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    • pokerstars.com / Internet Site / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      19.09.2014 07:00
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      poker lovers paradise!

      The poker stars website has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. I think it is much better than its competitors sites by far, simply due to the vast amount of people playing on the site at any one given time, which makes it a better value site to use.

      There are a number of play options on the site, which I think is a unique take for a poker site, and there is always a game to play at any time of the day. I prefer playing tournament games just for the value of them. Sometimes you can buy in to a tournament for as little as $1, and win anything up to ten thousand!

      The site is set out really well to, it is very easy to navigate with the tabs at the top of the page, you can easily access the game that you are looking for just by clicking onto the tournament screen.

      There are a number of types of poker on the poker stars website, some of which are listed below:

      Omaha Hi/Lo
      Omaha
      Texas hold em
      Pot limit texas

      There are a lot more games to choose from, but I find that these are the most popular. The currency used on the website tends to be dollars, but your money is exchanged as soon as you deposit onto the site.

      I have used the site for some time now, and have been very lucky! I tend to win quite often, with minimum risk! I always set myself a limit, whether that be win or loss, its the best way to stay in control, as it is easy to lose a lot of money on this site if you are not disciplined.

      To deposit onto the site is made very easy, you can either use a money wallet such as paypal or netteller, or can deposit using standard card details all of which is done very securely on the site.

      Overall, I would recommend this site to everyone who enjoys a game of poker, as it is fun and relaxed.

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      19.09.2014 02:59
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      • "great enemies"
      • "good graphics"

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      Demonic shooter game, great variety!

      Devil may cry 4 is a great addition to the Capcom made set of games, and is by far the better one out of the group. The game was released in 2008 for Xbox 360 and the playstation 3.

      The story follows a young boy called Nero, who has in his control a powerful demonic force. His mission is to stop the main character, Dante. The game is one player, and for its age has really good graphics too. The main aspect I love about this game is the enemy AI, and the amount of enemies that you have to face. The game is played in third person, which sometimes can get a little annoying with certain games, as the freedom of movement can sometimes be restricted so much that it ruins the game, but I do not find that this is the case with this.
      The game also has a great number of special monsters to kill, some very hard, but that just makes the game a great challenge! The game incorporates fighting skill as well as needing a sense of good judgement to complete. I love a challenging game, simply because it makes you think about what your doing instead of just following a strict story line.

      During the game, you collect orbs, which are used to upgrade your player. I find that you get a lot from fighting, and are fairly easy to get hold of because the fighting is around every corner with this game.
      The game play itself is really good too, with a number of combo moves to remember and killer hits to memorize, it makes the game much more exciting than your standard fighting game. The health bar also regenerates over time, which is a very helpful feature of the game, it saves you having to buy potions or heal yourself, as it does it itself slowly.

      Overall, i recommend giving Devil may cry a play through, especially considering the price. We picked our copy up from our local CEX store, and it only cost us £3.50, which is dirt cheap considering that this is a brilliant game, but is also available online for around five pounds too!

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    • Destiny (Xbox 360) / Xbox 360 Game / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      19.09.2014 01:55
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      • "great enemy AI"
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      • "expansions are overpriced"

      the best shooter yet!

      Destiny is the latest and greatest game for the Xbox 360, and is definitely worth the reviews it has been given, and worth every penny! The game is a first person shooter, which is one of my favorite types of games, and is brought to us by the makers of the massive games Halo and Call of Duty. The game has been expertly created by Bungie Software, and here is my review of the game for Xbox 360.

      Destiny thrusts players into the roles of Guardians of the last city on Earth, and is set on an ancient solar system. Players must battle the mystical creatures who are enemies of the earth. You will find yourself in the depths of the red planet mars, and battling your way through the cities of Venus with the ultimate goal of saving the earth! The adventures in the story mode of this game are brilliant, unlike other games of this type, there are lots of twists and turns to fight your way through, and special treasures to find at every turn. This is fast becoming one of my favorite games of all time!

      The online play is excellent with this game, it is a very social experience that you can play with people from around the world, and complete missions with your super characters. The graphics in destiny are brilliant, not even a single stone is left unturned when it comes to the great detail that has gone into this game, it truly is brilliant. I have always been a fan of sci-fi story games, and this breaks every expectation I had for this game. The enemies have great AI, some games have silly enemies that stand and wait to be shot, but the programming is excellent for them in this, which is very important!

