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Every year this film is shown at Christmas (originally released in 1990) and still after watching it a countless number of times it still makes me laugh.
Its Christmas time and Macauley Culkin plays the role of young Kevin McAllister who is accidentally left home alone by his family when they jet off to France on holiday.
Kevin's mother (Catherine O'Hara) realises they have forgotten Kevin mid flight and then naturally tries desperately to get back home. At first Kevin loves the peace and quiet of having the house to himself but things don't run smoothly for long. Two burglars known as the Wet Bandits (Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern) are robbing houses in the neighbourhood and Kevin's house is one of them.
If you haven't seen the film I wont spoil the rest but lets just say little Kevin doesn't give the Wet Bandits an easy time of it and there are some hilarious and very painful scenes. Director John Hughes who is responsible for many excellent films such as Uncle Buck and Ferris Bewlers Day Off has delivered another classic with this one.
Watch it you wont be disappointed.
Snickers (which were formerly known as marathon bars in the earlier days) are another delicious chocolate bar filled with caramel, peanut butter nougat and roasted peanuts. You may have seen the very funny tv advertisement recently with Mr T from the classic A-Team show with a new slogan "They're nuts".
I personally have never really liked Snickers as much as Mars Bars or Double Decker's. Although if I was at a vending machine and there were no Mars Bars or Double Decker's left then a Snickers would be next on my snack menu.
Snickers also aren't as soft to eat as Mars bars and can be quite hard on the choppers because of the nuts in them. The packaging hasn't really changed much over the years apart from the name change from Marathon to Snickers bar.
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Snickers bars are a top quality munch! Also make sure you try Snickers ice cream as they are really yum.
Recently our old Toshiba TV packed in so we needed a nice replacement. I was browsing Amazon and after looking through pages and pages of TV's I spotted the Sony and noticed all the praising reviews. I must have rang every store in Belfast and looked on every website from Richer Sounds to Curry's and couldn't find a better price.
Luckily it arrived on Xmas Eve just in time for all the Xmas programmes we wanted to watch. I took the TV out of the box and had to admire how fantastic it looked. It has a nice piano black finish and really looks the part in the living room. Tuning it in was very easy and the choice of freeview channels is excellent.
The remote is very stylish and simply laid out. I switched it on and was amazed how much better the picture was compared to our old Toshiba TV. There are several different settings and I spent a good hour experimenting with them all. The sound quality is excellent and the speakers can make quite a noise if there are explosions or gunshots in movies so make sure you adjust the bass to your preference.
The 32" screen is adequate but I'm considering buying a 37" or 40" Bravia at some stage. You get a lot of TV for the money and I would highly recommend you buy one of these if you are on the look out for a new telly.
The mars bar is probably one of the most well known chocolate bars ever made. You see them in sweet shops, school tuck shops, supermarkets, vending machines, tv advertisements, Christmas selection boxes, celebrations and the list goes on. Mars bars are everywhere.
Eating a mars bar on its own is nice enough but another thing I like making is mars bar sauce. Put 2 large mars bars in a pot, heat it up on the hob, add some milk, give it a quick stir and melt them into a delicious sauce that tastes great with some ice cream on top. This is still my favourite dessert to this day. The taste of the chocolate and caramel melting on your tongue is just lush.
When I was at school it was always a choice between a Mars bar and snickers (marathon bar back then) and the mars bar was always my choice between the two. As far back as I can remember I don't think the packaging has ever been changed and still looks the same as it did years ago.
Remember a Mars a day helps you work rest and play.
I don't personally own a Ford Focus but I have driven my brothers so thought I would add a review.
Appearance wise the Ford Focus is a nice car to look at and is popular with a wide range of motorists. The drive is excellent and I was very impressed with the sharp handling and ride comfort. The dashboard is clearly laid out and everything is within reach. Boot space is also very good and will easily hold the shopping.
Compared to my Golf I found the interior was very cheap looking and there is a bit too much nasty hard plastic round the dashboard. Everything seems well screwed together though and the materials should be durable over time.
Since my brother bought the car he had an issue with a faulty dashboard causing the dials and rev counters etc to come on and off randomly. The problem was actually reported on Watchdog and is caused by Ford using a lead free solder on the circuit boards, which absorbs moisture and eventually leads to corrosion. To my knowledge Ford did not issue a recall for this so you will have to pay for it the problem occurs.
Servicing costs are reasonable and if something does go wrong shouldn't cost the earth to put right. Personally I would prefer the Golf mainly due to the better build quality and residual values. The Focus does have the sharper drive but will also depreciate much quicker than a Golf so you might have a shock when you trade it in.
The Focus is an excellent car despite a few minor flaws I would have no doubt in recommending one.
We spotted this router for a very good price of £40 on the internet. The reviews were all very positive so I decided to buy it as we were having our broadband installed the next day.
Set up with this router took less than 10 minutes and we were connected to the internet straight away. The instruction manual is detailed and very easy to follow. It's a nice compact size and will sit discreetly in the corner and you would hardly notice its there.
