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    • Cadbury Shots / Chocolate / 38 Readings / 37 Ratings
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      03.03.2009 23:04
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      Pleasent enough though better out there

      It seems I've been kept in the dark for the last few years when it comes to these giant rabbit droppings! This last weekend I was at my parents for a weekend break away and as usual my dad went out and did his level best to ensure I get fatter and more unhealthy, buying a lot of chocolate. Part of this feast I was greeted with included a bag of Cadbury's Shots. I was immediately intrigued and looking at the bag I assumed they would be the same as the newer Aero Bubbles and tucked into the Roses he bought instead. As far as I was concerned these were a new product but it seems I was wrong and they have actually been around for a good few years.

      On returning home last night I decided to open the shots and give them a go and I was shocked. They were not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a soft chocolate coating with a soft chocolate inside and they are actually the complete opposite. For anyone who has tried the Cadbury's Mini Eggs, they are basically a non-coloured version in a ball rather than egg shaped version of these. They have a very thick crisp coating that practically shred your gums when you bite into them and have a hard chocolate centre. The balls are approximately 1.5 to 2cm in diameter. The chocolate is very tasty but is not the sort of chocolate that melts in your mouth. It is very solid and remains hard even when left in a warm room overnight as I can vouch for, as I did this also. Although they are made with Milk Chocolate, they taste more like dark at times. The chocolate almost tastes dry, which makes them extremely Moorish as they are not at all sickly which isn't so good if you don't want to eat them all!

      The taste isn't revolutionary but they are a nice treat and something keeps dragging you back to the packet despite them being nothing really special in the taste department. They are not something that I would go out and by again, there are far too many things I would rather have instead. However, some people may well love them. I guess this is for you to find out. I certainly wouldn't recommend them to anyone with soft gums dentures however because the crispy coating could do some damage to the unsuspecting pensioner!

      The bag of balls you're buying are 200g bags, the same sort of size as most large bags of sweets and will cost you around the same as these other bags. Around £1.20 - £1.80 depending where you buy them from.
      So you know what the damage to your wallet is going to be, what about your waistline? Here is the all important nutritional information per 100g:

      Energy (KJ) 2040
      Energy (KCal) 490
      Protein 5.7g
      Carbohydrate 66.2g
      (of which Sugar) 65.4g
      Total Fat 22.4g
      (of which Saturated Fat) 13.9g
      Fibre 0.5g
      Sodium* 0.07g

      These chocolates are suitable for vegetarians although not vegans and wheat and gluten free. They are not however suitable for people with nut allergies, nor people allergic to milk products.

      My advice would be to give these a try. You might really love them. On the other hand you may be like me and not really bothered either way. I won't be buying again, but if someone bought me some I wouldn't be disappointed either.


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        12.02.2009 12:21
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        Definately worth a try to see if you like it

        I seem to be making a habit of writing reviews on 8p value products from Tesco's but here's another one anyway!

        Yes you guessed it. This Jelly cost me just 8p on my recent visit to Tesco. I've been buying it for over a year and have never paid more than 9p for a pack and sometimes have only needed to part with 6p so it seems to be consistently cheap.

        The reason I buy this Jelly is actually as part of an attempt to lose weight. It's brilliant for giving you that sweet sugary fix on an evening without leaving you feeling guilty or still hungry. Jelly is quite filling and a servings, which an adult will need, is the same number of calories as a bowl of cereal so there is no need to feel like you've just pigged a couple of mars bars either!

        Now although I always buy the strawberry jelly, there is an orange alternative in the value range available at the same price but as I don't like orange jelly I never buy this because that would just be silly wouldn't it. But if you do like orange jelly then you have a second choice to make, the first being whether to buy or not in the first place.

        My recommendation on that first question would be yes, do buy it and give it a try. Let's face it at 8p a pack you can risk not liking it. I personally do like it. Flavour wise it does taste a little more watery than some Jelly I have had, but then the alternatives cost significantly more and it does just taste different really, rather than cheap. I certainly don't feel like I'm eating a second rate product when I get my Jelly fix on an evening.

        Now although I use Jelly to shed a few lbs, most people do buy it for kids, especially kids parties and at this price it cannot be ignored when you have 30 screaming offspring demanding their Jelly and Ice-cream. Each pack makes around 4 servings although as I said earlier I don't think most adults would be happy with less than 2. Children certainly aren't going to be able to taste any difference between this and say a Robinsons alternative. It would also make a great after tea desert for a weekday evening where you can rest assured that it only contains a trace of fat.

        Each serving contains just 70 calories, 14.6g of sugar and 0.1g of salt as well as that trace of fat so compared to a bowl of chocolate ice-cream say it's a good alternative for young or old.

        It's very easy to make up as is most cubed Jelly unless like me you just LOVE to eat it in cube form. I can never ever resist putting the whole block in water without at least nicking one cube for my tummy.

        Anyway, you mix the Jelly cubes in ½ pint of boiling water from your kettle, and dissolve the cubes as much as possible before adding another ½ pint of cold water to aid the setting process. Mix it all up and stick it in the fridge and from experience I can tell you 2 hours later you have some lovely set jelly to ease those cravings.

        Now looking at the packet I see there is a microwave alternative to that traditional method of jelly making. You zap the jelly in the microwave for 35-40 seconds before adding ½ pint of boiling water and stirring to your heart's content and then adding the second ½ pint of cool water but from what I can see it seems a pointless task when you have to microwave it then do the same as the traditional method. Maybe it would be a bit quicker? I'm guessing that's why anyway.

        Allergy wise, Tesco do not guarantee the product is nut free because although the product does not contain nuts, the factory does use nuts in other products so cross contamination is a possibility.

        All in all, I don't think the taste difference is enough for this product to be ignored, for adult or child. It's certainly worth a try to see if you agree .... Another bargain product of the Tesco Value range!


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        • Volvo V50 / Car / 58 Readings / 57 Ratings
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          04.02.2009 15:58
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          An Excellent, Premium Family Estate

          Although I don't own a Volvo V50 my father does and I drive it on a regular bases so have now driven it in most circumstances so can give a good all round picture of the car.

          Most of this review is based upon the Volvo V50 SE 1.6D which is a 2008 diesel model. I will however mention a bit more about the rest of the range to make it as comprehensive as I can.

          Firstly, for those who don't know the V50 is Volvo's smallest estate. When you think of a Volvo estate you think of the giant wardrobes on wheels that Volvo has built in the past but nowadays they make some of the best looking cars around. The V50 is no exception. It is about the same size as a Ford Focus Estate or VW Golf Estate, so not massively spacious but easily comfortable for four decent sized adults and five at a push, which we found out last time I used it. The boot is a decent size but not massive. Easily capable of swallowing up plenty of luggage or a couple of Labradors which is where the standard dog guard becomes very useful which comes on all models.

