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OK, so it's a bleach right, it's from Tesco's and it's good for cleaning your porcelain and stuff. What on earth more can be said about this fantastic product which will make your loo smell nicer.....? Damn! Used one of my headers up already. 1. Makes your loo smell nicer :-) ----------------------------- I like to be predictable. So, a week's gone by, your mum's left you all alone in a whole new life in a city which is both new and frightening and the bog's smelling a little whiffy after you and your new student flatmates have discovered that they DON'T CLEAN THEMSELVES!! Quick - run to the box of groceries mummy's left you with, rummage through the bag with the bleach/flash/tile cleaner/oven mitts/cleaning stuff in (bet you thought you'd never use them eh?) and find a nice blue bottle, child proofed (point #2 in a while) with a directable spout like those duck thingys you used to hear about and schoosh it round the rim of the loo. Allow to soak for a while and flush (look at the bubbles! The Bubbles, the bubbles!) your mum's brother's called Robert. Loo is clean, loo smells nice, loo will be fine for another week (unless Terry has another curry from that dodgy place down the road.) 2. Child proof lid. -------------------- So you've got a kid in the house and don't want them to drink the bleach? Well, Tesco's bleach (look for the blue bottle - wish I was in Marketing...) is the boy for you (it's blue! Pink for a girl) - simply squeeze the sides inwards and you're fine to remove the lid - remember - lefty loosey, righty tighty - pressure needed to remove lid = more than the average 2-9 year old can manage. 3. Cleans all sorts of stuff. ----------------------------- But don't put it on your towels as they'll go white, rot away and be useless. You can use bleach on pretty much anything, it'll clean a
nd protect (seriously - if you're in Marketing, offer me a job!) and, with Tesco brand bleach you'll have a nice smell to follow. Simply dilute for a nice cleaning substance for your kitchen, bathroom or patio furniture and be sure to rinse off afterwards. Stick it down the drain to remove blockages and again, leave to soak for a bit - yes, the drain will smell better. 4. Quite cheap. --------------- That's all folks - it's a couple of quid for a bottle that'll last you ages. Hope you enjoyed the review on possibly the most mundane product you'll ever buy - hope this helps you buy from Tesco's when you next need bleach. Boon :-)
OK, I've heard all the moans and the complaints about Argos.co.uk here and I have to disagree with them all. Please find below an account of my experience with this site: Mrs Boon, beginning to get tired of waiting for me to finish playing on my Playstation before being able to watch a DVD, instructed me to buy one for communal use. Where else to go but Argos? Being unable to get to the shop I thought a visit to their website was in order and so off I went to the simply named Argos.co.uk. First impressions of the site: I did think it looked (and still looks) a bit cluttered - big banner on the top and a LOT of text on the homepage, a search engine on the left hand side was helpful and the information needed was pretty easy to get hold of (if you don't mind looking at a lot of black on green text) by choosing from one of the following categories: Furniture Sound & Vision Household Appliances Homewares DIY, Garden & Pets Baby DVDs, CDs, Books, Videos & Games Sports and Leisure Toys & Games Office, PC & Phones Photography Personal Care Jewellery & Watches Wine and gifts All pretty self-explanatory anyhow but there's a bit of text underneath too in case you are very very daft and can't guess which category link to follow. Seeing the line "Televisions, Home audio, DVD and video ...more" under the category "Sound & Vision" I clicked on through to DVD and video and went onto a screen with some pretty pictures and a browsing aid on the left, clicked on DVD Players and I was given a list of those available, automatically sorted by the highest price, this was quickly changed to lowest price (I could have chosen promotions from a drop-down-box if I had wished) and I chose a nice cheap DVD player and placed my order. Ordering was very simple, you put in your info (name, address and telephone number) and the info for the card (they take all s
orts so you're fine with your visa, MasterCard, delta or switch, there may be others you can use, I just don't know. Delivery date was set for Friday (I put the order in on Wednesday) and lo and behold the DVD player arrived. I was a little surprised to find a different model to the one I had ordered but I was aware of this possibility from the site ("a model of similar specification will be delivered if your chosen DVD player is out of stock" kind of message was spotted as I ordered) so I didn't kick up any kind of stink. The item was delivered in good working order, had all the parts and is now in place to make the rift between Mr and Mrs Boon even wider - DVD player for her, PS2 for me daily time spent together <=15 minutes. Oh happy day ;-) To sum up: A great site (if somewhat busy when you first land there), very easy to use and very quick to order from, the service I received from the site was good - delivery as advertised, goods of expected quality and the price was fine. You do have to pay for P&P (if you want delivery - the other option is to pick up at a shop where you've reserved your item) of £3.95 but when you're getting £90 of DVD player for £37 you don't much grumble at this. I was very happy with my shopping on.line at Argos.co.uk and will definitely go back if I need anything from the list of departments found above. Mr and Mrs Boon are happy once more :-D Happy shopping. Boonoiy.