It offers several security settings such as hiding your network name, WEP or WPA encryption and has a built in firewall. It also offers port forwarding and various other settings. There are 4 ethernet ports and the wireless coverage is very good in our house, even when some doors are closed.
The router has been very reliable so far, no connection dropping or switching off unexpectedly. If you want to set up a small home wireless network then I would recommend this router for its simplicity.
I don't usually review appliances like this but sure nothing wrong with trying something new. We picked our Daisy up in B&M for a great price of £11.99 (I thought this was a mistake) and is still working a year later.
Daisy takes about 5 minutes to heat up then you butter your bread on one side and make sure these sides are touching the plates. My favourite ingredients are cheese and ham but there are lots of other things you could put in it. Cooking time usually takes about 5 minutes and is very handy for a quick snack. You can cook 2 toasties at a time.
Cleaning can be a bit of a nightmare, hard bits of bread get stuck to the plates and to the rear of the unit but a gentle scrub and a quick wipe of the cloth usually goes the trick. You could always put some bread in the toaster then put your choice of filling in afterwards but it just doesn't give you the same nice taste as Daisy.
Buying one isn't going to cost the earth so I would recommend one.
After owning a terrible set of belt driven decks for a few years I decided it was time to invest in a set of Technics. At the time I was a student and had saved my hard earned cash to buy them. I had played on my cousins so I knew how good they were before I bought them.
The 1210's are basic but have everything a DJ needs with no fancy bells and whistles. Compared to my old belt drives these are a dream to mix on. Technics hold their pitch much better and you won't be constantly adjusting the speed during mixing. The motor is very strong and the platter will not stop underneath when you are cueing up a record. Also great for scratching on and will not jump provided you have a decent set of needles.
Some people say Technics are old and dated or makes like Vestax and Stanton now make better turntables. I have played on a lot of other brands and personally still rate Technics above them all. All the clubs I have been and played in have Technics so you are buying the industry standard with these decks.
I have had mine now for 8 years and since I bought them nothing has gone wrong apart from the pop up target light bulb not working. If you are thinking of buying Technics make sure you try other makes first then I guarantee you will see why these are so highly rated.
Before buying this mixer I had read lots of rave reviews on it then finally had a go on one at a friends house party. That was it I had to have one.
It's been 4 years now since it I bought the DJM600 and I still think it's immense. Pioneer have released a few mixers since this was launched which do have a few extra bells and whistles but everything a DJ could ever need is on this mixer.
I've had a few mixers before this including Numark, Stanton and Gemini and this was the ultimate upgrade.
It has 4 channels, lots of effects, effect volume control, 3 cross fader settings, built in sampler (records up to 8 seconds), beat counter, microphone port and loads more. There is a handy feature, which lets you hear how an effect will sound on your tunes before you let it go live.
Some effects include pan, filter, flanger (my 2 favourites), echo etc. You can have great fun with the sampler and effects and do some very creative mixing, all the tools are there and the possibilities are endless.
I've used this in clubs and house parties and it's a joy to use. The sound quality is excellent and sounds crystal clear over a loud system. I'm still on my original cross fader and that after 4 years of constant use, very impressive.
The price tag is a bit on the high side but after a few goes you will have a smile on your face safe in the knowledge your hard earned cash has been wisely spent.
I'm always paranoid about where I park my car now. After having a car stolen before and 1 broken into I thought a steering lock would be a wise purchase. I did a bit of research and decided on the Disklok due to its very positive reviews and reputation.
It has many advantages over other locks on the market; one being it covers the whole steering wheel making removal very difficult. It has an anti drill lock and the Disklok moves around the wheel making use of the steering wheel almost impossible under attack.
Fitting can be tricky at first but soon becomes easier after a few times. You fit it by pulling the 2 disks apart, then gently slide the 2 disks together again covering the steering wheel, rest the bar down, push the spring inwards and then press the lock button.
I've heard many people complain about the weight of the Disklok. Personally I don't see this as a bad thing as the heavier it is the harder it will be to break. There is a video on the Disklok website showing ex professional car thieves attempting to remove it with various tools and having great difficulty. Very reassuring!
Mine came with a handy storage bag, which has velcro strips on the back preventing it from moving around in the boot. I usually keep mine behind the passenger seat.
At the time I paid £55 for mine and if you shop around you will get it for the same or maybe less. You can buy it in yellow, silver or chrome. I personally went for the silver one.
I always have that little bit of extra reassurance knowing the Disklok is fitted when I leave my car. I would highly recommend one.
This was my first Sat Nav and decided to go for the Sony at the time. I soon discovered shortly after buying that Sony haven't mastered the Sat Nav market as well as other brands.
Firstly you can only search using 5 postcode digits. You then have to search through several locations if your postcode doesn't appear which can be frustrating and time consuming.
I owned the Nav-U50 for 3 years before selling it and during that time Sony only released 1 map update, which is very poor compared with rivals who release at least 1 per year.
Battery life isn't the best and usually lasts under 4 hours with continual use.
On the plus side the unit has a nice female voice, which is soothing on the ears, and instructions are very clearly spoken. There are several pre-installed points of interest which came in handy on a few occasions.
