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I stumbled upon Etsy by accident when I was looking for plush toys and I ended up finding jewellry I liked. Etsy is a website dedicated to handmade and vintage items. These can include knitted, upcycled items and art. Etsy offers the chance for small buisnesses and creative entraprenurs to create stuff and sell their items. So as you can see the possibilities are endless. Because it's handmade, sellers can charge whatever they want for the item they want to sell. According to the site we can discover over 15 million unique handmade and vintage items from over 800,000 independent, creative businesses worldwide.
You can choose to be either a buyer, a seller or both. But as I do not have a shop on Etsy, I will be reviewing this site just as a buyer. I have no plans to make a shop, but I do check the website every day for any items I fancy. Now that I'm at working, I can now just go out and buy the things I want. I have been a registered member of the site for two weeks, and whilst that may not seem like a long time, I feel like I've spent a long time on the site and I feel I know enough about the site to give it a justified review.
Etsy is a very popular website and it's understandable too. You can find things that you won't be able to buy in a commercial supermarket. So Etsy is a lovely place to discover talented artists and gems. So far I have bought about a dozen items on Etsy; Four necklaces, a charm, three bracelets a set of knitted dolls, two rings and a set of depeche mode magnets. Some shops on Etsy offer commissions where you can request personal items handmade just for you.
My experiance on Etsy has been very positive. One shop I've been to gave me a coupon, one shop keeper is making me a braclet for free for being one of her most loyal customers and I've given and recieved 100% feedback. And I do know that selling on Etsy can be very hard. People try so hard to earn a little bit of extra money and they also want to make sure their items will go into a loving home. Yes, some of the items are expensive, but I do understand why they are because the artists take so much time and effort to make them. I personally wouldn't pay £600 for a dress, but whatever floats ya boat I guess.
The site itself is very easy to navigate. There are options on the left side of the screen to scroll down and everything is right in front of you. Any featured items will be displayed on the main page and they are always of high quality items and the pictures look lovely. Even if you don't buy anything, Etsy is a great site to do window shopping and gather ideas.
It is very easy to contact sellers and there is a choice to follow sellers and buyers to see items they have added to their favourites. Adding an item to your favourite list is a good way to show reccomendations and a wishlist. I have found that the search bar is fantastic and picks up tags and anything on the title screen.
The site is fast and easy to load. I have had no problems with Etsy and I believe that it is completly safe to use. As a buyer you have a choice of how you would like to pay for your items, which are in the discrection of the shop owner such as paying by card, paypal, cheque and money order. I have always used paypal for Etsy because it means that payment will be quick and easy and then I know I will get another posotive rating which will be very useful if I ever request a commission. Some sellers (not just on Etsy) have had trouble with some people trying to get a free request and have late payments so that's why I think it's a good idea to use paypal or direct debit. Most shops will only accept paypal and direct debit anyway.
I have been satsified with the times it takes for my items to arrive. Depending on the location of the shops and your billing adress, it can take between 3 working days to a fortnight for the order to arrive, but it is worth it when the items come. At the moment I am waiting for a set of two knitted dolls and I ordered them last week and it's an international order so I expect it to be here sometime next week.
There's still a whole lot of the site that I need to explore such as The Treasury which seems simular to Amazon's wishlist feature, I would like to try that out at some point. Overall, I think it's a brilliant site and would reccomend the site to anyone. As a buyer it's like Aladin in the cave of wonders, but I'm not in a position to tell you what it's like as a seller because I've got no experiance selling items on Etsy.
I got this for Christmas many years ago when I was new to the world of iTunes. I was in secondary school at the time and everybody in class seemed to have an MP3 Player but the most popular MP3s out there was this iPod classic. Having an iPod was a fashion statement and Apple products are still popular to this day. You can store plenty of songs, videos and photos on this, possibly more than you can imagine. At one point I had over 10,000 songs on my iPod. I also have an iPod touch that I had for my 18th birthday and I think these are big improvement. I've owned my iPod classic for a long time and in it's prime time it's been amazing.
Sadly it is no longer the case. My iTunes keeps saying it is corrupted and gives me an endless list of errors. It also makes my iTunes freeze and become unable to use. I've tried restoring the iPod and trying again but it's a vicious circle. So nowadays it's an 80GB iPod that only a fraction is being used up. It's just so much hassle trying to add and take away music from this device nowadays because of how faulty it's become. I've tried looking it up and pretty much tried as much. I have a feeling the hard-drive might have died on me. iTunes has given me no real issues with my iPod Touch so I feel certain there's a problem with the device. Since it's an older model it doesn't really get any support from Apple anymore.
One of the best things about iPod Classic is it's huge storage of over 80GB. It gives you the opportunity to have control over your music. I like the bulky design to it as well the wheel, although it does take a while to adjust to it it's quite easy once you get the hang of it. Even though syncing no longer workers properly, the songs that do play often have a good quality. At least they did until I started hearing the device having loud and squeaky sounds.