          Now as with most cars these days, there are lots of models starting with the basic 'S' model which actually comes with a lot of standard kit including Alloy Wheels, Climate Control, Computer, CD Player with Aux input, Traction and Stability control and an array of airbags to protect you and your passengers.

          The 'SE' model adds bigger 17" alloy wheels as opposed to the 16" 'S' models, front fog lights, nicer trim, Cruise Control and steering controls for the stereo.

          The 'SE Lux' adds electric door mirrors and seats which are also leather.

          Next in line is the 'R-Design Sport' and 'R-Design Sport SE' which are spec'd similarly to the 'SE' and 'SE Lux' respectively but also have a sportier look and design for those who want to drive more eagerly.

          As with a lot of premium cars these days there are many options you can add to your car if you so wish but all models are equipped generously.
          There are a number of engines also available to cater for every ones tastes and budget and in these credit crunch times I will start with the Diesels. There is a choice of 3 diesel engines starting with the 1.6D which has 109ps (PS being a similar value to BHP). Next up is a 2.0D with 139ps and top of the range is a 180ps D5 model for those wanting speed and fuel economy. Petrol wise, they start with a 1.6 100ps model, a 1.8 125ps and then a 2.0 145ps model. Finally a range topping T5 model is available punching out 230ps which will see you get to 60 mph in just over 6 seconds should you have the need for speed.

          I have only driven the 1.6D so will speak about that. So far, I can't see much of a need for the 2.0D because the 1.6D is an excellent all rounder. It's no speed machine but will see 60mph in 11.5 seconds and go onto 118mph should you need to escape a tsunami or something equally urgent. But as with all diesels, the torque of a diesel engine makes it feel like a much more powerful car. You don't have to work the engine hard to make good progress and overtaking is relatively effortless. Even with the car 5 up, little difference can be felt in performance. It really is an excellent all rounder. It is also extremely quite in the car until you get to around 3500rpm when it becomes a bit rattly but keep it under that which you never need to go over really and all is well and it will quickly pull you, your family and luggage up to motorway speeds. Best of all is the fuel economy. My father's general fuel economy has so far been around the low 40's for local town driving and around 55mpg on a recent motorway trip doing fast motorway speeds, which for a decent sized car is very good for your wallet and the environment.

          As for how the car is to drive, it is a typical Volvo. I have driven an S80 and V70 T5 in the past and they are all very similar. They are very smooth and quiet and comfortable on a long run and hold their own in the corners. Anyone looking for a sporty drive will be a little disappointed but anyone else will not as it handles very well with little body roll and has very supportive seats that hold you well even if you're 6'4" and 18 Stone like myself. It's a very safe drive which is what Volvo is all about after all.
          Inside the car things are very stylish and look like they belong in a much more expensive car. There are neoprene feeling seats and a lovely soft steering wheel which makes me want the car on its own! Although not particularly exciting to look at the interior is well finished in good quality materials and even has a floating centre console which means you can put your CD's etc behind it out of the way. A very nice touch! There are plenty of cup holders and nice arm rest with two storage compartments and your auxiliary port built in. There is also a centre armrest in the back of the car providing know one is sitting in the middle. If there is you will have to use them to rest your arms on I'm afraid! All of the controls are extremely well laid out from the radio and cruise controls on the steering wheel to the climate controls on the console which allow you to heat driver and passenger separately to get rid of those nasty hot/cold arguments we all have. The stereo itself is very good. It won't win any awards but there are plenty of good quality speakers providing you with a decent sound. Real music lovers may however, want to upgrade to one of the two high performance stereo options available on the V50.

          The boot as mentioned before comes as standard with a removable dog guard and is easily big enough for 3 or 4 medium sized suitcases, though for a bit family trip you may struggle without a roof box. There is a blind style, retractable parcel shelf which reels back to give you space to place your shopping deep within the boot and the seats also fold down should you need some extra space for that trip to the tip on a Sunday morning.

          Now how much is this car going to cost you? Well there are used examples around from 5or6k upwards but even new this car is available in basic 'S' trim with the 1.6 Petrol engine for around £15995. As I said earlier, my father has the 1.6D SE with metallic paint and the optional Spartacus Alloy Wheels which are a no cost option and nicer than the standard wheels so I would recommend them! His car came in at around the £20k mark and you can get the various models at prices around these up to the top of the range T5 model which comes in at a not too cheap £25k. But be very careful of adding too many options to any of the models because you could end up adding thousands very easily and making what is a pretty good value car an extremely overpriced one!

          Whichever you buy you are getting a premium quality family car for very little premium in price over mainstream rivals such as the Focus and Golf, which looks good and drives very well and most of all makes you feel important whilst keeping your family safe and secure on your journey. To make it even better value Volvo are currently offering 3 years free servicing to help you on your way.

          There is very little I have against this car, but there are a couple of things I would like to mention which should be looked out for. Firstly, it has developed a couple of small rattles and squeaks around the dash. It's not a major problem, but is irritating when you are in a new car and also the wipers at the front seem to leave the windscreen quite smeared and no amount of washing and wiping even by hand will clear it. I'm sure a quick visit to the dealer would rectify this but a little disappointing on an otherwise excellent car.

          I would recommend this car to anyone, and would love one myself. Just which one should you choose?


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            28.01.2009 15:01
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            A great buy making life easier for pancake lovers

            I was walking around tesco's the other day and decided I wanted some pancakes that night and didn't want to have to mess about making the mixture myself. Now some may say this is lazy, pancakes aren't the hardest of things to make after all but I came accross this mixture on the shelves of my local store for just 8p!!!! Wow, I thought and promptly picked one up to see what needed to be done. All you need on top of this pack is 1 egg and 250 ml of water and a very strong arm to whisk it all up and get rid of those dreaded lumps! I promptly popped a bag in my trolly and thought i'd give it a go.

            Some people may argue that you would have all the ingredients in your house and why waste your money on a pack even if it is only 8p especially if it only contains 'Wheat Flour, Dried Skimmed Milk, Salt?' But what if you are like me and don't keep baking ingredients in the house? You certainly can't buy those ingredients for 8p now could you?

            I got home and after dinner thought we would have them for desert. The mixture took just a couple of minutes to make up using your egg and water and followed by a drop of fat, oil or butter hot in the pan, added a thin layer of mixture and a bit of tossing later had my pancakes.

            There is absolutely no taste difference in my opinion between this pack and anything you can do with your own ingredients. The pancakes were fantastic!! My only critisism would be I only managed to get around 4 pancakes from the pack although these were big pancakes made in a 32cm pan but hey, if you need to buy two packs then 16p is still a bargain and it means you can get fatter in a tastier way!

            Now here are those all important instructions from the packet itself on how to make these pancakes ....

            For Pancakes:

            1. In a jug or bowl beat together 1 egg (medium) and 250ml of cold water.

            2. Empty sachet contents into another bowl and gradually add the egg and water

            and whisk until smooth.

