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    • Vans Era / Shoes / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      21.07.2012 18:17
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      Great shoes, just a shame that they cost so much :(

      Okay, so before I went and fell in love with Vans, I had never really wore anything fashionable. I just wore what I felt comfortable in, which has always been jeans, T-shirts and some trainers. Then, when I bought some chinos, I wanted a nice new pair of shoes to go with them, and after seeing everyone else wearing these Vans, I thought I would give them a try, see if I like them. I know they're supposed to be skate shoes, and I don't skate, but I thought that they looked really nice, and so many other people were wearing them anyway that didn't really look like skaters, so I thought I would buy some myself!

      So, I journeyed into the town center to buy myself a pair... And there was just so many to choose from! I was so confused by what the guy trying to help me was saying, he was just bombarding me with choices! anyway, I thought I would buy a pair of plain and simple, all blue (my favourite colour), Vans Eras. When I tried them on, I was just taken back by how comfortable they were, even though I was a little disappointed that they were going to cost me £45. However, for good looking, comfortable, fashionable shoes, I was willing to pay that much.

      To be honest, I don't really know what more I can say about these shoes. They are both comfortable and stylish, and the colour blue that I got was very nice. Also, the large white part at the bottom of the shoe around the edges is very handy, because it is so easy to clean/wipe things off like mud etc. so it's hard for the shoes to get properly dirty, but they do begin to fade and lose their bright whiteness a little too quickly for my liking, but it is a helpful thing to not have to sit there scrubbing your shoes because they got muddy the day before, instead you can just use a wet cloth or something to wipe the white part clean very easily.

      So anyway, off the product I have and onto Eras in general. I think that all of the Vans Eras shoes are very cool. I now own 3 pairs (setting me back over £100) that I really like. My first pair (that I've had for a few months now) are starting to get a little tatty. The laces are going grey and I just don't clean them too often, but I could soon fix them up to look almost new again in no time if I wanted, which is the great thing about Vans Eras! Anyway, Eras come in many different colours and (obviously) sizes. And, if there wasn't already too many colours to choose from, there is also multi-coloured ones too! They look very nice and, when I have the money, I'll probably buy some like that! Also, the fact that they're unisex is great too, means me and my girlfriend can wear each others (lol)!

      In conclusion, would most definitely recommend these shoes. They have everything you want in a shoe (unless you're hiking or something) and I have just fallen in love with them, as will you when you try them! The only set back for these shoes is the price! Some of them are over £50 and this really is a little excessive!

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    • Toms Classic / Shoes / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      Would recommend these comfortable slippers! *cough* sorry, shoes

      Alright, so when these Toms first came out and I saw people wearing them out in public, I was slightly confused. At first I thought it was one person's bad choice of shoes but now everyone seems to be wearing them, so, like a little sheep, I followed the crowd and bought myself a pair.

      I don't really have much to tell you about the shoes really, everything you can see in the picture and I don;t really have a product description to give, so this review will be pretty much entirely my opinion of the shoe, not much more.

      Firstly, I really like the colour I got. The ones I chose were a light purple colour and looked very nice with most of my clothes, but I do not really like the style of the shoe itself, despite the appealing colour. Anyway i'll move on to that. There are a lot of colours available for the shoe, but when I went in store, they only had very few in stock. I wasn't very happy about it, but I could see that they were flying off the shelves, and wasn't too bothered since they did have a colour I liked.

      The shoes are very comfortable! The first thing anyone will notice with these shoes is that they really are some of the most comfortable shoes I have! I would wear them everywhere if I thought they looked good! They look really thin and you would think that you would feel everything you stand on, but this isn't true, these are the most comfortable shoes I own, easily! If there should be one selling point for these shoes, the comfort is it. The comfort is the only reason I didn't take the shoes back for a refund straight away!

      Anyway, onto the looks. The bit that I have been waiting to write about all along...

