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    • Molten Basketball 7 / Ball Sport / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      06.05.2016 01:28

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      This is the ball that got me started

      Honestly, this is the ball that got me started.
      If you're someone like me who doesn't dwell too much on detail and just wants to play some ball then this is the perfect ball for you. I've used it both outdoors and in and it has still maintained its grip until this day, of course it isn't as it once used to be but for the price, I think it was worth it.

      The ball isn't heavy at all so if you have a bag that can fit it you'll feel like you're carrying nothing! I went through a great deal with this ball, playing from almost every surface you can think of throughout every season of the year and it fulfills its role as an all-around sports ball.
      Avoid keeping the ball in the sun when inactive as the rubber within doesn't react well to the heat, the ball deflates way quicker and if uncareful it could potentially puncture the ball altogether so refrain from that at all costs!
      However avoid bouncing the ball on anything sharp or irregularly shaped as the rubber inside doesn't seem to be of great quality, my friend accidentally bounced it and it hit the top of the gate and deflated.
      If you're keen on playing Basketball and fast then this is the ball for you,

      But yeah overall, for the price it's a fair buy and if you avoid being silly then this ball should last you a good amount of time. You will not be disappointed.

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    • Easyprint.co.uk / Online Shopping Misc / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      05.05.2016 23:47

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      Fast delivery, high quality & professional

      With a choice of your own ready made design or their own online design service makes it easy to order with EasyPrint. This company knows how to do this right, right in a big way, 2 day delivery from Germany as standard, high quality printed products as you ordered them and customer service ready to answer your call, email or online chat in seconds. Great prices making them affordable for all and with no minimum order too.
      The website was easy to use even though payment was not so easy with the Bank transfer payment option.
      The colours popped right off the page and the paper stock range meant I was able to get exactly the finish I wanted. The service was second to none as well. I managed to mess up my order, but the team fixed it at no extra cost to me. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these guys.
      Did not like that if you had to pay by debit/credit card or Paypal there was a £1.95 charge. (The banks only charge 25p max to use a debit card).
      Highly recommended!!!!
      A great printing company putting all the others to bed.
      No negatives (apart from the £1.95 card or Paypal payment fee) just 100% positive experience.
      Excellent quality and speedy response, polite and helpful staff. Don't bother with VistaPrint: more expensive, not such good quality and the help team at VistaPrint don't appear to understand English! Don't go anywhere else for your print. Use Easy Print!
      No hesitation in recommending this company. Their quality of printing is superb, with fast turnaround and unbeatable prices.
      Thank you Easy Print.

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    • Leicester City FC in general / Discussion / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      05.05.2016 21:48

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      When the drugs dont work....

      So how the hell did Leicester City win the Premier League? Well, their side is well balanced between home grown and foreign lads and they have top class players like Mahrez and Kante and the 20 goal striker critical to any success. But so do other mid range city based teams like West Ham, Stoke, Everton and Southampton. No, something the sports media doesn’t want to talk about is illegal performance enhancing drug use in the Premier League. They say there is little evidence of it to report. But ask yourself this - what is the chance that the only two players that have tested positive in the Premier League in the last ten years just so happen to play for the same team and in the same position and one of them, Kole Toure, replaced the other one, Mamadou Sakho, for failing that test last month? Either that was an amazing coincidence or lots of other positives have been covered up in the Premier League. We know the EPL do in-house testing and we know sports bodies like tennis and cycling did cover up positives to protect their sport and their sponsors. Lance Armstrong was secretly given 24 hours to explain away a banned substance in his blood. He was told to trawl the internet and find the banned substance present in another legal product, saddle cream decided on the alibi. World Cycling let him off. We are not yet there in football but we are not hearing about failed tests.

