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      28.06.2016 12:01

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      Blue is the Warmest Color - A film I saw in Liverpool

      Star – Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchoupoulos
      Genre – World Cinema > Drama
      Run Time – 180 minutes
      Certificate – 18R
      Country – French
      Golden Globe – 1 nomination
      Awards – 83 Wins & 92 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.99 DVD (Blue Ray £8.3700)
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      So, a 3 hour French lesbian movie anyone? In the old days of VHS tapes and no free online porn teenage boys would jump at the chance to rent this at Blockbusters. Every guy remembers the awkward excitement of leaving the video store with a soft-core naughty film with a likewise title in your Granada Video carrier bag. It was normally hardly worth it for the embarrassing moment with the clerk and the excuse you come up with for renting naughty art house films but it was a right of passage in those days. Today you don’t need to rent French three hour lesbian art house movie as its all there on the internet. Commercial lipstick lesbians in films are just that and real ones are not so appealing to men. ‘Blue is the Warmest Color ’has to make at least one of the lead two girls in love pretty and feminine to avoid a smaller audience and so a compromise of sorts but still an intelligent and emotional exploration of love and belonging. But at three hours long its hard work.

      It was certainly hard work for actresses Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchoupoulos on set. Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche insisted they didn’t wear make up for most of the film and encouraged to improvise their performances after he only let them read the script just once. It was revealed that the director would do hundreds of takes for small scenes to achieve the desired realism of the story, and his intense directorial style was deemed borderline abusive from the actress, including the explicit love scenes, which there are lots. One scene took 100 takes. Both actresses commented that the film looked so real because Kechiche pushed them to their breaking point, and that they were really struggling emotionally on set. Both have openly said that they did not want to work with this guy ever again. But the performances are strong and for the first time ever the Palme d'Or was officially awarded to both lead actors alongside Kechiche. Normally it’s the director who gets that award. The director’s realism style included lots of footage of the actresses of set when they were unaware they were being filmed. Both actresses have said their onscreen relationship was real to some extent and now close friends. This is the first film adaption of a graphic novel to win the Palm D'Or.

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      ===Cast===

      Léa Seydoux ... Emma
      Adèle Exarchopoulos ... Adèle
      Salim Kechiouche ... Samir
      Aurélien Recoing ... Père Adèle
      Catherine Salée ... Mère Adèle
      Benjamin Siksou ... Antoine
      Mona Walravens ... Lise
      Alma Jodorowsky ... Béatrice
      Jérémie Laheurte ... Thomas
      Benoît Pilot ... Beau Père Emma
      Sandor Funtek ... Valentin
      Fanny Maurin ... Amélie
      Maelys Cabezon ... Laetitia
      Samir Bella ... Samir

      ===Plot===

      Upper working –class 16-year-old French highschool student Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is beginning to explore herself as a woman. She is attracted to handsome and cool alpha male Antoine (Benjamin Siksou), who date and then have sex. But she doesn’t enjoy the physical side with men and soon attracted to female school friend Amélie (Fanny Maurin) who she does desire. But she dreams of something more than greasers and schoolgirl crushes and meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), an older free spirited lesbian girl with blue hair, whom she sees around town and then runs into when she ventures into her first gay bar alone.

      Adele’s friends begin to reject Adèle due to her sexuality as the two fall deeply in love and spend all the time together and soon Emma the only person with whom she can express herself openly to. Together, Adèle and Emma explore the search for social acceptance, sexuality, and the emotional range of their maturing relationship. Emma is from a middle-class liberal family and all this conflicts water off a ducks back, Adele’s family, alas, not so understanding. The couple join peace rallies and mix with eclectic free thinking friends and enjoy gay pride vents and their version of freedom.

      We follow the two girl’s lives through university and then work, Adele now a primary school teacher and Emma an aspiring artist. But then Samir (Salim Kechiouche) comes into their world and Adele drawn to his caring and more stable side as kids and family life are on the agenda. The two girls love is put under strain as societies norms threaten. Emma wants to fight the system, create art and hang with interesting people whilst a home, stability and a man to pay the mortgage are on Adele’s horizons.