      In my opinion, the shoes look awful. There it is. I doubt there are too many people that feel the same, but that's just what I think. I don;t know what it is, but these shoes really just look so disgusting to me, it's unreal. I think they're great for wearing round the garden or just to walk round to the corner shop, but I would never wear them to go around town or out at night in. They also came in pretty handy as holiday shoes on my recent visit to spain because they don't make my feet too hot like a lot of shoes do, and they also provide a lot of comfort for walking around in the day time in. Anyway, I think the thing that puts me off these shoes could be the fact that (I feel) they look like slippers, but oh well, this hasn't really stopped anybody else buying them, and the shoes have become a major hit in the UK!

      I would, however, recommend these shoes. They come at the cheap price of £25-£30 which is very good for the stylish shoes these days, coming in at around half the price of Vans and other popular shoe brands! Also, they come in lots of different colours, and provide great comfort. They can be worn with most of my favourite clothes and, other than the looks, there's nothing wrong with them! And if you like the way they look, well then you're sorted! I guess it's only me that thinks they look ridiculous!

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        12.07.2012 13:05
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        A decent toy for dogs that like to just destroy all the other things you buy for them!

        Okay so we brought this for our pet Labrador about a year ago. It was just something cheap that we saw online and thought we would just add it to the basket and buy anyway. I don't really have a lot to write about it, but it is a very good and sturdy toy. Obviously dogs have a very strong bite, but this ring is very durable and does have a lot of bite marks in, but it's something that he can't just destroy, like he did to all his other toys, but we know now not to get him any more teddie bear style toys that are full of fluff, that he likes to destroy and then make a mess around the entire house with! That was why we started buying him things like this.

        Obviously, with it being a dogs toy, I can't say it's his favourite or anything. When we bought it home he was interested for about 10 minutes, then got bored with it and was more interested in an empty plastic bottle. But what can you say, he's a dog! The toy has lasted very well though and he sometimes even plays with it today and we think it could be his favourite, given he has about 10 others that he hardly touches at all, and this is his oldest rubber toy that he finds hard to make a complete mess of!

        Also, it's good for throwing etc. because, even though it's a hefty rubber ring, it's not too heavy/hard to cause any pain or damage or anything when it hits the dog, or when he throws it around the house at guests!

        Anyway, in conclusion, this rubber toy is very good and durable and long lasting as you would expect it to be. It has lasted us a very long time and cost us around £4, which is a great bargain. Obviously, with it being a dog toy, I can't tell you how interesting it is for them, but they will get some entertainment out of it, i'm sure!

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      • F1 2011 (PS3) / Playstation 3 Game / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        12.07.2012 12:53
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        An excellent game for fans of racing/F1 games

        F1 2011, from CodeMasters, is a racing game based on the 2011 season of Formula 1 (obviously). It is very cheap now (around £15-£20) and is definitely worth that price. It is by far my favourite racing game on the Playstation 3, beating all the others by far! However, there are still some minor bugs that CodeMasters could have fixed in a week or so, if they could be bothered. It seems that they do not really care for the game any more, though, which is a shame.

        You will notice right away the better graphics from 2010, even though they aren't that much better, given you've played F1 2010, you'll definitely see the difference. Even the opening video of the game is much better. CodeMasters have done something really cool: replicating events that actually happened in the 2011 season and playing them as the game opens! I don't know if it's just me, but I do think that's cool.