q: when did you join dooyoo? September 2001! Wow that's quite a while. q: how did you discover dooyoo? From ipoints.co.uk, big partners of dooyoo at the time. q: why did you join? Mainly because of the incentive of the ipoints to begin with, write a couple of reviews, get 5p for every read by others and collect them up until you've got enough for 100 ipoints - was worth a CD at back then. Also it sounded like a fun site. q: what was the opinion you wrote: I can't remember it was that long ago, I know I wrote a dreadful one about the Simpsons and one about Whitby (Hometown) when I was very new and got scathing feedback on both. Well, the Whitby one got me a couple of VUs but the Simpsons one really was poor. q: did you find it easy to get the hang of dooyoo? I thought it would be a quick fix for ipoints top-ups, I didn't get that to churn out opinions was a bad thing and that it'd get me disliked by all and sundry. I learned in the end though and put in the work necessary to get a few reads and a bit of respect from my fellow dooyooers. All is now well but it took me a while to get the hang of it. q: did you read other opinions before you posted your first one? Nope - just went charging in like a bull at a gate, no respect for anyone else or anything on the site. 5 ops on the first day followed by 4 or something and still not very many reads, as I say - it took me a while to get into it here. q: do you write no/some/many comments. Quite a few - I'm only 8 short of hitting the 1000 mark so I'll probably hit that this afternoon. I tend to write comments if an opinion has really meant something to me - touching or sad ones in the speakers corner or passionate ones in films or books tend to incite a comment from me as I want to pass on my approval/agreement/disapproval/etc. q: when you click on the list of
newest reviews, do you read your friends' opinions no matter what they're on/according to subject no matter who has written on it/preferably the opinions of new writers? Yep - try and do a bit of everything. The newbies' writings can often strike up a smile on my face (if only when I see how bad they are so I can wistfully think back on my early days) so I do check what's there. My COF generally get a read (now that I'm back on the site again that is) when I see them on the new ops list and I do try and read on the things I'm most interested in too. q: Do you write your opinions in one sitting? Usually - I've done a couple that took some time and some changing round before I was happy with them but generally I'll just sit down to it and bash one out. q: Do you use a spell check? Yep. q: Do you think you can improve your chances of getting a crown if you suck up to a guide? Have never thought of it. I have yet to use the guides and have not had any trouble with ops since my early days. I just get onto it and see how we go. q: Are you a member of a forum or chat room? I'm on the tooyoo list but don't use it that much. q: Does it hurt when members praise or condemn you? I've never been hurt by praise and I tend to think of any negative feedback as constructive criticism. If I have genuinely made a boo-boo of an opinion then I usually know it when I put it up, in these cases I expect to get bad comments. q: What did you do in your spare time before you joined dooyoo? Played online games and worked harder - then got addicted, fought it off again and then came back. q: What do you wish for in the future? Obviously the capital letters thing is a pain and the pop-ups are a little annoying, they could knock that on the head for a bit. Other than that I find the site fine. Here
endeth the story of Boon on dooyoo. :-)
q: how many times a year do you travel? Really? As many times as possible. I get a grand total of 22 days off a year and I try and use them to go away. q: for how long do you go away? Usually for a week but I've been known to skip abroad for 10 days or a long weekend. Depends on funds and time off work. q: do you stay in your home country or do you go abroad? Mix and match - I live in London, my parents live in Yorkshire and my In-Laws live in Fife (Scotland for those out of the know). We tend to hire a car and do a week shared between the two. We like to get up for one of these trips at least twice a year and have a good break abroad too - last couple of foreign holidays have been: Spain (Benidorm) for 10 days last October and Germany (Berlin) for a long weekend in December 2002 (MY GOD it was cold!) Q: Do you organise your holidays yourself or do you go to a travel agency? I like to organise stuff myself, you can find great airfares on the web and I've a couple of blinders through Opodo, we booked our apartment in Spain and our hotel in Berlin separately from the flights and found that we'd done better than going through a tour operator from speaking to others there. Q: Do you prepare your holidays in advance by reading guide books and studying maps? Not at all, just get a guidebook when I'm there if I can be bothered. I don't mind stumbling about for a while lost - it adds to the holiday if you've got something to work at while you're there. Q: Do you travel alone/with family or friends/with an organised group? Family or the wife as a rule but I've done a couple of the "Lads' hols" things in my youth. Q: Do you prefer the sea / mountains / plains / cities as destinations? City breaks and beaches are my thing. Q: Do you mainly relax or are you an active holidayer? Rel
ax! Rancho Relaxo is my ideal holiday resort (from The Simpsons). I do try and find the local bars and cafes and then relax in those and the walk to the beach and a game of beach tennis (you know - with the little wooden bats and something that looks like a squash ball - known in the Boon household as "Pok-Pok!") could be considered an activity if I were to really relax the boundaries..... Q: If you go abroad do you learn at least some words of the foreign language? I know quite a bit of French and I can get away with pointing and shouting "Grassy arse" in Spain but I don't make too much of an effort, I'm really too lazy (and English) to go learning other languages for the sake of a 10 day trip, pointing and shouting usually does the trick for me (except for in Scotland where nobody can understand anyone else anyhow..... ;-)). Q: Which means of transportation do you prefer? I love to fly but hiring a car is a great way to get about in the UK. Q: Do you send picture postcards to your family and friends? We usually do but the latest ones didn't get back for 6 weeks! The tackier the better is my motto, postcards of beach scenes, gnarled old women sitting in front of houses and donkeys with straw hats are always a safe bet if you can't find one of a small boy peeing or a breast painted to look like a mouse!
