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      04.11.2009 13:34
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      A good place to stay

      Keele University offers student accommodation on campus in the halls of residence for the first few years of your course. Unlike other universities, you can find students living in halls on campus for years 2 and 3. I am currently living in the Horwood Halls, which feature standard rooms with or without basins. Mine has a basin along with a mirror and light, which includes a useful shaving port on it.

      Other Halls include barnes, which is mostly standard rooms (some with basins). It is located right beside the medical school and entrance to the university. Lyndsay halls consists of Lyndsay court where there are premier en-suites in relatively new buildings. The Oaks also contains premier ensuites as well as normal ensuites. Just off campus is Hawthorns, which has a small range of rooms too.

      As I say, many students will be given accommodation so it's not a problem, although some share for the first few weeks before they are allocated to empty rooms (due to people not turning up or dropping out etc). The main differences between places such as Barnes and Horwood to Lyndsay and the Oaks is that the buildings are a lot nicer in Lyndsay and Oaks due to refurbishment or newer buildings.

      The prices do vary according - you can pay around £2670 for a room with basin and the next room up the list (an ensuite) will cost you around £500 more a year. The ensuites do not accomodate in the easter period either so you only have them for 33 weeks instead of 37 (full term time). This means you will have to live elsewhere or go home during this time.

      Accommodation without ensuites either has a wash basin in room with shared toilets and showers or no wash basin at all and shared everything. All accommodation has shared kitchens, so stealing food CAN be an issue although I have not experienced it yet myself. The accommodation I'm in is good enough - I have to share, but I can put up with it and I'm paying a lot less at the end of the day - more money for other things... I'd recommend staying on campus at Keele as there's always something going on and it's very practical as well as social.

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        18.09.2009 23:22
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        Delicious salt and vinegar quality crisps

        Walkers Salt & Vinegar Crisps are delicious crisps, which have a great original taste to them. They are from the original Walkers range and are my favourite flavour from this range. They come in a 34.5g green packet with the Walkers logo across the top and the Salt & Vinegar flavour just below. There is also an image of a crisp. The crisps don't have any particular shape but most are just flat and roundish. They are of all different sizes too.

        The packet of crisps opens easily to reveal a foil lined inside full of crisps. The crisps are pale yellow in colour. They have a good amount of flavouring on them but you can't really see it and they aren't very messy - only a bit greasy and you get some bits on your hand but it's all from the flavourings.

        The crisps have a very intense flavour as soon as they touch your tongue. They are actually somewhat mouthwatering too. As I bring one to my mouth, it just starts to water involuntarily. They have a brilliant really authentic taste. You can taste both the salt and vinegar very well and the classic combination works very well in these crisps.

        One packet of the crisps is quite filling and it will cost you around 40p. You can sometimes buy them as part of a lunch deal with a sandwich and drink in certain shops. You can also buy a multipack of 6 25g bags for £1.25, which is good value and ideal for school or work. They are brilliant crisps with a great taste and they aren't too expensive. I'd definitely recommend them above other crisps!

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        18.09.2009 22:53
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        Bad value for money simple chocolate buttons

        Cadbury's Milk Chocolate Buttons are delicious little treats but I wouldn't say you get excellent value for money. They come in a little purple packet, which is 32g in weight. This sets you back around 44p, which is an absolute rip off considering the weight and the amount of chocolate buttons you get in the packet.

        The packet is dark purple and has the Cadbury's logo on the top. The Dairy Milk logo is below and it also says Chocolate Buttons with an image of a large chocolate button. The packet opens very easily to reveal a deal of milk chocolate buttons inside. They are small pieces of Cadbury's milk chocolate. They are rather plain in that respect but still have a creamy smooth taste.

        It's quite frustrating as you don't get an enormous amount in a packet and they are very small pieces so you have finished them within seconds of opening them. They do taste nice but the value for money is terrible. They aren't very filling either so there's not much point to buying them apart from to satisfy your craving for chocolate. But for that matter, I would buy a different better value chocolate bar.

        The chocolate buttons make you very thirsty and they are a bit messy too. They are great for kids as they can easily handle them and the buttons are small so they can be eaten easily too. I wouldn't really recommend them as they are bad value for money and nothing special whatsoever. They contain 170kcal per bag and 18.4g of carbohydrates (mostly sugars) so they aren't very healthy for you.

