Keeping your cleaning supplies dry and cool is essential (and keeping them safely out the way). An ideal place (if you wish to split cleaning products between rooms) would be under the sink, away from food items and kept somewhere not in constant use. Ideally, you would want a child-lock on the door to prevent children and pets to gain access.

    And All The Cleaning Supplies In-between

    Don't forget about your cleaning tools! With sponges, you must make sure they can fully air dry. Whilst you can store unused sponges underneath the sink, just make sure you don't store damp ones in an enclosed area, for fear of bacteria. The same can be said about cloths used around the home.

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    Now, with dust-clearing tools such as brooms, it's always best to store them upside-down to stop any bristles bending. Or you could hang it up on a hook to keep it suspended in the air, this works for sponge-mops and dusters too. Keeping them elevated not only helps make your home look neat and tidy, but also keeps them healthy so they last longer,

    How To Get Everything You Need Under £10

    Now, it's all well and good knowing how to store products safely and where; but what about the price? At Poundstretcher making things affordable is key. So, here is a list of all the essential cleaning supplies to best clean your home with!

    Persil Washing-Up Liquid 500ml - 69p

    To start with, it's always handy to have some washing-up liquid in the kitchen. This 500ml Persil product comes in green, yellow, and pink, all of which have amazing scents and can destroy dirt and grime from your dishes with ease.

    Persil All-In-One 28 Dishwasher Tablets - £1.99

    Another from Persil. This time it's for those with a dishwasher, the machine that makes cleaning a family-sized amount of dishes much more convenient. Here you have an amazing 28 tablets to get through, and with its all-in-one feature, you'll have sparkling cutlery and shiny plates in no time.

    Daz Washing Powder 6 Washes - £1

    Depending on how big your household is would determine how fast you will use this product up. But for a quid, you can get 6 washes which would last a small/single household quite a while. With Daz you can always be sure to get whites that shine. So keep clean and dazzle on.

    Clean n Fresh Bleach 750ml - 36p

    Nothing gets cleaner or fresher than Clean n Fresh 24-hour bleach! This thick formula kills 99.9% of bacteria and flying germs, including MRSA, E.Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. And if you don't like original, then why not get the citrus burst of essence instead?

    Stardrops All Round Cleaner 750ml - 89p

    Now here's a contender for Star Product on this list: Stardrops All Round Cleaner is amazing. It can do almost anything (cleaning-wise). There's no fear of dulling or scratching, and can be used on a wide range of surfaces, ranging from hobs to floors.

    Stardrops Anti-Bacterial Cleaner 750ml - 89p

    Whilst this product may not have the wide range and 'all round'-ness of the previous Stardrops product, it's still essential. One word: anti-bacterial. It kills 99.9% of bacteria, including the flu virus, which makes it perfect to use for cleaning food surfaces in the kitchen.

    Mr. Sheen Polish 300ml - 89p

    Whenever you want your home to be polished to shiny perfection, you can always turn to Mr Sheen. This multi-surface polish works on plastic, glass, metal, and wood, trapping that pesky dust once and for all.

    4 Microfibre Dish Cloths - 89p

    And what can you use when cleaning with all these products? Why, these microfibre cloths! They can be used for dishes, on surfaces, anything! And if you toss them in the wash they can be used multiple times.

    Total: £7.60

    The Clean Conclusion

    There you have it, but a final word, it's always best to keep all these cleaning supplies in their original containers. If you do want to pour them into another bottle, then use new clean ones and make sure to label it clearly and accurately.

    So, as mentioned before you can find all these great and affordable products at Poundstretcher today. Want to know where your nearest store is located? Then try our Store Finder for a quick and easy way to see opening times, plus Google Map directions.

  • What You May Not Know About Tea

    Tea. It’s an ever important beverage here in the UK. We as a nation drink 165 million cups of tea on a daily basis; that's 60.2 billion being sipped on every year according to the UK Tea & Infusions Association. That’s a lot of brew!

    I think C. S. Lewis said it best: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

    It's true we are a tea-loving nation, but do you think you know all there is about it? You might drink it every day, you swear by the stuff, and you know your oolong from your pu-erh. So, do you think that makes you some kind of expert? Well, maybe you are, but why don’t you try and see how many of these facts you know? On one hand, you may just learn something, and if not then you can have the satisfaction of gloating. It’s win-win.

    Where Tea Originated

    Despite our nation being synonymous with tea, many others around the world had sampled and adored the beverage first. Long before we even began to enjoy a nice cuppa and a biscuit, tea was being drunk as a medicinal drink in Southwest China as early as the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). However, if you wish to believe in legends then the tale of tea goes back even further.

    In 2737 BC, the Emporer of China and renowned herbologist, Shen Nung, had been waiting within the shade of a tree for his boiled drinking water. It was at that point leaves blew down and rested atop the water, infusing the flavour into it. It was there Shen Nung sampled it, and in a stroke of serendipity the drink we call tea was born. Turns out, that very tree was a Camellia Sinensis (the same plant we use to make tea today).

    Whether or not this was true, the fact that tea was huge in China is no understatement. It even ranked up to being a recreational drink throughout the Tang dynasty (618 AD - 906 AD) and became their go-to national drink of choice. From there, Japanese Buddhist monks came over before introducing it back home in Japan (another nation where tea was a foundation of their culture).