        Anyway, the game itself, Starting with career mode. Career mode doesn't have too much of a difference to F1 2010, but there are some. Again, at the start you will be asked a series of questions and given a few choices of answers that could determine what contracts you are initially offered. Obviously all of them are the lower teams (like Lotus etc.) and you'll have to progress season by season. I think this is good, too. The actual driving is much better too. The car behaves much more realistically and the crashes have improved too, provided you have the full damage settings on. The driving assists offered are pretty mush the same as 2010, with braking assists, steering assists, driving line, pit assists, but a new one in 2011 is the marker arrow whilst in a race, pointing to cars that are within close enough proximity to yours, showing you where they are, which can be very helpful when you are about to be overtaken. F1 2011 has also added the Drag Reduction System and KERS into the game, operated manually by the player as you would have to in a real race. Also, in career mode, the tire wear and selection is much better and makes you think much more tactically about which tires you use/save in qualifying and the race, and it means that in the race you will have to carefully manage you tires as they do in real F1. However, One of CodeMasters' flaws is the punctures. They occur far too often and mostly out of the blue; they can ruin your race for no apparent reason, even when you're trying to conserve tires! It does get very frustrating. Also, one more negative thing about career mode is the penalty system that CodeMasters need to fix as well. You will often be punished for things that were not your fault, mainly things like illegal blocking even though you're trying to let the faster cares past and causing a collision even though the AI cars tend to brake far too early for corners, seemingly on purpose. Anyway, all in all, career mode is excellent fun to play, despite a few small flaws!

        A great addition to F1 2011 though is the Co-operative career mode. This allows you to play split screen with someone else, both racing for the same team, completing a season together. I have not used it a lot, but it is a very cool addition, provided you have someone that comes around often enough to complete an entire F1 season together with!

        Online mode isn't too different to 2010. As usual really, everything you new from F1 2010 is pretty much the same here. You can race online against players over the internet, what's new? I don't think CodeMasters payed too much attention to this.

        There's also a 'My F1' section that I haven't really accessed. I think you can buy things online and edit your pages of the game and stuff. Sorry that I don't know too much about this bit, i'll have to update the review when I know a little more.

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      • Jabra BT125 / Headset / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        11.07.2012 11:14
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        Would definitely recommend for the price, but not the greatest product on the market

        this little Bluetooth headset from Jabra is, to be honest, not the best product on the market, however, I wouldn't have expected it to be at the competitively low price. I have been impressed by this headset since the day I purchased it, and it has served me well for everything I have needed it for.

        The first thing you will notice with this headset is that it is very small. This is good because it is very easy to take anywhere you wish to take it, but also means that I lose it a lot easier! Also, I may even say that the headset may be too small. With it being so compact, the microphone is quite a distance from the mouth. This is not a problem because the mic is very sensitive and picks up everything that I say very well, but the extra sensitivity means that it does pick up a lot of background noise, which can be very annoying.

        Anyway, on to the comfort. With the headset being so small, it weighs next to nothing, and I soon forget that it is in my ear. This is very good and I think that small headsets like these do provide great comfort because you just forget that they are there. However, the ear piece can be a nuisance to set up. It is a sort of wiry metal surrounded by rubber and can be bent and shaped and you wish, but it is very hard to find the position that is comfortable and gives you optimal distance from microphone to mouth to pick up what you are saying easier. anyway, once the ear piece is sorted, the headset is very nice and comfortable on the ear.

        The headset also has excellent battery life and lasts me around a week on average depending on how much I use it, and I do use it a lot. I use the headset for my phone (hands free) and for games consoles to talk to other players. It is very easy to connect to everything I have every connected it to and will not take long at all. It is very easy to operate and turn on and off and is, in general a fairly okay product, but I would say it is good for the price. The product also has excellent longevity. I do not know how long I have had this headset, but it was a while since I purchased it, and it has had a few drops etc. in the past, but still works very well to this day!

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        • Blackberry Curve 9300 / Smartphone / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          30.06.2012 16:13
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          An ideal phone for messaging and simple web browsing, not too amazing though

          Okay so I got this phone around 8 months ago as an upgrade from my previous Curve (8520). I was initially very pleased with it and discovered no problems, but I did realise it was very similar to the previous curve models. I did not expect much of a difference, though, so I was very happy with my new phone. I can not say anything about the price, as I am on contract, however, I believe they generally cost around £110 (cheapest I have seen) to around £140 depending on what you are getting.

          I have the curve with all the cool things it had to offer. 3G internet so I can browse the web wherever I feel like it, BlackBerry Messenger (of course, given it's the main selling point for all Blackberry phones), WiFi so I can browse the web at home without using up all of my Data package with the 3G browsing and instead just use my home internet and the latest blackberry software (of course). I will review each of these after giving a brief review of the phone.