            3. Heat a little oil in a small frying pan. Pour in enough batter to cover the

            base and cook over a moderate heat until underside is golden brown. Turn

            pancake over and cook to brown other side. Repeat until batter is used up.

            So simple for such great reward!

            Importantly, we must remember this is a batter mix and not just a pancake mix so you can also use it to make your sunday lunch necessity, The Yorkshire Pudding. This pack will allow you to make 12 of them and although I have not tried them myself I can only assume they will be as good as the pancakes I had! Here is the recipe .....

            1. In a jug or bowl beat together 1 egg (medium) and 200ml of cold water.

            2. Empty sachet contents into another bowl and gradually add the egg and water

            and whisk until smooth.

            3. Heat a little oil in 12 small tins.

            Add batter and cook in a pre-heated oven 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 for 20-30 minutes.

            Now for your efforts you will be rewarded with a great taste but what about the nutritional information that us dieters require? Well here it is .....

            Name Per Serving Per 100g
            Energy 187kJ (44kcal) 835kJ (200kcal)
            Protein 0.5g 2.3g
            Carbohydrate 9.7g 43.3g
            sugars 1.0g 4.4g
            Fat 0.3g 1.5g
            saturates trace 0.4g
            Fibre 0.6g 2.5g
            Sodium* 0.1g 0.5g
            *Salt Equivalent 0.3g 1.1g

            There is some allergy advice included on the pack. The product does containt Wheat, Gluten and Milk and although the product is made in nut free area of the factory the product cannot be guarentee'd nut free due to the fact other areas of the factory uses nuts.

            All in all this is a great product from the Tesco value range at a price where if cannot be ignored. I highly recommend it especially with Shrove Tuesday on the way so get your packs in now before the shelves are cleared.

            All you have to do now is decide what to put on them and whether you want sweet or savoury ..... Lifes chores hey


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            • General / Discussion / 34 Readings / 30 Ratings
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              27.01.2009 14:03
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              A quiz about me

              Thought i'd do my first quiz on here so here goes.

              1. Which do you prefer - shower or bath? And why?

              I prefer a bath. I enjoy reading a magazine and relaxing in a hot bath rather than just jumping in a shower which is boring and over in minutes. It's the far more relaxing option!

              2. What do you swear you'll never do?

              Having lost 6 stone in recent months I swear never to get that fat again, although it's not easy in January when the weather is horrid and there are so many cravings buzzing through my head!

              3. What's the most embarrassing thing you ever done?

              This is difficult. I've made a fool of myself on many occasions but i'm struggling to find one thing that stands out. Perhaps when I was pretending to rub my chest like model messing about in front of my friends on holiday to see some other holiday makers staring at me in disgust!

              4. What is your favourite quote?

              I'll do it later .... Although that's probably my partners most hated quote.

              5. What was your favourite holiday? And why?

              Italy in 2007. I've had many good holidays but this one was brilliant for many reasons. The weather firstly. 2 weeks of 40c and blue skies. The scenery was amazing no matter where you looked. The lifestyle was great. Fine dining and a carefree lifestyle. Places to visit. There were loads of them from Pompei to the Amalfi Coast, from Naples to Capri. Some amazing places! Most of all was that I got to spend it with everyone important to me. My mum and dad, sister and my partner. What more can anyone want? Oh yes and there was the car I hired. A lovely Alfa Romeo 159!

              6. What was your favourite childhood toy?

              Worryingly and ice cream doll called Poodoo!

              7. Do you have any pets?

              Here in my flat I have 2 lovely guinee pigs. Sandi and Riggles. I also have 2 black labs called Ben and Bruno living with my parents. I love dogs and can't wait to get myself a bigger place so I can have a nice dog here.

              8. Savoury or sweet?

              Both? I am probably more of a lover of savoury food. I love party food such as sausage rolls and cocktail sausages as well as a good sandwich or pizza. On the other hand I love deserts and sweets but generally given the choice I would go for the savoury option.

              9. Hot or cold?

              If we're talking about weather both have their plus points. I love cold frosty days but much prefer a hot summers day. The hotter the better. If we're talking how I feel, i'd probably prefer to be cold. It's easier to get under a quilt or something to warm up than to find a way to cool down and I always feel really uncomfortable when too hot.

              10. What's your favourite drink? - Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic

              Alcoholic: Probably sangria. I love a few glasses on holiday. Otherwise a cold beer on a hot summers day will do me fine!

              Non-Alcoholic: Coke, boring but true unfortunately

              11. What's your favourite food?

              A lovely Sunday roast with all the trimmings. It can't be beaten!

              12. Who do you hate the most?

              Idiots. I can't stand people who are loud and rude and just get in peoples faces. Why do so many people have no manners?

              13. Do you have a crush on someone? If so, who?

              Not a crush I am taken!

              14. What is your favourite colour?

              I am a car fanatic and judge my favourite colours in cars. Unfortunately, this is dependent upon which car but i'd say black and blue and dark red are right up there at the top for me.

              15.. What did you do last night?

              I sat with my family, watched a rather depressing program on t.v. about a lady who went to Switzerland to die and then played against my sister on Call of Duty 5 on the Playstation 3.

              16. What's your favourite thing to do?

              Althought I rarely get the chance to do it I would have to say it would be to go to a car show of some sort. I usually go to the MPH show in Birmingham every year but would like to do more. Otherwise it would be to travel, weather abroad or in the UK. I really enjoy just getting in the car and driving off for the day to see some scenery.

              17. Favourite movie, T.V Programme, Book?

              Movie: The Die Hards or Gone in 60 Seconds
              TV: Topgear
              Book: I absolutely hate reading so nothing really

              18. Who's your hero?

              Duncan Bannertine (Spelling?) Having watched a program of late about this man I was both amazed and imspired by what I saw. He has been through so many ups and downs and yet has made everything he has ever wanted happen with endless years of hard work and committment and at a difficult time he has made me feel like anything is possible!

              19. Favourite song of all time?

              Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth

              20. Have you ever had a supernatural experience?

              I've had a couple. The first was as a teenager. Whilst sitting in my bedroom with a friend items on my shelf started to just slide across the shelf with no one anywhere near them which was very scary.

              Secondly was on the aniversary of my grandads death when I saw his figure through our living room window. Not just a glance either I saw it for quite a while.

              21. Favourite Sound?

              The sound of a good engine. I love the sound of fast cars!

              22. Favourite Smell?

              Petrol or Tarmac - Some people find this strange but it seems to be quite common to like the smell of these things. I wonder why?

              23. Favourite place to be?

              On the beach on a lovely hot day. Just can't beat it!

              24. Happiest moment in your life?

              The day I moved in with my partner. I had been ill since the age of 15 and never thought the day would come but it did and i've never looked back.

              25. Saddest moment in your life so far?

              Either the day my dad was rushed into hospital and we were told he only had a 50/50 chance of making it. He did make it through mind so that's good. That or the day my grandad died.

