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This is one of the best Bibles ever! It features four of the most popular translations and you can compare them side by side on a two page spread.
If you have poor eyesight, then this may not be for you, as the font size is pretty small and older people I know ave struggled to read it. The pages are also quite thin and may tear if you place post it notes on them. I have used it pretty intensively over the past year and the cover is torn about a third off of the top and bottom (in total, not from either end). This is a shame as it means I can't use it until I get it rebound, which is sure to be expensive. I have the hard back version. The leather bound version is probably more resilient.
I would heartily recommend this Bible to anyone who wishes to study the Bible and gain a deep understanding of it.
This is a great free web service. It is simple and intuitive to use.
The draw backs are that your emails are some times sent straight to spam and that you can't request a read receipt or a delivery receipt. I also don't like that you don't have folders in gmail . This can be annoying if, like me you want to have some emails classified immediately and put out of sight. If you sign up to something like freecycle where you are sent up to hundreds of emails daily, you may find that some of them don't arrive until hours after they were sent, and they will also be time stamped with when they arrived on the list of emails but when they were sent on the email details. This is rather confusing, but not a big problem unless you are getting lots and lots of emails that are urgent.
On the upside you do get an enormous amount of storage, 7GB, which is good enough to use as a spare online storage facility.
This is a great email service and I would recommend it to anyone, despite the nit-picking above!
This is an awesome idea! People give away things to the local group for free that it would be awkward to get rid of or things that they just can't be bothered to dispose of or have further use in them. They advertise it on freeview, receive many requests for it and voila! You find yourself with an item for free!
It works well in theory. You have to be super quick if you want something like a laptop (old ones are put on occasionally, but they're gone within the hour). I have seen fully functional fridge freezers and dish washers advertised soit is not too hard to save yourself a fortune. I think if you were really quick and lived in London you could probably get 80% of your house's furnishings in a month.
So it's great fir your purse, the convenience of the donatee (you pick it up at a mutually convenient time), and of course, the environment. Sadly you will find your inbox gets flooded with emails really quickly and you have to be really speedy to get the things yhat are most valuable, but this is a great idea. It seems to work in practice too.
This follows a typical game format, with 45 minigames, subdivided into
3 levels with 5 in each row. A measure of success in one game will
open up the next mini game to you (unless you try a lot of times and then speak to the barrista, he takes pity on you and will let you skip that level). This game is quite entertaining and will help to improve your rhythm.
It is really easy to work your way through the first level (my brother did it in one day). The following levels are much harder. Sometimes you find that there is a very easy mini game, randomly placed in a higher level.
The barrista will let you know when there are opportunities to get get a perfect in a mini game coming up). When you get one, outside of the main games, you will find that you are offered a prize (eg. a song when you get a perfect in Glee Club).
This is a great game but it may get a bit boring after awhile.
This game has the potential to be really good. It features many mini
games that lead you to do some mental gymnastics-quick arithmetic,
remembering words, counting the number of units in a particular state
when others are whizzing across the screen. It even throws in some
I was aghast to find my brain age was originally 80 the
first day I did a brain check. 40 was somewhat gratifying, but not as
much as when I got 21, 2 days later! This game can be quite addictive
as you want to beat yourself, or maybe one of the 3 other potential
users. The downside is that they don't give you new games quickly
enough and so it is easy to get bored as you don't initially have a
wide variety of games to play. Another issue is that the game doesn't
always hear you correctly, so if you're playing something requiring
this feature, it may artificially lower your score. There is a similar
problem with hand writing recognition when you are playing Word
Memory. This is especially annoying as it may cause you to forget some
of the words.
Don't let this put you off though! All in all, this is an enjoyable game that can help
improve your brain's agility. I would recommend it to anyone (even my
8 year old brother greatly enjoys it).
I am always on the hunt for a good hand cream. This is one of the products I have sampled on my quest.
The cream smells quite nice; light, airy and refreshing. However, I found the consistency was really light and it wasn't rich enough to moisturise my hands. I do have quite dry skin though.
The packaging is unremarkable. The 75ml version has a cap through which you squirt the hand cream. This means you have to take off the lid and shake it vigorously to get the last bit of cream out. It is also quite easy to only close the lid partially and find your hand bag covered in cream the next time you open.