    Despite this, it wasn't until the latter half of the 16th Century when Europeans began to hear of this exotic beverage. It was something of a curiosity gifted from sailors as the British East India Company dominated the import market. This stayed that way until the mid-1600's when tea became known as a drink for the wealthy. This was due to the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza who was a huge tea fanatic and made it hip and fashionable.

    How Tea Plants Grow

    Tea plants, Camellia Sinensis, are evergreens that mainly grow in the wilds of tropical and subtropical climates. However, did you know you can grow your own tea here in the UK? It's true! After all, the plant originates from the damp, cool mountains of China. People all across our nation have been growing their own for quite a while.

    Taken from seeds and cuttings, it takes between 4 to 12 years for a tea plant to bear seeds. After that, you add on another 3 so they can be ready for harvest. The growth is best with acidic soils and naturally require at least 127cm of rain a year with elevations of up to 1,500m above sea level. They can grow up to 16m if left undisturbed, though are trimmed to waist-height when grown to be harvested.

    If you are planning to grow your own tea you needn't worry about the elevation. Whilst the height provides a better flavour to the leaves (due to the higher up it is planted means it will grow slower), it isn't a necessary factor. What is important is to keep the plant in plenty of sunlight and keep them sheltered from the harsh British weather until they become taller (anything past 1m and they can fend for themselves outside).

    Which Teas Help Burn Fat?

    There's growing tea, and there's drinking it; it's the latter you'd care more about, right? Well, tea has so many wonderful benefits to it. There's more to this long-time favourite than just having something warm to sip on when it's cold or a drink to accompany your afternoon biscuit(s).

    For instance, take burning fat; it's something more people are becoming concerned about and are turning to tea for help. However, you need the right type first to better gain the desired effects.

    Most teas are great at helping with managing your figure; be it to give your metabolism a little boost, reduce bloating, help burn calories easily, or shut down the need for snacking. It's a wonderful drink, but there are teas that work better than most. These would be the likes of pu-erh, oolong, and rooibos.

    Pu-erh, a fermented Chinese tea, is great for reducing belly fat and lowering the amount of fat in the blood. The same can be said about rooibos tea, a sweet drink made from leaves from the Rooibos bush in South Africa. It's said that the polyphenols and flavonoids found in it inhibit the forming of new fat cells, and is a great way to kick-start your metabolism.

    Now here's one that's quite well known; oolong tea. This drink is rich in antioxidants and is a traditional Chinese tea. It can assist in controlling cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and aids digestion. It's what you'd expect from the land where tea was originated and used as medicine, right?

    It's also full of catechins that help you burn fat quickly, even so much as a pound a week according to a six-week Chinese study. Paired with exercise and healthy eating, all it takes it sipping some tea now and then to really aid in your endeavours.

    Which Tea Doesn’t Have Caffeine?

    Now, certain teas might claim to be decaf, in which it doesn't have any caffeine in. However, whilst it is true that they have significantly fewer amounts compared to non-decaf, there are still traces of caffeine that remain. So, it's not caffeine-free, is it?

    But don't lose hope! There does exist a tea out there that has no caffeine in it whatsoever, and it's fantastic for you health-wise. It's a tea you've bound to have heard of: herbal tea.

    Be it a sweet peppermint, a calming chamomile, or a sharp ginger tea, all of these are great for being non-caffeinated. So, you can enjoy a nice refreshing hot drink, whilst not pumping your body full of caffeine. Oh, and all of these are great for digestive issues, whilst peppermint especially helps clear nasal passages, chamomile is great for anxiety, and ginger is perfect for nausea.

    Which Tea Has The Most Antioxidants?

    Now, we've all heard of antioxidants, right? They're found in fresh fruits and vegetables, alongside tea. They have great health benefits such as clearing out unwanted things from your bloodstream and have been known to reduce the signs of ageing by minimising wrinkles. They even can help your mind by relieving stress.

    So, which teas are best when you want more antioxidants in your diet? Well, it's the coloured teas that are what you're looking for; black, green and white. They all offer the same cardiovascular benefits, with each having a slight difference.

    To start with, black tea is the most oxidised of them all. Though, it still contains a similar amount of antioxidants as it did before it went through oxidisation. It's said that drinking 3 or more cups a day may actually reduce the risk of a heart attack and promotes blood vessel relaxation. However, it contains more caffeine than green tea and contains a lot of polyphenols. It all depends on what you want out of your drink and your sense of taste.

    White tea is similar to the above, though due to it being dried in natural sunlight, it means that the catechin levels are much higher, but lowers tannins levels, which affects the taste and consistency.

    At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter which one you drink. There isn't an overall 'best tea' that is superior to everything. The taste, the caffeine content, the availability, even the cost, all of these make a big difference but all the teas provide the same health benefits. They can reduce the risk of cancer, helps the skin look its best, boosts your immune system and promotes a healthy heart.

    Which Tea Is Best For A Cold?

    Now, despite the sun being out (for the most part) the risk of colds are of course still around. Being a hot drink you'd assume that tea would be great to drink to help chase away nasty infections; but which one do you go for?

    Well, like before there are many that help boosts your immune system (remember the above?). However, so I'm not repeating myself you can find lemongrass, ginger, and peppermint(that delightful menthol helps break up congestion) teas are fantastic at clearing out your nasal passages. The above also serve as calming and refreshing throat soothers. There's nothing like that wonderful warm feeling that comforts your body after a nice cup of ginger tea.

