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Subway is a sandwich chain that has grown massively in the past few years. It is difficult to walk anywhere these days, be it a high street or a train station without seeing a Subway outlet.
The sandwiches in Subway are made by hand in front of your eyes and exactly how you want them. This is my favourite thing about them because it means that you know that the sandwich has been freshly made and has got exaclty what you want in it. You have a choice of bread from a range of around 5. You also choose whether you want a 6 inch or foot long sandwich. Then you have a choice of what filling you would like from a varied menu, then a choice of a range of salad. You also have the option of having your sandwich toasted with cheese. Finally, there are a range of sauces that you can add to your sandwich. The choices really are endless and you can always guarantee a high quality sandwich when you buy from Subway. There are also snacks available such as cookies and crisps but the main product available are the sandwiches.
Despite loving the product that Subway offer, I have only given them 3 stars. This is because of a number of downfalls that I feel largely outweigh the positive. Firstly, I feel that the price of the sandwiches are far too high for what you actually get. Even though the sandwiches are very good, I feel that it is too much to pay the best part of £5 for one. They do offer the 'Sub of the Day' which is less expensive but this removes the element of choice that I personally love. A 6 inch sandwich is also obviously cheaper but I don't find that this fills me up so I would end up spending extra anyway. There are also meal deals available but again, I would rather just have a sandwich for less money than throwing in a drink and some crisps and paying a bit more. The issue with price has become even worse recently as you now have to pay an extra 30 pence to have your sandwich toasted with cheese, whereas this used to be free. I feel this in particular is far too much to be paying considering how much it must cost them for a few slices of cheese and 30 seconds of power for the toaster.
Another downside is that the choice, that I have been raving about up to now, can often be intimidating or confusing for new customers. It can be very difficult to make all of the decisions that you need to on your fist visit and in busy periods this can lead to even longer waiting times than normal. Obviously waiting times will be quite high anyway because each sandwich is being individually made.
Subway have recently bought out a new snack range including a meatball pot and a cheese toastie. I am not a fan of this menu. Firstly because I consider it to be a bit of a con. It is being advertised as great value, when I would suggest that it is still over priced considering what it is. For example, the meatball pot is just a pot with a few of the meatballs in that go into the meatball maranara sandwiches. The pot costs £1.19. Surely it is better value to get the meatball maranara when it is Sub of the Day for £1.99. The cheese toastie is effectively half of a 6 inch sub with some toasted cheese on it. This costs 79p. This seems ridiculously expensive when you consider what you can get for just over a pound more. Also, I believe that if you are going to Subway, you are going for a sandwich, which is what they specialise in. If I wanted a toasted cheese slice I would go somewhere like Gregs, so I really don't think that the value menu is a good idea at all.
Overall, I do believe that Subway is a very good chain, as long as they stick to what they are good at, which is sandwiches. I really belive that the quality of their sandwiches is very high and I love them every time I have them. The only thing is, I can't afford to have them very often because I feel that the price is far too high.
The Texican Whopper is the king of burgers, by far the best burger I have ever bought from any fast food outlet.
Firstly I will describe what makes up the Texican Whopper. Inside the sesame seed bun you have got a burger, topped with cheese, then a chilli con carne coated with taco, then a layer of jalapenos, onions at lettuce and then finally some cajun mayonaise.
As you can probably tell from the description, the burger is quite hot as the chilli con carne, jalapenos and onions give it a kick so if you don't like more spicy food then this probably isn't the burger for you. However, it certainly isn't overly spicy so if you don't mind a bit of heat in your food then you will probably enjoy this burger.
I think that the flavours work very well together, and the different textures throughout the burger also made for an interesting meal. I particularly enjoyed the generous portion of jalapenos and onions as this provided extra crunch as well as really adding to the overall flavour. In many ways, the beef burger itself becomes secondary to all of the other tastes and flavours that make up the Texican Whopper and you could easily forget it was there. I don't think that this is a bad thing though and you can always get a double Texican Whopper if you want some extra meat.
A downside of the Texican Whopper is the price. I am always reluctant to pay over £5 for a value meal in a fast food restaurant and this does cost over £5, with the double Texican coming in at over £6. Generally, I suggest that this is far too much to be paying for this kind of meal, but for the Texican Whopper I would certainly make an exception. The size of the burger is enourmous, and I really felt that I was getting what I paid for.
Obviously, eating a Texican Whopper is not the healthiest of meals, but as an occasional treat, I think that this is easily the best thing to buy from a fast food restaurant, as long as you don't mind a bit of spice.