              26. What is your dream job?

              A car tester or motoring journalist. It would suite me perfectly in every single way! Anyone watching offer me a job lol

              27. What would be your idea of a perfect date?

              A quiet meal somewhere nice. Maybe an indian or something followed by a trip to the cinema or a quiet film at home.

              28. What's your favourite Newspaper/ Magazine?

              Topgear is the one and only magazine I read. It's the most informative magazine on the car scene with endless useful information.

              29. Which celebrity do you like the most?

              Not a big celeb worshipper but would love to meet the topgear team in person. I'm starting to sound a little obsessed now aren't I?

              30. What religion are you?

              Christian although not massively religious

              31. Do you have any siblings?

              I have a little sister who at 22 is not so little anymore. We get on well generally even though she is tres anoying! lol

              32. Have you every been in hospital? If so, why?

              I've had endless visits to hospital over the years but my only stay there was to have my tonsils removed when I was 7 and i'd like to keep it that way.

              33. Have you ever broken a bone or had stitches?

              Broke my big toe once but only got a nail-less toe to show for it.

              34. Do you believe in Angels/Ghosts/Demons?

              Ghosts yes the others probably not.

              35. Are you superstitious?

              Very. Always touching wood and throwing spilt salt over my shoulder as well as various other things. Why take the risk?

              36. What colour eyes do you have?


              37. What colour hair do you have?

              Very dark brown or black depending what your opinion is and how long it is. Also getting a few grey hairs which I put down to living with a women lol

              38. If you could change 1 thing about your appearance, what would it be?

              I really wouldn't want to change anything about my appearence. It's me...

              39. If you could change 1 thing about your personality, what would it be?

              To be less anxious. I worry far too much

              40. What is your biggest fear?

              Drowning or losing my family I guess ....

              41. Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?

              Why worry about regrets? It's time to move forward!!!

              42. Have you ever been in love?

              Of course. I must love her to live with her lol

              43. What's the most important thing to you in the world?

              My family and doggies. I'd be lost without them all!

              44. What your most treasured possession?

              My car or my ps3. I was going to say my partner but don't think she'd appreciate being called a possession!

              45. What's your job?

              I currently don't work because I am studying for my degree in Environmental Studies

              46. What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

              I've had lots of nice things done for me over the years. Nothing really stands out above the rest I can think of.

              47. What's the worst thing anyone has done to you?

              Someone made blatently false accusations about me which were quickly ruled out through what I can only assume was jealousy!

              48. Dream car?

              Oh where do I start? lol ... Probably a Lamborgini Gallardo Superlegga

              49. Favourite celebration?

              Probably Christmas although it does seem to be more of a stress of late but by the time we get to it it's the nicest because I get to spend it with my family.

              50. Where do you hang out?

              I don't really hang out anymore. If I had to pick somewhere it would be at home.

              51. What School did you go to?

              Chestnut Street C of E Primary and Lafford High School

              52. What/ Who annoys you?

              Go back to question 12. It's the same thing in this case.

              53. Do you recycle?

              We do yes. We have a recycling bin we HAVE to use but would anyway.

              54. What's your favourite sport?

              Football, Golf or Rallying.

              55. Who was the last person to upset you?

              Probably my partner. When you live with someone it's going to happen at points.

              56. What are your hobbies?

              Cars, watching Liverpool, playing on my PS3.

              57. What was the last joke you heard?

              What do you call a man with a seagul on his head? ............ Cliff!

              58. What is the best joke you've heard?

              Probably not repeatable!

              59. What's the worst joke you've heard?

              The one in q57 is up there!!! lol

              60. Name 3 places you have been on holiday:-

              Italy, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote

              61. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

              Nice job, house, car, family

              62. Favourite Season?

              Summer is my favourite season. All the others have their bonuses but I love sitting out in the garden and the long warm days although the last few years it seems to have been cancelled.

              63. What's your favourite website?

              BBC Weather, Facebook

              64. What's your favourite shop?

              Game or the Electrical outlets

              65. What's your worst habit?

              Oh I have plenty of bad habbits. I'm such a catch lol. Probably swearing or crude jokes

              66. What's your favourite animal?

              Dogs...They make such great pets although I am an animal lover in general.

              67. What is your ultimate fantasy?

              A road trip in a lovely fast car to cruise europe and visit all the places I want to go in the height of summer.

              68. Can you cook?

              I can yes, although i'm not that adventurous but I do try.

              69. What is the last lie you told?

              I'm really struggling with this one, although I suspect it's because I tell too many white lies lol

              70. Favourite flavour ice-cream?

              Discovered in Amalfi in 2007 it's definately Kinder flavour!!!!

              71. Favourite take-away?

              Indian definately although we rarely have it really

              72. What do you hate doing the most?

              Washing up, which is why I do the cooking and my partner does that! lol

              73. What do you like doing the most?

              Driving. I just love it!

              74. If you were a Super Hero what would your name be?

              Super stud? Who wrote this quiz a 5 year old? lol

              75. What is your porn star name (take the name of your first pet and your mother's maiden name and put them together)

              Marmite Williams? Can't see that making the screens to be honest!

              76. If you were an animal what would you like to be?

              A big cat. Probably a tiger

              77. What would your animal name be?

              Tigger lol

              78. If you could go back in time, what time would you go to?

              1966 to see the year we won the World Cup!

              79. Any person alive or dead - who would you meet?

              My dads mum. She died way before I was born!

              80. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

              Italy, although i'm not sure I could live perminantly outside of the Uk because I am a home bird.

              81. Tea or coffee?

              Coffee. I drink far too much although am trying to cut down (He says sitting here with a cup of coffee beside me)

              82. What was/is your nickname?

              Mat ... How original lol

              83. Have you been to college?

              Yes. I did an access course in 2003 and various distance learning courses before that.

              84. What is the wildest thing you've ever done?

              Burried my right foot in a Mercedes C32 AMG. Bit naughty but good fun in a special car.

              85. Can you play an instrument?

              Keyboard although i've not tried for years and years

              86. What's your favourite Disney Character?

              Tigger from Winnie the Pooh

              87. Favourite theme park?

              Alton Towers. I like the way there is something for everyone of every age even if you don't like the big rides like me.

              88. What size feet are you?

              12 or 13 .... You know what they say about men with big feet? Big shoes and all that! lol

              89. If you were King/Queen for a day what 3 changes would you make to the world?

              1. Tighter controls on Imigration
              2. More help for the poor
              3. Raise the outdated motorway speed limit to 80mph in line with the rest of europe

              90. What is your favourite Night Club?

              I hate night clubs although the Barbacoa in Gran Canaria was good though not actually a night club!

              91. Name one thing that most people don't know about you?

              I was a champion discus thrower in my teens until I got ill.

              92. When was the last time you cried? And why?

              Not sure tbh.