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          18.09.2009 22:25
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          A very good game with a lot of gameplay and excellent graphics and realism

          GTA IV is a superb game - the latest one of the Grand Theft Auto series. You can buy it for just £18.65 on amazon.co.uk. You play as the character Niko who is an immigrant having moved to America (New York) in search of a job, money and a girl. He is told by his Cousin that things are better in New York but it isn't all what it seems once he arrives.

          Like all the previous GTA games, you go through the game completing a range of missions as well as side missions and other things to do. The missions in this game are generally a bit harder and there are many more side missions such as races and picking up cars and driving them to garages as well as meeting people and more.

          The gameplay is very good as the physics are a lot more realistic such as when you hit people whilst driving, the way you walk and the way other pedestrians move and talk is also more realistic. It all adds to the realism of the game, which can be seeing as worrying but it makes it more enjoyable to play. The graphics are excellent too and very detailed giving the whole set of islands a great look. You unlock new places as you progress through the game and you can visit sites such as the Statue Of Liberty and other buildings that resemble those in New York.

          The driving is different in the game but it's more realistic now. It's hard to get used to but you can now activate headlights in cars and there are many more little things added to the game. You can go bowling, play darts, go out to eat, go to clubs and go to cabaret and more. You can even get a girlfriend and you must keep up the relationships with your friends as the story unfolds before you have to make a decision on whom to trust. The storyline is quite good in itself and contains a few twists. The controls are good and very easy to get used to. The replay value is very good but it does get a bit boring due to the enormous amount of missions and they seem to get a bit repetitive. I'd recommend the game as it's got brilliant physics and realism and is an excellent addition to the series.

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          18.09.2009 20:52
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          A very fun game where you can train your brain with a variety of exercises

          I have had this game since I bought the Nintendo DS Lite from my old original Nintendo DS. It's very fun at first and you can play it with your friends to try and perform better and get a good brain age. The lower your brain age, the better and it should ideally be around 20 years old.

          The game can be bought for under £12 on amazon.co.uk right now, which is definitely worth it if you want to commit yourself to the game and play it regularly. It really does help to get you 'on the ball' and in general, it increases your skills such as mental maths and other areas too.

          You can do daily brain training on your profile and records are kept of each time you do this. You can stamp the calendar when you do your daily brain training to keep count of what days you have done it. When you get a certain number of stamps, you unlock more brain training games. Games include things such as mental maths (simple calculations), reading out loud and more where you have to draw lines between letters and numbers e.g. A-1, B-2, C-3 etc.

          Overall, it's quite a fun game but the replay value isn't excellent. Some of the games are quite challenging and require concentration, focus and a bit of skill too. It does help keep your brain in shape and it's a very educational game in this way but fun too. The controls are good as you use the stylus to simply write and draw on the screen. You can also use the microphone in the reading exercises and the menus are easy to navigate around. The sounds are simple and the game is very easy to play so it's recommended for anyone really. It's really cheap so I'd recommend picking up a copy as it's well worth it for all ages!

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          18.09.2009 18:11
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          A very tasty and authentic orange flavoured squash

          Robinson´s produce a range of different squashes and drinks but I must say that this is one of my classic favourites. It comes in sturdy bottles and a 1 litre bottle will set you back around 1.50 pounds. The bottle is transparent and has a sticker on the front with the Robinsons logo along the top and the ´Orange´ flavour in the centre.

          The drink is actually good for you as it contains vitamin C and contains basically no fat and a very small amount of carbohydrates being sugar. The large green cap easily screws off to reveal the intense-smelling orange squash. It is concentrated so you are supposed to dilute it with cold water. The ratio of squash to water should be around 1:4 but some people have 1:3 or 1:5 depending on how strong they like it. Another factor in deciding is how long you want the squash to last. It can be very good value if you dilute it a bit more as it still flavours the water and will last longer for more glasses.

          The taste of the squash is very nice and authentic too. It definitely tastes of oranges and it´s naturally quite sweet but still has a low quantity of sugar in it. It has a very strong smell too and is brightly coloured as a deep orange colour. You should give the bottle a shake before pouring some into a glass but it´s not essential. In comparison to other flavours from Robinsons, I would say this one is above average but can get a bit boring and repetitive if you juts have it all the time. It´s worth buying as the quality is there and it can last a long time so is good value for money.

