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    • Bleach Complete Series 1 (DVD) / DVD / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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      30.03.2013 16:47
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      An anime which explores friendship and the power of ones will.

      The anime bleach is about a human(Ichigo) who finds himself living the life of a substitute soul reaper.

      In the world of bleach, there is a world that exists next to earth. This world is called the soul society. Soul society is where people who have been deemed as worthy go when they die and is the shows equivalent of heaven.

      Soul reapers -----

      However, some people who live in the soul society decide to train as "Soul reapers". Soul reapers protect the earth and can pass souls into the Soul society . When people on earth die, they become spirits who either immediately go to soul society or wander the earth as a spirit if they refuse to go.

      Quincys ----

      Quincys, like Soul reapers see Hollows as enemies. They shoot arrows which are made from spiritual energy. However, these are really the only things about Quincys which we are told about in series 1.

      Hollows -----

      Hollows are creatures which come from a place called "Hueco Mundo". They go to earth through rifts with the sole aim of eating people/spirits who have high spiritual energy as doing so satisfies their cravings.
      Spirits who are rejected from the soul society slowly start to become hollows if they are not eaten by other hollows before this happens.

      Spiritual Energy -----

      Spiritual energy is ones inner energy. Some people are born with tremendous amounts of it and these people tend to harbor some sort of non human-like power and have the ability to see Soul reapers. Spirits in the Soul society are no different.

      Now that I have gone over the basics I can talk about the story.

      Series 1 Summary (CONTAINS SPOILERS) -----

      The main character, Ichigo is relaxing on his bed when a Soul reaper, Rukia enters his room. She is amazed when he claims that he can see her. At this time, Rukia is chasing a Hollow who is right in front of Ichigo's house. They hear a crash and Rukia rushes to the street to fight the Hollow. Rukia is defeated and tells Ichigo that the only way to save his family is to become a Soul reaper. Ichigo agrees to this and Rukia shares a portion of her power with Ichigo which awakens Ichigo's power. Ichigo defeats the Hollow and begins his life as a soul reaper.

      Rukia loses a large amount of her spiritual energy which meant that she could no longer use her Soul reaper power. She was still tasked with defeated Hollows in Ichigos town therefore she told Ichigo that he would have to defeat them.

      Ichigo and Rukia spend numerous episodes fighting Hollows. Along the way they meet Ishida who is a Quincy. At first, Ichigo and Ishida see each other at enemies but soon begin battling hollows together.

      until her brother (Byakuya) and her friend (Renji) show up and ask her to come back to the Soul society. She refuses and they turn against her. Ichigo steps in to fight them and after defeating Renji, is quickly taken out by Byakuya. Rukia is then taken to the Soul society where she is to be executed for sharing her powers with a human.

      Ichigo, who loses his spiritual pressure when he is defeated by Byakuya meets a Kisuke Urahara who claims that he can help him regain his soul reaper powers. Ichigo undergoes intense training in order to do so.

      Once he regains his spiritual energy, Ichigo prepares to go to the Soul society to rescue Rukia.


      Advantages -----

      The anime explores the bonds between friends. Ichigo was willing to go through so much in order to get a chance to save Rukia.

      The anime is always tense. You never know when Ichigo is about to unleash an extraordinary amount of spiritual energy.

      Disadvantages -----

      Bleach can be rather slow paced. Often it seems that not a lot has happened in the 20 minutes or so you've spent watching an episode.

      Ichigo can be annoyingly cocky. This almost deterred me from taking the anime any further than series 1.

      Price -----

      The price of series 1 is fair in my opinion. Series 1 contains 20 episodes which is roughly 6 hours and 40 minutes so the price of £8.52 is relatively low.

      Overall -----

      Overall, the anime is relatively good. It's worth a watch but don't get overly excited about it or it'll disappoint you.

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        30.03.2013 13:31
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        H.O.T.D is a fast paced, emotionally engaging anime

        H.O.T.D is an anime based around a zombie outbreak.. I know what you're thinking (Not another zombie show urgh..) but this one goes at a much better pace.