      Now, I’m not accusing Leicester doping the way to the title, far from it. Here is my angle on it. In the year of 2015 the Biological Blood Passport testing system was introduced into Champions League and Europa League, which meant players were not only being testing for those two competitions this way but effectively their own domestic leagues, leagues not revealing test results. Sakho failed for the Liverpool v Man United game in the Europe League, in the first year of testing. But where it gets interesting is how well England’s ‘Big Four’ are doing - or not as the case maybe - in the Premier League compared to last season now they are being drug tested in the European Champions League. What else can explain the dramatic point’s collapse of the top four this season? Where was Hazzard, Rooney, Yaya Toure and co?

      ===2014-15 final points total (2015-16 season in brackets today)===

      Chelsea - 87 points (47 points)
      Man City - 79 points (64 points)
      Arsenal - 75 points (67 points)
      Man United - 70 points (60 points)

      ===Cumulative top 4 points over 5 years===

      2011- 12 was 312 points
      2012 -13 was 315 points
      2013 - 14 was 311 points
      2014-15 was 311 points
      2015-16 is 254 points

      The big four not being as fit and full of energy as you need to be in this league have lost to more teams and so allowed more teams to place higher in the league, top two Spurs and champions Leicester notable examples for taking points off the traditional top four. West Ham and Southampton will join them higher up next season. The top four are worried.

      The Foxes top spot is all the more amazing to think they were bottom in March last year, only that amazing run under head case manager Nigel Pearson keeping them up. Taking 19 points from the final 8 games of 2015 means they have taken 96 points in 44 Premier League games since. Some Leicester fans quite fancied their chances in August and placed their annual small bet of odds of around 5000-1 on their team to win the league and this time it came in. To understand the mind of the loyal fan then you only need to look at that bet.

      The Thai owners have bough some Buddhist magic to the ground and some say the final resting place of King Richard may also have helped. Whatever it was the 32,000 who pack in the King Pow every week have had a great time this season and with guaranteed Champions League next season it can only get better. They will have to drink Amstel though over the house beer for their three ECL home games.

      The team is very well balanced and have 16 nationalities in the main squad. They have too huge and brave units at centerback to underpin any barrage and the Austrian Fuch useful at leftback. Simpson and Drinkwater are also in that defensive six and an example of how top British players are being forced down the leagues by this foreign tsunami of mixed ability players. Drinkwater and Simpson were blocked from the Man United first team by those often cheaper foreigners and have proved they are clearly worthy of that level now. Kante is the engine in the midfield and Mahrez the world-class feet to weave his way through impossible gaps. Vardy, of course, sent Leicester on the way with those 11 straight goals, another player forced down the leagues by those bloody foreigners. In fact Vardy was playing for tiny Fleetwood Town in the conference not four years ago in front of 500 people. Its great story and a movie is in the making. Ten years ago he was wearing a tag and heading for a life of crime on £30 a game. Next year he will earn five million pounds.

      ===Squad===

      1 Denmark GK Kasper Schmeichel (vice-captain)
      4 England MF Danny Drinkwater
      5 Jamaica DF Wes Morgan (captain)
      6 Germany DF Robert Huth
      8 England MF Matty James
      9 England FW Jamie Vardy
      10 Wales MF Andy King
      11 England MF Marc Albrighton
      12 England GK Ben Hamer
      13 Ghana MF Daniel Amartey
      14 France MF N'Golo Kanté
      15 Ghana DF Jeff Schlupp

      No. Position Player

      17 England DF Danny Simpson
      18 England DF Liam Moore
      20 Japan FW Shinji Okazaki
      22 England MF Demarai Gray
      23 Argentina FW Leonardo Ulloa
      24 England MF Nathan Dyer (on loan from Swansea City)
      26 Algeria MF Riyad Mahrez
      27 Poland DF Marcin Wasilewski
      28 Austria DF Christian Fuchs
      30 England DF Ben Chilwell
      32 Australia GK Mark Schwarzer
      33 Switzerland MF Gökhan Inler