              93. If you could have 3 wishes, What would they be?
              To be rich
              All my family to be healthy
              To have a holiday home in Italy

              94. Would you ever have plastic surgery? If so, where?

              Not unless i'd had an accident or something that disfigured me.

              95. What are you most ashamed of?

              Nothing really

              96. Thongs or Knickers/ Boxers/ Pants - on you/ on someone else

              Pants on me, knickers on women. Thongs look painful lol

              97. Blondes/ Brunettes or Red heads?


              98. What do you find sexy?

              Nice legs and bum, long hair and a nice personality

              99. If you could have a super power/ ability, what would it be?

              Be an amazing golfer

              100. Did you enjoy doing this quiz?.

              I guess I did. Makes a change from the usual reviews!!!


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              • Labrador / Pet / Animal / 35 Readings / 35 Ratings
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                22.01.2009 20:47
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                A dog for everyone

                Where to start? Loyal, Loving, Playfull, Entertaining, Cuddly, Barmy .... All things you can say about Labs.

                I have two black Labradors, one 7 and the other one 8 years old. I say I have, my parents have and I spent their first 4 or 5 years with them and still consider them my pets too. I see them at least once a month despite being 100 miles away from my home now.

                The oldest of the dogs we got after our springer spaniel died. He was a lovely puppy when we saw him. The people we got him from had a massive house and their female lab, also black had just had puppies, well 8 weeks previously. We picked out Ben, because he was the one that seemed to be into everything and the liveliest of the 8 or so puppies left there. We went into the owners beautiful kitchen where the dogs rarely go and within minutes Ben had wee'd under the table and put his head in the ladies cup of tea and spilt it all over the place! But he was so cute we just had to keep him and we did and took him home that day.

                It's amazing how quickly these pups grow despite taking 18months to get to full size! For the first 2-4 weeks he couldn't go out for a walk because he needed to have his booster injections, and they have to have them every year afterwards as well as the kennel cough medicine if they are likely to need kennel stays. These are usually around the £100 mark although some pet insurance include this in their package.

                Toilet training was so easy with both these dogs. We did the usual newspaper on the floor thing where they would use that to go on and within days or a week or so they were just using the garden and have rarely had any accidents since which is a great trait in any dog.

                Since day one Ben has been the biggest attention seeker I have ever known. He constantly wants you full attention and if you don't give him it, as a puppy he would steal things. Paper out of the bin, teddy bears, anything he could get his teeth around and he would flaunt them in front of you just far enough away that he could snatch them back when you tried to grab them. He still does it now sometimes but he tends to just feel sorry for himself when you don't fuss him. This actually became so much of a problem during the first year someone recommended we got him a friend and this is when we got Bruno a year later.

                A lot of people don't realise there are two different types of black lab, a long haired and shorter haired one. Now the long haired isn't massively long and is probably the most common one, which is what Ben is, but Bruno has the shorter more coarse hair. Bruno was the last puppy of the litter to go. We went to see him and he was being kept, with his Brother who the owners were going to keep, in a chicken coup type box. It was stuffed full of hay to keep them nice and warm and when the bloke opened the box out rolled the fattest little puppy you have ever seen. He was the epitome of the term puppy fat and seemed to be cross eyed but he looked totally adorable. Ironically now he is the slimmer of the two dogs. My dad was very concerned how the two dogs would get on together, and worried they would fight but they immediately took to each other and if you saw them now they are the two parts of a wonderful friendship. They may not be blood related but they are definitely brothers. They are regularly seen lying together usually with Bruno's head resting on Bens back. They play together all the time whether at home or out on a walk. Labradors just love company whether it be human or other labs.

                I have spent an awful lot of time with these dogs because during the first few years of their lives I was very ill and was with them day and night. They always seem to know when there's something wrong, even now you get their full attention when you're ill or upset. They have an amazing ability to know exactly when you're coming home as well. When my dad is out for example, they will often start waiting by the door or window and I will say 'They'll be back in 20 minutes' and more often than not they are back in the time it takes them to travel home. This is the same for any of us when we are out. They just seem to know when you leave to come home.

                Ben and Bruno are very different dogs. I have already spoken about how Ben likes to tease you to get attention, whereas Bruno is more forthright and will simply climb onto you or cry until you let him jump onto the sofa for instance. They both love fuss, and they both get jealous when the other one is getting the fuss which can be frustrating because they often bark when they are jealous. I think this comes down to the loyalty labs have. They will do anything for their owners to make them happy. If you tell Bruno off for instance he so obviously feels bad. He will tilt his head and offer you his paw and give a performance that means you would have to be extremely mean not to forgive him afterwards. And he genuinely is sorry. I always get a lovely welcome when I go up with them climbing all over me with tails wagging and my face getting licked to dripping point.

                The Labrador temperament is fantastic and they are great around all but the smallest children. Ben and Bruno have never growled or turned their lips up at anyone or anything despite Bruno's hunting instinct which means he chases anything that moves. This I have found is the same with nearly all labs and generally the only time labs will growl or snap are if they are really scared and even then it's not vicious it's a warning. Labradors are retrievers and Bruno is a prime example of one. When he does catch something, he doesn't bite it hard, he simply holds it in his mouth just tight enough for it not to escape and generally when you tell him to drop it he will straight away. Ben never really got this idea so generally if you throw a ball for him he will chase it and then let you go and collect it! They just love to play and although a bit boisterous let you be rough with them as well which helps with children. They love to wrestle with you especially Bruno who's aim is to sit on your face which apparently is a sign of dominance although I do try and avoid this and definitely don't do it back!

                Our labs eat a mix of dry food and tinned meat and are usually fed just once a day. Getting the food right with labs is very important because they do have a tendency to put on weight and Ben and Bruno are no exception so we have to be very careful to feed them the right amount and not give them too many treats. They tend to have their main meal once a day and a denture stick to keep their teeth clean and little else. Don't be fooled by thinking they will stop eating when they are full because labs will not and you will end up with a very fat dog especially if they've had the snip!

                Health wise we have had a few problems with the dogs which seem to be common problems with the breed and these are cysts. Both dogs have been on a number of occasions to have fatty lumps removed from all over their body and are still developing them now. We have been told this is very common but it's always upsetting when they have to be put to sleep and have them removed. Bruno has always had a displaced hip which means from a young age he's had arthritic problems with it. We have to carefully regulate things like throwing the ball for him which he loves and other things where he can make it soar. He has painkillers and anti-inflammatories on a regular basis to help control this but we have been warned that with age it will get worse.

                These problems and rising vets costs means you shouldn't have any dog without pet insurance and labs are no difference. They have saved us thousands of pounds over the years with their problems and we wouldn't be without it.