        The anime starts with a few students in a school full of zombies. They fend off these zombies and make it to the roof of the school only to realize that the whole town has been infected, not just their school.

        The students decide to get as far away as possible in hopes of finding an area which is safe and so the typical zombie massacres occur as they fight their way through the hordes of the dead.

        Of course, a zombie show wouldn't be complete without numerous tragic moments which really test each characters ability to stay sane. Some of the characters do start to lose it completely but the main protagonist, Takashi Komuro is always there to support and reassure them which calms them down.

        Each member of the original party form an unbreakable bond with each other as the anime progresses and although this bond often wavers, it generally stays strong which is vital for their survival. Some of these bonds are stronger than others such as the love between characters as opposed to the friendship between characters.

        The anime is fast paced unlike the majority of other zombie shows because it is condensed into 12 action packed episodes. The characters do not spend an endless amount of time mourning over the numerous tragedies which occur which means that the viewer will never be bored because the anime will never slow down as a result of this.

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          29.03.2013 21:54
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          The novel is about a father and son who are trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

          The novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and the reasons for the world being in such a state are never truly revealed although it is highly likely that it was the result of a nuclear war.

          The novel follows a boy and his father (the main 2 protagonists) as they try to survive in this bleak world. There are numerous obstacles which try to stand in their way such as the many antagonists which roam this world and the problem of finding essentials such as food, water and shelter in this ruined world.

          Throughout the novel, the boy remains a protagonist and never stops believing that both he and his father could survive and that the world will be saved. The boy is seen as a Christ like figure by his father from the early stages of the novel and this does not change. The father believes that his son will be the one to save humanity.

          Cormac McCarthy often shows the reader just how young this boy is through the boys thoughts and opinions. In my opinion, this is done because it is easy to forget just how young this boy is because he is amazingly mature for his age.

          There are many shocking scenes in the novel (The discovery of dead people/Cannibalism etc) which test the boys ability to maintain his hope.

          The boys father deeply cares for his son and this is made clear at various points within the novel. It seems that he would do absolutely anything to ensure his sons survival.

          Although the boy doesn't lose hope, his father does. Although it seems that the father is always protecting his son, that is not always the case. If it were not for his son, the father would most likely have completely lost hope and would have turned into an antagonist.

          "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is a shockingly beautiful novel which really puts the love between a father and son into perspective and is a great read.

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            28.08.2011 22:51
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            Great game which can be played with others.

            Monster Hunter Freedom was the game which took shape after Monster Hunter for the Ps2. I'm not sure as to why they decided to go with the PSP instead of making another game for the Ps2 but oh well. The game was release on December 1st 2005 (in Japan) by Capcom. Monster Hunter is a really popular game in Japan and still is. This game can be picked up for a mere £10 so it really does deserve a chance!

            The game itself is very much similar to the previous Monster Hunter. It stuck to the basic weapons types which were in the PS2 version.

            Great Sword - This is a slow weapon which hits hard and can block.

            Sword and Shield - As the name states, its a sword and shield but the shield is small so when you block with it you will get thrusted backwards so its not ideal for blocking multiple attacks. These are average damage dealing weapons.

            Hammer - This is a hard hitting weapon and is slow so it's similar to Great Swords but it can knock enemies down for a short period of time but this comes with the disadvantage of not being able to block. You can charge Hammers up to do a special attack but this uses up a lot of stanima which i will talk about later.

            Bowgun - Theres two types of Bowguns, Heavy Bowguns and Light Bowguns. The Heavy Bowguns are stronger and can usually fire ammo which the Light Bowguns can't. However, with a Heavy Bowgun out you can only walk which makes it very hard to evade enemies as you can't block with Bowguns. You can run with Light Bowguns but they tend to deal a lot less damage than Heavy Bowguns. You can actually do a Mellee attack with Light Bowguns but it does more or less no damage so it's pointless. Bowguns are high damage dealing weapons.