You can get it for around £2 at Boots and Superdrugs. Overall, this is a good hand cream for those without dry skin. There are a few design features that could be better thought out but nothing that you will not have to contend with, with 90% of the rest of the hand creams.
The packaging is quite nice, and it comes in a quite generous 10 ml size. The nails inc icon is cute too. However, the brush doesn't reach down to the bottom, so it is nigh on impossible to get the last bit out.
This is quite useful. I used it when I painted my nails in Victoria, the darkest red/ burgundy shade nail inc provides and the worst for staining. This provided a good base coat. The only thing is when you take thenail varnish off the deep red was prone to staining then. This never happenned when I just allowed it to chip off, but I think the problem may have been caused by the fact I was using the pretty fingers varnish remover (a container with a sponge soaked with nail varnish).
This retails in Debenhams for around £9, which is pretty pricey, but I think it is worth it overall, as it doesn't chip and has clear restorative benefits. If you don't mind waiting awhile, these go for around £2- £4 on ebay including postage.
Some of the songs are really beautiful, like Love (which is one of my all time favourites) My Life is in Your Hands (if you've been a Christian for 10 years you will probably know all the lyrics to this song) and The Storm Is Over Now. They, along with other songs, have the very powerful feel of a gospel choir with multi-textured harmonies. This reminds me of some of Fred Hammond's music. This album is very varied stylistically. However, Stomp is a really rebellious song, which I do not think is correct for a gospel artist.
I prefer this album to his more recent albums as many of these songs are distinctively gospel and don't sound like clubbing music. I'm not sure how Kirk has pulled off his career, considering that he never seems to sing, but this is a nice album.
This CD is available fairly cheaply online (brand new for £6+ p&p on Amazon) and I'm sure you can get great value for it.
This is the first album Neville wrote and it is really beautiful. It is
My favourite songs are Be Thou Faithful, Sweet Surrender and Let Him In. This album promises a good variety of powerful and softer songs.
If, like me, you like your gospel to sound distinctly different from non-gospel songs, then you will enjoy the heavenly quality about this album. It is comprised of Neville Peter's original songs that have inspiring, heart warming lyrics. Incidentally, I have heard him sing live and his voice is just as good live as it is on these records. It is really full and rich with a good range, which is apparent on this album.
This album is good value for money as you can buy 4 of them for the price of 3, but I don't know what the postage would be for this. I would really recommend buying this album if you enjoy listening to uplifting, mellow gospel music.
This is a beautiful, mellow album. There are many old favourites here that church attendees and non-church attendees alike will recognise. However, he does give the songs his own, pleasing twist. He sings solo on the album and with some of them he plays his piano alone. The only thing people may not appreciate is that the songs are pretty much all slow. A little more variety would be appreciated but Neville's dulcet tones are always a joy. This does mean that it is great background music and really soothing. I imagine it would be good for listening to whilst driving a car, entertaining guests, or, of course, for worship.
The album is good value for money as you can buy 3 of them for the price of 4 from his website, but I'm not sure what the postage and packaging costs would be as they come from the United States of America.
I travelled from San Bernadino to Sacramento in California, via Los Angeles in November 2009. When I tried to prebook my ticket online it wouldn't accept my Maestro card. It wanted to charge me a $18 (£12) premium to get somebody that wasn't travelling, so I had to pay about $11 (£6.60) more and buy it from the station at a cost of $80 (£48).
I was a bit shocked when I saw the station in San Bernadino as it looked dodgy and was in a very ghetto area. As a young female, I would not have felt safe had I been on my own. The journey to LA left 30 minutes late (9pm) but I still had plenty of time to catch the bus to Sacramento which was scheduled to depart at 10.30pm. (The staff in LA gave the wrong bay number to me when I was looking for it).
It left about 20 minutes late and as I was about to board, I was told the bus was full. I said that I had paid for this route and he told me I had paid for the journey rather than that particular departure time. When I informed him I would probably miss my plane he said 'sorry' in an unsympathetic tone. I had picked that coach because it ws scheduled to arrive at 5.45am leaving me aple time to make my midday flight. Had I known that they overbook, I would have travelled earlier but there was no indication that my journey was not guaranteed.