"Tech boys," I called, "I need a nice new mouse, this old ball-roller's clogged up to death!" "Why certainly, dear boy, pick one up to £30 and best of luck to you!" Came their cheerful reply, bless 'em. Onto PC World I went and had a look around. The mouse I chose was the Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical - priced at a very reasonable £29.99 (what do I care? It comes off the technical budget ;-)) and within a few days I was ready to roll (or to optic...? Oh I don't know but the mouse was here). First things first then - packaging and appearence: ---------------------------------------------------------- It's a nice box that it comes in - flat, red and with a nice bubble of plastic that holds the mouse, the USB extension and its instruction manual, it obvoiusly protected the mouse well as the Royal Mail didn't manage to harm the mouse at all! A first for them wiht something I've ordered. The mouse is just sex itself! Sleek lines, a nice red light illuminating it's back end and it's bottom and a funny little swirl thing on the back and the word "Microsoft" on it. Anyhow, it looks quite cool compared to the old monstrosity I had. It has 5 buttons (if you include the scroll wheel) compared to the old mouse's 2 AND IT LIGHTS UP - it's just like bonfire night everyu day at my desk! Or am I just too easy to please? Functionality: --------------- To set the mouse up I've hearsd all sorts of talk of software and discs and the likes. I don't even remember geting a disc witrh mine - I just pluged it in using the standard ps/2 connection (yep - it comes with this too) and the mouse lit up and moved my pointer all over the screen! Great stuff. Apparently it also glows red all over if you use the USB connection but I'm not so I don't know if it does or not. Use of the mouse could not be e
asier, it doesn't clog up with office grime as a ball-roller does and ther buttons are programmable for you to be able to do pretty much what you want. I have the standard web-browsing settings for mine and I think they're great. Let's go thyrough what's what: Top left button: Click/double-click Top right button: Right-click (menu display kinda thing) Top centre button: Scroll wheel/press to auto scroll. (now for the best of the bunch) Right-hand side button: Forward (like the forward arrow on your browser) Left-hand side button: Back (likewise) I love this, the forward/back buttons make browsing the web so much easier and the scroll button is such a welcome relief from clicking on the up and down bits at the side of a browser window. Quick scoring - Looks: 8 out of 10 (can't get that glow) Ease of use: 10 out of 10 Posh little features: 10 out of 10 Price: About 4 out of 10 if I were to buy it myself but full marks when I'm being bought it by work. So all in all - lovely. Certainly recommended by me. ***Additional*** I knew there'd be something I forgot to mention - this mouse is also great with all Microsoft applications and points well at non Microsoft ones :-) That is all
3 simple words will be my honest answer - Living My Dream! YES! I saw the band who have been with me for the past 13 years or so. Venue: Earls Court, London Time: About 8pm (ish) The night itself and other miscellaneous: Here goes. Now, As I mentioned above, I have lloved Metallica since I was a nipper (well - 14 or so) and seeing them was a genuine must-do-before-I-die thing for me. I loved their early stuff, have put up with their newer stuff and was hugely impressed with their S&M album with the San Francisco Symphony but until recently I had been unable to get tickets to any of their concerts. Things change, oh! How they change! Brief outline of ticket acquisition: Blioke called Joe that I used to work with, used to produce bands, now on the dole - got tickets throguh someone he knew on the day they sold out! We met up in the pub (yes, the one we both worked in at the time), had a couple of quick pints and then headed off through the crowded Camden streets towards the undetrgro9und station. A quick changhe at Leicester Square to the Piccadilly line and delivered, via the magic that is the London Tube System, to Earls Court - a couple more pints to avoid seeing the support act (never been much for those and I've heard that Godsmack were dreadful so wanted to miss them) and then into the venue. Hand over ticket. Pay £3.50 for a tepid can of Grolsh (God I hate that beer). Find seat. After 5 minutes sat sown Metallica come on. Stand for the next 2 and a half hours with the occasional CRAZED THRASH OF THE HEAD. Before we went into the arena I only wanted 2 songs to be played for the night to be perfecty - Creeping Death (from the Ride The Lightning album) and Seek and Destroy (from Kill 'em All). If you're a fan of Metallica yourself you will know why! Just take a look at the set list below for the full run-down of the night's entertainment:
Battery The Four Horsemen Ride The Lightning Welcome Home (Sanitarium) For Whom The Bell Tolls Frantic Sad But True Dirty Window Harvester Of Sorrow Master Of Puppets Fight Fire With Fire ----- Seek And Destroy Nothing Else Matters Creeping Death ---- One Enter Sandman ---- Blitzkrieg Motorbreath Do not for one minute think I remembered all this myself! I have to give credit to metallica.com for this as I was simply too awe-struck to go remembering things like the ordfer of songs played. Thanks metallica.com. So there you have it - all the simple stuff for a concert review - when, where, with who(m?) etc. What have I missed? Let's see..... The cost of the ticket - £28.50 (becomes £32 with booking fee) Where I sat - Block 27, row F something, seat..... Ahem, many. How did it feel to realise my dream like this? ABSOLUTELY INCEREDIBLE! I spent the first 4 songs in a state of dreamlike bliss, you know the kind of feeling when your first child is born or when you score the winning goal in the 94th minute of a World Cup0 final? I reckon I felt a bit like that. Trust me, Metallica fans are not usually known for their emotion (except when chanting "DIE, DIE, DIE" as the middle section of Creeping Death kicks in) but I really did begin to well up when they came on. Here they are, the band themselves: Lars Ulrich (Drums) Kirk Hammett (Lead guitar) James Hetfield (Rhythm guitar and Vocals) Robert Trujillo (Bass) Three of these guys have been constants in the band since I came across them in my early teens, heroes of mine if you will, and here I was in the SAME ROOM AS THEM! OK, the room was massive and they probably didn't recognise me but I was RIGHT THERE with them. How could you not get emotional in such a situation? The new boy on Bass was also great but he just di
dn 9;t f it in with my image of the band - I'm used to Jason Newstead by now and missed out on Cliff Burton (tragic bus death - it was the way he would have liked to go) but he certainly knows what he's doing and didn't take anything away from the night whatsoever. So, the night wore on, I got more and more involved with the songs and even attempted a bit of headbanging at the songs from their new (and not very good) album St. Anger, we came to the end, I regretfully did not have the required £42,000 for a t-shirt (OK, it was only £30 but still!) so didn't buy one and we made our merry way home to wives, families and the norm once again. I have got to let you all know that to live your dream like this is incredible, to wave a lighter along with 25,000 other people to "Nothing Else Matters" and to chant "DIE, DIE, DIE" along with the same for "Creeping Death" straight after it is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Long live Metallica!