If I were to review this product three years ago, I would have given it five stars easily, but because of the time and trouble I've had nowadays it gives me no choice but to give it a one star because it lacks reliability in it's later years. The iPod classic is starting to become worthless to me and there are no solutions to my hardrive problems.
On the other hand I've had good times with the iPod. It is portable and it's very useful to have so much on one device. It's been great for holidays and add great atmosphere to my trips and leisure time. When you buy an iPod classic you can also engrave a message on it for free and it also comes with headphones. These headphones are mass-produced and are therefore you will be lucky if they last a week.
My iPod has my name engraved on it. In it's prime time I found the iPod useful to have because it was easy to find and listen to songs and albums that I wanted to listen to. I felt as if I was in control but the problems that came up about two years ago have made this product quite frustrating to use. I have an old MP3 that someone bought me for a fiver when I was in Secondary School and it still works perfectly. Sure it's hard to clean and it is a bit dirty but it still works wonderfully. I will probably review my old MP3 player soon.
As you can tell I used to love this device because it was quality but it's sadly lost all of it's great quirks over the years and it's technical problems destroys it's nostalgic values for me. I hope I don't get like that any of my other consoles. My iPod can still charge properly and can still play the songs once it's synced but what used to be an exciting concept for me has now become a drag.
The reason I'm comparing this iPod so much to other products is because some people need to know this. Just because something is so expensive doesn't mean that it's quality is going to last forever. This product is very outdated most of iTunes products are not suitable for this device. And sadly I would no longer recommend it and suggest you have a look at some of the other products out there. You might be able to save more money and also buy a music player that's cheaper and lasts for longer.
Even as an outdated product this is still expensive. I think this was about £199.99 and on Amazon it's slightly over £180. There's no such thing as a cheap iPod. Now this review isn't a dig at Apple. I actually still enjoy my iPod touch and I enjoyed the iPads, but the lack of long-term support shows that this product wasn't really worth it in the long run.
Ciarán Ó Braonáin - bass, guitar, keyboards & vocals (Founding Member)
Máire Ní Bhronáin aka Moya Brennan - vocals & harp (Founding Member)
Pól Ó Braonáin - flute, guitar, percussion & vocals (Founding Member)
Noel Ó Dúgáin - guitar & vocals (Founding Member)
Pádraig Ó Dúgáin - guitar, mandolin & vocals (Founding Member)
Bono - vocals (Guest Musician)
Mel Collins - saxophone (Guest Musician)
Danny Cummings - percussion (Guest Musician)
James Delaney - keyboards & synthesizer (Guest Musician)
Anto Drennan - guitar & electric guitar (Guest Musician)
Paul Moran - drums (Guest Musician)
Steve Nye - keyboards (Guest Musician)
Since it was St. Patrick's day last Sunday, I thought that my next album review could be about an album from an Irish band. Last week there was a record fair and I had a look at some of the vinyls and I came across Macalla by Clannad. So there you go, this is my review for Clannad's album, Macalla. The album was originally released in 1985 by RCA and has since then had some rereleases and a remaster in 2003. This is the band's 9th album and their first album to give them international success.
The band collaborated with several artists on this album, including Bono, the lead singer of the famous band U2. The title of the album is the Irish word for Echo, which I think is lovely because it is a good word to describe the atmosphere of the album. The song has a mixture of Irish folk music and some of it is in English and there's two songs that are in the old Irish language.
I've only just listened to this album and I must say that I absolutely love it. This isn't the first release I've heard from Clannad and I think that some of their other work is great too. I think their blend of traditional music, folk and pop crossover really works because it's haunting and gives off a nice nostalgic sound.
The music makes me feel very relaxed because the music is really calming, but the best thing about the album is the vocals because they really flesh out the lyrics and give it a wonderful flowing sound. I think The Irish, Enya and Kate Bush fans would adore this album. Might not be commercial enough for Louis Walsh, but it's my opinion you're wanting to read. Louis will just have to make his own account.
When I say pop, I don't mean it as in a bubblegum or plastic manner. What I mean in pop is that it's quite a watershed sound compared to their ealier albums, but that's not to say it's inferior to them. I think all of Clannad's releases are as good as each other and the band put a great amount of effort in everything they do.
The shining star of this album will be Clannad's duet with Bono: In A Lifetime. The atmosphere in this song is just perfect and it's a perfect representation of this album and a great choice for a single. It's a wonderful blend of trending and cultural music at the time. Moya and Bono's vocals work together brilliantly. It is a hauntingly beautiful track that should bring back great memories.
The Wild Cry is also another classic because I think it shows Moya's great range as well as some brilliant backing vocals. Indoor is more upbeat and reminds me of Kate Bush a little bit... in a good way that is. So overall, this is a fantastic album that I think you should try out. Even if you've never heard of Clannad I think this album is a great demonstration of the magic behind their music. It's one of the fan-favourites and has been described as one of the best family albums in Ireland.