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          • Mars Revels / Chocolate / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            18.09.2009 17:57
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            A good selection of unique chocolate balls

            Mars Revels are really unique as they contain a whole range of chocolates within one packet. They come in a bright orange and brown packet with a bold white Revels logo. The packet is 35g and costs around 45p. The Revels are all unique as each packet contains a random selection of different ones such as:

            Milk Chocolate
            Caramel
            Coffee
            Orange
            Peanut
            Maltesers

            I think the Coffee ones are absolutely delicious as the chocolate tastes of coffee and they are smooth and creamy. The orange ones are very sweet and tasty. The milk chocolate ones are plain but you can´t always tell from the look of them! The caramel ones are hard and nicer to just suck. The peanut ones are quite nice and give a lovely roasted peanut taste in your mouth. The maltesers ones are from the red Mars Maltesers packets and are honeycomb coated in milk chocolate. They are really tasty too.

            The packet is easy to open and there is a good number of chocolates inside, which easily slide out. You can´t always tell which ones they are, which adds a surprisement factor to eating them and makes them more exciting. You can slightly tell from the size of the chocolates but apart from that, they all look very similar.

            They help to fill a gap and are widely available from confectionary shops as well as supermarkets. I´d recommend trying them as they are very exciting to eat and unique in the way you don´t know which one you will pick out! I personally like all the flavours but my least favourite is the caramel one. They´re not worth buying if you don´t like a few of the flavours.

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          • Nestle Toffee Crisp / Chocolate / 16 Readings / 15 Ratings
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            18.09.2009 15:12
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            A very nice chocolate bar, which is filling and satisfying

            Toffee Crisp is quite a tasty chocolate bar and well-worth trying. It has quite a unique flavour and the texture is very original. It sort of pops in your mouth when you eat it and it's chewy and filling too with quite dense ingredients.

            It comes in a bright orange wrapper with the Toffee Crisp logo in bold brown letters with a yellow outline on the front. The Nestle logo is just above. The wrapper is very bright and easy to spot and it opens easily too. You can get the standard size chocolate bar in most confectionary shops as well as supermarkets for around 40p.

            Inside is a long chocolate bar shaped rather like the Mars bar and Snickers bar. It has a slightly rough texture on the top and is smooth everywhere else. Biting into it, there is a mixture of toffee and something similar to Rice Krispies in there surrounded by milk chocolate.

            The flavour is great and all the different ingredients blend together very nicely. You get the odd crispy bit in your mouth, which you can just pop and it's quite satisfying. The toffee makes it very chewy and gives it a lovely taste too. The chocolate rounds it off by satisfying your craving for chocolate and adding a smooth creamy taste to the chocolate bar. I'd highly recommend it as it's very unique and tasty. It's quite filling too and is ideal to be had alongside a sandwich for lunch.

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            18.09.2009 14:53
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            An awful squash not worth buying

            This is one drink that I would not recommend. It has a very faint flavour and you can even taste chemicals beneath. The bottle isn't very well designed and although it's cheap, the quality is dreadful. You can buy a 2 litre bottle for around 90p - £1.20 depending on where you shop. It's cheaper than brands such as Robinsons but the quality isn't up to scratch.

            The bottle is very large and the quality of the plastic is poor and it's soft too. Once you open it and start pouring a drink, you must take care as the bottle squeezes inwards and it can all flow out. There is a large purple label with 'Great Value' on the top wrapped round the transparent bottle. Inside is a dark purple liquid, which looks like potassium manganate or some chemical - well that's what it tastes like anyway.

            The green plastic cap easily unscrews to reveal the drink. It has an intense blackcurrant smell but the taste is very different. It has a really weak taste and you can even taste chemicals in the aftertaste. If you don't put enough with the water then you can barely taste it at all and too much means you can taste the horrible chemicals beneath the 'apple and blackcurrant' flavour. It's not authentic at all - it looks and smells ok but the taste is vile. I wouldn't recommend this one at all, not even for the price.