Faliraki water park is a great day out and well worth going to if ever you are in Faliraki. The water park is a short drive out of the town centre so it is best to get a taxi if you are travelling from there but taxi prices are not expensive in Faliraki so this won't set you back too much.
Entrance prices are not too expensive, when I went in 2008 admission was Euro20, which I think is great value for a whole day of fun. And you can easily get a whole days worth of fun out of this park because it is huge. The slides and other attractions seem endless.
The site is situated on a slope and is split into sections. At the top of the park near to the entrance is where where all of the main slides are. There are loads of them but I will try to name as many as I can. My personal favourite slides were the three all situated next to each other (that you can see on the picture). These slides give you a real thrill ride and are very fast. Although two of them are just straight slides with a couple of kinks in them, the speed that you go at means that you want to do it time and time again. Also, the kinks in the slide mean that you actually leave the slide and travel through the air which can be frightening but also extremely fun.
Another slide in this area is a giant half pipe type slide where one or two people can slide down it in a dingy. This is hard to explain but it really is an experience not to be missed, and definitely something I haven't seen at other water parks.
Many of the other slides are the type of thing that you would expect to see at a good water park. These include a space bowl where you shoot down a very fast slide and into a bowl, which you slide around a few times before dropping out of the bottom. There are also a few slides where you go down in a rubber ring, which are great fun if you are with a group of people. Other slides are a more standard straight down with no frills, but one thing is for certain, there are plenty of thrills to be found on these slides and there is enough fun to be found in this section alone to keep you entertained for hours.
The next section down from all of the slides has a more relaxed feel. Here there is a large swimming pool with a wave machine and also a lazy river where you get in an inflatalbe ring and float around a circular route. There is also seating and sun loungers around this area so it is perfect for relaxing when you need a break from the slides.
The lowest section of the park is more aimed at children, but there is still fun to be had for older people here. If you are going with small children, this is a really good area and I am sure that they could happily play there all day. In this area there is a pool area with stepping stones shaped as things such as a crocodile which you have to try and walk across. This is easier said than done and something that I was unable to complete when I was there. My favourite thing in this area was a giant inflatable bubble with water running out of it. It is great fun climbing to the top of this and bouncing down the side and I could easily spend hours in this section alone. The only problem here is that you only get a couple of minutes on the bubble before you have to get out and queue up for it again. Finally in this section, there is a shallow pool, with climbing frames and small slides, which is again perfect for small children. This area also featuures a giant bucket which slowly fills with water and then cascades down onto the pool.
As I have said, this is an enourmous park with loads to do so it is hard to get bored there in a day, and I would even suggest that you could easily go there for two days. There is a lot of staff monitoring all of the slides and so it is certainly safe. One possible downside that I didn't experience is long queueing times. I went in quite a quiet period and so the park was not very busy but at peak times I would expect the park to be full. However, the large number of slides may mean that there is always something that you can go on without the need for a long wait.
Food is also available on site, which is good value and is the typical kind of thing you would expect to find in most restaurants in Faliraki. I can happily reccommend the gyros as being the perfect snack to fill you up after a hard morning of sliding around! There are also lockers and changing rooms available so you can store your belongings throughout the day.
Overall, this is a really good day out for people of all ages and is definitely well worth a visit if you are in Faliraki this summer. The park has a good website which has further details about the slides and facilities available. It was certainly one of the highlights of my trip to Faliraki last year and if I am ever back in Faliraki, it will be on the top of my list of places to go!
The first two series of The Mighty Boosh were fantastic, funny and very original, and probably not to everyone's taste. The show is weird and magical and doesn't make much sense but for people who love it, it is one of the best shows on television in the last few years.
The show is the creation of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, who play the main characters in the show (Vince Noir and Howard Moon). Vince is young, easy going and good looking and his main interests are fashion and music. Howard on the other hand is older and more serious and is passionate about poetry and theatre. The age gap between the characters is an ongoing joke throughout the series though as it is often claimed that they were in the same class at school.
It is a surreal comedy where Vince and Howard go on weird and holarious adventures in each episode. Other regular characters include Bob Fossil (played by Rich Fulcher) Naboo (Michael Fielding (Noel's brother)) and Bolo the gorilla (Dave Brown). Fielding and Barratt also play a wide range of other characters throughout the series, which in itself adds to the humour. Occasional characters include Richard Ayoade (from the IT Crowd and Garth Marengi's Dark Place amongst other things).
Series 1 is set in a zoo where Vince and Howard are zoo keepers. There are 8 episodes in this series. Each episode sees Vince and Howard going on a new adventure of some kind. For example, in "Bollo," Vince travels to Monkey Hell to save Howard, who has mistakenly been killed instrad of Bollo himself. All of the episodes are entertaining but I would personally pick Killeroo and Charlie as being the weakest in the series.