          The phone has served me well over the past 8 or so months. It has had very few faults and I have rather enjoyed using it. the worst thing about it was Virgin's fault, telling me that my bill was around £160 on the first month, even though I had gone over on nothing, and it was planned to be £12/month! Anyway that was sorted with a (rather expensive) phone call. Anyway, the phone itself is great. I do not use it all day every day. It suits my needs very well. I do not use Youtube or anything as the video quality is very low and combined with 3G internet both gives extra costs to the bill (occasionally) and runs very slowly. However, this does not bother me as much it does a lot of other people, so if you do want a phone to watch videos on, get an android phone (since the god-awful iPhone doesn't even support flash). I do use the browser for small things like reading blogs or searching for words I don't know the meaning of and things like that, nothing too tasking for the phone, and it copes very well. The media player is good for both music and videos and the camera is of slightly-above-average quality and takes pretty decent pictures for a phone. However, if you're a teenage girl who loves taking thousands of pictures in the bathroom mirror, don't buy this phone for the camera, it's not that great.

          Anyway, the extra on the phone also make it a delight to use. The new blackberry software is a little better, although nothing too dramatically different about it. The 3G is good, allowing internet access almost anywhere, but can run a little slowly. This is expected and there's not a lot really to say about it. It's average. Not amazing but by no means terrible.

          In conclusion, I would just like to say about BlackBerry phones overall that they are losing popularity. I think the main selling point is BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) and people are beginning to get bored of this and move on to phones like the iPhone and HTCs etc. Anyway, the Curve 9300 is very good. It is fairly priced and comes with everything you need from a phone really, unless you want it for excellent media playback and videos, in which case I would suggest buying a tablet instead; no phones are capable of that really.

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          An excellent bag I would recommend to anyone!

          Okay, so looking at the price of this punchbag (around £100) you may think that I am crazy saying 'great price' in the title. However, for a four foot bag of this quality, you are usually looking at at least £150 everywhere else.

          Anyway, on to the review. As I have just said, the bag is a good price, and includes the chains so you can hang it straight up (after filling) without having to buy unnecessary extras - considering you already have the mount for the bag, of course. The bag is made of leather, making it extremely sturdy and giving it excellent longevity, but I have found that leather is the perfect material for punchbags because it's not too hard on the knuckles/wrists of beginners, but is still sturdy and good enough for the most advanced boxers in the world, meaning you will only ever have to buy 1 punch bag your entire life if you start out with a decent quality leather bag, like this one.

          The bag will come empty. There are many places that will fill punch bags for you (a lot of fitness shops) and most websites have a feature allowing you to order the punch bag already filled, obviously at a more expensive delivery price and harder time getting it into your house, which i'm sure would be fine if you really had nothing to put in the bag. However, filling a punch bag is easier than it may seem, all you need is old clothes! Just fill the bag with old clothes/rags and put in a few small sand bags as you work your way up and the bag will be a perfect weight and soft enough to hit but hard enough and heavy enough to not go flying around after a few combos.

          The bag being four foot is also really the perfect length, unless you are after one for Muay Thai or Kickboxing, in which case you'll want a six foot bag instead, ideally. Anyway, for a boxing punch bag, four foot is perfect really for everyone.

          In conclusion, this punch bag is, as the title says, great quality and well priced. I would highly recommend it as I have owned it now for around a year and I filled it myself, and it is still in excellent condition, nothing has really changed at all! Great for every boxer from beginner to professional, just wouldn't recommend if you want a bag for kicking too, however, it would still be satisfactory for kicking, just not the best.

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          Great kettle. Works well and looks good except some minor flaws. Would give 4.5/5 if i could

          So a while back we redecorated the kitchen and went for the cream look. Obviously we had to find new things that would fit the new colour scheme, and came across this stylish looking kettle.