OK, OK, OK - I know it's not in the right category and I'll possibly get a fair few low ratings for this but here goes anyhow: I've managed to drag myself away from my eBay account for a few minutes to take up the challenge set by the lovely MALU (**shameless plug** - I've got the same username on eBay if you want to bid on any of my stuff......). q.1: what is your favourite genre? I'm pretty torn here - I love horror (of the Stephen King/Dean Koontz variety) and I love fantasy (particularly of the Terry Pratchett's ilk). If I had to choose I would have to say fantasy books are my faves - whole new worlds just a page turn away. q.2. do you read the classics, i.e., the great authors of the 18th and 19th century? I absolutely HATE the classics - Dickens...? Pah!! I trudged through Great Expectations once - as Iron Maiden say - "Run to the hills". Reading it was like pulling teeth only without the same fun factor. I don't mind seeing a Shakespeare play but to read his stuff - no thanks. q.3. are you interested in thrillers? I love thrillers! A bit of suspense and a bit of a scare - I'm really into the Silence of the Lambs books and I love to read Stephen King (horror and thriller in one usually) q.4. what about horror stories? Love them. q.5. do you read science fiction? Ahem - about as close as I get to this is Red Dwarf. Does that count? Q.6. How many Harry Potter books have you read? All of them - I loved the first 4 but the Order of the Phoenix is terrible in comparison. Q.7. Have you ever read and enjoyed biographies or autobiographies? I read Frank Skinner's - absolutely brilliant and that led me on to read Ronnie Corbett's. Stay well clear of that one. He's a total idiot from what he writes in this. Q.8. Do you remember any of the books you read a
nd loved as a child? Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton mostly - loved the famous 5 and secret 7 books and the Witches stands out as one of the all time greats. Q.9. Have you re-read these books as a grown-up? The Witches deffo. Enid Blyton's are a littler too much to take as a grown-up. Q.10 Is there a book of which you can say it has influenced you? Maybe "The Godfather" - I always feel that I can take on the world after I read this one. Q.11. Which are your favourite authors? Mario Puzo (Godfather, The Sicilian etc) Terry Pratchett (Discworld series) Stephen King (The Shining, Insomnia etc) Philip Pullman (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) Q.12 Which book would you take with you on a desert island? Probably "The Stand" by Stephen King or the whole "His Dark Materials" omnibus by Philip Pullman - long and interesting books that can easily be read and re-read. Q.13 What is your attitude towards translations? An absolute necessity - I'd have never passed A level French if I didn't find a translation of Camus' "L'Etranger". Q14. Do you buy your books/get them from the library/borrow them from friends/steal them? I usually buy from Amazon or WHSmiths.co.uk or borrow them from mates - the best I've borrowed so far was "The Eight" - I forget who it's by but it is VERY DEEP. Q.15 When you buy books, do you prefer hardcover editions or pocket books? Paperback every time for me - a hardback just takes up too much space and is a real pain to read on the tube. Q.16 Have you ever tried Audio Books? No but I think they're a great idea. I'd love to drive along listening to an audio book and of course they are invaluable to the blind. Thanks for reading - hope you don't give me too many NUs.
Another day, another opinion to share with the world. Piercings - be they head, face, nipple or genital are a thing of great curiosity as far as I'm concerned. I had a single piercing in my eyebrow while I was a student (well, didn't we all?) and was keen to have more. Unfortunately the cash run out, a nice normal girlfriend arrived on the scene and a job was needed so I have had to put off the addition of an additional eyebrow and a lip piercing for now. Getting pierced: I know what you're all thinking - Does it hurt? In short - of course it does! You're getting something alien attached to your body (usually) by a heavily pierced and tattooed person with a needle and a pair of pincers. Sure it'll hurt. So, you have decided you want to get your eyebrow done, you call up (I went to Cold Steel in Camden Town, London - a great place with a really good reputation) the piercing studio and make an appointment, you turn up and you get told to wait in a bizarre parody of a dentist's waiting room. No "Home and Garden" here, you're given such titles as "Piercings and Tatts" or "Bizarre Body Modifications" to peruse while you wait. If it's your first time it can be quite frightening - trust me, some of these people have holes the size of dinner plates in places you don't want to think of! And then you're finally taken through to a, well, it could easily be described as an operating room - one of those doctor's beds to lie on, complete with the roll of paper you get to stop them getting all bloody, surgical implements all over the place, a big fat light and a "Biohazard - extreme care required" bucket for getting rid of needles that have been used. You sit down, try and relax and in comes the piercer. This is the moment of truth, you've paid £25 for this and you're dying to have the finished result to show off to all your mate
s, the only thing is that now you've got to have the pain. The needle for my piercing was quite simple, just a long slim (ish) piece of INCREDIBLY sharp metal and the way it was done was simplicity itself - a clamp (like a pair of pliers but with holes near the ends) was put onto my eyebrow where I had chosen the spot for my piercing and the needle was pushed through quickly and confidently by the piercer, new plastic gloves were worn and the needle came out of a sterile package before it was used so there was no risk of infection from others who'd been pierced that day (sharing needles - not good) and it was thrown into the biohazard box straight afterwards. The piercing came next, slid deftly into the hole left by the passing needle and then locked with the ball (call closure rings = much nicer than barbells in my opinion anyhow). The whole thing took about 2 minutes and I was really pleased with the result, I went on my way with a little ring in my eyebrow, a small bottle of cleaning fluid and a sheet on how to take care of the piercing over the coming weeks. So there I was - the envy of all my mates (or at least in my mind I was) with a piece of metal slowly using my bodily fluids to glue itself to my head. The first 4 weeks were a real pain in the wossname, I had to use my cleaning fluid each morning and evening - as I got out of and back into my bed to stop the thing crusting over and I had to rotate the ring once in a while to keep it from healing over and locking it into place. All in all it was not a lot of fun. I persevered though and after that month I was fine, the hole had healed into a nice smooth tunnel of skin to accommodate the ring and the thing looked damn cool if I say so myself. There you go - the process of facial piercing laid out for your delectation. I am reliably informed that the piercing of the nipple is a very similar process to this and the piercing of the genitals (I know a girl with a l
abial piercing and a bloke with a Prince Albert) is no more painful than the nipple (although I did not go into too much depth with the questions about this) - all relative I suppose - I quite like these kind of piercings from an outsiders viewpoint but won't be getting any myself. Overall - I love piercings, I think they look good, make the wearer feel good and have very few disadvantages. Of course, they are not to be entered into lightly, you are modifying your body in what could easily be called an unnatural way and if you are a participant of certain activities (sports such as rugby is the example that jumps straight to mind) then you might be well advised not to have anything that will snag and hurt you attached to your face (save it for the off season and you'll be fine - it'll be healed enough for you to take it out come the new season) and certain jobs would frown on an pierced face. Caution aside - go with what you feel is right, I love piercings and I tend to like the pierced (generalisation I know but true enough). You need to be over 18 (at least at Cold Steel) to have facial piercings other than nose or ear. I won't recommend this or not recommend this - it is entirely up to the individual. I loved my eyebrow ring - you could too.......
