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When purchasing a new mobile telephone I wanted one that was comfortable to use, reliable and had useful features that didn?t require and advanced degree in advanced physics to understand. Having used Nokia?s in the past I choose the 8310. The size took getting used to, it is very small and tends to get lost in the bottom of a handbag. However, compared with previous telephone it appeared to be capable of gaining a better single strength than other current Nokia telephones. The use of the telephone is easy. The use of the central menu function leads to ease of use, the shape is sounded and therefore comfortable on the hand and the keys, although on a small telephone, are easy to use. There are a wealth of features, including WAP access, a voice recorder, voice activated dialling, an FM radio, a calendar and a to do list. The telephone also comes with a stereo hand free kit. The voice activated dialling is weak, I found this too difficult to use and get the telephone to respond to the right name. The to-do feature is very useful, and the hand free kit that also allows the telephone to be set to automatic answering is especially useful when on the move. This is especially true with a telephone that is small enough to fit into any pocket. Another useful feature is the ability to set caller groups and assign them different ring tones. When a call comes though I can tell whether it is a work call a friend or family. The only time this does not work is where a telephone number is withheld or not available, when the default setting for general calls will be used. Overall, I have found the telephone to be reliable and durable?.. it has been dropped several times with no resulting damage. The easy to programme options have been useful and I have also found myself using many of the additional features such as the voice recorder and the to do list. The WAP access function is limited in value due to the very small screen. The only downside is the fact it is
only a duel band phone, and therefore cannot be used in the US.
Upon deciding to visit Cornwall the idea of visiting Rick Stein's restaurant was raised. A telephone call to the general number that deals with his different restaurants in the town soon indicated that the idea may not come to fruition, Although we were telephoning three weeks prior to going down there, most times were fully booked. However, when extending the times to include lunchtimes a table was found and we booked a table for Sunday Lunch. When we arrived the table was ready, after being seated were offered two types of home made bread. The sourdough bread was excellent, light and airy texture with the characteristic pungent taste, the walnut bread also had a lovely taste, but was a little dry. This soon disappeared whilst choosing our meal from the menu. The starters were very good. The Falmouth shrimps had just come onto the menu, serve cooked with a side portion of mayonnaises they were delicious. My partner?s oysters I was assured were equally delicious. The main course looked superb. Never having had lobster I took the plunge, ordering a boiled lobster (starting proce £28). Eating one for the first time I have little to compare it to, but it was lovely. However, the side order of potatoes was somewhat lacking, they were of very poor quality. My partner had a selection of cold assorted shellfish (£30 ish). The waitress instructed him to all of the contents. The platter he ordered looked stunning, but I am told it looked better than it tasted, and although good to eat, he felt was over priced. The desserts were also delicious, but very pricy, most were in excess of £10. The raspberry sorbet had a large portion of fresh raspberries, and a beautiful tasting sorbet, the flourless chocolate cake was equally impressive. The wine list was also extensive and good recommendations were made. When we left we were offered a menu to take with us as a keepsake. New menu's are printed every day. There was a great deal of choice on the menu,
from traditional fish and chips to a variety of shell fish dishes. For those who did not like fish there was a meat option; rib of beef. The restaurant itself has a good clean décor, and is light and airy. My only criticism is that some of the tables were a little to close together, especially the tables for two. The restaurant is situated facing the harbour along form the main area of shops in Padstow. There is an open air car park very nearby, but if visiting at a busy time it is unlikely that there will be a spare place. Overall, it was a lovely dining experience. The service was excellent and the food was of a very high quality making the meal enjoyable, however, I would not recommend the restaurant for children.