                The boys are now middle aged with labs tending to live 12-14 years but they're showing little sign of aging except for a small amount of grey chin hair. They probably sleep a bit more and get a bit stiff after a long walk but they still love their exercise and play as well as all their fuss and attention. As they get older they seem to be even more stuck in their routine. They have a very structured day and when this is changed they do find it hard to cope. When they are due a walk they will make sure you know with Bruno climbing onto your lap and Ben barking at you, and when it's time for bed Bruno will sit at the bottom of the stairs until you go up with him. They just always seem to be able to communicate with you and tell you what they want.

                I've spoken about the different lengths of hair with labs, but there are also 3 different colours, Black labs, Yellow labs and the rarest of the breed, Chocolate labs. Generally labs weigh 30-35kgs depending on whether they are male or female, females being slightly smaller, so they are not small dogs but are very easy to look after. They do need a walk every day but don't usually need to be walked for mile upon mile. If they can get off the lead they will wear themselves out quite quickly all on their own. They don't like being left on their own for too long because of their sociable nature although on the occasions they have to be left they are always well behaved. All in all I think labs whatever the colour are the ideal pet and certainly the ideal dog and I would recommend them to absolutely anyone! I will be taking mine to the beach this weekend where they can run to their hearts content which is what they like doing best of all. Seeing them happy makes these little trips extra special.....


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                  03.10.2008 00:44
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                  All the hits without the rubbish Album tracks!

                  I recieved this CD as a birthday present but had been wanting it since it was released on July 21st 2008. I am a lover of the Now series of disks and was hoping for a good one after what was a disapointing Now 69 CD for me.

                  If you were to buy this CD for yourself you would pay up to £14-99 in highstreet stores and in the region of £11 on the internet.

                  Firstly the tracks :-

                  Disc: 1
                  1. Estelle feat. Kanye West American Boy
                  2. Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome Dance Wiv Me
                  3. Mint Royale Singin' In The Rain
                  4. Sam Sparro Black & Gold
                  5. Duffy Warwick Avenue
                  6. Sara Bareilles Love Song
                  7. Gabriella Cilmi Sweet About Me
                  8. Ne-Yo Closer
                  9. Girls Aloud Can't Speak French
                  10. Kylie Minogue In My Arms
                  11. Sugababes Denial
                  12. Jonas Brothers S.O.S.
                  13. Alphabeat 10,000 Nights
                  14. The Ting Tings That's Not My Name
                  15. The Kooks Always Where I Need To Be
                  16. Pendulum Propane Nightmares
                  17. Black Kids I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
                  18. Scouting For Girls Heartbeat
                  19. The Feeling Turn It Up
                  20. The Hoosiers Cops & Robbers
                  21. Paul Weller Have You Made Up Your Mind
                  22. Coldplay Violet Hill

                  Disc: 2
                  1. Rihanna Take A Bow
                  2. Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown No Air
                  3. Will.I.am feat. Cheryl Cole Heartbreaker
                  4. Usher feat. Young Jeezy Love In This Club
                  5. Mariah Carey Touch My Body
                  6. Leona Lewis Better In Time
                  7. Chris Brown With You
                  8. Ironik Stay With Me
                  9. Taio Cruz I Can Be
                  10. The Script We Cry
                  11. Britney Spears Break The Ice
                  12. Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & Nicole Scherzinger Scream
                  13. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain Low
                  14. Wiley Wearing My Rolex
                  15. DJ Q feat. MC Bonez You Wot!
                  16. Basshunter All I Ever Wanted
                  17. Scooter Jumping All Over The World
                  18. Ultrabeat vs Darren Styles Discolights
                  19. Alex Gaudino feat. Shena Watch Out
                  20. September Cry For You
                  21. Fragma Toca\x{2019}s Miracle 2008

                  The first CD is typically 'Now' in that it has a wide variety of the latest chart music with a mix of R&B thrown in as well. The second CD is a mix of both R&B and typically for now again, the second CD has a lot more dance music than the first.

                  This is one of the first Nows for a while that has had a variety of songs that mean that I can listen to the CD's through without the need to skip 'Rubbish' tracks. Maybe there is a lot of good music around at the moment? Either that or the Now brand has just selected music that I like but most of the popular bands and artists are here to be appreciated. Scouting for Girls, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Duffy, Ne-yo, Basshunter and Britney to name a few. There really is something for everyone meaning it's great for background music either in the car or with friends and does this as well as it giving entertainment on a personal level at home or on your MP3 player.

                  Typically of Now's latest CD covers, there are ringtones of many of the songs that can be requested via text message inside the cover and when using the cd, you can access a VIP area related to the CD which enables you to view videos, star interviews and live performances for which you need the original CD to unlock.

                  When you look at these couple of extras along with the hits from many of the top artists this CD looks very good value for money. For someone who likes compilations this is a must, especially if like me you often only like the big hits on albums, particularly from the Dance and R&B artists. This CD is a ready made playlist and there are more people who will like this CD than dislike.


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                  • Cadbury's Wispa / Chocolate / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                    29.09.2008 23:28
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                    An 80's Aero, but much much better

                    I was worryingly excited when I saw these today. I bought two and ran out of the petrol station waving them at my partner who looked slightly confused and embarassed!

                    For those who don't know the Cadbury's Wispa is one of the 80's finest chocolate bars and an integral part of my diet in my childhood years.

                    It is similar to todays Aero except the chocolate coating is much thicker and the bubbles much smaller and tightly packed leaving you much more satisfied than the more modern alternative. It is a similar size to the Aero although slightly longer but not as thick. Due to this, people wanting something more to their chocolate bar, such as nuts or raisens, will probably not be as impressed as a soley chocolate lover.

                    The taste of the chocolate is almost identical to traditional Cadbury's dairy milk but the bubbles make it much less heavy.

                    I remember the days where these were little over 20p but today I paid 49p each which though a little more expensive than a traditional mars bar was a bargain flashback to my childhood. If you see one, buy one. It's a must!

                    Nutritionally the Wispa is similar to most other chocolate bars on the market with the following nutritional qualities:

                    Energy (KJ) 880
                    Energy (KCal) 210

                    Protein 2.7g

                    Carbohydrate 21.2g
                    (of which Sugar) 21.1g

                    Total Fat 12.9g
                    (of which Saturated Fat) 8.1g

                    Fibre 0.3g

                    Sodium 0.04g

                    So the Wispa is not really a healthy option although in moderation is a wonderful part of a balanced diet.

                    There are rumours that the return of the Wispa has been so successful that it is here to stay which is great news for everyone. The younger generation don't seem to have even heard of it so this gives them time to discover and love the chocolate bar the same as the older generation.


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                      27.09.2008 21:13
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                      Worth a visit but only with a 2 for 1 voucher

                      I went on a visit to Birmingham Sealife Centre last week for my birthday with some friends. I love fish and aquariums so was really looking forward to going. I'd previously been to the centres in Great Yarmouth and Scarborough but not for a number of years.

                      Firstly, the prices shown about on here are very out of date. It's actually now a massive £15.60 per adult to get in, although I had managed to get a couple of 2 for 1 vouchers for us which made it a little more reasonable.