Ask for it by name! It's generally the strongest in the pub and it is generally the best known. Strength: 5.2 (and not 6.5 as stated when I found this thread), taste - STRONG booze (although there are those who will describe it as full-bodied, hoppy or flavour-filled goodness with a certain subtle bite. It all boils down to the same thing - it tastes like strong booze). I love lager, the fizz, the flavour, the certain subtle bite when it's nice and cold. In Stella Artois you get all this but with the added advantage (ahem) that it gets you drunk about 14 times faster than other lagers and gives you a wicked hangover. Stella is one of those drinks that are just a little too nice. The taste is lovely, the strength does not alter the taste too badly and you could be forgiven for thinking it was only a mere 4 percent like Fosters or Carling. This is its flaw (in my opinion). The drunkenness creeps up on you slowly and then attacks full-on with no holds barred. I do like the odd tipple when it comes to nights off, a few quick ones down the pub can be a nice way to relax and sets the belly off nicely for dinner when you get home. The problem with Stella is that your few quick ones can knock you flat. So, taste-wise it is delicious. Booze-wise it's way too strong but doesn't feel like it is when you drink it. Commonly known as "Wife-beater" or "Loopy juice" it will kick you right when you're not expecting it. There is something strange about Stella, I don't know if it's a chemical thing or what but I find I get a lot more argumentative with it than when I drink other "premium" lagers such as Krononberg or Lowenbrau. Usually costs from £2.50 to £3.50 in the pubs I use. Let's just say I try and keep off it nowadays. A great tasting pint but with grievous flaws as far as the booze/weird aggression chemicals are concerne
d it is one I will be staying away from for the foreseeable future.
OK, OK - I admit it - I got tired of Dooyoo a little while ago and have long remained absent :-( sorry for any of you who have written in my guest book, read my reviews and commented or just given me my 3p a read while I was away. Please pretend I was on a long trip to Mongolia delivering bread to the underprivileged heathen tribes or something - I'm not a bad person really ;-) Oh, and I see we're still living in Pop-up Ville Rightio - here's a review (if I can remember how to even set one out after this long) for your delectation and amusement: DVDs On Tap - what a wonderful, fantastic and overall lovely company to use. - The basics: They're a DVD rental company, supplying recent releases and all-time classics (as well as pap that nobody really wanted even when it was new) to the masses in the region 2 area. They have a range of packages: 1. Bronze - £9.99 - get one DVD at a time with a pre-paid return envelope. 2. Silver - £14.99 - get 2 DVDs at a time with a pre-paid return envelope. 3. Gold - £19.99 - get 3 DVDs at a time with a pre-paid return envelope. There used to be one for £7.99 but it appears to have ended now - you got the same as the the Bronze membership but without the return envelope. Can't have been all that popular. All come with a 14 day free trial when you join. "So Mr Boon," I hear you shout; "how do we get hold of this fantastic deal?" Well, let me tell you..... Firstly, go to www.dvdsontap.com via the affiliate link of your choice and follow the HUGE link to "Start your free trial now" from the homepage - you'll be given the choice of packages and will need to enter your email address and choose a password to continue - from here you stick in all your delivery details, name, address and whatnot and then go on to put in your payment info. Once this is all done you can choose s
ome DVDs to be delivered to you on the free trial (you've got a fortnight to cancel if you don't want to subscribe) and you're all good to go. So, you've signed up, you've had the trial and you've liked it, you've decided to stick with it and get regular DVDs. You'll now need to know how to choose them won't you.....? - Don't be silly - we know that from the join and get the trial bit! - Oh, sorry. For those that don't know then: The search on DVDs On Tap is great, you can choose by genre (here's a list - don't you just hate reviewers that do this.....? Anyway: Action Adult Animation Classic Comedy Drama Family / Kids Foreign Language Horror Indian Cinema Martial Arts Musical Romance Sci-Fi Thriller TV War Western And then you'll be given a range of films ion that category to choose from - to select the one you want you can click on it to get more info - simple enough eh? If you decide to rent it you click on the "Rent it" link and you'll get a message telling you it has been added to your rental queue. - Rental queue.....? What's that then? It's a queue of the DVDs you've rented - they'll be listed in the order you added them to the queue and will be sent out in that order (in ones, twos or threes depending on the package you've got). You can change the order very simply and can delete anything you've changed your mind on. Simple as you like matey-o. - So, you've watched your DVD, you've sent it back in the free envelope and you're waiting on the next one in the queue to come out - you're in luck, they send you an email telling you it's on the way once they're sending it so you're always kept in the picture. Generally 2 days between sending back and getting the new o
ne. - My own personal experiences: I love using this company, I signed up to get the ipoints and was VERY pleasantly surprised with the quality of the service I received. I had one dodgy disc sent and got an additional 2 weeks for free. I can find the DVDs I want to see quickly and know that I will get a good quality product sent out to me when the queue gets round. I reckon that £9.99 a month is INCREDIBLY cheap - considering that a DVD from the local shop is £3.50 a night and you get charged again if you're a minute past 7pm the following day. I have got to see a lot of films I would not have bothered with otherwise as the "latest films" section has given decent reviews on recent releases and guided me on my path to the DVD for me (could have been a slogan writer me).. I love this company, I find them helpful, I find they deliver exactly what they have promised and that they are continuing with a good service that will keep me loyal while I'm able to use the internet. The added incentive of 20 ipoints for taking out the trial through their affiliate link and the 3 ipoints per month is nice too but even if you're not a collector - you should definitely give this great company a go. You'll not be disappointed I promise. That was the triumphant return of Boonoiy to Dooyoo, Thank you for your kind words........ Ahem - KIND words. OK, thanks anyhow :`-(
Oh look - Boon's back. Well, it has been quite a while I suppose but, well, I've been in PS2 Heaven since I found the joy that is Grand Theft Auto 3 (Hereafter GTA3 - it's just easier to write!) GTA3 has sat in my house since I got the PS2 in July, I thought it looked a good idea to begin with and gave it a go and then BAM - all sorts of stupid deaths and impossible missions came about and I really could not be bothered at all. I put it aside and thought to myself "Well what a waste of £35". Time rolls on, December comes and goes and with all that spare time and a few tries of BMX XXX (possibly the most dull game about except for the nudity and swearing - that's for another review though, if Dooyoo ever approve its addition...) I thought I'd go back to GTA3 and give it the old sporting chance I thought it deserved to begin with. So, lets get to it shall we? What is the game all about? Who makes it? Where can it be bought? Questions 1, 3 and 4 are simple enough to answer: 1. Yes Mr Boon, let's get to it. 3. Rockstar games. 4. Anywhere and everywhere, just don't think to ask for it with the frozen peas in Londis. Question 2 is, as is often said across the Atlantic, a DOOZIE. The game: Now I will warn you, it's not for the faint hearted and I may well get just a little over-excited and start spilling the beans on a few ways to do things - simply comment on the op with all your complaints and we'll all be merry and bright. Objective: Become the criminal overlord of all you survey. Setting: Liberty City (Made up place - well DUH!) - broken into 3 sections: Portland, Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale. Gameplay, Graphics, soundtrack and all you want to know about the game that made history (well, maybe not - I assume there is a GTA and a GTA2 also otherwise it'd just be daft - only George Lucas gets away with beginning at th