            Lance - More or less it's just a lance with a shield. The shield is the best form of blocking in the game. Lances are very defensive weapons with the ability to hit high up on enemies in places which other weapons can't. Lances are average damage dealing weapons.

            Dual Swords - Ah these are my favourite weapons, they are so fun to use. Its two swords which cannot block and while they are out you can run with them. They hit fast but for little damage but despite this, they are one of the stronger weapons. You can "power up" with them. Whilst powered up your stanima will drop constantly and when it hits 0 the power up will end. Whilst powered up you can perform various different combos.

            The Health and Stanima bars are displayed at the top of the screen. The Health bar is green and the Stanima bar is yellow. The Health bar drops when you take damage but about 30% of the damage you take can be regenerated unless you are hit before it does this. The Stanima bar will go down every time you sprint, climb, use power ups on weapons and block with weapons. When sprinting, once your Stanima bar nearly reaches 0 it will go red and you will start panting and running slower than you would without sprinting so its best to stop before this happens. If it goes red and you stop, your character will keel over to catch his breath before being able to run again.

            Weapons and Armours can be created from different materials gained within the game. You can carve materials from Monsters you have slayed or you can use materials that you have Mined, Bugnetted, Fished, Found on the ground, searched groups of mushrooms etc. The armour/weapon craftsman will create these armours/weapons for you if you have the materials and enough money. Once you have 1 of the materials needed to make a weapon it will show up in the crafting section so you will know what other materials you need. You can check if you want the piece of equipment by having a look at what it looks like. Once you have a weapon, you can pay the craftsman to upgrade it which will require more materials. Starter weapons/armours are available to be bought at the start with just money which you are given.

            The combination system stayed roughly the same but with the new materials which featured in this game, they would have to make more items which could be made by combining different materials. There is a fail rate when combining two materials together to create another which varies depending on what item you want to make. If you fail a combination, the item will turn to "Garbage" and be placed in your inventory. Garbage is worthless of course so you may aswel discard it!

            You can do three types of quests, you get Hunting quests, Capture quests and Gathering quests. Gathering quests can be quite annoying I must say but they do allow you to get materials for you're armours/weapons. Hunting quests are just quests which expect you to go out and slay a monster. These are considered the funnest and least stressful quests of the 3. Capture quests are similar to Hunting quests but you need to injure the Monster and then capture it. This can be really annoying as often you will accidently kill the monster or try to trap it when it isn't weak enough leaving you with nothing to trap it again with which means you will fail the quest. You only have to complete a certain amount of these quests on each set of quests. Once enough are done you will be given an "Urgent Quest". This quest must be completed to progress to the next set of quests. The game will last you a very long time. I believe it took me at least a hundred hours to get through all the quests but even then you might want to unlock all the weapons too!

            You can play online on this game. You can play LAN with people and you can also play with anyone in the world if you buy a "Kai". Some quests online are different to the offline quests. Some quests which are simply too hard to be completed offline are put into multiplayer or quests which the designers just felt wouldn't be fun offline. Online the quest system is the same but you gain "Hunter ranks". Your Hunter rank which is commonly referred to as your HR will increase when you complete quests. A certain HR level aswel as the Urgent Quest is needed online to progress to the next set of quests. You can get meals in the "Gathering Hall" (Online area) to boost your stats or in some cases degrade them depending on what you pick. You can also get drunk in there which can be a laugh.

            There are various emotes which you can do to express your feelings or just to do them for fun but there is the ability to type to others online so this isn't really needed.

            ----Overall----

            Monster Hunter Freedom is a great game for the Psp which can be played with others.

            This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131

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            21.08.2011 20:29
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            Great machine which does what you want it to do.

            It has been a rather long time since i've used this product but the memories of this fantastic machine are very bold.

            After countless bottles of smoothies bought from different shops which could never properly please me, i decided to get my hands on this smoothie maker so i could add whatever i wanted to it.