          Firstly, the main thing, the kettle works really well, and has since we bought it (around 18 months ago) which is good. For the low price (we got it for £25, but it's now around £20) it is a really great kettle. We have encountered one problem with the kettle so far, but it wasn't such a major issue. We found that the lid of the kettle was extremely annoying to keep removing, as it didn't easily flick up or anything like most do, but you had to pull it off; it required some force. We found this rather annoying and so to get around it, we just fill it up by putting the water directly into where we pour it out. Saves a lot of hassle with the lid and nothing really different about filling time or anything.

          The capacity of the kettle I do not know for certain, but I think its something like 1.7 litres, which is quite a lot! Plenty in there to make multiple cups of tea/coffee in one boiling, so ideal for when the family are over.

          the kettle boils really quickly. It's not one of those "boil in three second" things, but we did notice it was a lot quicker than our previous kettle, even when it is full, however, it does take significantly longer when it's full (obviously) but also because it holds a lot of water without having the 'max fill' mark about half way like most other silly kettles do.

          On to the colour. The cream, black and silver mix went perfect in our cream kitchen. Whilst i'm no designer or anything, I can say that the kettle does look very stylish and suites the kitchen well. Would efinitely recommend.

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        • Argos Value Skipping Rope / Fitness / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          Would definitely recommend to everyone. Great way to get in shape at a very low price.

          To start off, I'd just like to give a general review of skipping ropes. I think that they are one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise, and something I use frequently to get into shape, and was what I used very successfully to get in shape in the first place. You do not have to use a skipping rope for long to get a good fat burning workout from it!

          Anyway, onto the product itself. I have owned other skipping ropes before, some costing in excess of £25! I bought them because I though more money spent=higher quality. I was wrong. Whilst this Argos skipping rope is not my best as I have a very good speed rope, this is the best rope I have for its price range. The rope material is very similar to that of my higher quality rope (although most ropes are like this) and so it is very good. It is not too heavy, nor too light. However, I am not sure whether or not they come in different sizes, but this was the perfect length for me (6ft) but I don't think that will be too much of an issue.

          The handles are also very good quality. They have a very soft foam padding on the outside to make it comfortable on the hands, but the plastic part is very cheap. this doesn't make much of a difference in the skipping at all though, and the rope still works very well. The rope spins inside the plastic very easily, so the skipping is not affected.

          I don't think there is much more to say about this skipping rope. It is very good quality, especially for the low price, and there is not much 9if anything at all) that lets it down! All in all, I would certainly recommend the product for everybody! It is one of the easiest ways to get fit and stay fit! However, it is very frustrating when first learning to skip, but when you get past that phase you should be fine! Also, if you don't believe me about just how great skipping ropes are, check out some of the world's best boxers training, what they all have in common is SKIPPING!

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          The free weights are cheaper and can provide as much as a workout as the gym can - best option!

          At the start of this review, I am briefly going to go over the benefits of free weights over gyms. If you wish to read a little more comparison between the two, check my review of the York 20KG cast Iron dumbbell set, however, I will try to include everything I included in that one with as much detail as I did before.

          So, as I said in my previous review, I do believe that free weights are far superior to the gym. They require just a simple one off payment, whereas a gym membership can cost in excess of £30 per month. Also, going to and from the gym takes up a lot of time, extra time that you could have been using to work out if you had free weights*. Also, free weights are great for numerous different forms of training. Firstly, there's the infamous Bodybuilding. This is lifting weights to build the size of the muscle. There is also Powerlifting, very similar to Bodybuilding, but a lot more weight is used, and you only do a small number of reps, and this training is done to increase strength rather than muscle mass. Then, there's fitness and strength workouts that can be done, which athletes such as boxers and fighters use to gain punching power and core body strength. Also, using free weights means you can do everything from the comfort of your own home, which is good for some people, such as those who do not want to be seen at the gym due to embarrassment etc. and people who simply do not want to leave their own homes. It is far more convenient as it means workouts can be done while you are watching TV or on your computer.
          However, gyms do have some advantages. As mentioned in my other review, they safely restrict your range of motion. This means that, unlike free weights that you could drop onto your head/neck/body and cause injury to ones self, gym equipment does not allow this to happen. Also free weights are only providing the resistance in one way, against gravity. This means the only way to work with them is to do things the push/pull it upwards, unlike gym machines that can give the resistance in whichever direction they wish.