I have a lot of nail varnish, but I don't wear as much as I used to. But one brand of nail varnish that I have used recently includes the Urban Decay brand. I do like these, but I think they need some improvement. I only use the nail varnish for nights out and parties because the colours are beautiful and it doesn't leak, but it lacks staying power and chips easily. Despite this it's also hard to remove without nail polish remover.
I love the colours because they are dark, sharp and dynamic and the glitter and sparkly effects enhance it and it looks fantastic in the bottle. There are a variety of shades available and some gift sets available as well just so you are aware. The average bottle holds around 10ml and the nail polish and it is easy to cover the nails and they do dry in a moderate speed because the substance is very thick. A bottle each can be about £2 and the some of the sets are from £10.99 from amazon.
These are quite expensive compared to some of the other nail varnishes about, and I do think for this price the product can be disappointing because for this price I would expect for staying power. So overall I think that this nail polish would be great for kids because of the colour and and the sparkly effects, but the disadvantages outweight the benefits.
The reason I have rated this product three stars is because the colours are fantastic and it's suitable for one day use, but for long term and lasting power it is very weak compared to cheaper and other brands out there.
Being a care assistant is perhaps one of the most hardest jobs you can do in a practical sense. But at the same time, many people who work as a care assistant will say it's one of the most rewarding things they've ever done. There are many names for a care assistant such as Support Worker, Nursing Assistant, Clinical Support Worker, Auxiliary Nurse and there's a lot more names for them. But the name dosen't really matter because we all have a duty of care. You will find them in care settings such as; hospitals, nursing homes, day centres or even in a client's own home.
I had very little knowledge of The Health & Social Care sector and it wasn't until people told me I had great potential in the sector until I decided that this was the role I want to take on. I want to be a social, kind and caring person and I want a role that's both challenging and rewarding so this seemed to be the right role for me.
I've had work experience in care homes and even job interviews. All I can see is that no organisation is ever the same. They have to change everything to suit the needs of the clients. In the interviews they will normally ask about knowledge and experience, they don't really take qualifications into consideration, but if you do have qualifications or experience in a Health & Social Care setting it is a big advantage. It is also beneficial not to have a criminal record, as you will always have to do a CRB check if you are successful.
In order to be in this role you have to be a good communicator, a good team player and you also have to be bold enough to report any concerns to senior member of staff. I am a Domiciliary Care Assistant which means I will be caring for clients in their own homes. Some Domiciliary settings will only hire you if you have a clean driver's licence, but some companies are willing to take on anyone who will be an on-foot carer.
No matter where you're hired weather it's in a home, hospital or a company, full training will always be given. The training will vary depending on where you go but for my training I had to watch videos, talk to colleagues and fill in activity sheets. I was also taught how to use the hoist correctly.
My main duties as a care assistant will vary depending on the needs of a client and I must respect their wishes and if I have any problems or concerns I must report them as once. I have a lot of responsibilities whoever my client will be. Every client will usually have a care plan and I will have a mixture of practical and paper work to do. The paper work is a legal document and authorized personnel will use them as records to see any patterns or trends in a client's health so they can have the best care they deserve. And you'll be learning a lot about legislation, policies and procedures.
These are some of the things that can put some people off the job. You will be dealing with a lot of bodily fluids and you'll have to clean them up. This may sound gross, but you should have the right equipment to make sure that you are safe from infection. The rates of pay are various, some are only national minimum wage and some companies you get paid more on weekends and evenings. I know one place that offered over £10 an hour at weekends.
I love my position because I feel as if this can boost my career aspects much more in the later stages and if I like it I can continue to do it. Another reason why people like this sector is because it's flexible and you don't need professional vocations to be considered. It's a real eye-opener for some of the harshest facts of reality.
The Weakest Link is worldwide franchise that was a gameshow by the BBC. Following it's success at the time a game was made for the PS1, which is what I am reviewing today. The game makes me feel very nostalgic because I loved playing on my PS1 and loved watching The Weakest Link. Anne Robinson had a wonderful stage presence and the game mechanics at the time were suspenseful but also could be amusing at times. The last episode of The Weakest link aired in March 2012, but as they say all good things must come to an end.
The introduction over-hyped me for the game. The video introduction included Anne Robinson herself in a dark room with a huge screen and podium which seems to be set up in a stadium. It felt very cinematic and epic. Unfortunately, the game is anything but. There are some video clips with Anne in it to make the game more faithful to the TV show but the graphics are choppy in the gameplay so in conclusion, this makes the graphics very inconsistent.
There are four main modes in the game: Single is the one player mode, Multiplayer is self-explanitory, Championship is the harder version of the game and Bend The Rules allows you to customize the game to suit your needs. You can make it easier or harder if you want. You have 24 characters to choose from, and you will be playing against six other players. Looking back on this game, I think this game would have been more better if we were allowed to design our own character.
Not that is matters, the characters are a bit boring and generic and have annoying accents when some of them are either too bubbly, posh or annoying. On the other hand, William seems to be a normal chap. Other than that the sound is spot on. You get to hear the narrator more often and I love Anne's personal insults for each character.
