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      22.02.2009 16:13
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      Definately worth it (Get the ribs!)

      I went here once with a bunch of people from work and was pleasantly suprised about how good it was. The place itself is actually quite tricky to find, it is tucked away in a side street in the basement of a building.
      When you walk in you are directed to a lounge area where you wait to be shown to your table, in the mean time you order your drinks and start supping straight away.
      Once shown to your table, the lighting is dim enough to create atmosphere but not so much as to leave you blind, and the chairs are nice and comfy.
      The food is excellent, we all ended up trying each others food for comparison and it was all very good.
      I particularly enjoyed the Ribs starter and the Ribs main course, and I also liked the loaded potato skins I nicked off someone elses plate.
      The desserts were also excellent although the portions weren't as big as I would have liked.
      We all left there bloated and sated and happy having chosen that place for our scoff.
      Very good night out.

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    • Acer Aspire 5520 / Laptop / 8 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      21.02.2009 21:24

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      Never had a problem with Acer, no exception here.

      I tend to favour Acer laptops for their reliability. The laptops I've had in the past have never let me down and so far, this one hasn't either.
      I've not had it long so I can't make grand statements about it, but thus far my experience with this one is very good.
      The screen is bright and vibrant and can still be seen in average daylight.
      The lid closes firmly and the whole build quality seems quite nice. I don't carry it around anywhere, but would imagine you could do so and not worry about its robustness.
      The keyboard feels firm and springy and typing on it feels quite nice.
      This unit comes with all the usual ports and networking/bluetooth facilities you'd expect and I've had no problems with any of them.
      One slight bug bear I have is that the hard drive is split into two parts, one for your use (including the operating system) and the other for drive recovery. This means that out of a 250gb hard drive you can only really expect to be able to use 125gb. Even if you burn your own recovery discs (the unit doesn't come with any), you can't delete the recovery partition and use the space yourself.
      Its not a bad laptop assuming you get a massive hard drive with it.
      I've enjoyed using it and its handled all my software programs without a hitch.

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      21.02.2009 21:05
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      Does the job,

      I bought this tile cutter because I had thought it would be faster than a manually operated one, but it didn't end up being faster at all. In fact I sometimes lost my temper with it.
      First of all, its noisy... very VERY noisy. The sound of it fills the whole house and you will probably want to wear ear defenders when using it.
      It has a water reservoir to cool the tile and prevent it from shattering with the heat and friction. In practice, the water that spills all over the tile is incredibly messy and washes away any lines you have drawn on there for guidance.
      You'll also want to wear safety goggles as the blade guard doesn't stop water or tile bits from flying towards your face.
      The guide fence isn't really that great and you end up relying more on your judgement for doing your cuts.
      In my opinion, for straight cuts you should stick with a manual cutter.
      If you need to cut a cornered shape out of the tile, this will make your life easier than tile nips, but be aware of the noise and mess you're going to get.
      Cleaning the tool is very simple, but be advised: don't clean it in your kitchen sink. The water in the reservoir is full of tile clay and it might clog up your drains.

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    • LG GE20NU10 / DVD Burner / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      21.02.2009 20:48

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      Not bad if you have to have an external drive

      I bought this external DVD writer for my laptop as I didn't have a built in one.
      The drive caddy feels very plasticky but seems solid enough assuming you take care of it. It can be used either flat or on its side and needs its own power supply (which makes it rather cumbersome).
      The drive writes to all DVD and CD formats and does so at quite good speeds. Connection is via a USB cable although it does perform better if you have a USB 2 port available.
      The buffer under run prevention prevents any spoiled or failed burns and I never had any problems with the discs I created with it.
      This drive also has a lightscribe capability which can burn images onto the face of the disc (assuming you have a compatible disc in the drive).
      The software it came with was the standard Nero disc creation program. It included a basic lightscribe burning program although you may really be best using a different program... Nero gets a bit technical sometimes.
      If you have space for an internal drive, then you'd be best off with that. But if you have to use an external drive, I never had any problems with this one... you should be fine with it too.

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    • HP Deskjet 610c / Inkjet Printer / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      21.02.2009 20:35
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      If its cheap and you're not after much, buy it.

      This was one of the first printers I ever used and I never really had any problems with it. Providing you are using it for basic text output only, you should be happy with it. It doesn't have the fastest output speed in the world, but how quickly do you need your print outs really?
      Picture printing was ok, not fantastic. For this price you wouldn't really expect photo quality prints anyway.
      The software was easy to install and basic operation and maintainence is very easy.
      The paper tray holds a standard amount of paper for most home uses and I suppose it could be ok for small office use as well.
      The biggest downside with this printer is that its quite noisy. The cartridge movement is fairly quiet, but when it takes paper it makes a fair racket.
      Considering how much this printer costs, you can't really go wrong with it for basic home use or for your kids homework stuff. As long as you can find replacement cartridges pretty cheap, why not?