      I was bought this game for my birthday, ( which is today) and I absolutely love it. The game to buy is £40 from Tesco at the moment, but they do go for up to £57 in stores like Game. The prices are roughly the same online, but I would suggest going to Tesco to get it simply because it is the cheapest I have seen it sold for yet.

      There are some expansion packs available for this game, but they tend to be really expensive. I had a glance at some of them, for extra maps and upgraded equipment, but some of them go for up to £35 each which I thought is too high. The expansions nearly cost as much as the game, so I think that is my only real fault with the game.

      if you have read reviews about this game already, or even heard about it from friends, you will already know that this game is the bees knees! If your in to shooters, and loved the Halo games, you are going to love this game. It is a game that will never get old, and is in my opinion worth every penny.

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    • Laffy Taffy Raspberry / Sweets / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      19.09.2014 01:43
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      • "Great for a small snack"
      • "Small and portable "

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      • "More of a chew than a taffy"

      A yummy and mild chew that is great for on-the-go!

      These tasty sticks of taffy are found at nearly any gas station or market you go to in the US. I've had them many times throughout my childhood and early teenage years, though most of the times that I had them I wasn't specifically craving them. The blue raspberry flavor isn't as prominent as other blue raspberry flavored candies, in fact this taffy is pretty mild on flavor in general. The mild attribute could serve as either and advantage or disadvantage, seeing as how some people prefer more mild candies while others prefer more boldly flavored ones. As for their texture, these sticks also aren't as dense or chewy as other Wonka taffy (such as a bar of Wonka taffy), but they do have a few taffy-like qualities to them. There also seems to be less moisture in these than other Wonka taffy. It is difficult to describe, but these seem a bit dry. I guess another good way to describe them is a bit on the chalky side. Once again, these factors are probably simply because of their shape and size. These may seem like a lot of negatives, but none of these things are really that big. This is still a good candy, especially if you are looking for something small and quick. I enjoy the mild flavor, though some people may find it to be not bold enough for their liking. If you are looking for a true taffy, this may not be the item for you, as it lacks the grand stretching capabilities and other attributes of taffy, but it is still a good chew nonetheless and a great way to cure a light sweet tooth.

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    • Sour Patch Berries / Sweets / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      19.09.2014 01:13
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      • " actually is sour."
      • "Doesn't just say it's sour"
      • "Very satisfying flavors"

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      • "Can cause a stomach ache if you eat too many"
      • "Rough on the teeth"

      Appealing flavors, and sure to satisfy a sweet tooth!

      Sour Patch Kids have been one of my favorite sour candies since I was a child, so naturally I've had these quite a few times. Whether they are fresh or a bit "out of date", they still have the same great flavor. Just like the regular Sour Patch Kids, these offer the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Rather than the same old flavors though, the Berries edition offers different flavors such as blue raspberry, cherry, and more. They are exactly as advertised. They start off sour, then quickly become pleasantly sweet. Many candies that are labeled as sour aren't sour, but that isn't true for Sour Patch Kids. These are definitely sour, but not too much so to where they are unbearable. If you like chewy candies, as well as sour candies, then you should like these. They should satisfy any sweet tooth, regardless of age. The flavor is pretty much as bold as the outer package, so if you are looking for something mild, then these aren't it. These have an intense flavor, and are the furthest thing from mild. That is one of the reasons they're so satisfying.
      The only downfall is that they are a bit rough on the teeth, as well as the stomach when eaten in larger quantities. The true will hold true for nearly any candy, but since these are sour and very sugary, they can give you a stomach ache and hurt your mouth much more quickly. That being said, these are great to eat, but in moderation if you have a sensitive stomach or mouth.

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      19.09.2014 01:09
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      Super STAY? More like Super NAY!

      I’m sure you can tell by now that my love for purple lipsticks is no secret. Judging from my previous lipstick reviews* I tends to go for the pinky/purply shades as I just feel it’s the colour the complements my skin colour the most. Maybelline SuperStay 14 hour lipstick in ‘shade always plum’ was my first purple lipstick I ever purchased and I remember being so excited and couldn’t wait to try it out.

      There are 14 lipsticks in the range. The colours each have a unique, imaginative name that reflects the actual colour of the lipstick. The lipstick is priced at 6.99 in boots and £6.99 in Superdrugs. It is also available in Tesco for £5! If you’re lucky and the shade you want is in stock you can pick it up from Amazon for approximately £4.50 but the price does vary.

      The fourteen lip colours area as follows: Never-ending pink, On and on pink, Infinitely Fuchsia, Ultimate blush, Persistently pink, Mauve Toujours, Always plum, Stay with me coral, Keep me coral, Non-stop red, Ravishing rouge, Continuous cranberry, Beige for good, Lasting chestnut.