      ===All time top scorers===

      England - Arthur Chandler 273
      England - Arthur Rowley 265
      England - Ernie Hine 156
      England - Derek Hines 117
      Scotland - Arthur Lochhead 114
      England - Gary Lineker 103
      England - Mike Stringfellow 97
      Scotland - Johnny Duncan 95
      Scotland - Jimmy Walsh 91
      England - Jack Lee 84

      ===All time appearances===


      England - Graham Cross 599
      Scotland - Adam Black 557
      England - Hugh Adcock 460
      England - Mark Wallington 460
      England - Steve Walsh 450
      England - Arthur Chandler 419
      Scotland - John Sjoberg 413
      Wales - Mal Griffiths 409
      England - Steve Whitworth 400

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.05.2016 17:06
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      I'd definitely recommend to anyone

      This was my first time using PC specialist and it was great. I love how they give you many options to make it exactly how you want it to be.

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    • Teac PD-H 300 / CD Player / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.05.2016 12:23
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      Excellent, pure class I love it.

      After searching the market for a new device. I stumbled across this brand. I'd never heard of it before so was quite dubious as to what sort of quality we would be dealing with. However when compared to more popular brands, the price difference made up for any small doubts I may have. I took the plunge and chose to go ahead with it rather than a well known more expensive option. And I'm glad I did. The sound quality is if some of the best I have ever had in a CD player. Clear, crisp, concise sound with no distortions or compromise at high volumes. We have used it for parties at home, entertaining friends and family,can't just day to day light use. It performs outstandingly with no issues what so ever. As previously mentioned high volume is where you truly see what it is made of, most CD players tend to lose sound quality. This one doesn't it performs in all environments at all levels. We have had other brands such as Sony, technics, kenwood, lg, Polaroid to name a few. And in some ways it is better. Especially in terms of value for money. A lot of brands get over looked in favour of more popular, common used brands. This is not a brand to be overlooked it's one to experience. Give it a shot I'm sure you won't be disappointed. We've had ours for a while now and no signs of any issues any time soon and it gets a lot of use daily for long periods of time at high volumes.

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    • Apple iPod (3G) 40 GB / MP3 Player / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.05.2016 12:12
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      • "Attractive design"
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      Just excellent, if your out looking for a new device. Look no further.

      It's Apple so it's market leader in terms of design and features. Excellent sound quality and it feels great in hand. The navigation around the device is fluid and problem free. Straight forward, simple yet advanced In its approach at doing something so simple. I have tried various other products but in essence they are just cheap alternatives. Nothing more. Many manufacturers try to clone apple products, and while they do ok and get close. It's never good enough. Tonnes of storage and flexibility in terms of types of media you can store and utilise. A hands down winner from Apple in my book. Would I have anything else? No. Simply put, no I wouldn't. Accept no imitations, Apple are on top of the game, and they're there to stay! There is no shortage of competition or options within this market from the likes of Sony and Samsung. Gone are the days where you could buy a cheap device. If you want quality, usability, simplicity, attractive build quality and design. Apple is the way to go. It's a simple task it is made to perform, but it does it so well and adds an essence complexity without compromise in user flexibility. I think my nan could pick this up, navigate the menus and do just about everything it is designed to do with ease. Without even having to consult the manual. It is what it is, it's not trying to be something that it isn't. In keeping with simplicity and the purpose in mind it has excelled and makes itself.

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      05.05.2016 00:48
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      Very good keyboard not so expensive !

      The M-Audio KeyStudio piano keyboard transforms your Mac or PC into a full-featured recording studio. It has 49 notes that are velocity-sensitive. It makes it easy to turn your inspiration into a professional-quality song. Just connect the keyboard to your computer, fire up a software, choose from over 100 different instrument sounds, and start playing. Whether you're just getting started or playing professionally, you will soon realize that this keyboard is a pleasure to play. That's because the KeyStudio is built in the same way of a professional piano. It has all the chords' name written above the keys from C1 to C5, which makes it easier when you are learning new songs. It has a pitch bend and modulation wheels to add vibrato and filter effects, volume slider, holes for wire-framed music stand which is unfortunately sold separately. Of course there is the possibility to change the octaves so that to place these 49 keys on a specific place on a piano and play as you most like. There is the possibility to add a portable sustain pedal.

