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      27.09.2016 11:58

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      GT-I - Drive Mountain bike

      After the smug and rather aloof Bradley Wiggins Tour de France victory and Olympic road race success bought the Tour back to Britain it’s fair to say he was the one that helped to start a cycling revolution here. We have all been out walking or driving in the countryside and those familiar colorful racing shirts come whizzing by. Middle England has embraced sports cycling like never before and men of all shapes, sizes and professions are squeezed into Lycra and pretending to be their Tour hero’s. Expensive petrol prices have doubled that number again. Alas, now Wiggins appears to be the doper we all thought he was and all but admitting he took the medication to stay on a ‘level playing field’ we may see a little less of the Yellow Jersey come whizzing buy this autumn. Chris Froome, of course, is so dull and Kenyan I don’t think he has any fans. He, too, has asthma. In fact 37% of pro cyclists have asthma and that number rising fast. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is going to be a tough call this year.

      I don’t have a racing bike and haven’t since my Raleigh 20 days in the 1980s. If I cycle to a job or go out riding its on one of the mountain bike designs these days. I have got through three so far. The thin frame and tire racers puncture easily and there are a lot of potholes to hit these days so not the way tog o. I use the chunkier tire bikes for most durability reasons and they are surprisingly cheap second hand. The frames are sturdy and with the simple design and 7 gears on most models they are pretty quick over most terrains. I’m not averse to going off road when afforded the chance and weather and these bikes designs allow for a bit of that. The thicker tread likes the mud and water.

      The GT-1 has a nice comfy seat that you don’t feel giving your knackers any grief and the low bar design means no chance of cracking your nuts if you slip off the saddle like you did on the old style racing cycles. The frame is the V-shaped Isosceles triangular one and thick and with a solid visible weld but doesn’t make the bike too heavy. When you get home or go to ‘work and play’ destinations you tend to have to hump your bikes around with a heavy padlock on for safe and secure reasons so the lighter bike frame here is good news.

      ===Product Description Spec===


      • Frame: GT i-Drive 5 6061 heat treated full suspension frame
      • Rear Shock: Fox Float Shock 7.25/1.75 standard length
      • Pedals: MTB alloy body
      • Shifters: SRAM X7
      • Grips: GT Lock Down, co molded locking grip system
      • Headset: FSA Integrated, sealed angular contact bearing
      • Saddle: SDG Bel Air
      • Seat Post: SL Alloy Micro adjust
      • Seat Clamp: GT Alum QR


      The seat is adjustable and like Guy Martin I do like my seat at an angle so to make my crown jewels happy. The bike is designed so you can easily add lights and drink holders etc. Unlike my childhood I won’t be attaching a dynamo to it to power the lights. The disc brakes are powerful and have chunky grips that bring you to a very rapid halt. Don’t squeeze too hard or over the bars you go. They are not those lose fitting jobs so don’t need to be lined up all the time. The read design suspension is pretty cool and way ahead of what we had in our day. You can really hit the countryside with this model and have some fun. It allows for the bike to clear boulders and descend trails fast. It really can take a beating.

      The gears are plentiful and you need them going up hills as the smaller wheel means more work than a racer. There are three cogs and 14 in total, of which you need only a few. A thumb flick gear leaver is nicely placed in the center area of the handle bars. Again there is room for more gadgets here, like a smartphone holder of that Go Pro cam. If you need to film traffic smashes then go ahead.

      ===The negatives===

      The mud guard is a little small and kicks up water on to the pedal area. One or two bolts work lose after time but easily fixed. The Go Pro adapter doesn’t fit all models and the bike not as universal as far as fittings go. It’s Chinese made and set up for sale around the world and made as cheaply as possible. That doesnt make this poor or weak quality though. The grip also spins up the water and sludge off the road. But it is designed for of road so I suppose fair enough.

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      27.09.2016 02:39
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      Immersive gameplay begging for more!