            I bought it for just under £30. This price is rather cheap considering the performance of the machine. It comes with a 1.5L mixing container which is attached to a removable rotating blade. The lever to release the liquid from the Smoothie Maker is at the front of it, in the middle. The machine has 3 buttons in a row and 1 on the other side. The Pulse button is the big button which is seperate to the rest of them. From left to right, first comes the off button which really explains itself. The next button is "Mix" which is of course used to mix the ingredients together and the third and last button is "Smooth". As the name suggests, this is used to smooth out the final mixed product.

            If you plan on putting the Smoothie into a large glass/cup/container then you may need to tilt it or remove the lid and just pour it in that way as it will not fit vertically under the tap.

            Obviously, this isn't a blender so most hard ingredients such as nuts may not blend. Attempting to mix such ingredients as this could break the machine so i suggest that you avoid them. I have made quite a few different types of smoothies/milkshakes myself and the most risky one i've attempted was a Mars Bar milkshake which to be honest, surprised me when it blended properly without any problems.

            I highly suggest that when using the machine, you keep your hand on the lid at all times as it can easily come off and has happened to me creating a big mess! Likewise tighten the rotary blades as much as possible as sometimes the weight of the liquid will cause it to giveway, also creating a big mess. The machine does take a while to clean so think about this before using the machine!


            The Kenwood New York Smoothie Maker is a great product which is not overpriced and does exactly what you expect it to do.

            This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131

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          • Apple iPod Earphones / Headphones / 30 Readings / 23 Ratings
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            21.08.2011 03:05
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            Decent earphones but uncomfortable

            I got a pair of these earphones free with my Ipod Touch a few years ago but not long after, i decided to buy a new pair.

            The earphones actually have really good sound quality but well apart from the price, that's really the only advantage.

            They are generally uncomfortable and they would quite often leave my ears sore after using them for a long period of time. The earphones are just plastic, theres no padding which is why they are uncomfortable. They do tend to fall out of your ear which can be a real pain and just adds to the problems. Since they are cheap, they aren't made of strong material so do tend to break very easily and I have heard that they just stop working for no apparent reason. However, dispite the problems, they do come free with the product so i can't really complain about them.

            I suggest you buy earphones instead of trying to use these.

            This review is also on Ciao under the Username Connor131

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              20.08.2011 16:55
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              This is a fantastic game which doesn't cost a lot

              Star Wars Battlefront 2 was the first game I had bought for my PS2 and i enjoyed it all the way upto the release of the Ps3!

              First thing to notice about this game is that it is an online game which is rare for such an old game and believe it or not, the community is still thriving! Well in terms of thriving, i mean theres still a good 20 maybe 30 people on the game at the same time. The community was never really huge, maybe only a few hundred people.

              You will lag playing online, its a simple fact. Although you might not notice this lag while moving, you will certainly notice it when attempting to kill someone. Sometimes, well quite often actually the shots will not hit the intended target which can be a pain but in my opinion it just makes the game more fun. The characters you play are very much based on the films so whichever soldiers you see in the films you are most likely to be able to play as them. You also get to play as Jedi's online as one player will be picked to become one at any point during a match. Theres a variety of different game modes such as Conquest, Capture the Flag, Jedi only modes etc and you can team up with other players on maps such as Hoth to take down the massive At's which people can drive. This is achieved by two players getting in a plane, one drives and one has a line which attaches to the At's legs. Once it is attached, the driver circles around it and eventually the line will cause the At to fall over and get destroyed. You can use headsets online so you can organise you're team or just to chat with fellow players.

              As for offline, its very much just a sequence of missions to defeat the dark side. It features maps based on places in the films such as Hoth, Polis Massa etc which also feature as maps online. Theres not too much which can be said about online really as its just more or less following the films but in game form.

              Overall the game is fantastic, really cheap as you can probobly pick a used one up for a couple of pounds and the game still has a decent online community.

              This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131

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              16.08.2011 22:58
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              Great game which is cheap and very balanced.

              Call of Duty 4 is an old game which i had bought years ago but i never seemed to have had good use for it. It had been one of those games which stay in a wardrobe to get dusty but recently i came across it and through my bordom of waiting for new games to come out i gav eit a shot. First thing to note is that like all of the other Call of Duty's, the campaign is very short and its not really a game you should be playing if you can't play online.