      ===Results===

      For a start the film loses a star for being three hours long. No film should be three hours long. The acting is superb in capturing the intensity and all consuming state that is love and the politics around it but its still three hours of it. It loosely explores the idea that lesbian love may be more a choice by being rejected by men and it’s fair to say there are very few straight men that would chose to be gay. For men it’s genetic but for some women it’s part of emancipation and dealing with that rejection. It is very confusing to men on why many lesbian women want to look like men with a butch look so to attract gay females. I don’t want to go into the butch - fem thing here as I know I will be slaughtered.

      As I say the film is the lead performances and somehow they get you through the three hours. You need to treat this film like a boxset and watch it in three or four visits. Its just very long and intelligent love story that you may not get sucked into. It is wordy and there is a subtext around the great writers interpretation of love and so something else to chew on there. The sex is fairly explicit but not remotely erotic. The girls have nice bodies and lots of sex scenes but tomboys kissing each other wont have you reaching for the hanky - as the romantic breakups wont. Somewhat oddly ‘fake ladies parts’ were used for the sex scenes so to get a 17C certificate in France. You can see in those scenes the girls are acting but also understanding how they should be turned on. I’m guessing the two girls experimented off screen for the method and no doubt the director had a hidden camera when they did.

      It sags in the middle like a middle aged lesbian at a CND rally in the 1980s and the love story hard to connect to for guys. You can totally understand why a woman would love another women as they 100% understand each other but a relationship needs leader and a follower and we don’t really get that here. They are equals for most of the film and both do the ironing. I’m guessing the rather camp Tunisian director is quietly exploring his sexuality through the film and the poor actress had to carry that out that confusion and interpretation to the millimeter. But it is an interesting and highly rated movie and if you enjoy your arty foreign films and can handle subtitles and have three hours to spare then you will enjoy this. If you are a 17-year-old lad with A-Level French coming up then at least you have an excuse.


      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.8/10.0 (90,327votes)
      Rottentomatos.com –90% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 88% critic’s approval


      ===Special Features===

      Blue Ray is great for blue hair, of course, and colorful gay pride rallies but not worth spending the extra for. There are plenty of extras but they are not well subtitled. Its looks great on the smart TV in Blue Ray but a very talky and melancholic movie so not one that needs Blue Ray. The director’s commentary is on the mind boggling uncut 200 minute version!


      -Directors commentary-

      The Tunisian gets all pretentious on the layered track


      -Deleted Scenes-

      Lots and lots


      -Cannes Premier-

      Lots of red carpet and cheering from ne in pastille suits.




      ===Critics===


      New Statesman –‘It's a spellbinding piece of acting. Exarchopoulos is not so much an open book as an uncorrected proof, every idle desire and surging daydream splashed across her face, waiting to be edited and inhibited by experience’.

      Financial Times –‘The camera brilliantly demonstrates how love feels: the slightly paranoid, deeply hysterical and hugely inaccurate super-concentration on one other person to the absolute exclusion of everything else’.

      Daily Telegraph –‘Blue is the Warmest Colour is mostly tremendous, and anchored by two of the year's most fiercely committed performance’

      Empire Magazine –‘Anchored by two of the most natural, committed performances you'll ever see, Blue Is The Warmest Colour is the most moving love story of the year’.

      Atrhouse Film.com –‘Blue is the Warmest Color is about people, not flesh, about letting all boundaries go and giving into desire and pleasure, about devouring a lover and being devoured’.

      Film4 –‘Something must be said for a film that's three hours long and remains this consistently engaging.’

      Herald Sun –‘Viewed independently of the argy-bargy surrounding it, Blue Is the Warmest Colour is simply a remarkable work of cinema’.

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    • Corsair Vengeance K70 / Keyboard / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      28.06.2016 09:22
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      • "Media Keys"
      • "Great Build Quality"
      • "Interchangeable keys"
      • "Comfortable spacing"
      • "Low Travel Distance"
      • "Fast Keystrokes"

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      • "No dedicated macro keys"
      • "Backplate collects dust"
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      Reliable, Comfortable and Responsive - 8/10

      I bought this keyboard with my new gaming build about 6 months ago and I still marvel at the comfort and speed this keyboard delivers. The keys are spaced comfortably and with little travel distance and a great tactile feedback from the Cherry MX Reds/Browns each keystroke feels satisfying. Since I play a lot of games often this keyboard has had its fair share of battery and still performs as if I had just bought it.

      The backlighting which has 4 options going from off to its brightest you'll be able to see each key well, and with the addition of the metal backplate behind the keys the reflected light gives it a great look. The keyboard itself looks and feels well built with good plastics and metal workings throughout.