Before you read this review take a deep breath and relax, then consider what your ideal dining experience would be. Think not only of the food, but of the atmosphere and surroundings, the attitudes of the staff and the total experience. The chances are that there will need to be comfortable and relaxed surroundings, the ability to take as much time as you want to over a meal that is served without and rush, and to known that whatever you order it will be of the highest possible quality. There are few restaurants I have ever eaten in that have been able to provide me with an experience of this kind, but I have found one, tucked away in a side street in Whitby, North Yorkshire. We found this restaurant when on holiday. The menu appeared to be varied and well priced. The table was booked by telephone, and even at this stage we started to see what the restaurant meant by the little slogan printed at the bottom of the menu saying 'a restaurant with a difference'. When we booked the table we were told that once the table was booked it was ours for the rest of the night, that there was only a single sitting regardless of what time you arrived. The restaurant opened at 5.30 p.m. and the last orders were taken at 9.30 p.m. We booked a table for 7 p.m. When we arrived the restaurant was cool on a hot day and very relaxed. We were greeted by a very friendly man we later found out was the chef and the proprietor. He was happy to make recommendation not only for food, but also for wine. This restaurant has a wonderful wine list with something to suit even the most discerning pallet. The range of food was wide, with fish and meat dishes, include two different lobster dishes as well as a vegetarian menu not based on pasta. For the more adventurous pallet there was even crocodile filets. Prices for a main course averaged about £12. The wine was served perfectly chilled, and even the wine glasses were a pleasure to drink from, with very thin rim
s and comfortable to hold. When the starters arrived; marinated salmon and Thai duck breast the first impression was the very generous size of the portions. The taste of the food was fabulous, the salmon was accompanied by a dill mayonnaise, whilst I am assured the duck was heavenly. As we were eating the starters the wine glasses were regularly topped up without any intrusion. We took out time over the starters and at no point did we feel hurried. For the main course we had beef fillet medallions in a hot and crunchy mustard sauce. Again, the portions were very generous, vegetables and potatoes were served separately. The vegetables were also generous with several types, carrots, marrow, beans and others, all of which were fresh and tasted wonderful. The only problem with such a delicious meal and the generous portions is having room for a dessert, but when you can take as much time as you need this is worth making time for. The range of desserts is not as wide, but there are deserts for most tastes from rich and luxurious to light and refreshing, such as oranges in Grand Marnier. We arrive at seven, and did not leave until eleven thirty. The whole experience was wonderful, and a look at the visitors book that is presented to everyone with the bill assured use we were not alone! The book was full of very favourable comments, all with a high level of enthusiasm as well a compliments. If you wish to visit this restaurant then they can be found at 42a Flowergate, Whitby. I would strongly recommend that you book, this can be done by telephone on (01947) 601166 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to know more then they also have a web site at http://www.the-vintner-restaurant.co.uk/. The guest book here gives a very good idea of the quality of the restaurant and the menu page gives prices. This is one place we will definitely be visiting again, and again and again……..
This was one of the first fantasy sagas I ever read, however there were not as many books then. The writing style is captivating, with rich characters and descriptions adding to the action. This is a series that can be returned to time after time due to the wide ranging nature of the books. The Rift war Saga covers a great deal of time as well worlds. The Saga starts out with an excellent book called Magician. The reader may look at this, seeing it is thick, and be put off. However, unlike many other lengthy books this book maintains interest all the way through. It is also the foundation for other books that follow and of the might and magic of two worlds; Midkemia, a land that appear to resemble the myth of the old earth, with castles and knights and many recognisable features, even if this is a fantasy land. On the other hand the home world is more alien to the reader. Creatures dissimilar from any we know are present, strange colours and practices are all common place, and provide the contrast for the cultural differences. However, this is not a case of the good opposing the bad, in this we can have sympathy with both sides, and the different perspective of truth are clearly demonstrated not only in general terms, but also as a result of the individual characters and their interactions. The Saga covers the exploits of different heroes and villains, no character is indispensable, and each book sees different characters come to prominence, just as would be the case in a real history. When the story starts there is a focus on the characters from a small kingdom in Midkemia, especially Pug, an inept teenager who cannot even manage the smallest of spells who later becomes a powerful magician on the home world. The saga splits into two main streams those of the different worlds after the first three books. If you want to read a book with political intrigue and double dealing then the 'game of houses' in the 'Daughter of Empire' woul
d be a good read, however, if you want myth and magic then it is the early Midkemia books that are preferable. The series changes style as it continues, with greater emphasis on the fighting and the politics in these mythical style lands, and as Feist moves away form the magic we may argue that the maturity of the writing is in the intricacies of plots, subplots and subterfuge in the subsequent books. Despite this, the first book, Magician will remain my favourite, but I would heartily recommend the rest to any fantasy reader.