e 4th episode and then, only just). Well, the gameplay is, quite frankly, Superb. On the PS2's controller you have 12 buttons and 2 analogue sticks (which also act as buttons if you want them too so make that 14 buttons altogether) and you will find that you use them all in this game. There are 2 different set-ups for the controller - I found it easiest to stick with the first one (the one you're given to begin with anyway) and won't be talking about the 2nd at all (as I know absolutely nothing about it). Moving about: On foot: Using the left analogue stick you can go in every direction of the compass or using the directional button thingies (you know - the 4 buttons next to the analogue stick which look like 4 black arrows all pointing inwards?) you can move in the direction you press. All nice and easy and these control your direction throughout. To run you need to press the X button down and hold it and you're sprinting away - just remember that you're not superman and can't keep this up for long without getting tired. By Car or Boat: Same directional controls but you need to be able to go backwards and forwards in the vehicle and so an accelerator and a reverse button are needed. Well, lookie here - there's the X button to accelerate and there's the Square button for brakes and reverse. All well and good and we're motoring. BUT BOON! How on earth do I get into a car? Press the triangle button and you'll rake out the driver of the car and nick their wheels. On you go with the X and square bit. By Plane: I'm sorry to say I have no Idea - not yet got far enough to get into a plane but I am assured that it does happen once onto the 3rd section of the city - Shoreside View. So, now we know how to get about what do we do next? From the beginning of the game you'll notice that you're some kind of thug, you've just bro
ken out of jail and are looking to get some kind of employment, the hood ion the car with you at the start takes you to one of his contacts in the city and you take the first step on the road to becoming the city's gangland ruler. You get missions. As simple as that. You're allocated a hideout by the local gang boss (very important - this is also your save point for whenever you have to put the game down - work, sleep, ahem that's about it) and you'll be able to go from there to the boss's place to be allocated a mission. There is a map (well, more of a little localised radar thing) to show you where people are and where to go for your next mission and once you're allocated the mission it'll point you in the right direction to meet the objectives. Missions include - dropping off call girls, assassinating people unfriendly to the boss, finding certain things, winning races and blowing up large numbers of cars belonging to a rival gang. Incur the wrath of a gang and you're in trouble as their minions will not leave you alone for the rest of your time on the game but incur their wrath you must in order to get onto further missions and so it goes on..... The more missions you complete the higher your criminal rating will climb, you'll become more well respected in the criminal fraternity and more wanted by the police (yes - the police, they'll be onto you like a shot once you're a big mean gangster and take a step out of line). You are helped out from the beginning of this game with little tips popping up on the screen, you're generally given instructions once you get a new weapon or a new set of mission objectives and there are those nice little movie things to break up the play (easily skipped by pressing X) and guide you along the path of the next mission - a boss will usually talk to you or leave a note. So, we've got the game all laid out - do the
missions and become the all-powerful lord of Liberty. Things to look out for: 1. Taxis - if you nick a taxi you'll be able to do a taxi mission. Press in the Right analogue stick (R3) and you'll have TAXI DRIVER flash up on your screen. Find a fare and drop him off at his destination (within the time limit and without too many bumps to scare him off) to get a bit of extra cash and to help you find your way around the city. 2. Cop cars - Same thing with the R3 button but you'll become a vigilante and have to track down criminals to get the reward. 3. Ambulance - R3 again and you're a paramedic - pick people up who're injured and drop them off at the hospital to get the reward. 4. Fire truck - R3 once more and now you've got to put fires out for the cash. All add up to a bit of extra money which can be used to buy extra weapons from Ammunation (local gun-shop chain), to pay your medical bills when you are killed (which happens a lot) and to get yourself out of jail when you're busted by bribing the rozzers (which happens even more often). There are bonuses to be earned by completing the rampage missions (take quite a bit of finding but they're VERY well paid) where you have to kill a certain number of people with unlimited bullets/grenades/rockets/Molotov cocktails etc. in a certain timeframe. These pay well and are great fun. Find the hidden packages to get extra weapons at the hideout - again, they take some hunting down. Soundtrack - 8 radio stations are available when you're in a car, you can scroll through these with the L1 Button and they'll suit just about every taste going. Rock, chat, oldies, classical, reggae etc. These stations are OK but they do tend to repeat themselves a little too much. You'll soon get to know all about Lazlo's life on Chatterbox and get sick of the POGO THE MONKEY adverts on Flashback. They
're the real downfall of the game when you've got to be in a car for any length of time. Graphics - all in all I think they're great, the cars look great, the landscapes are fantastic, the water is incredibly water-like and the people have well defined features even though they don't move quite as realistically as on some games. Overall: --------- Well, we had to get here sooner or later eh? Overall the game is brilliant. I love the complexity of the missions, the superb handling of the controls, the graphics and the (it needs to be noted) gore when you kill or get killed. I think the game is incredibly well set up, it takes a while to get used to but once you're there, YOU ARE THERE. It is definitely not a game for the young or feint hearted, there is a lot of violence and killing involved and a smidgen of swearing spattered throughout, you'll encounter hookers and pimps and all manner of mafia, triad, yazuka, yardie, columbian and all sorts of other gang members who are looking for you to help them or to kill you but if you look past all that then there's a great storyline and a great game to be played. I won't try to put anyone off this game, if you make up your own mind on the violence and killing but then you'll know whether to play this or leave it be altogether. If you like to get involved in a game from start to end then you'll love GTA3.