              Call of Duty 4 has a prestige system online. When you play online you will start from level 1 and will level depending on how much exp you gain per game. Exp can be gained through a variety of ways like playing objectively and killing enemies. There are 10 prestiges to complete within the game but unlike recent Call of Duty's, prestiging comes with no rewards except a new badge. Levelling in the game is generally faster than in the newer games. You will start with default classes which you cannot alter but as you level up you will be able to customise you're class and make clan tags (4 letters beside you're name in a box)

              The game is pretty cheap now and can be bought for as little as £15 and some people still regard it as the best game of the series so if you're new to the series then you might want to consider getting a hold of this game first.

              Many people complain about the balance of other Call of Duty's and there tends to always be some type of outrage about some guns being over powered or some killstreaks being overpowered but theres hardly any arguments on COD4 as it tends to be the most balanced game of the series.

              As you may have heard, on recent games such as Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops there are customisable killstreaks but this is not the case on COD4 which is why it is such a balanced game. The killstreaks on COD4 are the UAV(3 kills), Airstrike(5 kills) and Attack Helicopter(7 kills)

              The graphics of the game are very impressive i must say for such an old game and other features such as sound quality are fantastic too.

              Although I would recommend this game over the others in the series if you haven't got them, you're friends might play the newer games instead so i guess you could buy those instead if you want to play with them. The more recent games are also more action packed with a lot more things happening with the better killstreaks etc.

              Overall - Great game and I would recommend it to anyone.

              This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131

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                05.08.2011 14:42
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                Great device with good quality. Cheap and small YouTubers should try this out first.

                The Easy Cap has always been a recording device which was bought for a very small price but thrown away and never seen again due to apparently lacking quality. I found this not to be true. I achieved great quality with mine and this review will basically help you understand the difference between the easy cap and the much more expensive recording devices such as HDpvr's.

                -----Price-----
                The first thing you will notice is how cheap the Easy Cap is. You can pick up a real Easy Cap for around £15 and fake ones for about £6-£9. Now although it is cheap, you do need various wires/splitters for it to work properly. Basically when you load up the capture software and have it hooked up to your ps3, the screen will appear in the capture window on your monitor but not on your T.V. If you attempt to record live gameplay on this it will slightly lag and when it comes to games where you have to be exact in every movement it becomes a real pain. This can be resolved though. With a few extra splitters you can play it on you're T.V without lag but you will have to play in Standard Definition as the Easy Cap doesn't record in High Definition. One other item which is useful is a S-Video cable. These can cost £10-£15 and will enhance the quality of you're Easy Cap. Even still, with all those bought, it will still only come to about £20-£30 whilst a HD pvr can be £150-£200 and Dazzles are around £60 but aren't much better than the Easy Cap.

                -----Quality-----
                Many people will have used the Easy Cap once and decided that it has horrible quality but really that is not the case. With the correct settings which actually took me three days or so to figure out, you can achieve rather good quality. I actually have a quality test and tutorial on my youtube channel which i will post a link to at the end if any of you want to see what the quality is like/how to get it. Currently i dont even have an S-video cable. The only really way to know that the Easy Cap isn't amazing quality is the text on games such as Call of Duty. People judge quality on the ability to read the text when someone has killed someone else. On Black Ops for example, its hard to make out the names but on games such as Modern Warfare 2 it's much easier as the writing is larger and more spaced it. To achieve the quality needed you will need to run you're clips through more than one program which can be a pain but it doesn't take long at all.

                -----Robustness-----
                The Easy Cap is a small device but it's very strong i must say. It has a thick outer casing which is hard to break. Regardless of how many times you slam it into your computer, I highly doubt that it will break.