      As mentioned before I bought this lipstick in shade ‘Always plum’ . This colour is a pale purplish/berry colour, I must admit I love the shade and think it looks gorgeous on. What I love most about this product is that it is very pigmented! One coat is enough to achieve the desired colour. I really do like this colour as it flatters my skin tone well. It’s noticeable but it isn’t one of them ‘in your face’ lipsticks, it works really well. Although I Love the colour and the pigmentation there are some downsides. First of all I bought this back in February and having had the lipstick for only two weeks the lipstick had fallen out of the tube, it’s a bit difficult to explain but I’ll try my best. It hadn’t snapped off as the ending didn’t look like it had snapped off, it looked more like it wasn’t ‘screwed’ in properly if you know what I mean. I’ve never had this problem with lipsticks before as I am very careful and look after my products well. For Maybelline I expected better and was extremely gutted because I had spent £7 on a lipstick that is now difficult for me to apply as it wobbles in the tube. Another issue is the lasting power, Maybelline claims it lasts 14-hours, this one of the main reasons I bought the lipstick however it only lasts around 6 hours and it transfers onto glasses and spoons etc. It is also quite dry on the lips and looks a bit cakey.

      Overall, the colour is gorgeous but I won’t be buying this again due to poor quality of the product as it was not properly secured/glued into the case and it doesn’t last 14 hours like it said it does, I personally think there are better quality products out there.

      *My other lipstick reviews can be seen on Ciao under the same username

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    • Gimp / Photo Editing Software / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      18.09.2014 23:46
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      • "Many supported OS"
      • "User friendly interface"
      • "Vast array of tools "
      • "Free! "

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      • " but they are the most popular ones luckily."
      • "Currently only 5 supported output formats"

      If you can't afford Photoshop, or are just looking for an alternative, this is it.

      You'll find this on any list for Photoshop alternatives. When I first used GIMP, it wasn't as feature rich as it is today, but it was still very much so one of the best out there. Since then it has continued to get better and better. It has many similarities to Photoshop, including the ability to use layers. GIMP has nearly all the features you could ask for. It does all the basics, such as enhancing and retouching, but in addition it can also be used for advanced projects like creating animated GIFs. You don't have to worry about what operating system you have either, because chances are that GIMP will be compatible with it. The best part about it is that it is free. For that kind of deal, GIMP definitely deserves no less than five stars. All the reasons above make it obvious why it is one of the most popular Photoshop alternatives.
      The only downfall that I can truly think of would be the supported number of output formats (which I'm sure will be increased eventually). They are the most popular formats though, so I doubt many people are upset about the number of formats that their file can be saved as.
      All in all, if you are looking for a photo editing program to use, and haven't tried this one, then give it a shot before spending money on the expensive ones. You may find that this one is to your liking more so than the others.

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    • peopletree.co.uk / Online Shop / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      18.09.2014 22:07
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      • Quality
      • Ethos

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      High quality ethical clothing

      I first came across People Tree a good few years ago when I was looking for a present for my sister who is very conscious of the environment and ethical products. People Tree is a company that sells ethically made and source clothing and accessories.

      People Tree sell mens clothes, women's clothes and giftware including slippers, bags, purses and key rings. Over the years People Tree seems to have grown massively from only having a few items for easier to a few different ranges. The clothes for sake on the website are really nice and stylish and not at all just 'hippy chic' which you might expect from a company with this ethos.

      People Tree is overall quite expensive with women's tops costing about £40 and the average dress around £75. It is worth looking at the sales as you can get loads off! I bought a top off of this site for just £12! The quality of their products is really good, I guess this is because it is made ethically and not in sweat shops.

      The only issue people might find with People Tree is that they do not cater for all sizes. Most items are available in sizes 8 to 16 sand I have never noticed a tall or petite range.

      Anyone that wants quality clothing then I recommend that you check out People Tree. You will get something that will be of high quality that is not available everywhere and you will feel good having bought some ethical clothing. It is also a great place to get someone a present who is conscious of where items are sourced.

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      18.09.2014 21:15
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      A great place to study and to party!

      Brunel University is in Uxbridge, Middlesex West London right at the end of the picadilly tube line. For me the appeal was that it is still fairly rural but accessible to London. It actually takes just over an hour to get into Central London from the university. Uxbridge town itself is a little run down but there are plenty of little shops, cafés and bars that are willing to take on part time students. I got a part time job working in a bakery so brilliant as food and wages!