                      First impressions of the place for me were that it was quite small compared to ones i'd been to before. It's a very compact building on about 3 floors. There are ramps all the way up but these are quite steep and there is not a lift from the bottom to the top at all.

                      As you go in you pay at the desk. You can book tickets online and get a fast track entry but when we went it was extremely quiet anyway so was not a problem. There is a cafeteria selling very reasonable sandwiches, paninis and the like. It was refreshing to go to a place like this and not feel we were being ripped off for a drink! There is also a small gift shop where you can buy something to remind you of your trip!

                      When you start the walk up the ramp into the aquarium, there are a few tanks of various sizes with different types of fish, lobster, coral and some rays as well. There is a shark tank which is fairly small and shallow but has a few different varieties of shark in there and some rays. There isn't a massive amount of room for them and to be honest I thought they would have made more of a feature of it. The shark feeding 'show' was dismal. It consisted of a man throwing in pieces of fish which the sharks weren't interested in and we were listening to a bloke talking to us all like we were 5 years old despite there being knowone under 20 in there!

                      After the sharks you move into an area with more aquariums with various fish an coral as well as another large tank with more big rays and fish in as well. There is also a little section for jelly fish which are quite interesting to watch.

                      You then move passed the sharks again on a ramp up to the otter sanctury. There are windows for you to look at the otters in their recreated natural habitat. It is a very big area full of logs and bark for them to play with and in. There are pools for them to swim in and shells and stones to play with as well. All of the otters are female. There is then an area outside in the picnic area, where there is an ice cream kiosk. The otters can come outside here and this is where they were fed. The otter feeding was marginally more interesting than the sharks. We were actually given some interesting information on how they live etc and they were fed in a more entertaining way.

                      After the otters, which are on the top floor, you enter the Amazon section. Here you see a tank full of paranas and various tanks of spiders, poisonous frogs and toads and then move into the turtle area. There are a few tanks with different varieties of small turtles to look at.

                      From this point you get a lift down to the ground floor where the tunnel is. The tunnel though small is a fantastic place to see. There are more sharks and some enormous turtles smimming around with a variety of large fish. You can view them through windows before walking through the tunnel where you are completely surrounded by water. You could spend hours watching the animals swimming around you. It's extremely relaxing!

                      To finish your visit you enter the mirror maze! Just make sure you don't rush through it or you will bump into the glass! The kids would love this bit i'm sure! You then exit through the shop and that's your visit over.

                      Though I enjoyed my visit I expected more. You would struggle to spend more than 2 or 3 hours there which is enough for most people, but for the price you pay to get in I think there should be more on offer. If you can get hold of the widely available 2 for 1 vouchers it's a bit better but I think full price paying adults would be disapointed. Kids will love this place but adults should maybe visit one of the bigger centres elseware in the country.


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                        21.09.2008 00:24
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                        • Effect


                        If you love your car, you will love this gel.

                        Having used many tyre blackening products in the past I was looking for one without the drawbacks of some of the competition. Designed for giving a dark long lasting shine to your tyres this for me is by far the best and I will not use anything else.

                        The main reason for this is that all other tyre blackeners I have ever used run after a few days and leave your wheels looking like you've driven a few hundred miles even when the cars hardly moved. Although sprays may be more convenient, this gel stays on the tyres, never running and can be applied evenly using a cloth leaving a far more even finish without the running drawbacks.

                        Although not particularly cheap, you only need a small amount and the last bottle I bought has lasted me over a year and is still going despite my love of washing my car.

                        The effects last for a long time and even after driving in heavy rain for prolonged periods, although some of the shine is lost, it still leaves the tyres looking dark and new even when before they were as grey and worn looking as tyres can get.

                        This product is miles ahead of the competition and is a must for anyone who likes to keep their car looking like new.


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                      • Peugeot 307 SW / Car / 24 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                        16.09.2008 18:58
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                        If you need cheap and functional nothing does it better

                        I had this car as a hire car in June and covered close to 2000miles in that week alone so am quite well placed to write a review on it.

                        Being a foreign car it was spec'd differently to the UK but had Automatic Climate Control, Full Electrics, Panoramic Glass Roof, front foglights and trip computer. I do know a bit about these cars in the UK and know most of them do come with these anyway. We chose the car to ferry myself, three passengers and all our luggage for a 2 week holiday driving around france and spain and we couldn't have had a more practical car for what we wanted.

                        Firstly the space, how do they get so much space from a small family estate. The do market it as a mini mpv but in reality it's a 7 seater estate car but the space inside is immense! It was comfortable inside and had room for 4 suitcases, 4 rucksacks and a wheelchair in the boot alone! Everyone was impressed with this! The glass roof also helped make it feel even more airy that it actually was. There were masses of cubby holes to put things in, cup holders in the fold down table in the back and a lockable air conditioned glovebox which was good when we were camping in spain for our valuables.

                        Although spacious the car was a little dated inside. You can tell it was in need of the replacement which has just come out, the 308 SW. However it is hard wearing and functional and not a disgrace by any means. If you were buying one second hand it would not put you off at all providing you expect a few rattles and squeeks after a few miles.

                        The engine was lovely to use. It was smooth and powerful and never struggled even with our full car. It was the 110bhp Diesel engine and the torque pulled is and all our stuff with ease. It was also pretty economical giving us 45mpg and had a range of over 600 miles per tank. I'm sure with a normal lesser load and less agressive driving it would easily get us over 50mpg.

                        The handling was adequate though typical peugeot, smooth and quiet but not much fun around the bends. It's not meant to be a sporty car and it's not but is safe and holds the road quite well even with a heavy load.

                        After a fortnight with this car I can say it is an extremely practical family car that will be cheap to run and cheap to buy as well with some very reasonable new and used prices. If you've got 2 or 3 children and need something to take you and your luggage on days out and holidays very little will do it better for the same money with the same standard equipment. Well worth a look if that's what you need!


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                          15.09.2008 19:46
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                          A great game for everyone!!!

                          Being an avid player of the psp version of this game I eagerly waited for this to come out on the ps3 and was not disapointed when if finally arrived!

                          Everybodys Golf (Sometimes called hotshots golf) is a golf game with a difference. It is not a 'serious' golf game such as Tiger Woods, but instead uses a number of excentric cartoon charactors instead with various different traits and qualities.

                          The main challenge mode is a series of competitions which you have to complete in order to unlock new courses and new charactors and you work your way through the levels which get ever more difficult. There is also a new advanced shot mode which can be used which was not on the psp versions, which though much harder if you can get it right you get longer shots. The traditional shot mode is still also available. Once you win the courses and charactors they can then be used in online mode and also in multiplayer mode. You can have up to 4 players in multiplayer mode or 8 of your friends in online mode.

                          The games graffics are brilliant, particularly if you have a HD television and the courses are varied and fun.