    Tea with honey is also a great defence when you have a cold. Pair that up with some white or green tea to destroy pathogenic bacteria, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

    Which Tea Is Good For Sleep?

    Sleep is an important part of your health. We don't get enough of it. There are many ways to assist you in getting you to sleep peacefully. Those delightful rain/thunderstorm soundtracks on YouTube are one way, but tea can also be the saviour in helping you get some shut-eye!

    Good amounts of sleep (but also sleep that is great quality) impacts positively on your body. It helps give your body rest and a chance to repair itself. There are many teas that you could use, such as chamomile or herbal teas. With their soothing fragrance and taste it can work wonders. In fact, anything that has that calming effect is great to have when you're in bed with a good book.

    However, valerian tea is a herb that can be paired with tea for fantastic results. It can help those with insomnia, anxiety, and psychological stress and acts as a natural sedative.

    So there we have it, a small array of tea facts and advice to help you make the most out of Britain's favourite drink. Did you know all of the above? Was there anything in there new that you could apply to your tea-drinking life? How about one more little tidbit? There are an estimated 1,500 varieties of Camellia sinensis out there. Now, whilst we at Poundstretcher don't carry every single known one, we do sell all the top products such as Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, and PG Tips!

    Has all this tea talk made you thirsty? If so then why not see where your nearest local Poundstretcher is? Get out your tea cosy, and mosey on over by using our handy dandy Store Finder to grab some bargains in no time! It'll really hit the spot.

  • 5 MUST HAVE Argan Oil Hair Care Products for £5

    Argan Oil: The Secret to Gorgeous Hair!

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    Argan oil, in recent years, has become THE must have product for healthy hair. Sourced from the kernels of Moroccan Argan trees, Argan oil has become known as ‘liquid gold’ for its ability to transform hair, through the huge amounts of nutrients it contains, such as Vitamin E and fatty acids.

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    We, at Poundstretcher, understand the importance of healthy hair but don’t think you need to spend the earth! Argan oil is in popular demand and can be pricey but we have huge bargains on our Argan oil hair products so you can revitalise your hair for less!

    Transform Your Hair with Argan Oil for £5 at Poundstretcher!

     

    1. Rejuvenating Shampoo with Argan Oil Extracts

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    Argan oil shampoo is a great product to use on a daily basis. Many shampoos can strip the natural nutrients needed to keep your hair healthy and can leave your hair drab, dry and fragile.

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    The Argan oil extracts in this shampoo nourishes and moisturises your hair, replenishing day-to-day damage caused by elements like the sunshine, and maintaining a consistent healthy glow.

    The consistent use of Argan oil shampoo will ensure your hair will always be soft, smooth and strong, as well as being protected and nourished!

    1. Luxurious Conditioner with Argan Oil Extracts

    This day-to-day conditioner is sumptuously hydrating, leaving your hair silky smooth! 

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    Many conditioners can look and feel like they’ve enriched your hair just after washing but, after a couple of hours, your hair feels greasy at the roots, dry at the tips and looks, all together, sorry for itself!

    What you need is a conditioner that’s going to truly replenish the moisture back into your scalp, roots and tips and maintain it throughout the day.

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    This Argan oil conditioner will hydrated your hair, leaving it feeling sumptuous, shiny and frizz-free for the whole day. Argan oil is also a truly exceptional ‘detangle’r so is especially effective on hair that’s regularly bleached or is naturally thick and curly!

    The shampoo and conditioner combination are great for busy people who have no time for leave-in conditioners but still want hair that ‘WOW’s!

    1. Heat Defence Spray with Argan Oil Extracts

    Nowadays, most people use straightening irons, curling tongues or, at the very least, a hair dryer. The emphasis is usually: the hotter the tool, the better the results.

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    That is, until the day after the night before and your hair is dry, brittle and knotted into one big hairball…

    One of the best ways to enjoy styling your hair without worrying about the ‘next-day’ repercussions is using a heat defence spray.

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    Although there are many to choose from, this leave-in heat defence spray with Argan oil extracts is a high contender. Because Argan oil is naturally packed with nourishing oils, vitamins and fatty acids– a formula that ensures complete protection of your hair’s nutrients and moisture under hot temperatures.

    All you do is apply it generously to damp hair from root to tip, to ensure your entire head is thoroughly protected.

     

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    So, if you’re a busy bee who hasn’t got time to sit around and wait for your hair to dry naturally or you love styling with straighteners or curlers, this is the perfect product to make sure you hair stays looking bouncy and healthy, whatever your lifestyle!

    1. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

    Everyone needs a good pampering session every now and then. Whatever kind of hectic life you live, it’s important to have some time out to treat yourself!

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    This Argan Oil hair mask is one of those ‘low capital, high yield’ type beauty investments. Although there is the minor process of massaging the sumptuously creamy mixture into your hair and ensuring it covers it from root to tip, that is basically it.

    Argan Oil Hair Mask, 220ml Argan Oil Hair Mask, 220ml

    This hair mask relies specifically on leaving it alone for a length of time on your hair so is a fantastically low maintenance beauty product for those ‘no-fuss’ type people!

    You can even wrap your hair in a towel and leave it in over night! Then just wash it off with shampoo and conditioner to reveal nourished, rejuvenated and incredibly shiny hair!