Once all the bad bits are out of the way, I think this this is a really fun quiz show. I really did enjoy this game when I was younger and as an adult I can see that the game had a lot of improvements to do, but as it's only a ps1 game and things have changed since them I'm going to let it all slide.
I think you can get this game pretty cheaply nowadays. I don't think it's really worth that much money now though. Gameplay is decent, the questions are quite easy which I think makes it suitable for people of all ages. If you had a PS1, I would recommend it, but I don't think it's really that worth it now because it's so outdated.
Around the time when Digimon was a big hit, a movie for digimon was released in cinema. It suffered from poor response from film critics for being predictable and having weak animation. I've owned this film for a number of years on VHS and watching a review about the film on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com inspired me to write my own review of the film. When I was younger I used to watch this film quite a lot since I really loved digimon when I was younger, but a decade later I can see that there are some flaws and many ways the the film as a whole could have improved.
Nowadays, I don't really see it as a movie at all. It's basically three of the original short Japanese movies squashed together and translated in a way that it would all make a story. Fox Kids owned the rights for the English version of Digimon at the time, and they tried to kill two birds with one stone by promoting a lot of their stuff. Before the movie actually starts, we get a short film with the cast of Angela Anaconda waiting in line to see the film at the cinema. There's nothing special about the film and I think it would have been better off gone because I never really found it funny.
The film is split into three sections. The first movie they use is Digimon Adventure known simply as Eight Years Ago, the next film is Our War Game known as Four Years Later and the last act is Hurricane Touchdown known as Present Day. To connect the three films together, they have a new character called Willis who says he created some digimon to tie them in together.
The film is narrated by Kari, who is the sister of the main protagonist in season one, but she dosen't really play an important part of the series until the middle and she's a regular in the second season. I think the voice acting is good and it's great that they used the original English voice actors, but I do think the narration and some of the voice acting was a bit rushed because people who know nothing about digimon would be watching the movie and would have no idea what's going on.
I really love the characters in digimon, but I don't think they did enough to make the characters interesting for the big screen. There's too much going on and not enough character developmental. I do like this film for the characters and I think some aspects and scenes in the film are really good. My favourite part of the film is the first half because it has feeling of a digimon episode.
One of the best scenes for me are the more simpler ones such as the parts where Tai tries to win Sora's heart after throwing up in her hat. Another scene I like is how Davis' jealousy towards anyone who flirts with Kari, I enjoyed this in the second series so it was nice to see it brought up in the movie. I like how they tried to make it humorous even through all the action.
However there are some parts of the film that make me cringe such as the out of character dialogue Cody uses, Cody is smart and tries to be as good as his grandfather but in the film he's dumb and naive. Another thing that made me cringe badly was the toilet humour, which I didn't find funny at all. On the other hand the movie does try and tie back some of the flashbacks in the anime and offer a more fleshed out explanation for them in the first part of the film.
Because of the changes to make them connected, when it didn't really work, I think it could have been more effective if they translated the short movies more accurately and had a DVD collection of them. The film doesn't really work on a VHS format nor does it work in the format it was in.
I don't think there's any point in watching this movie because it doesn't have the magic of the anime series, nor does it have the character development that shows why I cared about Digimon so far. You can get the film for cheap as chips nowadays and the soundtrack is decent, but overall I would say give it a miss.
Alison Weir takes big risks in this book as she is a very established historian in the Tudor period and has written books about Henry VIII, his six wifes and children. Alison Weir's books are a very popular and respected source and have been used by many novelists who write historical novels such as Phillipa Gregory. But unlike her other historical books, this is a novel and a work of fiction. As she is a popular historian, I feel that I can have faith that a lot of this is accurate and anything that might contradict history will be explained by Weir in her author's notes.
The Innocent Traitor was first published by Hutchinson in 2006 and is available on audio, hardback, paper back and electronically. The prices vary depending on weather you want it new or second-hand, but it's worth looking for at charity shops as you might be able to get it at a good price like I did. The recommended retail price for the hardback is £12.99 but I paid £1.99 at Oxfam. But wherever you get the book from, you should expect to read about the life of Lady Jane Grey as you've never seen her before.
There's been many adaptions about Henry VIII's life and how his kingdom shaped the world, but there is little about Lady Jane Grey who ruled England for only 9 days. First of all, I really like how we are introduced by a simple family tree. The Royal House Of Tudor family tree would be complicated, but Weir makes it look simple and easy to understand. At the back there is also a map of England which highlights areas that were important to Jane.
The story begins with a prologue with a memoir from Jane dating back from 14th November 1553 just after Jane's trial finished. The prologue is a spine-thrilling as the young Jane explains that her trial is over and that Queen Mary really wanted to spare her. Then after the prologue it goes back to 1937 with Jane's mother, Frances Brandon.