      There is a software often delivered with the keyboard and you can then use the 49-note KeyStudio keyboard to play the huge virtual instrument library in Pro Tools SE. The software includes over 100 studio-quality virtual instruments—from piano, organ, and synth, to guitars, bass, strings, and percussion—so you can create complete songs without a band. Compatible with Mac or PC and is considered to be one of the best for recording.

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      04.05.2016 16:23
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      If you want something quick, priced right and much more fun than taking a pill.

      I like the Optisana line of vitamins. They taste good are easy to take and at Lidl they are priced well. I get mine for under $1 each (.79CHF to be exact).

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    • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish / Make Up / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      04.05.2016 15:30
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      Highly recommendable

      I've tried a few highlighters in my time and this product never lets me down. Illuminates facial features and neck/chest area. Yes it's a tad pricey but it's worth it, because it's a good quality product and lasts the day/night. The result is smooth and compelling, perfects selfies! I'd truly be lost without this product. For days where you're not wanting to put on eye make up, you can still rock the glam look.

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    • Warren Evans / Highstreet Shopping / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      04.05.2016 11:28
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      Great delivery service

      We received our bed today, haven't tested it but I would like to say that the delivery service was great. It arrived within the time frame and the bed was assembled in minutes. Thanks to Khalid & Mick.

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    • UCI Cinema (Norwich) / Other UK / Ireland topic / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      04.05.2016 11:23

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      I saw Star Wars here!

      Stars – Harrison Ford
      Genre – Science Fiction Fantasy
      Run Time – 136 minutes
      Certificate – PG13
      Country – USA
      Oscars – 5 nominations
      Awards – 30 Wins & 94 Nominations
      Amazon – £10.00DVD (Blue Ray £15.00)
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      ‘Star wars: The Force Awakens’ has become the third highest grossing film of all time and with world-wide DVD sales to come, sure to pass the extremely over-hyped Avatar in top spot by the end of the year. It has been a phenomenal success and has got the franchise back on track after moving to Disney and employing JJ Abrahams to do his magic behind the camera. Disney bought the rights for $2.5 billion and Abrahams signed for three films. They can’t lose. George Lucas had run it into the ground with way too much special effects going on in his chaotic mind and space vistas, only because he wanted to squeeze in as many characters as possible to merchandise them in toy stores across the world. He made us fall out of love with a franchise we needed to rekindle with. Interestingly the second best selling Star Wars film of al time is the Phantom Menace down in 21st.


      ===The Top 5 grossing movies of all time==

      (1)Avatar $2.7 billion
      (2)Titanic $2.1 billion
      (3)Star Wars $2.05 billion
      (4)Jurassic World $1.6 billion
      (5)The Avengers $1.6 billion
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      (21st)The Phantom Menace $1.02 billion
      (48th) Revenge of the Sith $868,000 million


      This one rocked because of one simple word: nostalgia. Bringing back Captain Kirk in Star Trek reignited that franchise and same again here. It’s hard to underestimate just how emotive a film the original was to people of a certain age that had a coming of age moment when they first saw the movie back in 1977. I was lucky enough to go to the Leicester Square premier and can still recall the emotions I felt as the giant Starcruiser rumbled over my head on the screen. The Force Awakens unashamedly brings the first film and old characters (and I mean old) back to life like a long lost love for anyone over 40.