      Rockstar games, you have done it again! They knocked it out of the park with this game. Not only is there a massive open world where anything goes in single player but also in multiplayer too! For those of you that have not played this game might I suggest you give it a try? You will either find yourselves either being a law abiding citizen that actually stops at a traffic light or a crime lord killing everything in sight, stealing cars and killing other players if in multiplayer mode. The fact that it is so open world and you can do missions with others and heists is amazing. Who knew a game could get anymore diverse? The game offers in game purchases which I have yet to use. They range from extra cash to premium clothing styles. You can purchase vehicles or steal them, clothing, accessories, guns, parachutes, grenades, buildings, bicycles, motorbikes, boats, jet ski's, planes, helicopters you name it you can either steal it or buy it. In my opinion the fact that it takes at least ten minutes to load the multiplayer option is a little bit of a tall order. Then you have some a**holes kill you repeatedly just for fun when your trying to complete a mission or just joyride is annoying especially when you know they have used ''hacked lobbies'' to get unlimited amount of money and are basically invincible as they cannot die. Other than that its a fun and immersive game that you can and will lose many hours of your life playing. Totally worth it though! In my opinion having a mate with you increases the fun factor. A little competition goes a long way.

      The single player option is great to get you started and teach you the controls but its the multiplayer that is the main attraction for millions of players. In single player you play as two characters trying to make it big in the world. One who was big and now wants back in to the gangster world. The missions are ok sometimes a little annoying but some can be very funny. Like the one where you have to gain access to a demo phone, replace the battery pack with one given to you by a guy named Lester and when he's talking about it on tv you ring him and his head gets blown off. Lester can be annoying in both single player and multiplayer, if you don't answer his calls he keeps ringing and ringing.

      MY overall rating of the game is:
      Graphics 10/10
      Sound 10/10
      Storyline 8/10
      Multiplayer 10/10
      Gameplay 10/10

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      26.09.2016 22:14
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      Mindless fun- definitely recommend

      New Girl is a fun, funny, and light-hearted show to watch. The characters become more complex throughout the seasons, however they are funny and lovable from the start. Jess can be a little zany and somewhat of an airhead, but she is a harmless lovable person. This show centers around the day-to-day shenanigans of Jess and her male roommates as well as their relationships. It is a show that is easily binge-watchable, but also something mindless and fun. Highly recommend.

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      26.09.2016 22:11
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      Start watching this ASAP!

      The Mindy Project is an easy and enjoyable show to watch. Mindy is a lovable character with some flaws, making her relatable. At times, I'll admit she seems a little too outrageous, but I suppose that's one of the charms of a TV show- getting to watch these characters develop from afar. This is one of those shows you can easily binge watch, and you will definitely want to after starting. You'll find yourself laughing out loud, excited to start the next episode. I absolutely recommend this to anyone.

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      26.09.2016 16:27
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      Good website for purchasing an electronic iteam

      It is a good website for purchasing electronic item like mobile phone tablet ect and the best thing is that the product is also good and the service is fast.

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      25.09.2016 23:30
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      • "Decent bag"

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      • Cheapish

      Wilson Golf Ultra Stand Bag

      When Bradley Wiggins started doing really rather well in the Tour de France middle-class men started to put down their golf clubs and put on the Lycra and tear up the country roads. Rory Mcilroy and Justin Rose were no longer their idols, and coupled with high fuel prices, middle aged men decided to squeeze into their favorite team’s colors and cycle to work and play instead. After this weeks revelations they will have to reach for their inhalers to keep up and with the Ryder Cup next week then maybe gold with be their sport once again. The whistling on the podium during the National Anthem told you all you need know about this cheaters respect for the sport and integrity. I, on the other hand, cycle and play golf and won’t be wearing the Lycra or the Pringle any day soon.

      I have accrued my golf clubs over the years and bought my first one when I was 16. I have all manner of brands and names on my wedges and drivers in my bag, everything from a Nick Faldo sand wedge to a Lee Trevino rescue club. After a while I abandoned using a driver as I could never really hit the ball straight and far with one so just carry a 5 wood and a 3 Iron for distance. I like to plot, not smash, my way around the course. Once you are in the rough or sand you start to have a bad round very quickly. The game is all around hitting the ball straight after all. The key to hitting with a 3 iron is minimum draw back on the wing, of course. If it hits the sweet spot you are a way, low and straight and the bounce will bring up the 200 meters.

      So I have the sticks but what about the basket? Well, we all know if we need a second hand guitar or golf bag the best place to find one cheap is charity shop. They are always staring at you like a stray dog at the pound waiting to be rescued, the owners giving up a hobby that was just too hard.

      My old bag was a bit small and stinky and I needed a bigger one to put all the stuff in. I couldn’t get my waterproofs in and my whisky so more storage space required. So walking past a charity shop there was a secondhand Wilson bag for just £30. It looked pretty new and probably a dead mans bag where the wife has bought it in as she has divorced him or he croaked on the golf course. Either way I have no problems buying anything but underwear second hand. Its not one of those expensive behemoths the Americas cart around in Palm Springs that cost about $400.