From the first chapter we can see that there is a lot of pressure for noble women to bare sons and this frustrates Frances throughout the story and it really effects the way she treats Lady Jane Grey. The book makes Frances sound like a really unpleasant person. Then to my surprise each chapter changes narrator. Of course Lady Jane Grey has a most of the spotlight, but some of narrators include Jane Seymour, Mary I and Catherine Parr.
I really like this style because it feels very real with the mixture of point of views and I think it helps make the story more 3-dimensional. Some people might look at it as having a lack of focus, but I really love this style and I think Weir does a very good job of it. The book is rich with detail as well, so it can be both educational and brilliant. I really like Weir's version of Lady Jane Grey because she was so brave and intelligent.
If there's anything I think the book could improve upon, even though I liked the style of the book, I think it would have been more effective if all of the book was written in Jane's point of view. But other than that, the book doesn't have a lot wrong with it. It's brilliantly written with great detail, characters and emotions. I would recommend the book and if you're a fan of The Tudor Dynasty, then I think you will love this.
I hang my head in shame when I walk past my old work place, even though it's the only job I've ever had. It took me years to find myself a job and I was finally offered a role as an instore crew member at Domino's Pizza. I've been wanting to write this review for a while now, but I've felt that I had the strength to do it. I lasted from the 3rd November 2011 to the 13th January 2012, which is a mere two months and I haven't had a job since, but I've had a lot of interviews, one offer once I've finished full time education and an upcoming interview this Wednesday.
The official name of my position is an Instore Crew Member, but some people just like to call themselves Team Members. It was a 0 hours contract and it's national minimum wage. I was paid £4.98 an hour and if I was 21+ I would have got £6.10 an hour. My main duty was to take orders over the phone and at the counter. The till is easy to use, but I wish they gave me more training because some of the staff members looked at me like an idiot when I asked questions.
It was my first job and so far my only job and I think it's a shame that I felt unwelcome. Even though some of the people did make an effort to talk to me. But I felt I had to held my tongue and be grateful because you're lucky to have a job at all in this economy. I liked the people, but I didn't like their practice. A lot of people were like, "Wow you must be so lucky, you must get free pizza."
I mainly worked on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and they would usually ring if they wanted me to do more. But because of this 0 hour contract, they changed my shifts however it pleased them. Perhaps I should have been more open about the issues I had at work since they were so quick to let me know as soon as I make a mistake, though to be fair they make it look like it's such an easy job, but it's not really easy if there's a lot of pressure and you don't know where everything is.
I applied to the job by printing out an application form and handing it in as soon as it was filled. You can also ask for an application form at the store, but if they don't have any forms, you could also just hand a CV in. I got a quick call within a couple of days inviting me to an interview. I had to wait a very long time, but the interview was fairly short.
A lot of the people who worked in the branch I was, English was either not their first language or it was a second language. I had an interview with a manager in trainer and it felt like it was half formal and half informal. The interviewer went through the application form with me briefly and I remember that he only asked three questions. Why did you apply here and not Mcdonalds, KFC or Pizza Hut? - I did apply to them but I got rejected, that wasn't my answer of course. I said something on the lines as I thought it would be a great place to work because I'm a good team player. Why did you do so much voluntary work? I did a lot of voluntary work because it helped me gain experience with customer service and till work. Then there was where do you see yourself in the future? I responded with that I could see myself working full time after I finished college.
I'm not sure how I passed the interview but after that, they gave me a uniform and told me to come back tonight for more training. The next day they asked for my bank card details, but I never actually signed a contract till 2 weeks. The managers could have been a lot more clearer about it. I didn't know weather I was successful or not. I wasn't sure weather the training was a trail or if I actually had the job. They didn't really give me an opportunity to ask questions.
I did have some good times there, I had some good conversations but I just wish my experience was more enjoyable. I was happy working there until after the Christmas season where things started to become a bit nasty. I always tried my best at answering the phone and taking orders effectively, but I never felt that I was secure working there.
Throughout my experience there was always issues with my wage. I knew that I would be getting paid every four weeks, but being naive about the world of employment I got confused when I was told different dates. If it wasn't for support from my family, I wouldn't know where I would be.
There was one time I had to stay really late and the work was chaos and the parlor was packed because everyone was waiting for their orders. Let's just say they bit more then they could chew. About a week later the area manager called me in about a complaint.
Apparently someone wrote them an email telling them that they witnessed me calling one of the many managers a wanker. I never called any of the managers a wanker and I know for a fact that the accusations were false because if it was true, somebody would have confronted me as soon as I had done it. I would have been sacked on the spot as well.
I believe the complaint was made up. They kept changing the story, one minute they said it was by email and the next it was a phone call. I never actually got the chance to see the email, and they tried to make me confess to it and promised that I wouldn't get sacked if I confessed.
They didn't want to pay me for the first two weeks because that was training, and I had to fight for them. Eventually I got the second week paid, but it wasn't until I handed my notice in that I got what I rightfully earned. They complained that I made too many mistakes and were plotting to sack me, but as soon as my mum rang up saying I was never coming back they found out that I was never coming back, they were like, "No we like Chloe, she's a good worker."