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    This pot of ‘magical’ cream is a bargain from Poundstretcher and requires barely any effort with truly amazing results!

    Who says you have to spend endless hours and hundreds of pounds to get healthy, beautiful-looking hair?!

    1. Argan Oil Hair Treatment

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    No matter how well we try to look after our hair, life can still take its toll so sometimes you need to put a little extra time and effort into keeping it healthy.

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    With this intensive hydrating hair treatment, the Argan oil is high in antioxidants, which means it is great for repairing and rejuvenating damaged hair! As well as this, it helps lock in much-needed moisture, leaving your hair shiny and strong!

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    This hair treatment is also a miracle worker if your hair has frizzy tendencies, too. You can use it like an ointment to transform your hair, whatever the weather, leaving it smooth without losing volume.

    Basically, forget Harry Potter or Unicorns– this Argan oil hair treatment is magic in a bottle!

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    More 'Argan Bargains'!

    Argan Oil Skin Care 

     We also have a range of skin care products if you want your skin to be as soft and supple as your hair!

     

    Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream, 100ml/Moisturising Shower Cream, 300ml/Moisturising Hand & Body Wash, 300ml Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream– 100ml, Moisturising Shower Cream– 300ml, Moisturising Hand & Body Wash– 300ml.

     

    So grab an 'Argan bargain' at Poundstretcher and revitalise your hair and skin TODAY!

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  • Back to School Essentials– be too COOL for school!

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    The summer holidays are sadly coming to an end and heading back to school is coming round fast. But we at Poundstretcher have found a way to make your kids excited about starting the new academic year!

    At Poundstretcher we have everything you need in our back to school range– from licensed backpacks to tasty lunch box fillers– so you can kick off the school year prepared!

    Getting to School

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    1. Backpacks

    Whether your little one takes the ‘walking bus’ or gets picked up by the school bus, make sure when they go back to school, they have everything safely packed up in one of our licensed backpacks!

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    With all their favourite characters to choose from– Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Marlin, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo and retro Star Wars designed backpacks to choose from, as well as many moreyou can be sure they’ll find their favourite!

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    We have loads of different styles too! From satchels to rucksacks, lunch bags to drawstring haversacks– we can cater for whatever your child needs!

    Only £1.99 each!

    In the Classroom

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    2.  Pencil case fillers!

    Pick from one of the many varieties of stationery sets we have, as well as handwriting pens for those in Primary School PLUS pencil boxes, funky gel pen packets and much, much more!
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    3. Secondary School Prep

    For the ‘Highschoolers’, we also have a huge range of stationery! There are variety packs of sticky notes, highlighter sets and even calculators, as well as fun coloured 30cm rulers– so you can be sure they are prepared and have the correct stationery for each class!

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    4. Get the Set!

    We also have collections of matching stationery sets in different designs that are bound to catch their eye!

    For the cat-lovers, there’s this adorable collection of kitten-themed stationery. The fluffy kitten playing with a huge tennis ball is the image throughout all of the stationery.

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    And plus, with its charming polkadot bow tie, it's smart and cute– perfect for the classroom!

    And for the dog lovers, we have a cheeky pug having a good chew on a shoe lace!

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    And, of course, the pooch is wearing a pair of on-trend hipster glasses– ready to take on any type of equation in class!

    We also have a dotty range that comes in two colours.

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    In these collections, you can pick up A4 ring binders for only £1 EACH and matching notebooks available in A4 and A5 sizes also starting from £1 EACH!

    5. Organising notes and Planning

    The best way to revise is being organised so make sure you invest in some of our filing and organising stationery.

    We have some classic ring binder and lever arch folders, perfect for keeping SATs or GCSE notes in order neatly.

    Ring binders, £1 EACH, Lever Arch £2 EACH Ring binders, £1 each, Lever Arch £2 each

    Although folders are a great place to collect notes, organising them properly is just as important! So get some order to all the paper and make revision as easy as possible!

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    So, whether your kids are at Primary School, Secondary school or even heading off to college, don't forget to stock up on stationery, calendars and organising products so that the back to school transition goes without a hitch!

    Time for Lunch!

    What's in your lunch box?
    shutterstock_101564011They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but lunch is also really important for kids, as it gives them a much-need energy boost to get them through the rest of the afternoon at school!

    So, get ready for back to school lunches at Poundstretcher! We have got some cracking lunch boxes and bags, amazing offers on packed lunch treats, and bargain sandwich fillers so you can make sure your family are all well-fed at school!

    6. Lunch Storage Solutions

    Poundstretcher have any amounts of ways to carry your lunch; from licensed lunch boxes to lunch shoulder bags, handy Tupperware and plastic dining equipment so you can send your child back to school prepared, knowing their lunch will be safely sealed and still tasty by lunch time!

    They can pick their favourite character with this selection of classic lunch boxes at the bargain price of ONLY 49p EACH!

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    Or if your kids are 'Minion-mad' then we have a few different over-the-shoulder lunch bags, as well as water bottles and snack pots to match!

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    We have a wide range of savvy solutions when it comes to Tupperware too! Microwavable, 100% sealed and including a matching cutlery set, these are great for any lunch meal!

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    So, whatever you give your kids for lunch, we have a huge range of lunch storage solutions at bargain prices so you can make sure that your kids enjoy lunch going back to school!

    7. Lunch Box Fillers

    Everyone likes different things for lunch but we have a range of tinned goods great for cheap sandwich fillers!

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    At Poundstretcher, we always have loads of offers on branded snacks and treats, too, so their packed lunches will be filled to the brim!

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    8. Cold Drinks

    Keep your kids hydrated with Poundstretcher!

    Take your pick from our extensive range of cold drinks! We have packs of Disney juice boxes and flavoured water all for less than £1 each!

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    We also have huge deals on big brands, such as Robinson's cordial and Coca Cola so you can save more preparing for your little ones going back to school!

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    So, make sure you save this season with Poundstretcher's back to school range! Find your local store today and take advantage of our great products and big discounts on BIG brands!

     

  • Poundstretcher’s Guide To Skin Care

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    Taking care of your skin is no trifling matter. We all want our skin to look its best. And even whilst you may not feel you’re that bothered about it, you still wouldn’t want to have bad skin that's dry, unhealthy, and tired, correct?

    Well, what if I were to tell you there’s a way to look after your skin for less? That’s right, with loads of products from big brands available to you (all for a good price, I might add), Poundstretcher is here to help!

    From nourishing creams, facial scrubs, body lotions, and more, there's a world of skin care products that are great for your daily life.

    When To Start Using Skin Care Products

    There is no defined or set age when you should or shouldn’t start using skin care products. It's all about a matter of turning to them when and if your skin needs attention.

    For example, if you have dry skin then you should make sure to moisturise. Or if you start to develop acne then you can use exfoliating products to combat it. Everyone is different and unique; no matter your gender, race, or ethnicity, no one's skin is exactly the same.

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    With children, there is less of a need for skin care in regards to blemishes or exfoliation. Usually, dry skin issues and products such as sunscreen and aftersun is all they'd need. However, it’s when you arrive at your teens onwards where your skin becomes more of a priority.

    As mentioned before, the focus is to use it when you need it most and continue to apply it long enough for the desired effects to show.

    Which Skin Care Product Is The Great For Oily Skin?

    So, for those with problem skin, why not grab a product that'll make you feel like you're in some luxury, relaxing spa but for an affordable price?

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    This 7th Heaven Blemish Mud (other varieties available) in a delightfully soothing aloe vera fragrance is just the item to help combat oily skin. Its deep cleansing & soothing formula is paired with its aloe juice extract, making for an effective, tranquil mask that will help relieve troubled skin from dirt and grime.

    So grab a glass of bubbly, light some candles, reach for a good book, and just let your mind and face be soothed.

    Which Skin Care Product Is Great For Clearing Pores?

    Want something specifically designed to help clear blackheads and clear your clogged pores? Well then, get a load of this T-zone blackhead fighting facial scrub, the perfect way to battle skin issues head on and give your face a deep cleanse.

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    With the tea tree extracts, you can rest assured this naturally anti-bacterial face scrub is effective at getting rid of blackheads and other facial blemishes. It's great for daily application and a perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet.

    Just squeeze it out, lather it on your hands, and slather on your face before washing it off and feeling refreshed. Is there any better way to start a morning?

    Which Skin Care Product Is Great For Anti-Aging?

    Want to defy the appearance of wrinkles and the passage of time? Then why not give these Eden age defiance cleansing wipes a try; they're an easy to use, effective, and will make your skin feel and look so much younger.eden-age-defianceWith the use of vitamin E, these wipes help nourish and moisturise your tired skin and helps smooth out wrinkles to give you a younger looking complexion. The fact there are 25 per pack means you have ample to use whenever you feel your body needs a good cleansing.

    And there you have it, a great affordable anti-aging solution. There are also other varieties available in the Eden line, such as the deep cleanse and make up removal wipes. Keep your face and body feeling cleansed and healthy whilst also making sure your make up doesn't stay on and clog your pores up even more.

    When To Use Skin Care Products

    So, you know of some of the products that are available to you, but when is the best time to apply them?

    It all depends, once again, in when you feel the need to use them. However, when it comes to moisturising and facial scrubs, it's best to use them every day, all year-round. That's right, even in the colder months in the year it's a great idea to apply moisturisers, body butters, lotions, or creams to help your body stay hydrated for silky smooth skin for the whole year to come.

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    The matter is that just how often is healthy? When should you be applying these facial scrubs and recovery oils?

    Well, your face needs to be ideally cleaned and moisturised every morning and then once again in the evening. First, wash your face and apply the cream to your cleansed face, and from there gently rub it into your skin until fully absorbed.

    With facial scrubs, it's the same except without the absorption element and you end with another wash. Cleanse with warm water, apply with a good rub, and then clear it off your face. Simple.

    With your body, you could use the aforementioned macadamia oil extract body butter to hydrate and soften your skin, leaving it feeling healthy and smooth. Apply to your entire body (or in areas where you feel needs the most attention) and rub gently.

    It all boils down to never neglecting your skin on a daily basis. Applying moisturisers, creams, and cleansers to your body year-round is a great way to keep it silky, whilst making sure to add daily scrubs twice a day for day and night effectiveness.

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    A great way to apply some of these products? With the help of these Simply Cotton round cotton wool (160 pack), a set of 100% pure pads that are strong yet soft, and completely perfect for all manner of purposes.

    Cleansers and face washes are fine to use from childhood upwards, but be wary of relying too much on it. We must also remember that our skin and the pores need to breathe, and sometimes an excess amount of creams and cleansers can clog them, which would then create further issues down the line. It’s all about finding balance as to when and how often you apply it.