      ===Spec===
      • Top - 7.5” x 9.5”
      • 8 dividers
      • 3 stays construction Stand
      • Light weight FRP legs, durable and easy action
      • Diamond polyester fabric
      • 5 closed pockets
      • 2 large side pockets
      • 1 velour pocket with water resistant zip
      • 2 Large bottom pockets with boot handle
      • Padded double strap
      • Insulated water bottle sleeve
      • Umbrella holder
      • Towel ring / glove holder
      • Rain hood
      • Easy embroidery bottom panel
      The bag is about £80 in Sports Direct or Argos and stands around a meter or so. It’s made of a plastic looking leather substitute with 8 club dividers. Pro golfers use up to 14 clubs in their bags. I use just 9-10. My handicap is round 15 right now and more of a touch and feel golfer. I can use a 7 iron like a pitching wedge down to a five iron. Around the greens is my strength and I make those irons talk.

      2 decent sized side pockets are good for booze, golf tees and gloves etc with two larger pockets lower down the bag for an extra fleece and the waterproofs and 5 smaller ones higher up for stuff. The strap is easy on the shoulder with extra padding and double cut for over the shoulder walking and a solid bottom panel to slam it down in a huff. You can attach towels, umbrellas, gloves, and drinks canisters on various holders. A rain cover keeps the clubs dry but not a zip up job. The novelty extra is the V shaped metal stand to keep the bag static and upright that folds out.

      I have had the bag for a year now and it’s ok but no more. It falls over on the stand if the ground is too boggy and the wind is howling. The pockets are fine but the bag does take water. That means rust and condensation damage on the clubs if they remain in the bag in the garage or cellar. The bag material scratches and the stitching not the best but it’s holding together so far. It has to be lumped around 18 holes. The bottom does sit on a hire trolley as the bag has no wheels. For £80 top end I would not pay that. It’s worth £50 and definitely one to pick up in a charity shop.




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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      25.09.2016 22:29
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      • "good communications throughout"
      • "quick build and delvery"
      • "useful advice provided "
      • "Easy to spec up"

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      Recommended.

      Not really anything to add to the above. the website is easy to use and instructions are clear. even the payments on the never never were painless to sort out. got regular emails once the order was placed so I always knew what was going on. the courier was ok - opted to collect from the depot. not ideal but pretty standard. PC itself seems great so far. Very happy.

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      25.09.2016 16:27
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      • "Cheaper than the rest"

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      I would HIGHLY recommend using this service

      I could not be happier. The communication was fantastic from my initial order through to delivery.

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      25.09.2016 08:55
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      • "Got exactly what I paid for"
      • " testing and delivery on time"
      • Building
      • "Communication was clear and fast"
      • "Ordering was easy"

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      • " I was not advised that the facility is not available outside UK."
      • "When I upgraded warranty to silver for extended collect and return"

      Fabulous gaming desktop at great price

      When I came to PC Specialist, I was looking to buy the best available gaming desktop and expected to pay top price for it. However, after perusing the forums, I received great advice on what I required, and ended up paying much less than my original quote. PCS has a great array of pre-defined systems, each addressing a certain level of need, from frugal to top spec. These systems, when bought as they are, carry a big discount, making the price very attractive.
      I bought the Define X1, and my expectations have been surpassed: this is a fabulous gaming desktop, benchmarking at the very top of its range. Couldn't be happier than I am right now with my selection, and the overall purchase process.

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      25.09.2016 08:40
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      • "Helpful staff"
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      • "Order got delayed"

      Very good service

      I really likes the service I received, the ability to choose my own components was a big plus. However because if when I ordered my order was delayed due to lots of other students ordering too. I contacted pcspecialist and received a helpful reply that day

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      24.09.2016 22:08
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      Happy with service

      Solid final product.