And they told their workers that they sacked me because I called them all wankers. Which is not true, the managers told me to leave and come back later, then I never came back. We contacted Head Office about all the problems I've had, and they did an investigation and they said that I would be paid for the first week as soon as I handed my notice to head office. And Head Office never mentioned anything about the complaint other than the fact there were some admin errors.
I received a letter from Domino's saying that they accepted my wish to resign and wish me best of luck for the future and I also got my P45 and my final paycheck. Working for Domino's gave me a really bitter aftertaste because I felt so ashamed that I spent ages job searching only to land a job that I couldn't cope with. It did shatter my confidence and I suffered badly with depression and got really behind on my college work, but I'm back on track now.
It was just a mess and I don't think I could work there again because it shattered my confidence. But I learned a couple of things from it. I felt like everything was my fault and any chances of me having a job or a career were totally destroyed. But then someone told me that my branch was sued for £30,00 for being racist against an employee and I found out that a friend of a friend used to work there and was told that the managers were horrible. A little bird told me that they heard that Domino's was a rubbish place to work by other friends.
It made me a stronger person and I stopped doubting myself. I now know that I can do better than that job and I would never let another job rejection get me down again. Not even the 20th one from Mcdonalds, Boots or Tescos.
I kinda feel bad though, I like writing positive reviews. I think if my branch wants to improve they need to be more organized and brush up on their communication skills. If you're considering working for Domino's (well you never know your local branch may be much more better than my one) it's worth a shot if you want driving work and evening work. Let's just hope you get decent managers.
I've used Skype for a long time and I've decided that it's finally time to write a consumer review for this program. Skype has been a very famous software for many years now, and it's set to change the future of social networking. It's main service is the ability to call anybody in the world at anytime. Some features are free and some are paid for. To get the best use of Skype, you will need a microphone and a webcam, and it helps if they are great quality.
I would disagree with anyone who says that Skype is very unknown, I've heard lots of people talk about it and Skype has had over 70 reviews on this site. Many people use this for many different reasons. It's great to contact people who are far away. I use Skype to call my friends abroad and have great group chats with them.
Since joining microsoft it is also possible to talk to your facebook and MSN contacts on Skype without having to go on either of these sites. This makes it easier than ever to keep in touch with your friends and loved ones.
The following services are free:
* Instant messages - I have never had any problems with this.
* Calling from computer to computer both video and chat - video chats are only free if it's from computer to computer and it's a one to one setting.
*Group chats using only microphones - the quality depends on the quality of the microphones and the environment you're in.
The Following services you have to pay for:
* Video chat with lots of people, which I have never tried, but it looks so awesome and clever.
* Talking to people from computer to phone, which gives off great sound quality. Calls can be expensive, but the quality is great from my experience.
Recently Microsoft have been offering vouchers for skype that are worth £1.26 and I've used this voucher up and I rang my boyfriend with it on Skype and he was impressed with how clean and crisp I sounded. He was also quite shocked as well.
My personal opinion on Skype is that it's improved greatly over the years. In the past I've struggled because group chats always lags and when I use mobile apps, the lag is even worse and it's almost impossible to use Skype. Over the years it's joined with Microsoft and had a lot of updates and now lags are no longer a problem, but I do get them once in a while when I start up on my Kindle Fire, but on my laptop it's a lot better now. My least favourite thing about Skype other than the things I've already mentioned is the fact is the limited choice of smileys, but the smileys they do have are pretty good, but nothing outstanding. But I would recommend Skype and I think it is a very useful program to have on any device that uses the internet.
When I walk into my local cash converters, I usually expect to have a cheap and cheerful time. They always seek to have a sale going on and I end up with more CDs than I was expecting. The shop always seems to be busy when I go in, but there is never that much of a queue for buying stuff, but there is for selling. I've never sold anything to Cash Converters, just never had the desire to.
I find the atmosphere in the shop is quite retro and a bit outdated, but that I think it's because of all the second hand goods there. Not just that but they also still use the old fashioned tills and use pen and paper to keep a record of products and prices. I feel as if the shop has a 90s feel to it.
I never know what I'm going to see, but I really only come in to buy some CDs. Which I think its quite fun because you get to discover old artists and old LPs not in HMV anymore. So my favourite thing about the shop is the cheap prices and the customer service. Although I've heard that not other branches are as good and the police make frequent trips.
One thing that really annoys me is the stickers, they are a pain to get off and it still leaves some horrible residue that takes even longer to get rid off. They should get some better stickers that dint leave awful residue. Thanks to Cash Converters my CD collection is very big and what I find there really helps me give new idea fir my reviews.
My local cash converters store sells entertainment products, jewellery, instruments, sport objects and electronic stuff. Once in a while, they still sell old videos but that's only when they get them. I remember buying one video for 10p. Prices for CDs can range between £1 and £2, but they are usually always £1.50 unless they are a recent release. Games are usually about £3.