      The keyboard sadly does not have customizable software, but instead uses three round keys at the top which allow some customization. By holding down the keylighting button for a few seconds you can enter "edit" mode letting you choose which keys are lit up and which are not, selecting to enable the "Windows" key or disabling it and finally the brightness levels for your keys.

      The K70 also comes with alternate keycaps for your 1-6 and WASD keys giving them a different colour and texture and also curving them towards your hand. I found that after a short time with these keycaps I barely hit the wrong keys and my hand naturally sits into the shape of the keys.

      The metal backplate as you might expect does tend to build up a fair amount of dust, especially where I'm using it there are three computers running which is probably the culprit, and if you're looking for some dedicated macro keys you won't find any on this keyboard, also because of the lack of customization software standard keys cannot be mapped to macros. The extra keys you get are the media control keys which are nice and chunky with a metal volume wheel.

      Overall as a gaming keyboard I have found the K70 to be one of the best and most reliable I have used. The build feels really strong and the sensation from the Cherry MX Red switches is very responsive. As much as it lacks in customization it more than makes up for with pure performance and feel. I would give this keyboard a solid 8/10

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    • MAC Fix+ / Skin Care / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.06.2016 20:33
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      Fresh faced feeling

      To be clear this is NOT a setting spray, which is a mistake made by many people, this is in fact a finishing spray that can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used as the first product before applying any of your make up - a base for your primer to allow it to soak in for a long lasting hold. Something that I have to be very effective in prolonging the wear of my make up. To add to this, ensure that the spray has completely dried before applying primer to ensure for a pristine finish.

      It can also be used after applying all your make up, which works really well to give a natural finish. It binds all the products together and gets rid of that cakey look.

      As well as this, this product can be used to refresh your make up after wearing your it all day.

      I got this spray for £17.00 from the website. This is quite expensive considering it is just water with some vitamins and minerals in it. However, so far I have found it to be quite effective and worth the price tag. I have not used any other sprays similar to this one so I can't compare it to anything.

      If you feel as if your make up can look cakey after several layers of product or you need a refreshing pick me up after wearing your make up for several hours, this is the product for you.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      27.06.2016 00:11
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      Fantastic service

      I was so unlucky that my computer died and had to quickly look for a replacement. I found 2 weeks to wait for a custom build very fair and shipping was lightning fast and on time. My only issue is that one of the USB slots on the front of my box doesn't work. But overall, great company with very good rates.

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    • Comedy Store / TV Programme / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      26.06.2016 21:00

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      Omid Djalili - Hopeful

      I think it’s pretty fair to say that the only people today who can tell stereotyping Black, Jewish, Muslim, gay and Asian jokes in politically correct Britain are Black, Jewish, Muslim, Gay and Asian comics. Omid Djalibi is one of that tiny handful that will tell actually Muslim jokes and because he does we laugh away and he keeps getting booked to tell those jokes, not so much on the BBC post ISIS but still knocking around on TV here and there. The great ethnic comics have mostly white audiences and see this self deprecation in their humor as the best therapy to actually ease racial tensions that are clearly out there, cruelly exposed this week with the Brexit vote. Monty Panesar learnt that lesson early on that to get the England fans support and actually like you then you have to play up to the wobbly head Indian stereotype. Lenny Henry and Richard Pryor fully understood that but also knew that when they made it big they emotionally owned that white audience, no better feeling. I went to watch Omid’s stage show at Northampton to a mainly white middle-class audience. I did not see any Iranians. It felt like a naughty little club.

      Omids early life isn’t that exciting in the book, back and fourth to Iran as a young chubby kid with jolly relatives with big mustaches and then finally moving to London to escape the Iranian revolution. His mom was well known in Iran as a singer but not so much in London but growing up in a liberal showbiz family meaning Omid would inevitably end up on the stage anyway. There area lot of pages on this time in his life. His education wasn’t great and had to blag his way into university with horrendous A-Level results, even going to America for the summer after his A-Levels to try and get into an Ivy League school. Multiple A-Level retakes would not help and eventually ending up studying English & Theater Studies at the University of Ulster in Colerain of all places. Again there are another 100 pages on this time in his life. Omid clearly enjoyed showing us his excellent writing skills and humor on his early days and this not one of those celebrity anecdote biographies. Like any working-class immigrant lad he went through a serious of dead end jobs before he made it and enjoys telling you about them.