          Anyway, back on to the product itself. I did not purchase this as the full kit as advertised here, but I bought the dumbbell set and then a barbell with 70KG of weights, both by York and in cast iron, so I have exactly what is shown here. As mentioned in my review of the dumbbells, the cast iron can damage many types of flooring, and makes a very loud noise even when placed down gently. This means you can rarely work out quietly (such as if others are sleeping) nor can you drop the weights to the floor if you realise they are too heavy for you to exercise with. This can be an issue to beginners who are trying to find weights the are comfortable with using, but realising they are too heavy and wanting to drop them to the floor as you will have to lower it slowly to avoid damaging the flooring.
          The product can be purchased in a 50KG set, a 70KG set and a 90KG set. This particular 90KG set costs £130. People may think that this is expensive, however, after sign up fees and membership fees, a gym can be costing this much every 6 months or so, and, while a gym can offer much more, it is simpler to get free weights with a one off payment because you can exercise the whole body safely, however, I would recommend that safety precautions are taken if you wish to purchase free weights, as you can cause some serious damage to your body if you are not exercising safely.

          In conclusion, the York free weight set (90KG) is very good. It is enough weight for most weight lifting levels of experience. It feels very high quality and you are definitely getting more moneys worth of exercise than you would joining a gym. Also, I am going to conclude again that free weights are better than gyms, mainly because of the cost. However, do not just buy free weights without being aware of safety. This is urgent to take a look at if you want to buy free weights, especially if you are going to lift them alone. You will have to look at correct form and the correct way to do every exercise. Anyway, thanks for reading, and hope you enjoyed!

          *For the fitness newbies here, when I say free weights, I do not mean these are free of charge. Free weights are standard bars and weight plates that are not restricted in any way whatsoever. You can choose where they go and how much weight to put on them.

          -- For safety tips, check out the 'Starting Strength' book by Mark Rippetoe. It has 3 versions, the 1st being advanced and the 3rd being a simplistic version. The each cover the same aspects, but version 3 is very simple and for beginners, whereas version 1 is for more advanced weight lifters.

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            03.03.2012 14:38
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            Great product, beats the gym every time!

            This cast iron dumbbell set from York is a great way to gain muscle, and, in my opinion, is a better option than joining the gym! At just £40 for 20 Kilograms of weights, these dumbbells are perfect for all levels of bodybuilders, whether you're just starting and cant lift 1 Kilo, to the big guys who have been lifting for years. These cheap dumbbells are great for use at home, however, because they are cast iron, this may cause a lot of damage to flooring, so caution is required when putting the dumbbells on the floor.

            Dumbbells are a much more worth while investment than a gym membership. If you could choose between paying £40 for a set of dumbbells you can use for the rest of your life and about £30 a month for a gym membership, the dumbbells seem like the best option, hands down! Gym equipment is great because it safely limits the range of motion. It ensures that you are using correct form whilst exercising so that you have the best possible muscle gains by only allowing the equipment to move along a set path. However, to buy a piece of this equipment is a lot of money, and so is gym membership. Also, you would have to buy multiple pieces of gym equipment so that you can exercise your entire body. However, if you ensure that you are using correct form, control your range of motion, and (optionally) have somebody to spot for you, then you should be fine. [spotting is watching and assisting somebody who is using free weights] Also, dumbbells allow you to work almost every muscle in your body, unlike expensive bits of gym equipment, so there is a full body workout whenever you want, in the comfort of your own home included with this cheap set of dumbbells! Also, additional weight plates are available for very cheap if you are too strong for just 20KG!