      ===Cast===

      Harrison Ford ... Han Solo
      Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker
      Carrie Fisher ... Princess Leia
      Adam Driver ... Kylo Ren
      Daisy Ridley ... Rey
      John Boyega ... Finn
      Oscar Isaac ... Poe Dameron
      Lupita Nyong'o ... Maz Kanata
      Andy Serkis ... Supreme Leader Snoke
      Domhnall Gleeson ... General Hux
      Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
      Max von Sydow ... Lor San Tekka
      Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca ...

      ===Plot===

      Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger on the planet Jukka, scrapes living finding salvageable metal, mostly from the crashed wrecks of Imperial spacecraft bought down in the great war of the galaxy. She doesn’t want to leave this sedentary life as she has been waiting and waiting for someone to return. Also on the planet is Finn (John Boyega), a young and handsome stormtrooper on the run from The First Order, the latest incarnation of the Dark Side of the Force, led by evil Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Finn needs to get off Jukka fast and so draws fire onto our young scavenger when he runs into her and her droid, BB-8.

      They flee the planet in a rusting Millennium Falcon, soon snared by a salvage barge flown by an ageing Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and a graying Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), who have been looking for the old bird for quite a while. Rey tells Solo the droid has to get to the rebels, still headed by the equally ageing Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), as BB-8 contains a piece of an electronic map that may lead the way to the last surviving Jedi, Luke Skywalker. Everyone has been looking for him and both sides of the force want Skywalker to swing the balance of the universe their way. The evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) heads the search for the droid on behalf of the Last Order. Its time for old and young heroes to be reborn and take down the dark side once again as old feelings are stirred in all.


      ===Results===

      Yep, I enjoyed it although it would be far better to see it in the cinema. It’s that kind of movie. Yes it mirrors the first film, New Hope, and a PC version of but all the more fun for it. Lucas is not directing with his CGI box of toys and that’s all that maters. JJ Abrahams (Star Trek) is the right man now. We have the young black leading character to appease a wider world-wide audience and the liberal equal rights crowd and the female teenager dropping nicely into that now familiar hero cute all action tomboy role. These films are aimed at the world now and if they fall then the studio could follow. They have to tick all the boxes the $250 million dollar budget demands and the studio expects results. The rather dumb and traditional Star Wars script is aimed at 12-year-old Chinese kids with a decent grasp of English and the plotting and action very similar familiar. The special effects are top notch and not overused and JJ clearly learning from Ridley Scott to keep science fiction as real as possible. You don’t need 10 extra laser cannons on screen just because you can make 10 extra laser cannons.

      It’s certainly an enjoyable action Sci-Fi movie and you can image the mixed age audience whooped and cheered in the multiplexes when the older characters appeared one-by-one. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega (Attack the Block) are surprisingly well cast in the lead and full of energy and exuding human and likeable on screen. The pressure on these two to carry three new movies is unreal. But they have got off to a great start and set up some fun plotlines to come. The black boy kissing the white girl in a big action movie is still very rare and that is surely coming here - unless they brother and sister from a multicultural family split up at birth by welfare cuts.

      It’s great to see the old characters and that was that real pang of nostalgia for me and people like me that I wanted from the movie. You are hurled right back through a wormhole to your childhood when Han and Leia show up and they remind you how old we all are now and can’t do the things we once did. Beauty dies but dreams never do. There are traumatic twists, too, feeling like you are having your teeth pulled if you are a real fan. It’s not the complete Sc-Fi classic like Alien but enjoyable enough and good to get it done. I am already looking forward to the next movie, which I believe is out pretty soon. I’m sure that will take $2 billion too.




      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 8.3/10.0 (516,324votes)
      Rottentomatos.com –92% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 81% critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496/

      ===Special Features===

      NONE on the regular DVD so expect a double disc rehash at Christmas.


      ===Critics===

      South China Morning Post –‘This is more than just a nostalgia trip: Star Wars is back and it feels beautiful’.
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      The Mail –‘J.J Abrams has done the impossible; he has created - and recreated - a Star Wars movie and made it look and feel like a Star Wars movie should. Funny, sad, exciting and enlivening, it is a definite and an absolute must-see’.