The truth is the twenty-fifth book in the Terry Pratchett Discworld Series. The truth takes a look at the development of the Discworld's first tabloid newspaper, with rumours such as the dwarf's knowing how to turn lead into gold. William de Worde becomes the owner of the first daily newspaper, not by design, but by a chance meeting with Goodmountain. However, as with all Discworld novels nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems. There are assassination attempts, plots within plots, which also involve the guilds, talking dogs and the appearance of many characters from former Discworld novels, including the watch as well as Vetinari. In addition to this new introductions also include a non blood drinking vampire, who has signed a pledge and carries instructions on how he may be brought back if he turns to dust, which is prone to happen as he is also, among other things, a photographer who uses flashes! There is the usual appearance of death, who speaks in capital letters without ever actually saying anything, as well as the rather doggy character of CMOT Dibbler, short for cut my own throat, and most likely to be a second hand car dealer in the style of Arthur Daily if in this world! The book is very funny, and although not as good as some of his work, it is much better than many of the more recent offering such as the Fifth Elephant. If you have not read a Terry Pratchett novel before this is probably not the right one to start on, but if you have read any before, especially the city watch books, such as Guards Guards, then this is an amusing read that will not disappoint.
It is often said that some of the old programmes are the best. Although this was made in black and white it shows Phil Silvers at his best as a Army Sargent who is the nicest kind of con man you can meet. He will do anything to try to make a buck, using his squad as the willing, and sometimes unwilling cohorts and victims. Based at Fort Baxter we see how Sargent Bilko can turn the most innocent looking situation into a money making opportunity, unfortunately these schemes will often fail with hilarious results, even when they look set to be the one to succeed. He is supported by a cast of talented and funny actors and actresses from the slow and naive Colonel Hall to his long suffering wife who appears to be wise to Bilko's ways. I love this programme for many reasons, it is easy to watch and is suitable for all ages, but most importantly the comedy is great. Visual and verbal comedy are used to great effect, making it literally a laugh a minute. The canned laughter can be a little annoying at times, but on the whole it is subtle enough to ignore. It is unfortunate that this programme, also known as the Phil Silvers show is only aired intermittently, and even then it is on BBC2. It has, to its credit been the inspiration to a feature length film which is still funny, but still not a patch on the original!
This is the biggest load of trash on the television today. The unfortunate thing is that this channel 4 production is scheduled for a prime Friday night spot after Fraiser on Fridays at 10.30. Introduced by a man with a terrible French accent it aims to be shocking and funny. Instead it is simply crude and tedious. The items are different every week, but are all similar in style and the programme looks as if it is though up by adolescent teenage boys with a limited vocabulary and a very limited idea on what is entertaining. It is not just the subject matters, even the sets and costumes look cheap, how it has ever gained an audience rating in the millions is astounding.
21store.com is an online electronics store. From their front page it looks like they operate in the United States and Canada well as the UK. It has only a limited range, and the electronics for the most part tend to be the gadget and gimmicky as well as high tech like products such as watches that are cameras well as the digital audio, GPS equipment and palm tops. However for the goods it sell it does offer a good choice and range of prices and the site is also easy to navigate and fast to load. I used this shop for the first time after getting an e mail from a friend as they had a half price sale on dreamcast games. I bought Sonic and Toy Commander for £17.50 each, and postage was a total of £1. I have to say the service was very good, I ordered on a Sunday using a payment card, but left some details out, got a telephone call on the Monday from a very polite and pleasant person to take the extra details down, and the goods arrived on 24 hour delivery on Tuesday well packaged and in excellent condition!
How stuff works is an interesting and informative site. If you want to know how something mechanical or technological works then this is a great site. For ecxample on the home page there are currently links which take you to p[ages on how brakes work and the operation of DSL as well as a link to a page about the operations of submarines. There are also links to different categories such as computers and the Internet, body and health, around the house and science and technology among others. Once you click on a link it takes you to the page which will be easy to read. This is not simply due to the language it uses explaining things in a straightforward manner but also the way it is set out and the illustrations as well as clearly labelled and plain diagrams. There are also competitions on the site but don't get excited over the button that says win a cruise as it is only open to US residents. This is a great site for adults and children alike, and worth bookmaking for future reference as well !