A running theme throughout the series is polo mints, which pop up all of the time, be it in the open title sequence or in a characters costume. An example of this is in the last episode where one character 'the Hitcher' has a big polo for an eye.
Something else that I really liked about series one is the scene before every episode where Vince and Howard stand in front of a curtain and talk to the audience. I find this to be a very entertaining beginning to the show.
Series 2 sees Vince and Howard move away from the zoo and into a house with Naboo, who is a shaman, and Bollo. In this series Naboo plays a much larger role than in the first series. Again in this series, every episode has its own adventure, only this time not based at the zoo.
The second series has 6 episodes, which again are all entertaining and funny. An episode that stands out is 'Milky Joe'. In this episode, Vince and Howard are stranded on a desert island. They lose touch with reality and form a community by humanising coconuts. It's as mad as it sounds and very entertaining.
Music plays a big part in the Mighty Boosh and each episode has at least one song in it. These add massively to the comedy of the show and the songs are very well written and performed. My personal favourite is in 'Mutants' in the first series, where Vince and Howard set some mutant creatures free. The song in this episode involves the mutants performing a break dancing routine which is very funny.
Following on from these 2 series, there is a third series as well as 2 live shows.
Overall, I think that the Mighty Boosh is a great example of a good, modern British comedy. Its very weird and very colourful and it doesn't make a lot of sense but it is absolutely brilliant and its popularity speaks for itself.
Morrisons tiger bread is easily my bread of choice. If I could have a sandwich made with any bread from any shop, I would choose this bread.
The main reason why this bread is so good is the flavour of the crust. I believe that this has such a distinctive flavour because it is brushed with sasame oil. The taste is wonderful though and really gives the bread something that other types of bread do not offer.
The reason I have chosen Morrisons' tiger bread over those on offer from other supermarkets is that I find the Morrisons' bakery to be generally superiour accross all breads. The bread has a very nice texture and a good taste that you would expect from an expert baker. In the case of the tiger bread, this goes with the taste and crusty nature of the crust to create a perfect loaf.
The bread is also baked in store fresh every day so you are guaranteed a fresh loaf every day.
Holywell Bay fun park is, in my opinion, one of the best places in Cornwall for a fun filled family day out. There really is something for everyone.
The park has a wide variety of activities including a maze, crazy golf, a climbing wall, go-karts and boats. There is also an indoor play area for younger children as well as a golf course and a pitch 'n' putt course. All of the activities are great fun and it is easy to spend a good few hours at the park without getting bored.
The park operates a token system, with each activity costing a certain number of tokens. I feel that this is one of the main downsides of the park as the tokens are quite expensive and things such as go karting costs a lot of money for the couple of minutes that you actually spend in the go kart.
Another downside is that the park can get quite busy which means that you can spend a long time waiting around on the more popular attractions such as the go karts, crazy golf and pitch 'n' putt course.
Despite these downsides to the park, I still believe that it is a fantastic day out. It is colourful and attractive to children and a number of the attractions are equally inviting to adults. It is certainly a fun filled place with a lot to do.
Another advantage is the location of the park, as it is just 10 minutes away from the wonderful Holywell Bay beach. This is a large beach with sand dunes and is the perfect place to spend the afternoon after having fun at the park. A great day out all round!
Ebay is an online auction site where users can buy and sell things to and from each other easily and securely. You can buy almost anything on ebay, including tickets, memorabelia, cds, cars and clothing. The possibilities are endless. It is the perfect place to look if you want to buy something cheaply or if you are trying to find something that is unavailable in the shops.
Obviously, if you are a buyer, there is a risk that the item is not as the seller described or that they will take payment from you and not send the item. However, there are measures in place to prevent this from happening. There is a feedback system where you leave either positive, negative or neutral feedback after every transaction. This means that it is easy to tell if a seller is to be trusted and this massively reduces the risk involved with making a purchase. Also, sellers who continually disregard the rules will have their accounts deactivated. This means that it is generally safe to purchase things from ebay, and I have personally had very experiences on the site.
The advantages of ebay are massive, both for buyers and sellers. As I have already said, it is the perfect place to find something that is, for example, no longer available in the shops. Also, you can not be ripped off in terms of price because you only bid what you are willing to pay for an item, and the item will be sold at the price that the market is willing to pay for it. In economic terms I would describe it as being close to a perfect market, if such a thing can exist.
The opportunities for selling are also very good, whether you want to make an occasional sale or want to make a living from ebay, anything is possible. Some people have successfully started businesses based on selling goods through ebay.