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      24.09.2016 20:30
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      • "1tb storage sets you worry free for handling larger amounts of data"
      • "720 hd quality webcam integrated"
      • "A single key is enough to restore your system from all viruses and maliscious sfotwares"
      • "battery saving extends the durables more than you can imagine"
      • "superspeed data transfer. Puts the mind on blow"
      • "comfortable experience with accutype keyboard"
      • "multitouch pad optimized for windows 8 features"
      • "blueray combo disk"
      • "highly qualified multimedia features"
      • "16:9 widescreen"

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      • "battery goes down after few months"
      • "windows upgrade is not a choice at all. "
      • "mouse behaviour disturbing"
      • "if upgraded to 8.1 many errors will occur"
      • "mcafe 30 day trial only"

      Very moderate and anyone can have it to enjoy remarkable media and gaming experience

      As nothing is perfect in this world. With few backlashes this laptop is very good for gaming purposes. If you are not interested in upgrades it is going to be a very good companion for long time. Battery itself saving service helps a lot but battery goes down after few months. You can manage to extend battery life to more than a year if taking care of it according to the instructions given on brochure.
      With 8 gb of ram and good graphics compatibility games and heavy work loads do not disturb the machine and works smoothly. No system jams happen in the beginning.

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      24.09.2016 20:02
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      Not worth the trouble

      Do not consider being an Avon representative if you already have a full time job as being a representative is now a full time job. Before you can become 'visible' on their website, you need to have had at 3 campaigns where your sales have been at least £174.00. To achieve this you need to spend hours delivering and collecting brochures and orders, then hours again delivering orders (having to return if no one is at home on your first delivery attempt).

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      24.09.2016 11:32
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      • "Good ball"

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      Middle class prices

      I’m not a huge rugby fan but have warmed to it in recent years as it’s become less classed based and more professional and exciting to watch. My team is the Northampton Saints and we are very successful with a decent 13,000 capacity bespoke stadium and top players. We are not quite up and running yet as far as the season goes but we will pick off the minnows and top four by the end of the season. It’s not cheap to watch the Saints and around £40 for a Premiership game, compared to £20 for Twenty20 Friday night cricket at Wantage Road and £17 at the Cobblers.

      Rugby is not as middle-class as you think and the game original designed so men of all shapes and sizes (and lately women) could play the game, the quick lads on the wings, the stocky boys the ball-handlers and the big ugly lumps in the pack, the latter there for the beer but still an important part of the game. The ball, of course, is designed to compliment this, oval shaped and slippery when wet. It wobbles along the ground like a hooker after 10 pints. The shape makes it quite clear this is game for hands not feet although I quite fancy myself as a kicker and banged a few over at school. Today, of course, they teach you to point the ball on apiece of plastic and unnaturally point the ball away from the toe on the place kick. It looks horrible on TV and you do wonder how those guys kick the ball that way. I stick it slightly leaning back and smack them as far as they do. I think its just to get the makers name on camera, Gilbert the biggest name in rugby balls, of course.

      The Gilbert ball is the official World Cup ball and you can buy a match ball in specialized sports shops. The top range of Gilbert ball they use in the Four Nations can be over £100. But I would not spend that on a ball we muck around with and play touch rugby with like my particular ball. This model retails at around £65 and the sort of grade you would use in club rugby or at schools. I got mine free doing a job for my local paper on a promotion in the summer and would probably not pay for full price if I had to. You get a pump and valve free with it, of course, when you buy it in the store. The guarantee is a years worth and one to keep as the stitching can wear on these if the ball is a faulty one off the line in Dhaka. Gilbert markets themselves as this 140-year-old company that dates back to the original Rugby School in the Midlands where the game began but I’m guessing the training balls are made in a South East Asian sweatshop by kids.

      It’s a great ball and apparently they are all slightly different and unique to touch and feel when you use them. I can still slam a 40-yeard goal kick as my party trick at my age and they are easy to handle and spin pass. They have a slight rough to them to help grip and apply rotation for control and not too slippery when wet compared to other balls. I haven’t played team rugby since school and smelling another mans farts or armpits never really appealed so can’t really compare it to other balls as we had those cheap orange things at school in the 1970s and 80s. I can’t think of any other top rugby ball makes and so these top dogs. For a young fresh faced middle-class schoolboy this would make a cracking Christmas or Birthday present.

      So on the whole this mid range Gilbert ball is ideal for taking to the beach or the park and playing touch rugby with your mates. It has good bounce and some give on handling. If you over - inflate any ball it doesn’t do it much good and doesn’t play naturally. If it ‘pings’ on a bounce let a bit of air out. It is pricey and there is range of generic or kid sized ones that are under a tenner in Sports Direct if you don’t want to spend. But as rugby is quite middle-class your mates will expect a brand ball to be seen with.






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      23.09.2016 13:36
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      Great service - fast and reliable.

      Ordered a PC from these guys and it arrived as advertised - good build and very fast..!

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