      He began to be noticed on the comedy circuit at Edinburgh with his one man show "Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son", followed by "The Arab and the Jew". He did ok in America in the 1990s, where he had his own HBO Special and did 22 episodes of the NBC sitcom Whoopi with Whoopi Goldberg. Djalili has, of course, appeared in a number of films as that generic Arab Muslim, most notably Gladiator, The Mummy, The World Is Not Enough, Notting Hill and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He often jokes that he appears in every James Bond film as the "Second Azerbaijani oil pipe attendant". I know he has been a hijacker a few times.

      As I said there are not that many showbiz anecdotes and the best one being when he was asked by the director of Gladiator to befriend a rather lonely and intense Russell Crowe on set. Even that one wasn’t that funny. Omid isn’t really interested in telling those tales and this book more about showing us his writing skills and ability to tell stories, mirroring his enjoyable act. He is the Muslim Billy Connelly but without the swear words of course. Omid is funny without the swear words. Billy probably isn’t.

      Sadly for all of those stories and anecdotes it’s not the most enthralling or entertaining book and I did start speed reading around the 100 page mark. As rule of thumb you should dump a book if you don’t like it by the 100th page. I basically wanted to get to the celeb stuff and it simply never happened. This is also happened with Peter Kaye’s autobiography. Working - class comics and actors often feel guilty they have made it big and don’t like to be brash in their books so to alienate the people they came from. I did chuckle away a couple of times but not really a summer page turner. It really is the story of an ordinary man telling an ordinary life for 75% of this. Still a very funny man and a guy that understands the Brexit vote wasn’t anti immigrant so much but frightened people worrying about their identity, family and jobs.

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      26.06.2016 20:31
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      • "quick drying "
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      • "needs multiple layers "
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      Fair price but not amazing quality

      Whenever I am browsing in my local Boots, I almost always pick up a new nail polish, even if I know I already have five almost- exact replicas at home. I can't help it - I love nail polish! I bought one of these colour show nail varnishes quite a while ago, and I have to admit straight away that it's not one I turn to whenever I decide to paint my nails, for a number of reasons I will mention. But firstly, I would like to say how colourful and varied the collection is! Seeing these polishes in boots, I couldn't help admiring how vibrant they all were, and i spent a long time choosing which one I wanted. I eventually decided on a basic blue called 'Cool Blue'. My first thoughts on the nail varnish were, of course, how pretty the colour was, and also the very decent price. Often, nail varnishes can be upwards of £3, which isn't expensive but when you are a nail polish fanatic like me, it all adds up! I also really like the design of the packaging on this product, with a large black twist off kid lid and bold white text. I have also dropped the glass bottle several times and the bottle has remained intact, another bonus. My first impressions after trying the product were, however, not so good. the first time I tried it, the applicator was fine and I was able to apply two coats of the polish to my nails. But after only two days of wearing it, plus a clear top coat (not from the same brand) I noticed the polish had already begun to chip on at least three nails. this was a disappointment, but I reapplied it anyway, only to find that the applicator brush was actually stuck inside the lid, meaning I couldn't actually apply it. I put the lid back on and tried again, and after a couple of attempts I was able to unstick the applicator, though this wouldn't be the last time this happened, one of the reasons why, allong with the fact this polish chips so easily, i don't often wear it. Overall, I have realised with this nail varnish that you get what you pay for.

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      26.06.2016 20:12
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      • "pretty appearande"
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      • "some hairs come out"
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      Good product + I would reccomend if in need of quality basic brush set

      I received this core brush collection for Christmas and can honestly say after six months of owning them that they are very good quality brushes, the foundation brush being my favourite as it provides good even coverage to my face and also absorbs less of the product than my beauty blender, for example, therefore wasting less foundation. I have also noticed very minimal hair loss from each brush, even after washing them several times each. This is much better than other brushes I have purchases before where a large amount of hairs have fallen out after only using them for a short time. Another advantage of these brushes is their appearance - each brush has the same pretty metallic design which makes them look sleek and modern and looks very elegant in a brush pot compared to some other brush designs. I also really like how each of the four brushes in the collection has been selected for the most popular type of brush people use, hence the 'core' collection - foundation, powder, contour and detail brush (the latter being my favourite brush for applying concealer as it is a very convenient shape for this use) which makes it a perfect choice for a starter makeup brush collection for any age. My only two disadvantages of this product is the following: the brushes are, in my opinion, slightly overpriced in comparison to other brands, especially for a high street brands, and for this reason I think some customers may be put off as the majority of consumers are likely to be teenagers or students with a limited amount of money. Lastly, some hairs do come out of the brushes, in my experience the first couple of times I used them and then every time I washed them.