The Artists Index can be found at http://sunsite.auc.dk/cgfa/fineart.htm This is a comprehensive list of all major artists from Albertinelli to van Gough it covers the artists off many styles and countries. The links are in alphabetical order and once you find the artist you are after you can click on a link to see their works or art which are mostly paintings but also include sculptures and works in other mediums. If you do not know the artist you are looking for you can also search by country or by time frame. The great thing about this site is the vast number of artists listed and the comprehensive collection of their works which you can access from this one site all with decent resolution. If you want information about the artist themselves, this is not the right site as although the works are included there is very little information about the artists. If you are looking for a picture of work of art this is a great resource. Probably of most value to fine art students or those with a passion for fine art.
Anna appears to be the most level headed of all the housemates. She seams to be able to hold her temper and be sensible as well as knowing how to enjoy a laugh. As such she does not make the best viewing, but it looks like she is probably easy to live with, which is further evidenced by the fact out of the final four she is the only person not up for eviction. She comes over as a genuinely nice person. I think she probably stands the best chance of winning, but this must also be partly due to the fact compared to some of the others in the house she is rather bland, in many ways nice people are not always the most interesting. However, she has not played the flirting game many of the other have and does not appear to have tried manipulating people This does not necessarily mean she has not, but if she has at least it has been subtle.
I think this is one of the best game show type programmes on television. Each weeks teams who have built their own robots come to blows with each other to determine which are the bet, most aggressive and vicious robots. They are built in order to be able to disable the opponent in the ring. Some of the weapons they have been built with show imagination as well as ingenuity. Some have had catapult designs, other have had tipping devises, some have even been equipped with saws. The robots are put in an arena and are controlled remotely, they are given a specific time limit and if both robots are still in tact and moving then the judges decision will be in the performance of the robots whilst fighting. The track record appears to indicate that if a robot is to be successful then it needs to have a device to turn itself over in the case of being flipped, I think this is the most common reason for any robot loosing. There have also been additional challenges added for other robots as well where they need to complete an obstacle course rather than fight, but this is also challenging. This programme is enjoyed by the whole of the family and Craig Charles does a brilliant presenting this and the interviews in-between the heats also adds to the enjoyment of the programme.
The other half is an interesting game show shown on Saturday evenings on BBC1. The main aim of the game is for one couple to correctly identify who is a specific person's other half. They get to ask the potential partners a few questions, see their home in a short tape and watch their body language. If they get it right they go trough to the final, if they don't then the couple who they were trying to put together goes through. The final round gives the couple the chance to win either a wonderful holiday, £1,000 or a trip around the M25. The programme is interesting, partly because of the content, but also because of dale Winton who makes in interesting with his comments and general presenting skills.
The weakest link is a new style quiz show shown at tea times on BBC2 where nine strangers all answer general knowledge questions, the more they get right in a row the more they earn as long as the money is also banked. If someone gets a question wrong they loose the money earned. The only way of preventing this is to bank money regularly, if at the end of a round there has been no money banked then there is no money won! The only catch is that only one of them will win it all, all the other will go home with nothing. At the end of each round the remaining members vote off whoever they see as the weakest link. In this way the original nine are reduced to only two team members who then go head to head on five questions each. Whoever gets the most right wins the full amount. As the team members leave the stage they walk into the camera and have to say what they feel or who they feel will be out next. This is not the only unusual thing about this quiz show, it is also the manner of the presenter, Anne Robinson is very short and scathing of the different contestants. When they vote some one off she may ask them why, and then tell them they did do well either. When she tells someone to go there is no sympathy or understanding in her voice, only efficiency and a matter of fact attitude. Even the programme 'This Morning' has criticised it for being cold and harsh. It is an entraining programme if you like to try to answer questions
At the beginning of this series I though Craig was a bit of a lad and a 'fly boy'. As the series has gone on I haven't really changed my opinion, but at least he is a likeable one. He looked to be enjoying himself with Claire before she left, and now does look as if he is missing her. He adds energy to the show and is one of the more vocal housemates. Since Nicolas left he is also one of the more dominant members of group. I hope he get trough to the final three, otherwise the last week will be very quiet for the remaining housemates, and with only three and the final vote determining who will win taking place the tension is likely to be high. My personal opinion is that he and Anna stand the best chances of winning