                -----Should I buy an Easy Cap or a HDpvr?-----
                This is a common question but the way I see it is that if you have a YouTube channel for example with a lot of subscribers, lets say 1000 of them then yes you might want to consider a HD pvr because an Easy Cap can only get you so far. However, if you're like me with a mere 30 or so subscribers then i would suggest you get an Easy Cap instead because you never know, you might give up and realise that you've wasted £150-£200 on a HD pvr instead of the £20-£30 on an Easy Cap.

                -----Overall-----
                The Easy Cap can achieve very good quality with the right settings and people should just give it a chance because i know this for a fact, with the wrong settings the quality is terrible. It requires a lot of wires but still It's a cheap device which is very robust and i urge any small YouTubers out there to try this first instead of buying a HDpvr.

                Link to my quality test:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-L1pFg58Bc

                Link to my tutorial:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP1k_zp1Uxk

                This review is also on Ciao under the username Connor131

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                06.07.2011 00:00
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                This keyboard is very robust, great value for money and does what you expect it to do.

                I buy most of my peripherals from Logitech and this great keyboard was no exception. The keyboard came with a handy Logitech mouse which i have already written a review for. It is of course wireless. When i took it out of the casing i flipped it over to see at the top of the back there is a slot for batteries. Like the logitech mouse, the keyboard also needs two batteries in order to operate. It comes with a Usb reciever which plugs into your computer/laptop. This reciever is at the end of a long wire, its not much smaller than the mouse. It is necessary so that both the keyboard and the mouse can be used through one Usb slot. If you buy the mouse seperately you get a small usb reciever with no wire, even smaller than a Usb stick!

                The keyboard is very reliable and has withstood many things being dropped on it, my dog even stood on it and ill tell you he aint very light! The battery life is really good as it has lasted me a good year now and well im a computer geek so im always typing on it! The range of it is great as i can be typing really far away from the computer but why you would be wanting to do that i dont know.

                The keyboard isn't huge, its quite a handy size to me. It has 2 little flaps on the back so you can adjust the leverage of the keyboard and the connect button to connect the keyboard to the Usb reciever is also on the back. I haven't encountered any unusual errors with the keyboard as yet and since the keys do seem to be a little more spread apart than previous keyboards i have used it makes it alot easier to clean inbetween each key. The keys are actually quite smooth which means that it is comfortable to press unlike some of the hard keys on other keyboards which can irritate your fingers.

                Overall i feel the keyboard is great value for money, it is very robust and does what you want it to do.

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                05.07.2011 17:48
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                This is a great machine which makes you some splendid coffee or hotchocolate!

                Cant beat the taste of cafe type coffee and hot chocolate! After being sick of drinking regular coffee all the time and living 30 minutes away from a decent caffe we decided to buy a coffee machine. We purchased a Nescafe Dolce Gusto off Amazon. Right now on Amazon they cost around £52.

                The coffee machine came with various parts, it had the main body, a spill tray, a water container and a capsule holder. First of all, the water container is round and fits snuggly onto the back of the machine. Theres a handy little spill tray underneath where you put your cup so if any spills over the edges or it continues to drip when you remove the cup, it will catch the liquid. The capsule holder is basically a rectangle with a round capsule hole in the middle. you insert a capsule in and then you put this into the machine. You push down the pierce lever which will obviously pierce the capsule. Then you turn on the water switch and pull down the lever to pour. Once you have used your capsule just remove it from the capsule holder.

                As you already know these coffee/hot chocolate come in round capsules. There are quite a few coffee flavours. The ones i can remember are the Espresso, Cappuchino, Mocha, Chocochino and the Latte which are well the only coffees ive had out of the machine. You might find that you need to add extra sugar to your coffee as they can be quite strong and unsweet. Even the milk comes in a capsule which is great because of course it means you always get the correct amount of milk in the coffee. The machine usually comes with a coffee cup and labelled on the size of each capsule box which can be bought from nearly every supermarket there is a level telling you how much of each capsule you should be putting in your coffee.


                The coffees this machine makes are apsolutely fantastic and i would definetely reccomend buying it. The machine is very good value for money. The capsules however can be quite costly but still worth it. They can cost around £3.50 for 8 coffees. It is very consistent and i guarantee you, once you try one of these coffees you will never think about going into a coffee shop or a caffe and ordering a coffee ever again. I dont have one of these every day, no way far too expensive but i do tend to have one every week or twice a week as they really get your day going.