      Irish Independent –‘[Abrams'] plot mirrors that of A New Hope, but deliberately so: it will charm old fans, win many new ones, and make everyone an awful lot of money’.

      The Sun –‘Great in the awe-inspiring, tear-provoking way that only films built on generations of dreams can be great... It taps not into what the original films were, but what they meant to audiences, how they made us feel’.

      The Herald –‘The Force Awakens is, truly, a stunning exercise in large-scale filmmaking; a beautifully-assembled picture in which Abrams combines a magnificent cast with a marvelous flair for big-screen, sci-fi storytelling’.


      Family Home Theatre –‘A trio of writers led by Lawrence Kasdan put the fun and fast-paced serial adventure back into Luke Skywalker's galaxy, and, just as importantly they give us new characters that we care about’.

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      Solgar Olive leaf extract was recommended 15 years ago for infection in cervical compressed nerve. (I had been on Prednisone). I was amazed at how quickly it attacked and destroyed the inflammation. All these years later, I have not had to go back on Prednisone.I have used olive leaf to successfully to treat UTIs, impacted tooth, Morton's Neuroma and arthritic pain.I also tried Swanson's Olive leaf, which was Okay, but not as effective as Solgar.It COMPLETELY eliminated a chronic viral condition (for

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      Unmatched in every way

      Excellent machine that that I always wanted and could not have been made possible without the help and guidence from the people at pcspecialists

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      Cheap but good quality flyers

      We have used their services for first time so we have ordered 1000 pcs of test flyers ( size A5) for our civic association. After payment ( we have paid about 30€ - 25€ flyers and 5€ shipping by DPD ) we send payment confirmation screenshot to them and they have started printing process. Flyers have arrived on time ( delivered by DPD five days after order was placed ), in very good quality ( pretty colors ) and also good packed ( linked in a package ). But mainly they were cheap ( I think that they are cheapest ). Although we had a slight problem with the delivery ( they have written wrong name on package ), after phone call to DPD we resolved it. We are also considering to print some business cards in the near future. Certainly we will use their services often. So we can only recommend their services because in our oppinion print24 is the best choice.

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    • Sky Sports News / TV Channel / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      03.05.2016 11:40

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      World Snooker round up on Sky!

      The Crucible, Sheffield and snooker is like Lords and cricket. It is its rightful home and any move away from the BBC and towards China will kill the sport here the way the Olympics did in Beijing. Sheffield has just signed a deal to keep the current World Championships at Sheffield until 2007 but that doesn’t mean the BBC will show it. Barry Hearn pushed up the price on Sheffield council and the BBC but with councils tight on money right now and the BBC dumping its main sporting portfolio you should make the most of the event as a TV viewer. I personally think the BBC will dump snooker very soon and a move to ITV very likely. If it was held in China you can only image the audience and sponsorship deals.

      The tournament got underway proper with no fewer than five World Champions bounced out in round one at the Crucible. It was the fist time a defended champion - Stuart Bingham - and the guy he played in the final –Shawn Murphy – had fallen in the World Championships in the first round. That would not be the first record broken this week. Neil Robertson followed them losing 6-10 to Michael Holt and less glamorous Graeme Dott losing to ex champ Mark Williams 6-10. Peter Ebdon was massacred by Marco Fu.
      Bingham had a tough draw against Ali Carter and it went to the last frame but the World Champion having a poor year since the 2015 final when he became that unfashionable and rather plain champion like Graeme Dott did. The likeable Murphy, alas, lost 8-10 to the battling Anthony McGill, last year’s surprise quarter-finalist. Any player in the top eight could take world number one spot from Mark Selby if they won the 2016 title, the players that close these days. With an unseeded draw you rarely get walkovers at Sheffield now


      Ronnie O’Sullivan did his usual publicity thing to make the headlines after picking his way past the useful David Gilbert 10-7 and then refusing to attend a mandatory post match press conference for no particular reason, earning him an official warning. Ronnie needs to be center of attention at every event so he feels top dog and the snooker world revolves around him. Barry Hearn recently admitted that Ronnie texted Hearn just after that infamous 147 refusal stunt and said he did it for publicity.