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            • Pull & Bear / Highstreet Shopping / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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              17.09.2009 18:46
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              A good shop with an excellent range of clothes for young men and women

              Pull & Bear is a Spanish chain of shops aimed at the youth and younger adults. They produce an excellent range of different clothing and I'd highly recommend visiting one if you're off to Spain one summer. They have shops throughout the shopping centres such as La Marina in Benidorm and Ondara and other places. Other shopping centres have Pull & Bear shops in them too.

              The atmosphere of the shop is quite dark with a dark floor and walls and furniture. Some of the very bright clothing makes up for this and it brings your attention to them. They sell many items of clothing including T Shirts, Hoodies, Jumpers, Jeans, Trousers and Shoes and they also have a womens' section too.

              They have a specific range called 'XDYE', which is excellent. They sell a range of modern items for the youth including bright and colourful T Shirts, hoodies and shoes. Their items look cool and cute too. You can buy plain T Shirts, which are a tight fit for just Euro4.95, which isn't bad. The quality isn't excellent but the fit is very good and you can buy them in loads of colours such as white, pink, black, orange, blue and red.

              The other prices aren't too bad - jeans range from Euro35 to around Euro40. Some of the jumpers and hoodies are around Euro30 and others are Euro40 so they aren't all cheap but their stuff is very unique and fashionable. The layout is good - womens clothing is to one side of the shop. The clothes are generally quite well organised but the only drawback is the number of staff. The tills can get quite busy and there aren't always staffs available for help. It's a good shop though and I'd definitely recommend visiting one.

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            • Snickers Bar / Chocolate / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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              17.09.2009 00:34
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              A very delicious and filling chocolate bar, which tastes great!

              The Snickers chocolate bar is produced by Mars and is very tasty and quite filling too. The unique thing about the chocolate bar is that it contains roasted peanuts, which add a nice flavour and makes it quite filling too. However, if you have a nut allergy, I'd make sure you stay away from these!

              The chocolate bar comes in a dark wrapper with the blue Snickers logo in capital letters on a white background with a red outline. It stands out and the bar itself weights 62,5g. You can buy one for around 41p, which isn't bad at all. The wrapper easily opens up to reveal a long chocolate bar coated in milk chocolate. It has a slightly rough texture on top and is smooth everywhere else.

              Inside are a few layers. At the bottom is a soft nougat layer. Above is a caramel mixture with roasted peanuts mixed in too. So, you have a soft nougat combining with a chewy caramel, crunchyroasted peanuts and smooth milk chocolate on the outside - what a wonderful concoction! It does taste very nice and is filling too.

              The chocolate bar is quite filling as it's densely packed with many ingredients. The price isn't too bad compared to other chocolate bars and it's quite unique too. The contrasting blend of textures and flavours is somewhat sensational and makes the chocolate bar really unique. The nuts taste delicious and leave a nutty aftertaste in your mouth. The milk chocolate is smooth and creamy and satisfies your craving for chocolate whereas the nougat provides a soft basis for the bar and the caramel gives it a chewy texture and makes it that much more dense. It's an excellent chocolate bar and I'd highly recommend it.

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              16.09.2009 21:58
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              A handy gadget, which is rarely used

              The Microsoft Xbox 360 Universal Remote is quite a handy gadget but at a retail price of £19.99, I wouldn't recommend it as it won't prove to be of much use to most Xbox 360 players. I'd only really recommend this remote to players who will be using their Xbox 360 as a DVD player as well as the Windows Media XP control centre where you can access your PC from the Xbox 360.

              The remote is quite long and has many buttons on it to control DVDs and a lot more. It has an Xbox guide button, which functions the same as the one on the controller. You can also use it to eject the disc tray and switch the console on and off. Unfortunately, it cannot automatically get DVDs out cases and put them in the disc tray (maybe in 50 years time).

              The controller has a pretty good design and is smooth and rounded to hold. The base colour is white to match the rest of the Xbox 360 theme. It takes AA batteries and these last a long time, as the usage isn't very intensive. It's only worth buying if you'll make a lot of use of the DVD player and Windows Media Centre and it can be useful for music and things too. I wouldn't recommend it myself, as it is rather expensive considering the use I got out of mine.