If you are on the lookout for a good Sat Nav I wouldn't recommend this model, as there are much better ones available.
I bought this to replace my previous Sony NAV-U50 as I heard this had better map coverage for Northern Ireland. Managed to pick it up in an Xmas sale at Harvery Norman for £62, bargain!
The Nuvi 250 is very compact and sits very neatly on the windscreen. Finding addresses is very straightforward. Simply tap in the postcode then a house number and away you go. If you don't know the postcode there are other search options available.
When you are arriving at your chosen address the Nuvi will alert you and tell you what side of the road the property is on. I found this to be very accurate almost every time.
As an entry level I think the Nuvi 250 has a decent spec. Main features are pre-loaded points of interest (loads), currency converter, UK and Europe coverage etc.
There are however a few shortcomings. Firstly the robotic sounding voice can become tiresome after a while. Sometimes the Nuvi will alert you just as you are passing a turn off and by the time it does its too late and you have to come round again.
There is an option of speed camera subscriptions, which comes with a 1-month free trial then roughly £30 a year after. I gave the trial a go and found most speed cameras were picked up.
The battery will last for around 4-5 hours and there is a car charger in the box that plugs into the cigarette lighter.
For an entry level Sat Nav the Nuvi 250 is excellent and will do all the basics motorists will ever need. If you are on a budget this comes highly recommended.
After owning several pairs of headphones from Sony, Stanton and Technics, I decided to buy the Seinheiser HD25's. These headphones were hailed as the headphones to buy in DJ magazines so I had high expectations.
Got them home and plugged them in to my mixer. The headphones are very comfortable to wear. Sound quality was crisp and clear with little or no distortion at high volume (essential for playing in clubs).
Since buying these headphones I have tried them out at several clubs and house parties and are a joy to use. One major advantage is the parts are replaceable making a cheaper alternative to buying new headphones altogether if something breaks.
A small gripe is with the cable length, which I find is too short. You have to remember to take them off if your kneeling down to your record box because the cable won't stretch.
I have now had my HD25's for 4 years now and had no problems whatsoever. They have lived up to their reputation so I would highly recommend them.
After my mum traded in her old car she bought a Honda CRV 2.2 CDTI in steel grey colour. My first impressions was it looked a bit dull, by far not the prettiest 4x4 but I didn't make any further judgement until I drove it.
The interior was basic but well laid out and a nice eye soothing blue dashboard. Everything seems well screwed together and most of the plastics are good quality and soft to touch. The CRV has a good spec with cruise control, cooled glove box, radio steering controls, twin airbags, climate control, remote central locking etc.
On turning the key the first thing I noticed was how refined the engine was, infact one of the quietest diesel engines I've heard. Sound system is crisp and clear. I have taken the CRV on a few motorway trips and found it a very nice drive, the engine is very smooth and there is very minimal road and wind noise. Lumps and bumps on the road are smothered very well and the ride never feels harsh or uncomfortable.
This model has 140bhp, reasonable power you may think but because the CRV is so heavy the performance suffers but it I wouldn't go as far as saying its slow.
Boot space is good and the rear seats can be folded down to allow for even more room. The car will easily fit 3 people in the back because there is no hump in the floor. As the CRV doesn't do too many long journeys my mum said she is getting around 400 miles to a tank but more could be achieved on longer trips.
If you aren't too fussed on looks and want a well built 4x4 I would recommend one. Honda came top of the list on the What Car reliability survey so it's unlikely you will have many breakdowns.
Last night I discovered the hinge on the left side of my laptop is now broken. I cannot shut the lid now and have to keep the screen up. The laptop was not dropped or stood on, this has happened due to poor build quality. I have had the laptop just over a year (now out of warranty) so if anyone is considering an Inspiron please beware, as this seems to be a common problem. I'm going to call a few laptop repair shops tomorrow to see how much this will cost to fix.
I had been researching laptops for a while and decided on a Dell Inspiron 1545. I spotted them on the Tesco Direct website at a bargain price of £349 (most other sellers charge £399).
Unfortunately the only colour available at the time was black but I wasnt bothered as I was more concerned with the spec and performance.
Mine came with
Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 ((2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB Cache)
160 GB hard drive
CD/DVD Re-Writer Combo drive
Windows Vista Home Premium.
Setting up the laptop was very straighforward, just a matter of downloading all the updates for Windows and the trial version of McAfee security suite.
Connecting to our wireless network and the internet was a breeze with the WIFI and was sorted within minutes.
The performance of the laptop is good, there is no lag and everything loads quickly. One gripe I have is the over sensitive touch pad (as mentioned by another reviewer) which flicks the pointer around a lot if you accidentally tap it while typing.
If you want the battery to last for a decent time I recommend lowering the screen brightness to almost the lowest level (press alt and press the down arrow) as this preserves the battery life quite significantly.
I did consider a Sony Vaio at the time but I felt I was paying more purely for the Sony brand and the Dell seemed much better value.
Highly recommended laptop and good value for money.