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      26.06.2016 20:00
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      great value for money

      i have used this fragrance for many years now and this is down to the fact you get a lot for your money. you get a large amount of fragrance for a low price point unlike most designer fragrances. Also i believe it is possible to wear this flagrance for many occasions due to the fact it is a fresh subtle fragrance which is not to over empowering however i have found in the past this fragrance does not last as long as i would like it to and i have too keep reapplying twice maybe three times during the day however i think this is okay thanks to the very low price point

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      26.06.2016 19:55
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      • "sleek design"
      • "light "
      • "simple to use"
      • "good quality"
      • cheap

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      • "large file sizes"
      • "loud focus"
      • "no wifi"

      Good camera for first time amateur photographers

      i purchased this camera around Christmas time in 2015 as a camera for amateur photography and have been in love with it, it has a sleek light weight design and is very easily portable. it also fits very comfortable into my hand.there are many settings to change the way you take photos these settings are quite easy to figure out but once you have learnt everything about them it is very easy however there are not as many settings as you would find on a higher end DSLR however this makes it very simple to take great photos. one complaint i would have is that the focus is very loud during video, making a low pitch screeching sound making very hard to listen to whatever the camera is capturing however this focus is auto-focus and is somewhat perfect however it does not always focus correctly and you may have to help it a bit. also the zoom does not affect the quality of the picture until you start altering it digitally. the pictures awe very crisp and detailed and the colors really pop. the video quality is also very good along with the audio however i believe it would be better improved with an external mic due to the loud noise of the focus which i think is down to the fact the mic is near the lens. the file size is quite large which may be a problem for people with laptops with low storage. in conclusion i think this camera is perfect for beginners and first time amateur photography with not a great deal of money.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      26.06.2016 19:14
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      Great company that stay true to their word

      Short and sweet...PC Specialist are a good company with great rates.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      26.06.2016 11:57
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      awesome specialists that dont slack around

      I orderded my computer on Sunday and even though it said its most likely going to come after 2weeks period, i got in on thursday in 4working days! Was so happy. They have done an amazing job and i could easily track progress which was updating everyday. There was absolutely nothing wrong. Would recommend to anyone.

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    • Honda FF 500 / Cultivator / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      25.06.2016 12:56
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      Easy and simple to use A*

      We attempted to sort out our garden this summer, as it had become a bit of a dumping ground since we had been focussing on renovating the inside of the house. Part of this involved sorting the borders out, and raking over the soil ready to lay new turf, and when my parents heard about our plans they dug out this tool from their garage which they haven't used since moving somewhere without a garden, and very kindly of them donated it to us to use I must say how much this helped us and what a fantastic and easy product to use

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    • Honda FG 110 / Cultivator / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      25.06.2016 12:54
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      Best on the market

      We attempted to sort out our garden this summer, as it had become a bit of a dumping ground since we had been focussing on renovating the inside of the house. Part of this involved sorting the borders out, and raking over the soil ready to lay new turf, and when my parents heard about our plans they dug out this tool from their garage which they haven't used since moving somewhere without a garden, and donated it to us it helped us out no ends I'd really suggest this product to anyone

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    • ebay.com / Auction / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      24.06.2016 18:21
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      • "You can exchange the product"
      • "You can get your money back"

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      • "There's no compensation for customer's valuable time"
      • "lots of fraud sellers on eBay"
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      Don't buy anything from eBay

      I bought memory card from eBay around one month ago. The product was not delivered to me within the said time. How can they place the order if they don't have the product? When I didn't got the product, I contacted eBay support. They told me that I will get back my money for the product. Although I got the money after some days, I was still irritated by eBay as I was not able to access the product. If they don't have the product, why they placed the order? I could have bought from somewhere else which is more trustworthy than eBay.

      After getting my money back, I again placed the order from a different seller. This time, I got the product but it was not working properly. I tried the product from every angle in different devices but I was unable to use the product. Finally, I contacted eBay support and told them that the product is damaged. They again said that I will get the money back. Although, I got my money back in my account again, I was really disappointed as I was not able to use the memory card.