The LA station seemed pretty safe as there were a lot of people, even though I didn't leave until about 2.40am. The seats were very uncomfortable and I woke up sporadically (which is unlike me). I eventually arrived at Sacramento at 10.50 and somehow made it to the airport, no thanks to Greyhound.
I was seriously excited to find a journey from London to Holland for just £40 return travelling this time last year (leaving just before and and returning just after New Years). Even though I had been looking for months, I couldn't find a cheap flight before I booked this in November.
It left from Victoria coach station, which is very easily accessible. The journey there was so horrendous, I don't have words for it. It was fine up until we left the ferry. When we arrived In France it was around 11pm GMT and there was no heating on the coach, so it was completely freezing cold, and I couldn't get to sleep because of this. It was subzero outside of the coach. They also told us to not give the toilet anything too burdensome as it wouldn't cope! Not very useful on such a long journey. We arrived in Rotterdam at 5am. The place was deserted and the trains didn't run at that time so I had to wait for around an hour before I could get the double decker(!) train.
On the journey back, I took no risks and came with about 3 layers including my gown and fleece lined gown, but it was not necessary as the heating worked on this coach. However, the driver was using a new Tom Tom which he was unfamiliar with, and it took him down a strange route with a toll road. A kind passenger paid this as the driver didn't have any money. Our journey was not delayed and we arrived at Victoria at 5am. At this time thre was no tube! Not enjoying the cold, I (somewhat foolishly) got into a cab (but I'm still here to tell the tale).
I would advise you to check when your coach will be arriving as it is not clear what time zone this is on the ticket and ensure you will have a safe way to travel (or any way to travel!) when you arrive.
I have used the service running from London to Manchester many times and I find it reliable and pretty quick. It is far and away the cheapest way to travel between these locations and the bus coaches are very central in both locations (in London it comes to Victoria and is very close to the tube station, which is well connected to everywhere else in London).
The Coventry to Leeds route is a completely different story. The bus was supposed to leave around 6 am but it arrived an hour late! I have also had the same experience travelling back to Coventry, although this was due to the bus breaking down.
I have got a return from Coventry to Manchester for £3! If you're getting on this route at Coventry, you will always find a lot of Warwick students as this is right next to the university campus. Like most transport, the earlier you book the cheaper, but this massively undercuts trains and other coaches, even with last minute bookings.
The coaches are like pretty much any other coach, single or double decker. The seats are comfortable enough to fall asleep on.
These trains are not great to look at, but a definite improvement from the old ones. It is not worth travelling first class on these trains as the seats are not noticeably larger and the service is the same to the naked eye. The exception is if you are willing to pay for a plug socket to use your laptop, as these are not available in standard class. There is not much room for your luggage here either.
The trains are pretty slow, taking two hours to get from Birmingham to London, however you can get this route for just £5 if you book far enough in advance. This is the only real selling point, as there is nothing great about these trains. The staff also seem to be more moody than Virgin staff, but that's probably just my personal experience (or maybe this is caused by them wishing they were elsewhere? It's a feeling I've often had on these trains).
In my experience, the trains running from Birmingham New Street to the rest of the idlands are more reliab;e than the route to London.
I have often used the London Euston to Manchester line. Virgin generally runs a very good service and their trains are very quick. The seats are roomy enough to be comfortable on a 3 hour journey, even in standard class. It is easy to get a table seat and access to a plug socket if you are using a laptop. There is even wi-fi online, although I have never used this facility.
When you are booking a seat it is possible to specify the direction you would to face, whether you want to be near the toilet or doors, in a quiet zone, on a table seat, on a window seat etc. If you are carrying a large suitcase, you may find that it is too wide to roll down the economy aisle, but this is far less likely in the first class section.
There is an onboard shop which has a good selection of sandwiches, burgers, drinks and crisps. This is of course at a premium as they have a monopoly but the food is generally nice. They do tend to run out of the sandwiches in the late afternoon/evening.
The only real downside of these trains is that the tickets are expensive, especially if you are brave enough to travel during peak hours. This can be avoided by booking well in advance (I think 3 months is the limit) as good discounts are available. There is also a great guide on cutting fares here: