"Hit or Miss" is bang on. :iagree:
Like Geno says, I too would recommend Verbatim (specifically, +R DL).
I wouldn't go for the Philips unless you're prepared for possible coasters. Depending on your burner, they may burn OK, but for more likelihood of sucessful burns, go for Verbies.
Welcome to the forum, and being in the UK myself, I totally hear ya about prices