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      • Motorola RAZR V3x / Mobile Phone / 5 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        21.02.2009 20:21
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        A good purchase, worth the price.

        I had this phone for a little while before I put it in the washing machine and killed it, but while I had it I was only ever pleased with its performance.
        The sound quality when making phone calls was excellent, both crisp and clear. The music player was easy to navigate and controlling playback was a cinch. Again, sound quality was perfect.
        The screen was very good and image quality was great, all the images being sharp and defined. All pictures taken were of a good enough quality to upload to facebook.
        The keypad had a nice, firm, reassuring feel to them. They pressed with a satisfying click and I never found my fingers pressing more than one key like with smaller keypads.
        The phone itself had a reassuringly solid feel to it and never once felt flimsy when opened. The built in memory was ok for basic use but if you want to take lots of pictures or put lots of songs on it, you will definately need to buy an additional memory card. Luckily, these are actually quite cheap.
        All in all, a nice little phone. Just don't wash it and kill it like I did!

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          21.02.2009 20:01
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          Not a full syllabus, only a waste of money

          I bought this DVD expecting to get a full syllabus and wanted to see if it could give me any additional tips when training or fighting. I am a Karate practitioner myself and have to say, this is probably the worst karate DVD I've ever come across.
          Karate training is essentially broken down into 4 parts... basic techniques, kata, bunkai and sparring.
          This DVD does not show all the basics, does not show any kata at all and doesn't show any bunkai.
          It has obviously been produced by some guy with a cheap camcorder in his dojo with his two favourite students. The titles and chapters have been done on a home pc and looks really cheap and nasty. Even the spelling isn't accurate (and thats the english, not the japanese).
          The DVD beings with a drawn out warm up, shows only the most basic punches, kicks and combinations, and finishes with some old tournament footage from about 1970-80. It doesn't explain why you are doing the techniques a particular way or what the appropriate blocks are.
          Doesn't explain the history of Kyokushin or the relevance of the Kata's and fails entirely to serve its purpose. From beginner to black belt? Doesn't even tell you what you would need for your first grading as a white belt!
          Sorry to type such a negative review, but if you buy this DVD you will only end up with a £7 tea coaster.

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        • The Karate Kid (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          21.02.2009 19:47
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          A masterpiece!

          The Karate Kid is a must see film not only for kids and adults alike, but also those who actively train in martial arts. The film itself is brilliant. A young lad has moved to a new place where he doesn't know anyone and immediately starts getting bullied. Gets his butt kicked one night but is saved by the villa caretaker who is also an old karate master. Daniel learns about karate the old way and the film shows his desire to learn and the constant bullying he receives from the local karate school bad boys.
          The best part of the film is the climax which takes place at a tournament. This is intended to be a fight for honour (which is the only reason the old man would teach Daniel) and it culminates is Daniel winning the fight despite serious injuries. The crowd loves him, he gets the girl and all is right in the world once again.
          Its a great film and a good insight into old traditional teaching methods and culture. You'll find this film amongst any serious martial artists DVD collection.

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          • Iron Man (Blu-ray) / Blu-Ray Movie / 10 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            12.02.2009 00:48
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            Another must have DVD

            This film had a massive amount of hype leading up to its release, and it was all worth it. Robert Downey Jr is the perfect guy to play Tony Stark, the weapons designer who creates high tech weapons which somehow fall into enemies hands. He gets blown up and captured and ends up with shrapnel in his heart which needs an electromagnet type thing to keep it from killing him (hence the blue thing in his chest).
            Sat in a murky case he builds a very crude iron suit and blasts his way to freedom. Once free his conscience compels him to turn away from military contracts and he sets about refining his iron man suit.
            Lots of funny bits when he's conducting his tests, lots of booms and bangs when he takes out his enemies, lots of Gwyneth Paltrow being the quiet girl in love with her boss.
            Definately a man film.

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            • Juno (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 3 Ratings
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              12.02.2009 00:39
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              Top film, just top

              Out of all my DVD collection (some 200 titles) this is probably the one I've watched the most.
              Ellen Page plays Juno, a dry witted, cute and totally mouthy girl who gets knocked up and trys to find adoptive parents for her iminent spawn.
              The film follows her little journey of chucking up blue slushy drinks, peeing like seabiscuit and talking about stupid teenage stuff with her mate.
              Favourite quotes include "Babies have fingernails? I wonder if it would scratch your vag on the way out?" and "yo know, heavy lifting can really only help you at this point".
              Even when her water breaks, she doesn't freak out or anything, she just shouts "Dad! Thundercats are go!"
              You'll spend ages watching the DVD extras and the bloopers and will probably watch the film again a few days later.
              Most definately one to get hold of. Just don't lend it out or you might not get it back.