I think the shop could do with a bit more colour though, the shop is well lit up but the carpet is really dull. You can't really see the wall because there is so much stock. The shop can get quite cramped and i think there needs to be improved access for disabled people and families. Overall for what it is, I like Cash Converters, but it needs to do more to rival CeX.
CeX in my town has a more modern look and bursts with colour. My CeX doesn't have a licence to sell music, but has very good prices for games, find and gadgets. And I go to CeX way more often than Cash Converters nowadays. I think Cash Converters is a good place to go if you are looking for quick cash or something cheap, but there are stores that already do that and do it better. But I will always go to Cash Converters to look for cheap music.
Before Tumblr and Twitter came into the picture, there was livejournal. I've been a member of livejournal since I first came to the internet. I've only had two livejournal accounts in my time, but I know some people who have had over seven. I loved live journal because I thought it was a great and secure website.
It is easy to make an account, but it's not as easy to customize your blog. To make full use of the features of LJ, you either need to have a paid account or a good idea of html coding. There are plenty of tutorials shouts though. The already preset blog designs are nice, but were not fit for my purpose, but I liked to change my layout now and again to suit my mood.
Live Journal is a really great place to showcase your work. You can do a variety of things on there and the popular celebrity blog: Oh No They Didn't blog is based at Livejournal and is now one of the things that keeps livejournal alive. Many personal blogs and communities aren't as active as they used to be, but some of them are a great archive of work and lovely memoirs.
Between 2007 and 2011, I pretty much used the website everyday. I also linked my twitterfeed with livejournal so my tweets would show up on it. So my livejournal entries have been dominated by my tweets. I've found that LJ is a great way to keep in touch with online friends and read about their personal lives.
Which comes to another of the site's best features, you have a choice of weather to keep entries to yourself, friends only or just you. When a blogger says their journal is friends only, it means that all of their entries are locked to friends only. And this is always the case, even if someone posts a link to your entry, only friends can read it.
About a year ago, LJ lost some popularity due to updates that made the site less easier to navigate, as a result many of these people moved to tumblr or dreamwidth. The type of communities you see on LJ are usually various and the most popular ones include fan fiction and shopping related ones. There was also a really popular community called MP3 Share but that was taken down after the downfall of megaupload.
And I will be honest with you, my livejournal account hasn't been updated as much and that's because I've been busy with other things and also because I can contact my online friends quicker on other platforms like Facebook and Skype. But I don't have any issues with it, but I think ot can be a lot more user friendly than it actually is.
==Wii Fit Plus==
The Wii Fit had already sold very well, so how could they make it better. Well having been addicted to the Wii Fit, I found that there were several ways it could improve such as making things more customized. I loved the original Wii Fit because it felt so interactive with the use of a virtual personal trainer who was very positive and motivating and also a use of great features that were easy to use and good for both beginners and advanced users alike. Then the Wii Fit Plus came along and I think they did a great job on it.
==How Is It Different From The Wii Fit?==
This isn't a sequel, but more of an enchantment of Wii Fit. The Wii Fit Plus works has the exact same routines as a Wii Fit, but this time you do not need to unlock so many routines. All the routines that were on Wii Fit are also on the Wii Fit Plus. There are also more routines that are extended and there are more options to customize workouts according to your needs. It also includes a routine for overindulging.
Another addition to the Wii Fit Plus is that it can also tell you how many calories you've burned off during this work out as well as found out how they are equivalent in food. I think that this is a really useful tool for those who need an accurate idea of how much weight they've lost.
I personally like these new features because one of the best things about the Wii Fit products is that they are very motivating, lighthearted and easy to do. This makes me want to work even harder to shed more weight and get fit. The Wii Fit Plus is also something good to get if you've already got a Wii Fit and you're looking to take things on to the next level.
One of the features that I find very novelty like is the ability for your pets to have a profile on the game but they can only be weighed. A human would have to supervise and would also need to have a body test themselves so their weight doesn't count in the weight in.
== Experience ==
My experience with the Wii Fit plus has been an absolute pleasure. I think it really is worth the money and it really is good because it means if you don't feel like going to the gym, you can use the wii fit instead. To make it work even more, you can use it with a combination of a healthy and active lifestyle. I'm no longer obese according to my BMI, so it's obviously worked.
I do admit that sometimes doing the same routines can be repetitive and boring. This was one of the issues I had with the original Wii Fit, but the new features and the ability to have routines mixed and matched for you solves this issue.
The Wii Fit Plus does it's best to make results as accurate as possible with the inclusion of fitness tips, balance tests and asking how heavy your clothes are. However, this can also create pathways for people to cheat, but that doesn't really matter because cheating isn't a long-term solution.
My only proper complaint is that it can't be used when the batteries are low and it keeps on trying to reboot the system which gives a sense of false hope. Though this hasn't really got anything to do with the Wii Fit itself, but could perhaps be due to the poor quality of the batteries or the fact they just had their day.