      Steve Davis stole the headlines on day two by finally announcing his retirement after more than 1500 competitive matches and 53 tournament wins and 356 centuries. The Nugget made 37 finals in 14 years at his peak in the 1980s and early 90s. John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan recently matched his 28 ranking title record to go level second behind Stephen Hendry and with the death of Davis’s father this year he finally called it a day as his 60th birthday neared. He wanted to win a title in his 50s after he won The Masters in his 40s and made the UK Championship final in 2005 and the quarter-finals at Sheffield as recent as 2010. But not to be and cut a rather sad figure slugging it out at the qualifiers in recent years. He is now a part time DJ of all things.

      Mark Selby and Judd Trump struggled in round one and scraped home10-6 and 10-8 respectively. Trump thumped the air in triumph over the exciting and cheeky Liang Wen-bo to get through and looks like he really wants to win this year. But he plays Twenty20 snooker with lots of big shots and so the tacticians pick him off. Northamptonshire Kyren Wilson won a thrilling match 10-9 to knock out Joe Perry. Ronnie thinks this kid could be a future world champion. He used to pull pints in our local snooker club and a guy that looks confident in the final three frames of close matches. I agree with Ronnie.

      ===1st Round Results===

      1 Stuart Bingham 9 v 10 Allister Carter
      2 Stephen Maguire 7 v 10 Alan McManus
      3 Ricky Walden 10 v 8 Robbie Williams
      4 John Higgins 10 v 3 Ryan Day
      5 Judd Trump 10 v 8 Liang Wenbo
      6 Martin Gould 8 v 10 Ding Junhui
      7 Mark Williams 10 v 4 Graeme Dott
      8 Neil Robertson 6 v 10 Michael Holt
      9 Shaun Murphy 8 v 10 Anthony McGill
      10 Marco Fu 10 v 2 Peter Ebdon
      11 Barry Hawkins 10 v 5 Zhang Anda
      12 Ronnie O'Sullivan 10 v 7 David Gilbert
      13 Mark Allen 10 v 3 Mitchell Mann
      14 Joe Perry 9 v 10 Kyren Wilson
      15 Michael White 7 v 10 Sam Baird
      16 Mark Selby 10 v 6 Robert Milkins

      Round Two and best of 25 frames as things get grueling. Ding, who had to come through qualifying after ending up just outside the top 16 this season, had the pick of the round against Judd Trump. Why Ding slipped down so low is mystery but I just don’t trust the guy. He sees to win matches for other people and not himself. All he had to do was win the first round of the China Open in March and he would avoid qualifying at Ponds Forge in April. He didn’t. But he won his biggest matches of the season so far as those three qualifying matches at Ponds Forge seemed to tune him up. Trump, alas, is back to playing Twenty20 snooker, the fans here to see the big shots all around the wicket and not so much results. But unless you refine it and pick the moments when you attack you won’t be winning the World Championship, The Ace in The Pack never recovering from his 6-2 opening session deficit and always 3 or 4 behind. He got it back to 10-12 as Ding tightened up but the Chinese number one had prepared his safety game and held on through the late barrage.

      The big shock was Ronnie O’Sullivan losing on the final frame decider to bespoke Crucible performer ‘Boring’ Barry Hawkins, who Ronnie annihilated in the final a few years back. Ronnie made some mildly derogatory comment about him earlier in the year and proved motivating enough for Baz to squeeze through. O’Sullivan hadn’t practiced much and deserved to go.