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                05.07.2011 14:57
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                This cook book has delicious recipes, its a joy to bake them but you need some equipment.

                My cousins parents own a restraunt and my grandad used to bake wedding cakes. Its only natural that i became enthralled by the art of baking. I bought this handy little cook book for £9.99 off Amazon but right now its reduced to £6.99! As a chocolate addict, seeing this book was a dream come true! Now you will notice that this book is not A4, its smaller but i would say that it contains near enough 200 beautiful recipes. I haven't had a chance to try many of the recipes in this book but the ones i did turned out apsolutely fantastic. I dont know about you guys but i find baking very fun and a great way to spend my spare time.

                Since i never had a food mixer/processor or a blender at the time i opted for one of the more basic recipes.
                I tried to make the whipped shortbread. They didn't turn out great as well they were as flat as a pancake but they were to die for. Mmmmm... the smell of homemade shortbread!

                There are 2 different catagories of recipes. The first catagory is called baking, none of these include chocolate and tend to be lighter deserts. The second catagory is of course the chocolate one. There are so many recipes in this catagory and every single one of them are equally as delicious. Some of the recipes within the book are easy, some are average and some are hard which is great for beginners as they can work their way up the recipes until their mastering the advanced recipes such as the Dark Chocolate Layered Torte which has 6 different layers!

                My suggestion is that if you plan on buying this book then you really do need a food processor/mixer atleast and possibly a blender and a whisk of course. Nearly all of the recipes in the book require one of these 4 items and its a pain being restricted to the easier and more basic recipes as those are the ones which tend to not need any of these.

                The recipes in this cook book are very easy to follow and overall is great value for money especially now as the book is reduced on Amazon.

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                05.07.2011 14:06
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                This mouse is fantastic as its very robust, has a long battery life and is comfortable when held.

                Using wired mouses my whole life, a wireless one would be something new. I began to search and stumbled across the Logitech Wireless Mouse M180. I never paid too much for the mouse, around £10. Now upon opening the case I could see the logitech symbol on the top and i also noticed that the mouse came with a really small usb receiver which was just great as i know other mouses can come with rather large ones. This mouse is rather big but thats a good thing as your hand fits snugly around it. The mouse requires 2 batteries though which can be a hassle as there are many wireless mouses which only require one battery. To open the slot for the batteries, all you have to do is push the red "connect" button on the back and then slide it off. This will reveal 2 battery slots. Now ive been using Energizer + batteries in it and after having the mouse for well over 6 months it still hasn't run out of battery.

                The mouse has a light on the front which is green when theres plenty of battery but turns red when the battery is low. This is really handy as of course it tells me when i need to think about getting more batteries for the mouse. Dont be worried if this happens though as mine has been on red for like a week ^^. Theres obviously a roll button on the mouse and theres an off and on button on the back. The connection of the mouse is very good as you can be quite a distance away from your computer and you will still be able to control the cursor.

                The mouse feels very robust due to its large size. The plastic its made out of is very solid and i highly doubt a few drops will even scratch the mouse. Personally ive dropped it many times, ive even dropped it by accident from about 2 metres onto a wooden floor and it was perfectly fine, the floor wasn't though!

                You can buy the mouse with the keyboard too. If you do this you get given this sort of reciever which connects to the computer/laptop with a rather large wire. Its quite big, not much shorter than the mouse but this allows the keyboard and the mouse to connect to the computer using only one USB port.

                The mouse can be used at a VERY high speed and if you were using a mouse which was much slower then it can take time to adapt but this shouldn't be much of a problem. It is very reliable as i dont think ive ever had any interference when the cursor sticks or jerks. It also has very good precision.

                To me the mouse is great value for money due to its robustness, battery life and how comfortable it is when in your hand.

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                04.07.2011 19:17
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                The Ipod Touch is a great all rounder gadget.