                          The online mode is excellent and probably the best of any game i've played yet on the ps3. When you enter online mode there are a series of themed games rooms which you enter and can talk to other gamers, play football with them and do various other things. You make a little wee-mee of yourself to use in this online mode and can win different pieces of clothing and accessories to put on your wee-mee. You have the choice of playing in pre set competitions which you can book your place for future tee times or you can join one of the games rooms set up by your competitors. You can also set up a games room of your own which can be private for you and your friends or open to everyone for them to join you for a round. There is a choice of New Real games which is where everyone plays on their own and at the end of each hole the scores are listed to see who's winning, stroke play where you take it in turns to take your shots and you watch each other, or match play where 2 people play each other to win the most number of holes. Even in new real you can see what your competitors are doing at the time as they appear as ghost charactors on your screen.

                          There are a couple of extra courses available to download on the playstation store but the game has 6 main courses that can be unlocked.

                          I have never got bored of this game and everytime I complete what i'm playing i'm quite happy to return to Everybodys golf. It's a game that anyone can play and is a good one for multiplaying with friends during a night in. I would recommend this game to anyone, golf lover or not.


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                        • Ryanair / Airline / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                          13.09.2008 23:43
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                          Be prepared to pay the extras and you'll still get a great deal!

                          I flew with Ryanaire for the first time in June this year. I flew from East Midlands airport to Barcelona Gerona and back.

                          I've heard a lot of bad things about this airline, mainly about how they appear to be cheap but then with the extras they become more expensive. In my opinion this is just people wanting something for nothing. When I was searching for the flight even when I had paid taxes and extra baggage it was still nearly £100 per person cheaper than the next cheapest alternative!

                          You do have to pay to take baggage onto the plane other than your hand luggage but at something like £7 for a 15kg bag it's not bad money at all. Just beware. It is very expensive to push your luck and go over the 15kg limit so it's worth buying an extra bag rather than paying the excess because this is much more expensive.

                          The second thing to bare in mind is that you don't get assigned a seat on the plane. It's just like getting on a bus, first come first serve with the seats so if you want to guarentee a seat with the people you're travelling with it's worth getting the priority boarding which means you get on first and it's so cheap I would highly recommend doing it.

                          The plane was basic and the materials of the seats were more hard wearing rather than looking nice but I suppose this is what makes them so cheap and to be fair you get what you pay for. On saying this, I had the most legroom i've had on a flight in a long time which at 6'4" is very important for me. The staff were friendly enough, although some were a little strange but i'm sure this would be different on a different day.

                          Check in was as good as anywhere else with any other airline i've been with and their guarentee to be ontime is a good selling point, although on the return we were delayed an hour but they did do a 10 minute turn around to keep it just an hour.

                          Our baggage and ourselves arrived safely in both directions and I can't really fault it as far as air travel goes.

                          If you're expecting to pay nothing and get first class standards then you will be disapointed but for those of us reasonable to accept you get what you pay for will not. It is economy travel but it's clean, tidy, comforable travel and very low prices and I will certainly be using them again in the future.


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                        • Renault Megane in general / Car / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                          13.09.2008 21:13
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                          Great car if you can cope with the dealers

                          I bought my 2.0l megane dynamique (2004) in 2006 and still miss it now. There were plenty of good and bad things about the car but overall it gave me a very happy year of motoring.

                          Firstly the looks. They are not to everyones taste I agree but I liked them very much and it made a nice change on the roads from the run of the mill Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf that everyone else seems to drive.

                          Inside, the car is very well designed. It feels an expensive car and is extremely comfortable on a long drive and the seat patterns were very stylish. The leather steering wheel and gear knob were soft to touch and made for a relaxed driving experience.

                          The handling itself wasn't bad but was not as good as a Ford Focus but it gripped very well and most people would not have any issue with this at all. It was very quiet even at fast motorway speeds and very relaxed and felt glued to the road even when faced with strong cross winds.

                          The engine was the 138bhp 2.0 16v unit and was a very quick engine in a smallish car. It would do 0-60 in under 9 seconds and i've been told was on you-tube doing 138mph as well although i've not seen this for myself. It was quite a lazy engine which was great for quick driving without reving the nuts off of it although it would rev highly if you asked it to. The big disapointment for me was the fuel consumption. Generally I got around 29mpg, well below the combined figure of 34mpg Renault quotes. The best I ever got was 33mpg in the year I had the car! This was the main reason I sold the car after a year!

                          The equipment the car came with was fantastic. It had alloy wheels, front fog lights, full electrics, alarm, aircon, auto lights and wipers, auto dipping rear view mirror, cdplayer, heated mirrors and disc brakes all round to name a few things. It also came with Renaults keycard instead of a key and starter button although once the novelty wears off I think you are much better off with a key!

                          Generally the car was extremely reliable. I never had a major problem with the car until just before I sold it when it developed a grinding noise from the brakes, which was still not fixed after 2 dealer visits and I was told it was just a charactoristic of the car! Strangely though it sounded like the wheels were going to come off and had only just started doing it at this time so I would dispute that strongly! Which brings me onto Renaults customer service and care.

                          My experience of them is unhelpful and they just don't seem to be bothered about any problems you have with them. I've heard horror stories of faults not being covered by warranties, my own experience of them not being able to sort out a relatively minor problem not to mention the stupidist thing of all. You can't change your headlamp bulbs without taking off either the bumper or a wheel, the second of which you will need mouses hands to get in there to get to the bulb which means you will have to pay renault around £60 to have a headlight bulb changed which is a scandle in my opinion. The customer service is fabulous when you want to buy but aftersales is dire!

                          Overall, I loved this car but a combination of the fuel consumption and the typically renault customer service would make me think a lot harder about buying a renault again!


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                            12.09.2008 22:25
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                            Worth a buy whilst nothing else is about

                            Initially when playing this game I was disapointed how arcade like this game is but this was my own fault for not reading any reviews before I bought it. Once I accepted that this was not GT5 and an arcade racer I started to really get into it.

                            The idea is to build up a successful race team of your own, and to do this you start off driving for other teams that already exist until you have enough cash to get started. Once you have got a race team you progress unlocking more and more events, taking on an aditional team mate and culminating in a one of one race with your biggest rival to end the game once you have completed all the top rank events. The game is split into a seasons and if there was one thing I would critisise it would be the length of these seasons. They are very very short.

                            The gameplay itself isn't at all realistic. A slight tap from a rival and you spin wildly out of control and the cars don't drive like a simulator such as GT5 but once you've gotten over this you soon pick it up.

                            The graphics are generally ok although I wasn't impressed with the cars themselves. They don't look at all realistic and the proportions are all out but the background graphics are pretty good.

                            Generally, I enjoyed this game although I did complete it very quickly which was a disapointment but it's worth a play whilst nothing else is available and if you like arcade racers then this game is definately for you.


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