My ultimate conclusion that this is really worth getting if you have a Wii and if you're both a gamer and want to lose some weight, than this would be a really great combination because you are able to do both. I think this is an essential game and it can really improve your health and well being with this.
James Blunt says that his life has been a rollercoaster and in 2010, he came back with a new album called Some Kind Of Trouble. I think the album is very nice and compliments James' dry and soft vocals really well. Unlike his last two albums that were quite dark and grim in some places, this album shows off a more upbeat and positive feel about the music. It's not one of his best albums, but it is easy to listen to because it is easy on the ears and a lot of people think it's a big drivethrou album, which I can agree with.
When it comes down to it, weather James Blunt is singing happy or sad songs, is irrelevant. The most important trait, and one that many of his fans love him for is that he is still able to convey emotion into the songs which makes it really convincing. I like how James tried to sing songs that he would like to listen to himself because it shows that he is putting in the effort. It also makes him more likable.
It is also nice that James hasn't succumbed to the pressure and still maintained his own unique style, which as Times goes by, is hard to hold onto because people change all the time. It still has lovely guitar sounds, poignant lyrics and vocals that hook the soul. The fans are happy and I think it might pull in some new fans too. I think it's an album worth listening to because it has a great balance and flow.
It really is pure class and I think it doesn't alienate age groups so it is suitable for all ages. I find that some styles are not very welcoming to certain age groups, and a lot of mainstream music is some for the young who will buy or download music in a frenzy. I think this makes James a even more special musician because even though he may have some annoying traits, his great traits greatly outweighs them.
I've always disagree with people who think that his voice is really girly. It can be high pitched, but sounds really sweet and I think he has a great range. I Don't think anybody sings like him. He really does deserve the commercial success. While it is true that I love his first album and prefer it to any other album he's done, Some Kind Of Trouble is a fantastic album.
The depth of the songs are clearly inspired. This could have something to do with James trying to find his love for music by travelling and hanging out with his friends more. The first single, Stay The Night is a gorgeous upbeat folk song and optimistic.
The album shows that James Blunt has gained more self confidence by being more able to express himself. These Are Words is another track that really stands out because it has great details of the emotions. He aims to make music pure for his audience and two tracks I've mentioned do a great job of this.
All of the tracks would work wonders in a live performance, when I watching a video about the making of the album,James did say he had live performances to think about. He really thought about this album and I think everything ha paid off because the album is beautiful.
The best song of the album for me is Best Laid Plans because the bass is beautiful amenities also classic James Blunt. Interviews I've seen about this album praise this song greatly and I cab as why because it is such a gem. The blends of strings compliment his vocals and they work together to make a timeless track. I love this album and I love James Blunt so I think this album is worth checking out.
Katherine Parr had been a widow three times, and this book is written in the point of view of the Queen Dowager's best friend, Catherine, the Duchess Of Suffolk. Katherine Parr is an unusual subject for a novel and the famous rhyme about the fate of Henry's wives ends with her. Katherine is known as the survivor because she outlived Henry, but the marriage was not scandle- free. She was almost executed for heresy.
The author explains very well why she chose to wrote about Katherine Parr as opposed to any of the other wives. Anne Boleyn has been done to death and I think Suzannah Dunn wanted to make people think that she wasn't as boring as some would describe her. She even states that Katherine was at the height of her power but her fatal mistake was falling in love with the wrong man.
As already seen in history books, The Seymours were an ambitious family, especially brothers Edward and Thomas Seymour, but they both get what's coming to them. If history ever teaches you anything, it should teach you this: there is no running from karma. Though these two are only a side of the story, but Catherine does express her concerns when Katherine Parr marries Thomas Seymour.
Dunn is a decent writer and I find her style very easy to read and not very intimidating. Her work has been praised by the Daily Express and The Sunday Times. She's even had praise from Alison Weir, an accomplished historian and to get her praise you have to not only be very good, but also historically accurate.
I really enjoyed reading this book, but there was a couple of things that either annoyed me and I think the book could have improved on. The first one which I think is really obvious is the title. I think this title has already been used before, and I think Jean Pleady used this title too. I think Dunn could have came up with a more imaginative title that hasn't already been used. I also think that the the book would have more interest if it was written in Katherine Parr's point of view, bit I think doing it in her friend's view also helps make the reader feel as if they were actually there.
As Dunn has received praise from an acknowledged historian, I feel it's safe to say that the majority of this is historically accurate, but sometimes the modern writing makes it hard to picture the medieval atmosphere, as some other readers have already said. In the end the book portrays Katherine Parr as as both a hero and a tragic figure who was betrayed by the one she loved the most. Sadly Thomas Seymour tried to get it on with her stepdaughter, which would've made her fee horrible.
I found this book very thought provoking because it focuses on the Tudor period, which I love looking at stuff about. I think this book is worth having a look at if you are into this sort of stuff and also if you're interested in Katherine Parr.