It's true - back after over a whole month on the missing list - Boon returns with a couple of ideas and an opinion on a GREAT travel service. So, with the birthday just passed (I'm all of 26 years old now - time to apply for the Zimmer frame and pipe.....) and ideas flying round with what to write about I thought I'd give you my run-down on the service that took me away for a great weekend in my favourite city of all - Berlin (read the op if you like - no pressure ;¬) - I've moved it to just below this one for your convenience................................). The idea was conceived sometime back in October by myself and the other half; why not go back to the place we first met and spend a magical time with romantic strolls down memory lane for my birthday? Great ideas always come in a flash so this was what we decided upon. Now, you can hardly fail to have heard of Opodo now can you? If you ever see 3 busses together one will have an Opodo advert on its side, if you click onto 3 websites then at least one will have a banner on there, if you breathe 3 air molecules then at least one will have one of the special subliminal message ions attached to it to make you think "Hmmmmmmmmmm, a holiday? Why not try that online booking thingy, oooh, now what's it called? Oh yeah. So, with my mind so inundated with adverts I thought I'd have a quick look. How's it all work then? Firstly you land at the homepage (www.opodo.co.uk - you can get to this via .com too but who needs the extra click to get to the UK site?) and you'll see the services offered - there's basically all the things you'd expect from a travel agent there - Flights, Hotels, Car Hire, Holidays (as in packages) and Travel Guides. All nice and easy with little tabs at the top of the page to guide you merrily on your way around the site. I used the Flights and the Hotel Booking sections for my getaway
and was incredibly impressed with the level of service I received. Booking a flight: < br>< br>------------------- Step One: Click on flights. Step Two: Enter Ticket type (One way or Return). Step Three: Enter Dates and Destination/Departure airports. Step Four: How many people? Step Five: Any special requirements? Step Six: Search by Lowest fare or departure time? All completed? The we're looking for flights!!!! Yay. OK - here's the options - here's the prices - here's the gateway to your holiday flight. Simply click on the one you'd like and you're all set to go. Payment is quickly processed and secure, there is nothing to sign up to and tie you into some kind of travel club for the stupid and rich (of which you are, of course, neither) and there is a comprehensive list of terms and conditions relating to the flight - I used Air Berlin and I got a load of stuff off their own website stuck in a pop-up when booking the flight - VERY, VERY useful. The prices are all very cheap - laid out from lowest to highest and you can simply choose which you'd like to take. So, you've agreed to all the T&Cs, you've entered the passenger details, the payment details and begin to get excited by talk of getting off on your hols! All cool so far. The email confirmation comes through, you print it off to show all travellers (you can book for up to 9 people) and you eagerly await the tickets. Can you believe it? 2 days after the booking was completed I received my flight tickets, some info on the departure and luggage labels for my bags! All in a tasteful wallet with Opodo written all over it. All I needed to do now was call up the airline (they recommend 72 hours in advance) and re-confirm the flight. Done and jetting off. Hotel Booking: ----------------- Here's the cool bit. When you book your fl
ight you can also book your hotel online with a simple click on the Hotels tab. Cool huh? Again - a really sim ple thing to do this. Simply choose the city you'd like to book at, the dates you'd like to stay and the name of the hotel (if you wish to stay somewhere specific) - this will then let you know availability, prices and services included at the hotel and from there it's a case of clicking again, entering the card number (for confirmation of the room only - you pay on check out) and rocking-and-a-rolling your way on out to the hotel with the printed confirmation in hand. Bam - you're in. Again you receive a confirmation email for the booking, you get contact details for the hotel (as once the booking is made Opodo are out of the loop on this) and a lovely little wish that you have a great time on your holiday. It's all good. Overall: --------- I think I've made clear just how easy this service is to use. I was personally terrified to use an online travel agent as I thought that it would create all sorts of hassles if things went wrong anywhere along the line. Now that I have used it (on the strength of some marvellous advertising form the Opodo marketing guys - see, it does work) I would recommend it to anyone with access to the internet. If you want to know the feeling of being totally secure in the knowledge that you've been treated well by a company, if you want to know that they're working hard to get your holiday booked (I know they're making a load of cash with it but it really is good service) and the confirmations and tickets out to you then get onto opodo.co.uk. I found my way around the site really easily, I found the terms and conditions very well explained and I found the service I received to be impeccable. I will definitely be using this site again to book online, I have allayed my fears and braved the world of online
holiday booking and have come out the other side unscathed and VERY much impressed. Get online with opo do.co.uk and book your hols - you will not be let down. One final note - if you're thinking of visiting Berlin (see my op - no pressure ;¬)) then don't go in the winter - over our weekend we had a high temperature of -7c and a low of -11 (and yes, they are minus signs, not just dashes). Cold, cold, cold.
Yes, it's true, the most common name for pet goldfishes is that old favourite "Jaws". Let's see, what in the world can we write about when it comes to the world's most DULL pet? Well, to begin with there's the obvious: Latin name: "Carassius auratus" - Lit: Fish of Gold (OK, made the translation up but that is the real Latin name). Cost: Usually between £1 and £2.50 (depending on the shop/fairground stall you go to). Habitat: Water. Food: Odd little specks of something resembling Hoover-bag innards. And that just about sums it up for most, you stick the little bleeder in a bowl of water, feed it once a day and watch as the endlessly entertaining strings of poo come out of it for the 2 months you can keep it out of the reach of the cat and then take the bowl off to the car boot sale with the rest of the brick-a-brack on the weekend. But NO! NO, NO, NO!! These fishes are a great pet, entertaining, fun, apparently intelligent (forget all that nonsense about 3 second memories - they soon get to recognise the cats of the house and the person who feeds them) and they need some attention to keep them from going loopy. How to keep your fish entertained: 1. TV - they really do seem to like it, colours and sounds can easily pass into the water and they do (at least they always have in my house) seem to be happier fish when the TV is on. 2. Ornaments - simple enough, they're cheap and tacky and the fish love them. I'm sure you've all seen them in other people's fish tanks, the castles, the gravel on the bottom of the tank, the skulls and the sunken pirate ships. All make for a bit of a fishie playground and this keeps the fish happier for longer. 3. On a similar theme, plants. Have some live plants around, they are fun for the fish and add nutrients to the water for the poor little fishie. <
br>4. One of those fancy filter things - not really necessary but they can help. A bit dear and I've never bothered. And that's that, the principal aim of having a fish is to usually to have something nice to rest your eyes on, they're calming in times of stress and pretty in times of wanting to look at something pretty. It's a simple enough pet to keep, cheap food, cheap to set up the whole thing and lovely. I would recommend the goldfish anyone really, not a thing that can be said against them (and the strings of poo really are funny.....) I've not mentioned the indoors/outdoors varieties of fish - mainly because I know very little about the differences. The outdoors ones tend to live in ponds and be quite happy with little or no care and the indoor ones want a pond made for them in the goldfish bowl but with regular meals and a lack of feline intrusions. Go on, get a fish - ten bob to you sir!