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              • Clearasil in General / Discussion / 19 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                16.09.2009 21:12
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                A very good company that produces a range of good products to help fight spots

                I have always used Clearasil through my teenage years to help fight spots and prevent my skin from getting horribly unsightly. It has done a very good job but I must say some products are better than others. I would say that Oxy are Clearasil's rivals as I have heard about them more lately and am inclined to try their products next as they claim to reduce redness, which I need. The main Clearasil range nowadays, which does a very good job is the Clearasil Ultra range and consists of the following products:

                ~ Deep Pore Treatment Pads (65) - £4.83
                ~ Ultra Dual Action Scrub (125ml) - £4.83]
                ~ Dual Action Wash (150ml) - £4.88

                These are Tesco's usual prices although there is currently an offer where the products cost £3.22 each. There is also a 'Stay Clear Skin Perfecting Wash' for £2.88 usually at Tesco, which is not from the Ultra range but still helps to keep spots away.

                The products are mainly aimed at preventing and reducing spots. However, they do seem to help with other things too and generally give you a clearer face. I'd recommend the Dual Action Wash from the Ultra range as you can use it like a soap dispenser every morning and evening to wash your face. It gives a tingling sensation so you can feel it working and it doesn't hurt your face like some of the other products.

                In general, all the products do work very well. They help to prevent spots but you must use the Clearasil products on a daily basis. The products from the Ultra range claim to give visibly clear effects after just 3 days, which is quite accurate. I would stay away from the Deep Pore Treatment Pads as they have such an enormous amount of alcohol/acid and chemicals in them that they totally burn off your face - almost quite literally. It's a horrible burning sensation and leaves it feeling tight and stretchy. Overall, the Clearasil range is really good and I'd recommend giving it a go. The prices seem to be cheaper at places such as Sainsburys and Asda.

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              • Bakers Choice Chops / Dog Food / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                Good treats for your dog to keep them full up

                Bakers Choice Chops are great little treats for any dog. Bakers, who produce a large range of treats and snacks for dogs so they are really reliable, make them. These treats are one that my dog seems to love. They are slightly bigger than the smallest treats you can get so one treat should be enough to fill a gap and you can give your dog one a day and they will last a long time.

                They come in a blue and purple packet and you can see an image of the treats on the front too. The Bakers logo is at the top and it says Choice Chops just below. The packet is very simple and comprises of bright colours. The packet is 125g in weight and costs around £1.30, which isn't bad at all. It contains a good deal of treats but bare in mind that they are quite large too so you shouldn't give them to your dog all the time.

                In opposition to treats as a reward, I'd give these to your dog purely to keep them full and satisfied, as they are not that small. They look like chops, hence the name. They have a white bit on the outside and centre with a purple bit in the middle signifying the meat and fat. Obviously, it doesn't consist of much fat but the design is quite attractive for both humans and dogs. I'd recommend them as my dog seems to love them and they keep him going through the day!

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                  14.09.2009 21:32
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                  A very good sauce for certain oriental meals

                  Sharwoods Plum Sauce is an excellent condiment and sauce for many meals of certain types such as Thai, Indian and Chinese. It has a very sweet taste and although it's quite high in sugars, it's not exactly that unhealthy to eat every now and then. It has a fabulous flavour and texture so is ideal for dipping, topping and more.

                  It comes in a 310g glass bottle for around £1.99 and it can be bought at certain supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsburys but it's more limited than other sauces and condiments. The bottle has a large black metal lid on the top, which easily unscrews just a little bit to reveal the sauce.

                  There is a modernly designed label on the front, which has the Sharwood's logo and Plum Sauce description in an oriental sort of writing. It is described too as 'sweet and fruity' and they suggest it is for glazing and dipping. It is great for glazing things such as duck but it goes well with a lot of other things too such as beef and even chicken.

                  The sauce is a sort of brown colour and in all honesty, it doesn't LOOK very appetizing but it certainly is delicious! It has quite a thick texture and pours out the glass bottle quite easily. It goes very well with things such as Sharwood's noodles, duck and rice too. These are ideal foods to use it with but it can also replace Hoi Sin sauce if you are having duck and pancakes as it has a somewhat similar sweet taste.

                  It's really tasty and I'd recommend it as it's sweet and really fruity. You don't need a large amount to mix some in with noodles for example or it will become sickly, as I have found out before! Although it's rather limited, you can definitely find it in places like Tesco and for £1.99, it's great to keep in your fridge as it will last a long time.

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