      Whilst I was at Brunel university there was loads of building work going on. An extension was being put on the library which was really annoying making quite studying in the library impossible, yet, you would still get fined using your mobile phone in there!

      There are fantastic sports facilities at Brunel university despite the university traditionally being engineering based. The university is really nice how it is asll on one site. There are a few bars and shops on site which compared to other universities I have visited is really good.

      Straying in halls in the first year is as must as it is such a big part of university life. I stayed in Mill Hill which was one of the better halls. It didn't feel very homely but you get lots of Benifits staying in halls including having your room cleaned for you once a week! Brilliant!

      I loved my time sat Brunel University! The university does seem to be improving with high quality teaching,

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      18.09.2014 20:54
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      • "Looks funky"

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      Helps to relieve muscle tension

      Last year I visited a garden centre with my husband. For some unknown reason this garden centre had little handheld massagers and so I decided to give one a go and have a play with one.

      Then when it came to Christmas morning I was really surprised that my husband had remembered how cool I thought the handheld massagers were and he had gotten me a Homedics PM Quad hand held massager. This hand held massager looks really cool and funky. I have it in pink and it's a really strong vibrant colour.

      Unlike most things this massager comes with batteries included so I could have a go with it straight away. I suffer a weak muscle in shoulder that sometimes spasms and gives me lots of neck and shoulder pain. Generally I use a anti inflammatory cream but it's nice to have a massager so I don't always need to rely on medicine.

      The massager is really well designed. It not only looks funky but it fits into your hand really nicely. The massager has one easy to press button on the top, press once to turn it on, press it again to turn it off, simple! There is just one setting so there are not different strengths but this is fine. As soon as you turn the massager on it starts vibrating, I then hold the massager over my problem area and it helps releve the tension in my muscles.

      I would say that this massager feels good and definately helps to relieve muscle tension. I don't use this instead of anti inflammatory cream but it is a brilliant addition in helping relieve my pain.

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    • Razorlight - Razorlight / Music Album / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      18.09.2014 20:33
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      • "Catchy pop hooks"

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      • Unoriginal
      • Bland

      Inoffensive and bland indie pop

      For me Razorlight's debut, Up All Night, showed a lot of promise. Sure, it never felt as polished as some of the other early 00's crowd, but it presented something a little bit different, some decent indie pop tunes intermingled with some lesser-known heartfelt little jaunts. I was excited for what their second album would bring. I was disappointed.

      Rather than pushing a little bit further from the safe shores of indie pop, Razorlight's self-titled album aims directly for those calm clear waters of pop hooks and unimaginative lyrics. It's as if the band have no desire to do anything more than wallow in a sea of contentment instead of adjusting to a constantly-changing musical landscape and it makes them, well, boring. Most bands that get to this point take at least 4 albums to do so - Razorlight managed it in 2.

      Admittedly, as I read the album listing, the songs pop readily into my head, arguably demonstrating the album's prowess at spewing out memorable cheese. And, some of those are catchy songs - "Before I fall to pieces", "In the morning" and "Los Angeles Waltz" jumping out at me. But catchy can only be great when they're memorable, when you want to absorb every lyric and saviour the emotions elicited. And this album just doesn't give that.

      Hopefully it's a symptom of the record studios demanding radio friendly tunes over truly original music, and not the undoing of a reasonably good musical talent, but this album just fails to deliver. It's nice. Your grandma would probably like it. But's it's just not interesting. Sure, give it a listen when you're driving to work or want your ears to feel like they're being bathed in tingly wallpaper paste, but don't expect anything from it.

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    • Nikon Coolpix S9300 / Digital Camera / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      18.09.2014 20:29
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      • "Rechargeable battery"
      • "Brilliant pictures"

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      Easy to use and tastes a pretty picture

      Around 5 years ago now I really wanted a digital camera and I really knew nothing about them. Not being very technologically minded I knew that I would find picking a new digital camera really difficult and I would have probably just based my decision on price rather than a anything else. As a result I asked my dad for a digital camera for my birthday as I knew he would be able to pick the best and he certainly did.

      Opening up this Nikon Coolpix camera on my birthday was brilliant! Knowing nothing really about digital cameras I perhaps didn't fully appreciate how good this camera is until I started playing around with it.

      This camera is really easy to use, even for me! Turning the camera on it makes a nice little noise and as you set it up to take as picture the lens moves nicely out and into position. The camera has a really good ability to focus on faces and it notices if somebody blinks in pictures and you can then take another.