            In conclusion, these dumbbells are great! They are cheap and have a lot of weight with them. They allow you to work almost every muscle in your body without ever leaving the house, or having to buy expensive gym memberships! They are definitely worth the money, however are limited in terms of safety, so make sure you are educated about dumbbells, different exercises and perfect form before purchasing them.

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            Great piece of fitness kit!

            A medicine ball is pretty easy to figure out, it is just a weighted ball. You may think that this is far too simplistic to do much to my body, but you are wrong. Simplicity is often the key when it comes to fitness, and this very simplistic invention can easily give a full body workout. It is widely used across the world for all sorts of workouts. They are used by professional fighters and boxers to improve their power behind each punch; they can be used within a normal fitness workout (which increases your fitness quicker than working out without one); they are used to improve "plyometrics" (jumping and core body strength) or 'explosive power'.

            This 5KG Medicine ball is a great product. It has a stylish red and black striped look,but I would not recommend starting at 5KG for beginners. This is a rather heavy weight and if you are not very strong, you could cause harm to your own body. I would start at a lower weight if it is your first medicine ball. However, if you are used to resistance training, or are naturally quite strong, then 5 Kilograms would be a great weight to use. The medicine ball also has a nice feel and is a good size. It is not too big nor too small, and is very easy to grip, even when intense exercise leaves you sweating all over it!

            There are hundreds of exercises out there that can be done with medicine balls, and a quick search through the Internet will give you all of them. Medicine balls are one of the greatest bits of kit in the gym, however they are not good enough to replace the gym! They are definitely great to improve fitness, strength and power, but do not expect to be able to body build with a medicine ball. If you want to do this at home, a cheap, used set of dumbbells would be the greatest option, but if you will be going to the gym, don't stop using the resistance training machines, because your muscles will not grow very much exercising with a medicine ball.

            In conclusion, if you want to get fit, either at home or in the gym, don't miss out on the medicine balls. They come in many different weights so they are suited to everyone no matter their fitness or strength, and are a great way to boost your fitness much quicker than any other exercise without them. However, if you want to 'pump up your guns' then medicine balls are not for you.

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          • Samsung SGH-U600 / Mobile Phone / 15 Readings / 10 Ratings
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            06.08.2011 18:35
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            A great phone with amazing features, unfortunately the battery doesn't last too long

            Back when this phone was released, I was dying to get it after looking at the advertisements and not having had a new phone for a while. After 3 whole days of waiting, I purchased a contract with this phone. I took it out of the box and put it straight on charge.

            In the box was a set of headphones, a charger and a USB connector to plug the phone into a PC. After the phone had finished charging, I went through the long, grueling process of copying all of my contacts from my old phone onto the new one. It was then that I realised that the keys were unusually small. I knew the phone was slimmer and smaller, but the keys seem far too small. It wasn't too bad though, it was just something that takes some getting used to, just increasing the accuracy of your thumbs so you can type things quickly. Also, after copying the majority of my contacts and getting bored, I started to have a look through the menus to see what the phone had to offer. The menu screen is brilliant. The icons are large and unmissable and it is very easy to navigate through the phone. However, one immediate downside is the touch sensitive buttons. They are not very good and do not work too well.

            After easily flying through the menu, I had seen all the great features of the phone. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera that allows you to take great pictures and record good videos. Now, this camera would be viewed as average, but back when this phone was released, 3.2 megapixels was a lot for a phone.

            There's a great music player on the phone, and the built in speaker has rather good sound quality and a great maximum volume so it is good for calls as it means you can always hear what is being said. The quality of the music being played was great until it got to around 3/4 of the volume, at which point the sound quality rapidly decreased, however I haven't ever needed above 3/4 of the volume as this is still very high. On the phone, there is also an FM radio which you have to plug the headphones in to listen to. This is good as it allows you to listen to the radio on the move. Also, the supplied headphones are great quality. Not very durable, but have good sound quality and volume and are very comfortable in the ears.