    You can find your nearest Poundstretcher using our handy Store Finder! So, with desires of having smooth, healthy skin, why not come on down and check out some bargains today? Your skin will appreciate it; trust us.

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  • Start Your Day Well – All You Need To Know About Cereals

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    Breakfast. Well, what can be said that you haven’t already heard before? It should be the first meal you eat upon waking up and is claimed to be the most important of the day.

    They are convenient foods that go hand-in-hand with our bustling and busy society.  It's something quick and easy, that can be shovelled into your gob before you grab the keys and head out the door to work/school.

    With the vast importance placed upon it, it’s no wonder how popular cereals are nowadays and how much variety we have! Being one of the most popular and common choices for our morning meal, cereals have boomed through each passing generation, coming in all sizes, shapes, and flavours. Yes, cereals truly dominate breakfast time.
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    When Were Breakfast Cereals Invented?

    So, to this day we have breakfast cereals that go from borderline sweets in a box, to health-foods, to everything in-between. In fact, it might surprise you to know that the concept of breakfast cereal is actually quite new in the grand scheme of things, having only been around for 150 years.

    But, where did it all start?

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    In America. That’s right, in 1863 a man named James Caleb Jackson (pictured above), a devoted religious vegetarian, created the basis of what we now know to be breakfast cereals. Running a popular wellness retreat in western New York, Jackson was an advocate for healthy living and saw the idea of eating pork chops and other red meats for breakfast was terrible for one’s health.

    He decided to provide his guests with a ‘better’ alternative; Granula. No, not Granola, but Granula. It was a type of grain cake and built like a brick. It was essentially a large block that was so solid you needed to soak it in milk overnight, and then the next morning you’d break bits off and crunch into it. It tasted as good as it sounds.

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    The flavour only really improved once John Harvey Kellogg (pictured above), a skilled surgeon and someone as big on health as Jackson, decided he liked the idea of Granula and took Jackson’s concept.  Kellogg made an oaty wheat biscuit, incorporated a rolling process to improve the taste, and used it in order to further promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (as well as one promoting sexual abstinence, but that’s a tale for another time).

    So what of Granola? Well, to avoid being sued for using the name Granula, Kellogg decided to change the name… to Granola (very original, right?), and from there his success snowballed. Despite the taste, Granola was sold to those outside his retreat and was soon selling almost 1.8 tonnes a week. From there Corn Flakes were invented shortly afterwards due to a stroke of serendipity, and the rest is ancient cereal history.

    Where Do Cereals Grow?

    As wide a range as breakfast cereals there are, it also means there are various cereals, or grains, out there. Different types of cereals can grow in different environments, like all plants. Some are well-versed in surviving the frigid subarctic and Siberia, such as Barley and Rye, whilst some can withstand the ups and downs of British weather, where one moment it’s content and warm, the next it’s cold with a strong wind.

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    How they are cultivated is also quite diverse. They’re usually annual plants, where one would produce one yield for harvest. Though, as mentioned before, there are many different types; wheat, rye, barley, and oat, to name just a few, are “cool-season” cereals, meaning they’re hardy enough to grow in grim British weather, but not very well in anything slightly hot (30 °C, but it depends on the plant). Essentially, these plants are just like the Brit humans who grow them, once the heat gets turned on a tiny bit it suddenly becomes a chore to do just about anything.

    Wheat, one of the major cereals we use in breakfast cereals, can be cultivated in many different soils and can be grown with ease around the world. That might have something to do with the vast amount of it and the ease of obtaining it. However, to grow it successfully it requires extremely fertile soil, and that means it needs a good amount of humus content (soil that’s had slightly decayed organic stuff in it). However, barley and rye, for example, can be grown in soil that's less fertile.

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    One similarity barley and wheat do share, is that that both have a winter and a spring variety. The winter one usually produces better crops, more likely to have side shoots, and can allow new shoots to form before any cold weather comes around.

    Importance of Cereals

    But what am I talking about? As interesting as hearing about how grains are cultivated is, I bet you want to know the practicalities of breakfast cereals. What cereal can do for you and your health!

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    I’m being super cereal when I tell you that they’re an important part of a balanced diet. Whether you wish to believe it or not, the fact is that having breakfast in the morning is more important to your mental health than it is to your physical. Sure, you will have the energy and the boost in physical fitness from a hearty breakfast, but without it, you will most likely find yourself feeling “hangry” and a bit glum too.

    With cereals like Alpen Oat Granola, you can see they’re high in fibre, and also low in saturated fats. That is exactly what you want to be putting into your body in the early morning. Like adding fuel to a fire, adding good nutrients that can be found in cereals fuels your own body to seize the day!

    Most cereals are low-fat and full of nutrients and vitamins, such as iron and B vitamins; you also can find the power of grains within cereals, as wholegrains provide you with so many benefits it could warrant its own blog post.

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    Wholegrain provides you with fibre, and lots of it. An adult needs around 25 to 35 grams a day, which you can get a kick-start to with a bowl of Quaker Oats or Weetabix. Fibre has been known to control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and actually can promote better bowel moments (gross but important). Also, due to wholegrains containing lactic acids, it allows stronger digestion, which means you absorb more of the good stuff into your body, boosting your immune system which then can help fight off nasty diseases, especially in the colon.