                After holding an Ipod shuffle for many years telling myself that this is good enough for me, i dont need these Ipod nano's or the other types which were being released. My thoughts changed as i seen the IPod touch, it was a must have for me with its awesome touch screen and well it wasn't just a music player!

                After waiting a few days for it to arrive i opened up the box. Obviously the Ipod was there but there was also Apple headphones and an ipod cover which covered the whole Ipod except for the screen. The cover saves the Ipod getting alot of scratches and the headphones you get aren't great. They tend to stop working after a while so i suggest you buy new headphones instead. Now after hearing all the commotion about Apps, they were the first thing i went for. After a few minutes setting the Ipod up i was on the App store. One thing to note is that the internet on the ipod is much different to that of the iphone. With the Ipod you need to stay in range of an internet connection to go online. First App i downloaded was Shrek racing, oh the wonders. I couldn't believe how awesome this was, controlling the car by tilting the Ipod, apsolutely fantastic!

                Getting music onto your ipod is easy. All you have to do is purchase it off Itunes which you can buy gift card codes for and then copy them from Itunes onto your Ipod. It can store alot of songs but the battery life of the ipod can be a problem. It will probobly only last you around 20-30 hours whilst playing music and alot less on the internet.

                In my opinion its not for people who just want to listen to music. Theres tons of things you can do on it! The amount of Apps on the App store is unbelievable. It is true what they say, there really is an App for everything. Whether you want a map App or an alarm clock App their on the store! Personally i don't use most of the time that im using the Ipod listening to music, i tend to sit there enjoying a good old game.

                Now for the price, do i really think its worth it? It really depends what you do, if you only really listen to music then this would be pointless and such a waste of money. If your that type of person you may aswel go buy an Ipod Nano for like £50. But if you want to be without limits, to really do anything you want then the price isn't absurd. I would say its a decent price but other would most likely argue on that.

                The Ipod does tend to get scratched alot if you dont have the cover on. Mine has the cover on and the back of the cover is scratched pretty badly. My friend also has one but he doesn't use the cover, the back of his is almost unrecognisable so be careful of this and dont leave it on a bad surface like a wooden floor. Also, try to avoid touching the screen without clean fingers as it does pick up marks VERY easily.

                Charging the Ipod can be a bit of a pain as you have to load up your computer or laptop to do so. However you can buy a charger to charge it from the mains from sites such as Amazon for a small price.

                The Ipod Touch really is a great gadget to have whether to just have fun or you know to show off to your friends!

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              • Skullcandy INK'D / Headphones / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                04.07.2011 16:46
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                These headphones are not too overpriced, look nice and have good quality.

                So recently after accidently rolling over my old headphones on my computer chair (D:) I went in search of new headphones. After a few short minutes of surfing the web, I found these. They were at a reduced price of £9.99 in Argos so i thought, why not. They can be bought in a variety of different colours but i opted for dark blue.

                It came in a small plastic package. As i opened it up the first thing i noticed was the 3 different sizes of headphone covers. This was small, medium and large sizes of course. The covers were very squishy and later i found out that you need to push them into your ears and then they gently expand again lowering the chances of them falling out. I tried each of them but ironically none of them were an exact fit for my size of ear. I needed a cover between small and medium. However, i am sure you could buy different sizes of covers on the internet anyway. However, the covers do pick up gunge from your ears very easily but i would imagine they are easily washable. The headphones are rather comfortable to wear and do block out most of the background noise. The wire length of the headphones is about 1 metre and the seperation of the wire to each earphone begins around 2/3 up the wire so the distance of wire for each individual earphone is pretty standard. They feel very robust and in my opinion they should last you for quite a long time. In all the earphones do stand out and do actually look good unlike those plain old boring free earphones you tend to get with electronics.

                The quality of the sound is actually really good for not so pricey headphones but perhaps the volume levels aren't as good as they should be. Plugged into my Ipod touch, even on the lowest volume they are quite loud and if im just trying to relax and listen to music at night with no other background noises it can become quite frustrating.

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