            The phone has some highly addicting games on it. I played these for around 3 hours and then used the internet on the phone to download some more. The internet was satisfactory but it took a while for things to load.

            The only drawbacks I can give about this phone are that the battery does not last long for whatever you are doing, even if you are barely using the phone, however it does charge very quickly, and there is not much memory on the phone as standard, however, this can be helped with a very cheap Micro SD card which will provide a lot more memory for the phone. Also, the phone looks brilliant. Is is very slim and rather light and whatever colour scheme you choose, the phone always looks brilliant.

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            A great sandpit that will provide hours of entertainment, just watch out for the insects that get in

            After my parents purchased one of these for my younger brother, he was so excited to get playing in it. Unfortunately, it was raining that day, so after sobbing himself to sleep, he woke up the next morning willing us to set it up for him.

            After we took it out of the huge box, we saw that it was just a huge piece of plastic. It is a circular shape and has four turtle legs, a turtle's head and a domed back with a pattern like that on a turtle's shell. This makes it slightly resemble a turtle from above, but it doesn't look too much like a turtle. It didn't matter though, all my brother wanted was to play in the sand, after enjoying his last visit to the beach so much. The domed part of the turtle is the lid. It can be put on the sandbox when it is not in use to stop things getting in, however, it isn't always successful. We have still found many insects in there. Also, this lid can be easily removed with a small gust of wind and so many other things can get in there too. Fortunately, the first time this happened, there was nothing to be found in the sandpit and after this, we placed a brick on the lid when the sand pit was not in use to stop the lid from coming off.

            The sandpit itself is 109cm by 119cm by 38cm and so it is pretty big. We have a relatively large garden and it doesn't take up too much room in it. There is still also room for a climbing frame and a 15ft trampoline in there too.

            One downside of the sandpit is that it isn't very deep, so there is never much sand in it, although you could say that that is an upside because you don't have to buy too much sand, however I don't think this would have been much of a problem anyway as the bags of sand are relatively cheap in most places and we only needed 3. Also, with the sandpit itself being green, it looks rather camouflaged in the corner of our garden on the grass.

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              A great, fun thing to do for anybody

              Airsoft skirmishes and battles are becoming increasingly popular nowadays, due to many things such as first person shooter game fanatics wanting to see what war would be like, people who want something different to paintball, something a little more realistic and people who just want a fun day out with their friends to see what it is like to shoot at people and be shot at.

              There are many places around to to do airsoft battles and skirmishes and the majority of them involve large woodland areas, buildings and shelters, just like you would expect to find in a real war zone, making airsoft much more realistic than paintballing. Also, the guns that are available make it feel realistic too. The majority of the airsoft guns used in battles are replicas of real guns that are made to shoot small plastic pellets at a speed of up to 500 feet per second. There are many guns out there, the majority of the good ones being very expensive, that feel like the real thing, ranging from sniper rifles to pistols and sub machine guns to big, heavy machine guns. Unfortunately, due to the laws in the UK, these guns cannot be all black, which is why you will see that the majority of them are around 40% orange or green and all of them have an orange tip. This makes it look a little less realistic, but the feel of the full size replica gun in your hands is still great.

              You don't have to worry about spending hundreds of pounds on your own airsoft gun and ammunition though, the majority of places will lend you a gun and you can purchase ammo there too. This means anyone can go down and have a go, whether you are a first timer without a gun, or a real airsoft fanatic with a huge collection. For somebody without there own gun, they will have to pay around £10, including a £5 deposit you will get back if the gun comes back in the same condition as it was (I don't know if that is the same anywhere else, but it should be around that price.)

              The only thing that is bad about airsoft is the fact that you cannot tell if you have hit somebody, not like paintballing where you will see a large splat of paint. Instead, airsoft uses an honesty policy and when you have been hit, you are trusted to be honest about it and call it a hit. Also, if you are having a battle with an enemy from a distance, being hit will not hurt at all, even in the face, but if you do get shot from close range and it manages to contact your bare skin and not the protective clothing, it will sting!

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