Overall, I think that ebay is a great site whether you are a buyer or a seller. It is likely that if you want something, you will be able to find it on there. The only warning I would give is not to get carried away. As I have found out, it is very easy to get over excited by an aution and to bid more than you can really afford, or to spend hours on there and to buy lots of things that you don't really need. However, if you avoid these dangers, you can't really go wrong.
As a subscirber of FourFourTwo magazine for a number of years, I belive that without doubt, it is the best football magazine aimed at serious football fans that is available on the market. The other main magazines focused on domestic football are Match and Shoot. Match is very good in its own right, but is focussed much more on a younger audience. I find the writing in Shoot to be quite boring and often feel that there aren't enough interesting articles in there. This leaves us with FourFourTwo, which doesn't fail to deliver.
FourFourTwo does not focus on providing a news round up of everything that has happened in the world of football in the last month, it leaves that to the newspapers. Instead, it gives a number of articles that give the reader a better insight into particular areas of football. Regular articles include a monthly look at a particular grudge match from around the world. There is also a monthly "The Boys A Bit Special" article, which highlights promising youngsters who you can then look out for and monitor as their career progresses.
The magazine also looks back in time, to relive and educate the reader on historical football events. There are also regular countdowns of things such as the best footballers outside the Premiership, which adds interest.
A particularly helpful section for those who enjoy reading more about football is the section which reviews the latest book and computer game releases. I have read a number of very good books as a result of reccommendations from this section.
Overall, FourFourTwo is a very good magazine for those who want high quality opinion, debate and wish to increase their knowledge of football history at all levels. It is perhaps not as fun as other magazines such as Match but the content is certainly on a higher level and so I would certainly reccommend it as the best football magazine available.
I believe that Shotters Nation is a very good album with a number of excellent songs on it. It can certainly be argued that it is weaker than Down In Albion, because it does not contain the big, instantly recongisable anthems that its predecessor did. However, there are a lot of very good songs on the album and it is certainly a must have for all Babyshambles fans.
An interesting song, and one of my personal favourites is French Dog Blues. Writing credit for this song is given to Ian Brown as some of the lyrics are taken from his song "Deep Pile Dreams". French Dog Blues is also the name of Peter Doherty's website where there is also a forum entitled "French Dog Writtles". This song also has a very good video, with an animated version of the band playing the song.
It is difficult to pick a particularly weak song from the album. Every song has something to offer, both in terms of lyrics and the song itself. Carry On Up The Morning will draw obvious comparisons to Up The Morning the previous album but I think that it stands up well, with some very strong and interesting lyrics.
A song that passed me by for a long time is Side Of The Road. However, having seen it performed live it has become one of my favourites. It is a good example of Babyshamble's famous 'whirlpool effect' that whips audiences up into a frenzy.
Overall, I think that this is a very good album with a lot of good songs. All of the songs has something to offer. It is tempting to think that because there are no big anthems like "Albion" or "F**k Forever" (Delivery is probably the most well known song on the album) that it is not as good as Down In Albion. I would disagree with this argument however and suggest that it is at least equal to its predecessor.
Britain's Got Talent is, for me, the best of the bunch when it comes to television talent competitions. The fact that it allows any acts to audition, and not just singers gives it that extra variety and interest that shows such as X Factor do not have. The fact that it has taken Britain by storm is testiment to the fact that it is a hugely popular format that appeals to a wide range of people.
As I have already mentioned, I feel that the main advantage of the show it that it gives a much wider variety of people a chance to audition. While this often results in disasterous performances, it has also uncovered some real talents that would never have got a look in on other shows. Acts such as Stavros Flatley have added fun to this years show alongside Susan Boyle giving it worldwide appeal.
It is good to see acts from the show going on to have medium term success as well. Escala for example, were losers in the final last year but are still going strong. They have an album out and are also perfoming regularly at events. This is a long term benefit provided by the show, without which, Escala could well still be completely unknown.
The main downside is that too many singers and dancers eventually find themselves in the final, which I feel goes against the whole idea of variety. However, it can't be argued that these people have talent and probably deserve their place.
The show must also be careful when dealing with young children. They are told they are fantastic, put through to the semi final / final and their expectations and self belief are inflated. I feel that this could be dangerous and if the child does not go on to win the show, it could have a crushing effect on their self confidenct.
Generally, I think that this is a fantastic show, that gives everyone a chance. It shows us the best that Britain has got to offer, and is well worth watching.
Bank is the perfect location for young professionals in Birmingham. Its location is ideal, amongst the more classy bars and restaurants in Brindleyplace, just off Broad Street. Brindleyplace is also the location for a number of busiesses such as banks and professional services firms so it is perfect for young professionals to pop in for a drink after work, as well as at the weekends.
The atmosphere in Bank is sophisticated and the staff are extremely helpful. There is a very large selection of coctails on the menu and the staff are more than willing to make recommendations if you are unsure which one you would like. There is plenty of comfortable seating in the bar area as well as space to stand. There is also a restaurant area to the rear, again with plenty of room.
The quality in Bank is exceptional. The cocktails are expertly made and the food is also very good. Obviously this is reflected in the prices, but I would say that these reflect the quality of both the product, and the service that you are receiving. It is evident that many other people feel the same, as Bank is a popular venue and is often extremely busy, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. But there is also a good number of people in there throughout the week as well.
Overall, Bank is a very nice place, offering high quality products at a high price. If you are looking for a cheap night out, I would suggest one of the other bars in Brindleyplace or even Broad Street which is cheaper still. But if you want to be indulgant, and enjoy the finer things in life, Bank is definitely worth a visit.
Tony Hancock is widely thought of as one of the best comic talents ever produced and Hancock's Half Hour demonstrates why. Brilliantly written by Galton and Simpson, Hancock performed the scripts fantastically, both on the radio and in the television series. The tragedy, apart from Hancock's premature demise, is that a vast number of the television episodes are lost forever, meaning that younger viewers such as myself will never see the numerous other episodes that were produced. However, those episodes that do survive are a very good example of what this man could do, and many moments of comic genious thankfully still remain.
Most people talk of classic episodes such as 'The Blood Donor' or 'The Radio Ham' when you mention Tony Hancock to them, and while these are good episodes in their own right, I belive that many of the less celebrated episodes have a lot more to offer. In fact, I find The Blood Donor quite difficult to watch as this episode, following a car accident, was a turning point in Tony's battle with alcoholism. Other episodes such as 'The Missing Page', 'The Lift', and 'The Train Journey' are hilarious, and there are endless quotes that will live long in the memory, as well as Tony's trademark facial expressions.
Of course, it is impossible to talk about Hancock's Half Hour without talking about the other characters. Sid James, Bill Kerr, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Lloyd and John Le Mesurier also played a large part in the show and did so with great effect. Sid James in particular played a wonderful part in the show. Hancock and James made a wonderful double act, although of course, Hancock would have hated it to have been called a double act.
It is sad that as time went by, Hancock left the people who had helped to make him so successful. It could be argued that his decision to leave Galton and Simpson as well as the likes of Sid James was a bad one. I would suggest this is the case. I certainly look back on the episodes with Sid James and Co as being the truly great comic moments. Thats not to say that the later episodes lacked comedy however, but they weren't the same. Despite this, it is difficult to knock Hancock's decisions. He was a perfectionist who wanted to produce truly great comedy. He was all too aware of his short comings when perhaps he should have recognised his great success and popularity.
Overall, Hancock's Half Hour was a brilliant radio and TV show with some truly classic moments and excellent writing. It is a shame if Hancock is remembered for his problems later in his life rather than this massively successful series.
The Hawthorns is a very good football stadium for a number of reasons. Firstly, for people who love their football history and statistics, it is the home of one of the Football League's founding members and is also the highest ground above sea level, so there is plenty of interesting stories and things to look out for at the ground.
The ground is also very easily accessable, as it is just off the M5 motorway. Also, being in the Midlands, it is not too far from any other grounds in the country so it is an easy trip for away fans. The ground also has its own tram and railway station so it is very easy to get to for more local supporters.
The ground itself is quite modern and has good facilities throughout. The East Stand was rebuilt fairly recently and the Halfords Lane stand was completely refitted in the summer of 2008. The ground has something for all, with the stands along the sides of the pitch offering a more family oriented atmosphere, and the Smethwich and Birmingham Road stands attracting the more vocal supporters. Food and drink in the ground is of a reasonable quality, although as you would expect at a football ground, it does not come cheap.
The Hawthorns is also a very good venue for corporate events, and has very nice corporate areas with pictures and memorabilia on display of the club's more successful times.
Other facilites at the Hawthorns include a large club shop, ticket office and a large, newly built indoor training facility across the road from the ground. This gives the club a very professional feel.
Around the ground are a number of pubs, including the Vine, which is a popular pre game location for both home and away supporters. The ground is also situated next to a large bakery, and many West Brom fans will speak of the smell of freshly baked bread that often welcomes them to games at the Hawthorns.
Overall, the Hawthorns is a very welcoming football ground. The atmosphere can often be subdued but on a big occasion, you can guarantee a lot of noise. The ground is about the right size for the size of the club which means that there is rarely a large amount of empty seats at games. It is certainly well worth a visit.