Well, after a short (ish) absence from writing I've finally braved the pop-ups and offers of joining e-bay to write about a place I know very well by now. Mr Wu's is the base end of the Chinese restaurant world, you will get a cheap feed in a cramped atmosphere and poor service from evidently bored staff, and yet I still go back whenever I have to face the ordeal of central London! Why? Well - the price of course. So let's crack on shall we? Where is it? An easy one this - the address, for those who know London: 6-7 Irving St Leicester Square, London WC2H 7AT And for those that don't here's the way. The easiest way to get to Leicester Square from anywhere in London is by the Northern or Piccadilly lines on the Tube or (if you want to be a bit different) go to Charing Cross via the Northern or Bakerloo lines. Either way it's about the same distance to walk (well, maybe a bit further if you go to Charing Cross). Irving Street is off Charing Cross Road, it's simple to find from either of these stations - you're on Charing Cross road when you come out of Leicester Square tube and it's just a walk across Trafalgar Square from Charing Cross. Come to the road with the Big Pizza Hut on the corner and you've found it. OK, so you've got there, what next? Well this is the good bit. There's a buffet set up as you walk through the door, it's on the left as you go in and usually has a throng of people around it barring your way in. Fight your way through and grab hold of a waiter, he'll (I've never seen a female member of staff there) direct you towards a table (usually very abruptly and with little or no effort to appear friendly) and there you sit and order your drinks. Once you're all settled in you simply go on up to the buffet and help yourself to the grub, easy as you like. Food: <br >The food is always good. This is the reason I have been back time and time again, once you're installed and have fought off the mob you will get a decent meal. What the buffet consists of is really the most popular meals from most Chinese menus; there's a soup dish (chicken and Chinese mushroom generally, sometimes crabmeat), chicken wings and veggie spring rolls as starters, the main courses begin with the rice and noodles (VERY thin soft noodles and egg-fried rice) then go on to a choice of sweet and sour chicken or pork (the one that's all mixed up as a dish rather than the balls of meat in batter), beef with green peppers in black bean sauce or chicken curry and there is no choice of dessert on the buffet although you can pay a bit more for this if you like - I never do. The price is always good - £4.95 for as much as you can eat. The food is generally of a high quality, there's sauces for you to add and there's always plenty to go round, they do tend to scrimp on the meat a bit and add LOADS of vegetables to their dishes but it's OK if you get in just as a new tureen has been put out. My experience with this restaurant has always been great, waiter service is poor for the drinks and they are expensive if you want anything other than water but overall I've never been disappointed with the food or prices here. I most certainly will be going back to this place as it really does fill you up for less than a fiver! Next time you're in London give it a bash, you'll most probably come to the same conclusion. Much better than paying £25 for a pretty plate of "Nouvelle Cuisine" elsewhere in this part of town. I'll be back. Boon ;¬)
You know you love 'em, the great Peter Kay adverts on the telly just now? "'Ave It" with the football and the great bomb into the pool after the posh dives have been done! Well I love them anyhow. Onto the booze. Let's see, I've read a couple of ops on this beer and was surprised at how many people were so unimpressed with it. The words "flavourless," "too cold," and "utter crap" have seemed to be the most prevalent of all so I'd like to step in with my tuppen'orth and set the record straight. If you followed the category listing to get to this opinion then I apologise, you've been mislead, it's not an ale, it's a bitter (difference is quite simply that this is a nitrogenated beer and comes in a keg rather than a cask) so there's the first reason that a lot of people have been unimpressed I reckon: You should not go up to the bar for a pint of Smooth and expect it to be anything like the Spitfire/Abbott/Old Speckled Hen beers, it just is not a real ale at all. Any complaints can be made to CAMRA and you'll get a nice letter back with the dog hairs, pipe tobacco smell and dribble marks included gratis. That said, I love real ales but I have yet to apply for my 3 legged dog and beard set. Let us begin. The beer is, quite simply, freezing cold (real ale buffs, I know..... I'll provide you with a hexi block heater if I ever go for a pint with you) and very, very creamy (sieves and anti froth spoons can also be provided). It's a good session beer in my experience, at a little over 4% ABV it won't get you well smashed in a hurry and the taste is just great. To drink the beer is to taste the class that comes out of Tadcaster, a lovely, creamy, easy going beer that will keep you upright for quite a while while adding a certain mellowness to the drinker. It's what I'd call a Rugby Club drink - after the game, a cool, creamy dri
nk that will allow you to keep going for a long session (you know rugby players) and still be able to order your kebab without slurring and remember the words to all the mucky songs. As far as prices go, there's so much regional variation that it's very hard to pin down a specific price. You'll generally get a pint for about £2.00, I've seen it as low as £1.45 and as high as £3.00 but as a general rule you'll find that a couple of quid a pint is about average. The price quoted below is the price at my local. All in all I can't praise this drink enough. The booze content is fine for the drinker of plenty, the taste is nice and creamy, slightly nutty/hoppy and very good to quaff. This beer is great. Buy it and smile :¬D That was the Boon.