      Thus, I got late by one month and still was not able to use memory card for myself. eBay should compensate the customers who gets damaged product or doesn't get any product even after paying the money and placing the order. It was really important for me to use the memory card. I waited one month and still was not able to use the memory card. It was very disappointing to use the brand such as eBay to buy the memory card. Then, I decided not to buy anything from eBay.

      When I told eBay that once my product was not reached and another time the product was damaged and they should take action against the seller and compensate me. They told me that they got many complaints about those sellers and they terminated the sellers but they will not compensate me.

      eBay should change their policy of hiring the sellers on their website. There should be strict rules, terms, and conditions for the sellers so that the fraud sellers can be punished and the customers can be saved from the unnecessary trouble. I hope that eBay will take strict action against fraud sellers and make good and tight policy for hiring the sellers. I also request eBay to compensate the sellers for their loss of time as the customers trusted you leaving all other online websites aside.

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    • Russia / Destination International / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      24.06.2016 14:51

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      Land of thugs and the mafia

      An international soccer tournament for England is normally a load of pot bellied tattooed English lads wearing Burberry hats and Ben Sherman hoodies smashing up the local square and then losing to the first big team they play and so coming home in shame. Well they met their match in Marseille with two fans now brain-dead and many more still in hospital two weeks on. Some would say quite a few fans were brain-dead before they got to France and they deserved it. But as much as I hate England fans abroad and all the embarrassment most of them bring to this country in the way they look, drink, and act and behave the Russian mob that targeted them were disgusting and went off like Chernobyl. It turns out they were not so much football fans but ex and serving military who executed a likewise attack on England fans, in some cases innocent women and children in the stadium. Because they attacked in the stadium UEFA had the power to sanction them with big fines and threats of expulsion. But not for what happened in Marseille. The president of the oil rich country that will host the 2018 World Cup is sending thugs to beat up women and kids for political reasons???Even the head of the FSB (the Russian FBI) was tweeting that he was proud of the Russian fans for standing up to English hooligans. Blatter should be put on a spitroast in hell for what he has done to the beautiful game. A blood soaked Marseille is a long way from the Brazilians beautiful sweeping passes and spectacular goals of the 1970s and 80s in those iconic yellow and gold tops. The threat of being booted out wasn’t needed for Russia as Putin’s people simply told the thugs to stop fighting and low and behold they did. Strange that. Russia finishing bottom of the group anyway meant the problem was over for now.

      Russia were the best they had been for while in the qualifying to get to EURO 2016 and qualified second in their group behind Austria without a play-off for their 11th European championships. The group was weak though as Sweden were also in it and along with Austria all three out in the first stages here in France bottom of their perspective groups. Their best result in the Euros as Russia was as recent as 2008 with that third placed finish in the team powered by Zhirkov, Arsharvin, Zyryanov and Roman Pavlyuchenko, who all tanked badly soon after with big moves to big clubs. The suspicion was that particular Russian team’s performance was based on a doping culture and the team breaking up soon after because of, all four back in the Russian and Kazakhstan leagues now.

      As the Soviet Union they were far more powerful in European football and won the inaugural European Championships in 1960 and then making two of the next three finals and fourth place in-between although only four teams in them. The Cold War intensified and they failed to qualify for three championships in a row before returning as the CIS in 1988 for the 8 team format and straight into The Final but losing 2-0 to Holland. If the doping fears were conjecturing in recent years they were almost certainly state doped FACT in the 1960s and 70s at the height of that Cold War.

      Russia’s World Cup record followed a similar Cold War pattern. The Soviets did not enter the first five championships and then made for straight Q/Fs in 1958 to 1970, finishing fourth in the 1966 World Cup. After Pinochet executed his people in the Chile national stadium the Russians were disqualified from the 1974 qualification after not agreeing an alternative ‘suitable’ venue in the South America country for the play-off. With Russia gone Chile were given a walkover to West Germany but eliminated in the first round. The Soviets failed to make World Cup 78 and performed progressively worse when they qualified for the next three World Cups. Oddly they have missed the last six World Cups.In the Olympics they took 2 gold’s and 3 bronze between 1956 and 1980. Oleg Blokhin was the man back then smashing 42 goals in 112 matches. Keeper Lev Yashin was their other notable world name
      with 76 caps.



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