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I attended Glasgow university to study music, and although O wouldn't recommend the course to anyone, i owuld recommend the uni to everyone. Not only is it a lovely main building the facitilties here a seconde to none. There is a gym, although not very big (the main gym that is) there are classes daily and a swimming pool and weight and cardivascular training room. The UNiversity is very large and has many building some as far as 5 miles apart. The uni offers many different socail groups and clubs. Their halls of residence are lovely, compared to some that I have ssen. there are two unions, the QMU and then glasgow union which has a ngith lcub above cllaed the hive. Overall the university is great to attend and there are lots of different support available to those that need any. The only thing that I wouldn't recommend to people is their music department!
the Queen Margaret Union at Glasgow Uni is one of the universities two unions. It hosts many live bands and DJ's and themed nights. It is not just for students that attend the univeristy, although if you are not a member you will pay a higher price, and in some cases be refused etry if nearing compacity.
The QMU is not only a great place to see up and coming bands but also for relaxing, there are three floors here, the bottom floor is where the music events are held and is also home to the union shop. The middle floor is hom to Jim's bar which is very laid back with big comfy couches. Across from here is the pool hall, when I say hall, take this with a pinch of salt, as there are only 2 pool tables in here and they do get very crowded, so be prepared for a wait.
The top floor is jsut the canteen which is only open during the day. The actual canteen food is pretty poor but its very cheap and I suppose ok for students who dont really mind lol.
Overall its a good venue.
The tronsport museum is free of charge for entry, and can be tied together as a day out weith the Kelvingrove Art Gallery which is located just over the road.
The transports museum is full of old style transportations devices and some up to date ones. There are large buses and old steam trains which you are able to go on and have a look about. There are two levels within the museum, the bootom level seems to be for the more land transportations and the bigger items. The second level is home to things like old fashioned bikes and boats.
The bottom floor IS HOME TO THE OLD FASHIONED HIGH SPEC CARS, THESE ARE VERY LUXURIOUS BUT these are only for looking at as I imagine the cost quite a lot.
The top floor is alot more fun for the kids as there is quite a lot interactive services and during school holidays they have people in taking small groups of children to different activited through the museum.
This a great day out when attached to the Kelvin grove art gallery you can make a full day out of it for free!!
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery is a free to visit gallery, making this a very inexpensive day out for the family, which welcome in this current climate.
The gallery is on 2 levels, with the bottm level being more family orientated, with lots of exhibits about animals, the war, dinosaurs etc. There is also many special exhibitions hosted here, for example at the moment they have a Doctor Whoo exhibit, which you do need to pay for, this is sometimes quite pricey though. The second floor level is sometimes by passed by quite alot of people as this is home to all the paintings, this is such a shame as the paintings are lovely, and there ar some interesting insect ehibits upthere too. There is a large bee hive where you can see the bees flying in and out and the honeycomb that they produce, which is really fascinating to watch.
Overall this is a really good day out and its free!!
The Glasgow Science centre is a great fun day out for all the family. There are many different attractions there and it caters to all age groups (including us adults lol). The science centre is split between two levels and has individual exhbits, with instructions beside this, and explains the science behind it. This part is obviously aimed at adults, but the ehbits are really fun for the children to do. Thjere is also a planetarium, which offers daily shows at specific times (although in my many times of visiting it has never been open). The planetarium is also available for people to hire for private functions, such birthdays and wedding recpetions. There is also the glasgow tower here, which also I have never managed to do, due to it not being opewn, this very weather dependent and if windy will not open, why they would place suchan attraction in scotland beside the clyde river I'll never know!
There is a large IMAX cinema here which shows short films which are included in your science centre ticket, but it also shows up to the minute films and some of which are in 3D.
Overall this is a very good day, if maybe a little pricey.