    Also, cereals make you feel incredibly full. So, there’s no need to have a muffin or light snacks shortly after breakfast once you’ve had a bowl of Shredded Wheat, meaning a better breakfast can help your weight too.

    When to Eat Cereals

    To make a long story short; in the morning, that moment after 8+ hours of not eating anything. Want a more detailed and serious answer? Well, there are many great times to eat breakfast, and all of them can be worked into your daily life, be it on weekends or weekdays; it all depends on what you want to gain from it. Breakfast is important for your metabolism to get kick-started, so eating it right after you wake up is a good start.

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    However, if you exercise in the mornings and want a high athletic performance, then the best time to eat breakfast would be an hour or so before you hit the track. It will mean that you won’t fear any sort of cramp, and by that time the nutrients and energy from breakfast will be coursing through your body.

    Also, make sure you eat within one hour of waking up. Eating at that point allows your energy levels to go right up and gives you more energy for an active morning. Due to having been in a sleeping state for so long, your blood sugar is naturally going to be low when you first begin to rise, so eating before that 60 minute window closes means you won’t suffer a blood sugar crash.

    Where Should Cereals Be Stored?

    Now, you may know when to eat breakfast, where cereal came from, and so on; however, storing cereal is a major part. If you don’t store it right, then what happens? Nasty, manky, soft cereal that will end up getting binned, that's what. What a waste of money and food that would be, right? So, here are some quick tips to better store your cereal, which is perfect if you buy in bulk.

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    It’s always best to store an unopened box of cereal in a cool, dry place, such as a cupboard. For how long? Well, until the expiration date is the basic answer, but usually you can store things that way unopened for about a year; it’s at that point the taste starts to deteriorate.

    But, what if you’ve opened the cereal bag already? You don’t want air to get in and soften those Coco Pops or Honey Monster, right? Well then, just seal it with a plastic clip after rolling the top down a tad. Voila, now you can keep it this way for about a week without fear of it ruining. Either that, or store the bag, box, and all into an air-tight storage container, making sure to put it in a cool, dry place as always.

    If you follow those tips, every member of your family will have great tasting, crunchy, delicious cereal.

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    Where to Buy Cereals?

    So, where can you buy all these great tasting cereal delights? At Poundstretcher of course! We have a wide range of branded cereal products, such as Nestle, Kellogg's, Quaker Oats, and many more all with different tastes and varieties. No matter the age, we have a cereal to suit everyone!

    Why not nip on down today and stock up your cupboards with tasty cereals featuring cartoon wolves, a cockerel, or heaps and heaps of grains and fruit? Ideal for when you and your family need that fuel to get you through the start of each and every day.

    You can find your nearest Poundstretcher using our handy Store Finder! So, with your new quick guide to cereal, you can hunt out the best bargains and deck yourself and your mornings out the right way!

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  • 8 MUST-READ books that became huge Blockbusters!

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    You’ve seen the stories on the big screen but have you read the books?

    To celebrate #ReadABookDay we’ve put together a collection of MUST-READ books– in all kinds of genres– so that even if you’ve already seen the films, there’s something to suit everyone!

    Whether you’re looking for a meatier novel than your typical holiday read, or you fancy a better way to spend the commute to work than scrolling through Facebook, jump into these page-turners!

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    The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling (1997 – 2007)

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    You might think the whole Daniel Radcliffe/Rupert Grint/Emma Watson combo is gripping, interesting and even, from time to time, quite humorous, but that is just the tip of the Marauder’s Map...

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    You might think, who am I to disregard the films so flippantly—especially since they are, after all, the 4th highest-grossing film franchise of all time—but the books are something else entirely!

    Not only will you discover important details that cannot be found in the films due to screen-time restraints, J. K. Rowling has that sort of infectious writing style that is unpretentious and accessible to most audiences, whilst being nail-bitingly gripping.

    WARNING: Possible side effects include: A clinical inability to put the books down resulting in lack of sleep and the possible hallucination of 'snitches' flying round your head...

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    Books in order:

    The Philosopher’s Stone

    The Chamber of Secrets

    The Prisoner of Azkaban

    The Goblet of Fire

    The Order of the Phoenix

    The Half-Blood Prince

    The Deathly Hallows

    Bridget Jones – Helen Fielding (1996)

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    Arguably one of the most unlikely yet loved modern-day heroines to hit the screens, Bridget Jones has waddled her way through our screens since 2001. Shining an unforgiving light on the day-to-day trials of a single woman’s reality, she obliviously dresses inappropriately for work, is outrageously clumsy and makes more than one painful attempt to speak in public – and that’s just the tip of the Turkey Curry.

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    As well as this, her choosing of bad relationships is something that anyone—not just women—can relate to… But Renée Zellweger hasn’t always been the face of this fearless female!

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    The thirty-something’s journey began as a column in The Independent newspaper and was so popular it became a fully-fledged novel in 1996. Written by Helen Fielding, there are three books now to match the films and, yes, the films are nothing short of hilarious, but the quick-witted writing of Fielding will have you laughing out loud!

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    REMEMBER: This book series is the perfect antidote to a bad mood. It’s difficult to feel glum when you’re following Bridget Jones and optimism even in the face of the many comical disasters!

    The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkien (1937, 1954)

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    You may have sat through many extended hours of Middle Earth’s ups and downs from the comfort of your own T.V. but, honestly, there is no better person to tell those lengthy stories about tiny, shoe-less men, magical jewellery and hugely dangerous journeys than J. R. R. Tolkien himself!

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    Although the journey to the end of the books may seem as demanding as Frodo’s trek to Mount Doom, why not warm up with the smaller, less intimidating-looking The Hobbit, before tackling the toilsome task of the 1000+ paged The Lord of the Rings trilogy?
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    The sense of achievement when that ring finally gets tossed into the molten lava of Mordor and destroyed forever is more emotional than Boromir’s untimely (but necessary) death.

    REMEMBER: “A day may come when the courage of men [to read the book and not just watch the film] will fail… but it is not this day”

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    Books in order:

    The Hobbit

    The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Two Towers

    The Return of the King

    P. S. I Love you – Cecelia Ahern (2003)

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    You may remember this to be the film that everyone left the cinema screen resembling members of the glam rock band ‘Kiss’, but if you forgot your waterproof mascara to the cinema last time, make sure you remember it this time when you pick up the book!

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    Like the film, the book by Cecelia Ahern is funny, quirky and fresh, as well as being devilishly sad. Not for the faint-hearted, Ahern tells the story of a wife learning to deal with the death of her beloved husband through love letters sent seemingly from ‘beyond the grave’.

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    But, despite the film being, at times, inconsolably sad, thanks to The Pogues and some very convincing acting, the book will do more to your emotions than you could ever imagine. The jokes are magnified, the characters are deeper and the grief is suffocating – a MUST READ. Yes, there is a distinct lack of Gerard Butler’s cheeky charm and Lisa Kudrow’s raw wit, but what the book lacks in performance, it makes up for in words. Trust me.

    TOP TIP: Probably best to avoid reading it in public but, if you do, waterproof mascara is a MUST!

    Nothing Lasts Forever – Roderick Thorp (1979)

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    Whilst Die Hard is arguably one of the highest ranked Christmas films, why not have a read of the Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever that was the inspiration behind the blockbuster hit?

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    Following a similar story arc, a retired NYPD detective finds himself in a sticky situation on Christmas Eve, becoming targeted by a group of terrorists within the walls of a skyscraper. But even without the classic eighties happy ending and Bruce Willis in a tank top, you’ll still be on the edge of your seat, ‘Yippie Kay-Yay’ing all the way through!

     

    The Jurassic Park Series – Michael Crichton (1990, 1995)

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    Now, most people have seen the timeless Spielberg adaptation, Jurassic Park that stormed the cinemas in 1993, however not many people might have bothered to pick up the two Michael Crichton novels released from 1990 that inspired the whole concept.

    Strip away the exhaustive arrogance of Jeff Goldblum, the dramatized backing music and Richard Attenborough’s ‘Father Christmas’-esque portrayal of the park owner, John Hammond and you’ll begin to get a sense of how the books differ.

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    Strangely sinister, epically exciting and action-packed, the books are not to be missed out on. So, fasten your seatbelts because this story will be bumpier than a ride in one of those Park cars being chased by a herd of Raptors!

    Books in order:

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    The Lost World

    One Day – David Nicholls (2009) 

    SPOILER ALERT!

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    Now, this film became famous for more than just the heart-wrenching story. This was the film to prove that, no matter how many acting awards you’ve won over the years, a Leeds accent is still a tricky one to execute.

    The film’s story is a close parallel to the book’s—a typical story of boy meets girl, then life takes over and drives them in different directions, naturally creating a ‘will they, won’t they?’ scenario throughout.

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    Whilst the film managed to maintain some of the warmth and intelligence found in the book, it is dreadfully let down by Anne Hathaway’s uneven West Yorkshire accent. Described as ‘totally inconsistent’ by fans, the heroine, Emma Morley (Hathaway), dips between an uppity BBC news reporter and a non-descript Lancashirian, which gets so irritating towards the end that the shock of her death is more of a relief that she’s stopped talking than anything else.

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    At least in the book, you don’t have to wince every time 'Emma' opens her mouth, plus it sparks ounces more charm, humour and emotion than the films captures so grab a copy!

    The Shining – Stephen King (1977)

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    You may remember a frenzied Jack Nicholson shoving his head through the axe-wounded bathroom door and introducing himself as someone called ‘Johnny’? Well if you thought that was scary enough, you obviously have never read the Stephen King original novel.

    Hold on to your crayons because it’s about to get ‘redruM’!

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    “Surely it can’t be as scary as the film…?”, you might say. Without the screechy music, snappy edits and Nicholson’s gut flipping, core-shaking performance at being a nutcase, it’s surely nowhere near as scary!

    But you’d be gravely mistaken.

    King is known for many things but mainly that he is THE scare-King when it comes to his stories. Horror knows no boundaries with his writing. This book will literally reach up from the page and, with unyielding hands, drag you in to the nightmarish Overlook Hotel where everything is ten times scarier and the caretaker Jack is even more chilling.

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    TOP TIPS: Make sure you have a good supply of soothing drinks (Hot Chocolate, Horlicks – you know the kind), try to avoid reading it when you’re home alone and, for goodness sake, DO NOT read it before bed!

    Final say…

    So whether you’re a bookworm or a film fiend, these books will have you either gripped, giggling, sobbing or cowering behind your sofa so switch off the tele today and get reading!

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    GO ON, BE A HERMIONE!

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