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              • Apple iPod classic 120 GB / MP3 Player / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                12.02.2009 00:27

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                I've got one, all my friends have one, you should have one too!

                Apple is without a doubt the fore runner in easy to use technology. You can quite easily pick up an ipod, ignore the manual and get up and running straight away. The interface is simple, easy to follow and is completely idiot proof.
                Not only can you download music from itunes to the ipod but you can also use it as a removable storage device like a usb flash drive.
                Using itunes you can transfer music, podcasts (broadcast shows), videos, photos and audio books.
                Itunes will also convert most audio file types to its own format, but you can also just copy across mp3's if you want to.
                The battery life is fine for normal use. If you use it when commuting to and from work you'll recharge it every few days. View any pictures or videos and the battery will drain very very quickly.
                You may want to replace the earphones with a more comfy set but poor earphones should not put you off buying what is considered the latest must have gizmo.

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              • Hancock (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                12.02.2009 00:12
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                Its got Will Smith in it! Buy it!

                Not a bad film this, not quite what all the hype made it out to be but still good a night in. Will Smith is his usual dry witted self and Charlize Theron is as fine as ever.
                The plot isn't bad and it actually tracks quite well through out the film, you get to see him try and hide the painful stuff with nonchalance and you get to watch him make the effort to be a better super...person.
                I definately like the role Charlize Theron plays and how their relationship goes, and I absolutely love the part where the arrogant little brat in the street gets shot up into the air and falls back to earth screaming and freaking out.
                Jason Bateman plays the public relations guy and to be honest, he seems a bit Keanu Reeves in this... not much real emotion on his face, but he still does a good job.
                Definately a watchable film and worth picking up for your DVD collection.

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                • Norton System Works 2001 / Utility / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                  12.02.2009 00:01

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                  Don't waste your money

                  I've spent years troubleshooting computer problems with all different programs like this and have firmly decided: I will never use Norton products again!
                  I used this software (and later versions) for a few years before I tried other software. I never realised how system intensive this thing was! It uses up far too much processing power, far too much RAM, and way too much hard drive space. Why PAY for something that is such a system drain when you can use freeware programs and built in Windows tools and get the same result without slowing Windows down?
                  What it does, it does fairly well... not excellent mind you, but ok.
                  Its best feature by far is that it is an all in one product with an easy to use interface. Once you become even a little computer literate you realise that you've been wasting your money all along and could have had a faster and smoother running system using alternative software.

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                • Acer V173bm / LCD Monitor / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                  11.02.2009 23:42

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                  Definately worth it.

                  I tend to build quite a few computers for people and I always scout about for the best quality at the lowest price. This monitor is one I seem to keep buying over and over again.
                  Decent size monitor for a desktop system (who really needs any bigger?), very reliable with no dead pixels so far, all the usual configuration features and it looks quite attractive as well.
                  Pictures and text are nice and crisp, the tilt and height adjustment features are fine and don't put the monitor in any awkward positions.
                  What impresses me most about this monitor is that the images are vibrant and bright yet easy on the eye and doesn't cause any glare or strain.
                  If you want to play big games and want lots of detail (world of warcraft?), you'd really be best off getting a bigger size, but for standard use and simple games you just won't go wrong with this one.

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                • Acer Aspire One A150-Bb-1GB / Netbook / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                  10.02.2009 14:29
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                  Wouldn't pay more than £100 for this.

                  Being a bit of a techie, I approached this netbook with some doubt. After all, the hard drive and RAM sound find but what about the processor? Atom processors have never really been heard of before the advent of netbooks and I was curious as to its capability.
                  My doubts were well founded.
                  This netbook is only really good for basic internet access and simple office type functions (its best if you use a less system intensive program, not the lastest microsoft office version). Games are out of the question as is music editing. Storing photos is fine but the built in graphics aren't great meaning it can get a bit slow sometimes.
                  If you need a small laptop for the front room for internet access, then this is fine (assuming you don't pay more than £200).
                  But to be honest, with a normal laptop being sometimes £50 more (depending where you go), why not get something with a little more kick?
                  The only selling points for this netbook are its size and its looks...don't expect to get a whole laptop replacement with this unit.

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