Blair Drummond safari is quite a unique experience. It is widely spread over acres of land. There is the the usual set up in the main section of the park, with a sea lion show and some acrcade and fairground attractions. This area is closley connected to the next animal encounter of meercats, penguins etc. There is a large pen with one old sleepy bear which you'll be lucky to see. There is a large feeding section (feed cost £1 per pot) with shetland ponies, clydesdale horses, lama and walabies. This is really fun section especially for the kids as the can pet the animals (dont worry there is a large section outside the feeding for people to wash their hand s and sanitizer. The main attraction of the park is the drive through safari, yiu need to drive your own car, if you do not drive they can provide a bus (although we never seen one when we went) that will take you round. In here there are lots of different animals including lions. Each are individual pens (for quite obvious reasons) and you can drive through and take pictures.
In the far end of the park there are elephants, and a giraffe point which im sure if they walked over near enough to the watch point you could easily pet them. There are also zebras next to the giraffe.
There is chimp island which is home to only 3 chimps all on their own little island that you need to get a boat to go out and see. At the section there is also the "flying fox"which is basically a large zip line over the river. At the other side of this river is lemur land where you can walk round in amongst the mears, who are very curious animals (when we visited they tried climbing up a woman, poor lady).
Overall the park is a great day out, with lots of picnic benches and even barbeques it'll be great for the summer holidays.
Edinbuirgh Zoo is the only zoo existing in Scotland (although there are a few safari parks about now) It is home to the only polar bear in Scotland and its main attraction (in my opinion) are the penguins, who do a march of the grassy area everyday. There are many different animals to view at the parks, but I wouldn't recommend it for those that find it hard to walk long distances or are walking impaired as it is a very large park and is very hilly.
The zoo has a very high level of conservation, with rhinos and their polar bears and chimps. There is also quite alot of research going on at the zoo too.
The zoo opening times do very throughout the year, in the winter they are open shorter hours and in the summer thi is longer. Prices for addmission are £14 for adults, £9.50 for children aged between 3-15 and children under 3 are free. There are various discounts available for family tickets and group discounts.
Overall this is a great day out and something the kids will really enjoy!!
Xscape is a large mecca of different activites, and I would go as far to say there is something for everyone!!
It is situated behind the shopping centre Braehead in Refrewshire. There are many different restaurants to chose from over 10 in total, so your sure to find something that will cater to your needs.
There is a large multiscrren Odeon Cinema located on the first floor of the building, there aprox. 18 screens here and has larger chairs and leg room than most odeon cinemas i have vistied.
The star attraction of Xscpae is the inside ski slope ith real snow!!This offers ski-ing, snowboarding, tobaganning and tube sliding. There are various lesson types that you can prebook and are all catered to individual levels. The prices are very reasonable and cheaper than you would be for a ski break.
There are loads more activites available at the centre such as the biggest indoor mini golf, this has two courses, there is the ten pin bowling alley, lazer quest and even inside dogems and arcade. There is a football circus. Xscape also has a hopst of shops, generally active shops that sell bikes and ski equipment etc.
All in all this is a great centre and one that I am sure with be extremely busy over the coming summer holidays!!
I recently flew from Ireland to the UK with Ryan air, my parents had booked my flight back home for me after a years travelling and I was slightly stranded in Ireland. So they had booked everything for at their end, which meant I couldn't go online to check in, which meant I was charged £40 extra when i got the check in desk - I was not impressed!!Although this air company are relatviely cheap to fly with, they are finding news ways to charge people, things that are in the pipe line are - pay to pee and a "fat charge". Now if anyone tried to charge me to pee whilst on a flight i sure as hell would be holding it in or polietly asking for a cup and then handing it back, we'll see how long it would take them to change that new policy if all their passengers decided to do this.
I would fly with them again as they are really cheap but they certainly wouldn't be my first chocie thats for sure!!
I flew with Delta Airlines from London Gatwick to Atlanta and then to Miami a little while back now, and it was just a horrible, horrible experience. Up until this flight I had never flown with a US flight company and will prabbly never be flying again with another US based flight company after this terribble experience.
To start with their aeroplanes looked very dated, a lick of paint and a good scrub would not go a miss here. The cabin crew were not much better, very rude and their uniforms were not the most tasteful, shall we say. For a long haul flight I would have expected my own back of seat screen, not so, this was kept as a luxury for thosetravelling in the upper classes.From where i was sat i could barely see half of the tv screen in the centre of the plane, and this was a projection screen so anytime somone walked past you lost the picture anyway, so I probably wouldn't have wanted to see the full thing anyway, as i think this would have annoyed me much more!The sockets for you headphones were rubbish, I had to hold my earphone plug to a slight angle to make them work, and at £5 a pop for a headset i didn't take to kindly to this!!The seats were the most uncomfortable things I have ever had the dipleasure to sit in, I am not a tall person (5ft 6in) and I was struggling to get any sort of leg room I feel sorry for anyone that was taller!
I wouldn't recommend this air company to anyone!
Gears of War 2 is a fluid sequel to the original Gears of War game with it feeling just like a natural progression from the great original game. With similar controls which can be tricky to master straight away but once familiar with the controls the playability is excellent.
Personally I believe the storyline in this game is superior to that experienced in the original, due to the lack of somewhat boring back story seen in the original.
The selection of guns again is more varied in this game compared to the original with again achievements being unlocked with the more variety of weapons you use to kill the enemies. The enemies are also slightly more varied which again adds a new aspect to the game not seen in the original.
Overall this game is a perfect sequel to an already excellent original with improvement coming in all of the right places.
I loved the intial 'Twilight', but I am now regretting going any further with this book series. The first book was excellent but feel that the following books have kind of lost the plot, no pun intended.
After reading a few pages in I really wasn't enjoying this book but i kept reading, eagerley awaiting the all-out, blood-and-guts vampire showdown at the end. This just wasn't the case and I was sorely disappointed, i won't ruin any of the book for anyone as I hate reviews which give out spoilers.
Althought the book did have some exciting parts I felt that the characters had something lacking, I hate the way Bella is portrayed in this book and how I can't quite get to grips with how she has come to be from the intial book, but again I am not going to spoil this.
I felt this book was a waste of time and a cost me a few hours I wish I hadn't spent reading this.
The Crocs Mammoth are strapless slip-onS, this makes them very easy slip on to use as a slipper in the home as well as on outdoor shoe. Although when going outside they don't give thebest protection against those winter days and I have had a few wet feet moments, but they are ok if your just popping out for a couple of minutes.
What's great about these shoes is that the lining is removable and can be washed, so no more smelly feet for me then. I'm still to come across another winter shoe that is so easy to clean, pop in the washing machine and its done.
The soles are slightly higher the the regular cayman shoes so that they offer a bit more protection from the wet weather, but to be honest I dont think this makes much of a difference especially if your splashing through puddles, which where i live, is inevitable. The shoes are really comfy and have other shoe in the croc range which are equally as comfy.
The cost is relatively good for a winter shoe but over priced for a slipper. I would say buy them if where you live gets dry cold winters but not for the wetter winters as they just don't do the job.
COme dine with me is not only an excellent food programme but also a very humorous one. I myself am not a foodie, and only watch this programme for the comedy value. The basis of the programme is that there are 5 strangers from a similar area compete for one week to hold the best dinner party. At the end of the week where the winner is announced and awarded £1000.
some of the contestants really don't have a clue when it come to cooking or have bad days. I love watching all the little mistakes they make and them getting stressed out. The comentator is hilarious and really makes the programme, if he wasn't present then I'm not sure I would watch the programme.
Occassionally they have a celeb come dine with, where 4 celebs get together and do the same thing, this is usuall a one off hour special, compared to they half hour shows monday to friday. The celeb shows are really good and let you have a wee sneak peak at their houses.
This particular TGI Friday's is located in the new Xscape building at Braehead. It is like any other TGI Friday's in the world. The food in TGi's i find to be a bit over priced and the quality of the food not as good as it should be in respect of the pricing for it. Although the main part of the food is mostly tasty but anytime I have visited the restaurent I also seem to find something wrong with a side or something else, I dont know if this is me just being picky, but I don't usually find much things wrong in restaurants...but always seem to in here.
The one thing that TGI excels at is its cocktails, these are delicous and my only complaint is that regular is too small and the large is too large. These cocktails are quite over priced, but that is to be expected with the price of the menu's.