Category: Reviews

Kip Hakes has been reviewing all sorts of things since the birth of the blog in 2008, from days out, to technology, our Reviews section is packed!

Review – The Simba Mattress – Get some great Simba sleep!

Before we eloped to New York, Mrs H and me hadn’t been sleeping well at all. Something wasn’t quite right. When we got to our hotel and went to bed, we sunk into the memory foam mattress and had the best sleep we’d had in a long time. It was …

Review – Nokia 8

Back in the day, I was a MASSIVE Nokia fan boy. I worked with Gerrymoth on NokiaAddict. I’d follow and track every single slither of Nokia news. Every single handset they released, I’d try and get my mitts on. I was without a doubt, a Nokia Addict. To me, Nokia …

Review – Paddington 2

We were invited to London to watch Paddington 2, ahead of its official release on the 10th November. I really enjoyed the first film, and I was lucky enough to go to the London Premiere of it three years ago. Sequels are always a risk, and often rushed out to …

Review – Scalextric C1732 BTCC Touring Car Battle Set

I have vivid memories of my Scalextric set I owned when I was little. It had a red car, and a blue car – I spent hours playing with it, carefully setting up the banked track. Carefully driving so the cars wouldn’t fly off and smash into the skirting boards. …

Review – Harvester – The Honey Pot, Basildon

Harvester is a restaurant chain that evokes strong emotions in me. It was a restaurant chain that we frequented as a family when I was little. I have very vivid memories of phenomenal meals there as a little boy. Going to see the animatronic Wurzel Gummage and Aunt Sally that …

Review – Dock and Bay Active Yoga & Gym Towel

This won’t be a particularly long review, because, well – it’s hard to review a towel in masses of detail – it is simply just a towel! However Dock and Bay Towels are a little bit different from your regular towel. I first discovered them on Dragons Den. Admittedly I …

Review – Galvin Green Man – Howe Street, Chelmsford

We were recently invited to the Galvin Green Man in Howe Street, Chelmsford to check out their ‘Little Green Man Club‘. The Galvin Green Man is one of the oldest pubs in Essex. It has a bit of family history for me, as it’s actually where my parents got engaged …

Review – CBeebies Land Hotel – Bugbies Room

CBeebies Land has delighted families at Alton Towers Resort for several years now. At the beginning of the season it re-opened with the addition of a new ride and a new attraction. Alton Towers Resort have extended their younger family offering with the introduction of the CBeebies Land Hotel. Location …

Review – Mowgli Street Food – Manchester

I first became aware of Mowgli Street Food when the founder, Nisha Katona, was on Sunday Brunch as a guest chef. I was blown away by her enthusiasm for food. I knew I wanted to try one of the dishes made by the “Curry Evangelist”  at one of her Mowgli …

Review – Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8Tb

The nice folks at Maplin.co.uk sent me a Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8Tb to review. An 8Tb drive is probably larger than most normal folk have in their computer. This allows you to store up to 133,280 hours of digital music, 2,560,000 digital photos, 8,000 hours of digital video or 2000 …

Review – Giraffe World Kitchen, Chelmsford

I’ve visited Giraffe World Kitchen in Chelmsford several times now. It’s a great place to grab a breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They also have a good selection of dishes suitable for vegetarians too. So, when the nice folks at Giraffe World Kitchen offered the chance to try their new menu – it …

Review – Just for Men Control GX – Grey Reducing Shampoo

I’ve accepted that I have grey hair – I’ve had it since I was about 15. It’s not taken hold of my hair – there’s just some patches here and there. Heck – I’m pleased to HAVE hair, so many people I went to school with are bald! I’ve dyed …

Review – Arctic Explorer Room at the Alton Towers Hotel

I’m not going to lie, I love the Alton Towers Hotel. When I got the opportunity to stay in a new Arctic Explorer Room during our recent visit – I jumped at the chance! One of the corridors on the reception level has been given a full ‘Arctic Explorer’ makeover. Each …

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