      There are loads of different settings that you can use, I'm not sure what they ware all for but my sister tells me that the 'sports' setting is for high action and should be used when an image needs to be captured quickly because the shutter works quicker on this setting.

      I have had this camera for about 5 years now and I'm certain that I still dint use it to its full capacity. But, I am able to take brilliant pictures with this camera so surly that's what matters the most!

      Other than taking brilliant pictures the other thing I must point out about this camera is that you don't have to replace the batteries every 50 pictures. It has a rechargeable battery. The battery charger is provided and it lasts a good 3 hours or so with constant use before the battery gets low.

      This is a brilliant camera and I would recommend it to anyone!

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      18.09.2014 20:22
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      • Cools

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      • "Did not relief itching"

      Smells minty and cools, but did not relief my symptoms.

      I went on holiday to Spain a while ago and when I got there I started not feeling well. I was dizzy and could not stand up for long, I was tired and after a while also came out in hundreds of small itchy spots on my arms. These were mainly on my forearms and hands but went up to my shoulders a little bit. To this date I still don't know what the cause of this was.
      I tried various things, one being antihistamines which didn't seem to do anything and I also needed a relief for the itching on my arms as I could not sleep and the heat seemed to make it worse.
      I purchased this cream in a spanish pharmacy for around £6. I have never bought this product in the UK but according to my research it will set you back around the same here. I though this was an acceptable price and it was the only product available so I didn't have much choice.
      The cream is to be applied a few times a day which I did, it instantly feels cool on the skin which was lovely. But that was a short lived relief. I found the cream did not do much else than cool, which is due to the mint in the cream. It has a strong minty smell which you are going to smell off yourself.
      Unfortunately other than cooling for a short while this product did not do much else for me. The itching did not stop, I simply had to put up with it until I got better after about 4 days.

      Overall I would not recommend it but then again, it could just have been my particular condition that it had no effect on. If you just suffer some insect bites or smaller rash it may well work for you. And as it's not all that pricey you could give it ago. I personally will not be buying it again.

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      18.09.2014 20:00
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      • "s-pen included"
      • "large screen"
      • "Good battery life"

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      • "can be uncomfortable to hold on long calls"
      • "lage phone might not it in pocket"

      Great phone if a little dated now

      I have recently started to use the Galaxy Note as I have lost my phone and I have borrowed this from a friend. The large screen is great for watching videos and movies on the way to work or reading from the Kindle app. The battery life is also impressive considering the size of the screen and that he phone is 2 years old now I only need to charge it once per day and I am a very heavy user. The screen is good quality too picture and video quality is very crisp and clear.

      The main drawback for me personally is on longer calls its size can make it a bit awkward and uncomfortable to hold. I imagine this would be even worse for someone with smaller hands. Also the s-pen tracking could be better it is not as responsive as just using your finger. The handwriting recognition is also not brilliant and often gets what you are trying to write wrong.

      As it is an android phone you get access to the Google Play store with hundreds of thousands of apps available, many of which are free. It does not run the latest version of Android though I am yet to find an app that will not work on it. This is overall a good phone and can be picked up relatively cheaply now. It is a little dated however and the newer models improve on nearly every aspect of the phone especially the s-pen functionality yet Samsung have not released a patch to bring some of these improvements to the original.

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      18.09.2014 19:46
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      • "Soothes instantly"
      • "Nice taste"

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      • None

      Best cough syrup for dry, tickly throats!

      Whenever I get a cold it usually starts off with a sore throat, followed by a snotty nose and a lot of sneezing the week after and then at the end I'm left with a dry, tickly cough that won't go away for ages. This often keeps me up at night as it really affects my throat when I lie down. I generally wake up and cough until my eyes water, it's not nice at all. I have even kept honey on my bedside table to soothe my throat and stop it tickling and it does work, but i now prefer the Benylin dry cough syrup.

      A 150ml bottle of this will set you back between £4-6 depending on where you buy it. It is readily available in Boots and Superdrug but can be bought a little cheaper online than it the shops.

      The syrup tastes of blackcurrant and a menthol kinda taste, much nicer than some other syrups I tried. It soothes the throat nicely and stops it tickling instantly. As it's thinner than honey which I used previously it is much easier and nicer to swallow.

      Overall I would definitely recommend this product, it is the best cough syrup I have found so far and I always keep some in the house just in case. Make sure you keep it out of the reach of children though as the bottle lid is not childproof. I like this a bit on the chilled side so a nice cool cupboard is recommended, I find it is much nicer on the throat when a little cold.

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