      The exciting Kyren Wilson cheered us all up with a thrilling exhibition against Mark Allen from N.Ireland with a 13-9 win. As I aid he is from Northamptonshire and worked in a Northampton snooker club in the early days behind the bar for free table time. He raced into a 7-0 lead and Allen didn’t know what hit him. But Allen shared the next session for 11-5 and then took the first 4 in the afternoon session to sound the alarm. But Kyren banged in those long pots to wrestle control back to get the two frames he needed. This kid has it all.

      Mark Selby again struggled and had to come from behind to get over the line against the rather odd looking Sam Baird, looking like one of the Lost Boys with his guy liner and boot polish black hair. But the kid can play and reeled off 4 frames at the death to get back to 11-11 before the handsome square-jawed Jester from Leicester closed it out. Veterans Mark Williams, John Higgins and Mathew Stevens found themselves in the Q/F with big wins over Michael Holt, Ricky Walden and Ali Carter respectively. ‘Thirtysomething’ Marco Fu joined the last 8 too.

      ===Round Two Results===

      17 Allister Carter 11 v 13 Alan McManus
      18 Ricky Walden 8 v 13 John Higgins
      19 Judd Trump 10 v 13 Ding Junhui
      20 Mark Williams 13 v 8 Michael Holt
      21 Anthony McGill 9 v 13 Marco Fu
      22 Barry Hawkins 13 v 12 Ronnie O'Sullivan
      23 Mark Allen 9 v 13 Kyren Wilson
      24 Sam Baird 11 v 13 Mark Selby


      ===Quarter-Finals==

      25 Alan McManus13 v 11 John Higgins
      26 Ding Junhui 13 v 3 Mark Williams
      27 Marco Fu 13 v 11 Barry Hawkins
      28 Kyren Wilson 8 v 13 Mark Selby


      45-year old Alan McManus beat 40-year-old John Higgins in a grueling closely matched game as qualifier McManus won out 13-11. This is not what Barry Hearn had in mind for his snooker revolution. Fellow qualifier Ding Junhui obliterated 44-year-old Mark Williams 13-3. 38-year-old Marco Fu saw of 37-year-old ‘Boring’ Barry Hawkins 13-11. Hawkins trailed 8-1 but clawed it back but the line came just too quickly. The best match of the last 8 saw Mark Selby mentally mind f**k the thrilling young Kyren Wilson 13-8.

      ===Semi-Final===

      A brilliant match full of everything saw Mark Selby edge out Marco Fu 17-15. The boys traded blows like broadswords and no one had more than a two frame lead at any point. Fu lost his tip half-way through the match but held it together and then brushed his finger against the ball and didn’t call a foul, meaning Selby had to hold it together. But cheats never win and Leicester boy Selby joined the weekend party in the Midlands with his third final, a match that included a 76 minute frame, the longest ever at Sheffield. His opponent will be the seriously in form Ding Junhui who cracked a record 7 centuries in the semi-final against McManus, the most tons in any crucible match. It was the first semi final to see two qualifiers play together since the 1970s as Ding battered MacManus into submission 17-12, the Scott’s first World semi since 1993.

      ===The Final==

      ===Ding v Selby==

      Selby swept into a 6-0 lead against a nervous looking Ding, the weight of China and one billion people on his back. But the Chinese mans crampons found some grip late on to close on 6-2 at the end of session number one. The second session was grueling snooker as the two traded mind games and tactical snooker to end 10-7 Selby overnight, five hours full of snookers and mind games as Ding hauled him back by another frame. Selby kept the three frame lead on Monday afternoon for 14-11 with some increasingly scrappy stuff. Neither player was in control and Selby now playing both players out of form with his meticulous and over cautions style. This guy never waste a shot and everyone play thought out and that would be the end for Ding as Selby just got over the line 18-14 in a rather tactical and dull final.

      He is now only the 13th double world champion and what a great night for Leister as his football team won the Premier League. Leicester rugby team and Leicestershire CCC team are also on the up.

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