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My girlfriend has a had a C1 since their launch in 2005. This car cost her £6,495 and is the cheapest version of the three car launch that included a toyota and peugeot model too.
The car itself is a one litre, three cylinder with the car falling into the insurance group 1E!! cheap as chips. The engine is actually built by toyota so there is some security in this as japanese motors tend to be very well built. 0-60 time is a very slow 13.7 seconds but you arnt going to be buying this car to race audi's or anything like that so who cares.
The car is a three door and can easily fit 4 passengers unless your a giant. The interior is simple with a funky design. Bright orange centre console with nice big buttons (the feel is a bit cheap, but hey! this is a cheap car), plenty of leg room in the front and a nice big windscreen means this feels a lot larger than it is.
My girlfriend has covered 40,000 miles in hers and has had one exhaust gone and a clutch so far. The citroen dealer was very helpfull and the cost to fix the issues was not huge. Tax is dirt cheap for the car and £10 of petrol will last a age if you drive in a economical manner.
This is a great little car and even after 5 years she could still make around half her money back in a private sale! Bargain if you ask me.
Decided to try Mallorca for a week in April 2009 and kind of wish i hadn't bothered. We decided to stay in Puerto de Alcudia, which turns out is your average brit resort but not the worst place in the world for a holiday.
The hotel my partner and i picked was the Viva Tropic. We were a bit sceptical as it seemed very child orientated but got great reviews on trip advisor so thought we would have a go. All the reviews were correct, this is a great hotel and made our stay in Alcudia fairly pleasurable.
Alcudia is around 1.5-2 hours transit from the airport in Palma. We arrived At theViva Tropic after doing the usual stop off's at other peoples hotels and having a nosey. At arrival at our hotel it seemed busy and bustling but in a good way .. the recption of the hotel was bright and clean and the staff were very helpful. We were soon checked in to our double room which was perfectly clean with a double bed, mini kitchen with all the appliences you would need, spotless bathroom (quite large too) and a nice balcony overlooking the pool and entertainment stage.
The hotel is a few minutes walk from the beach in Alcudia that is quite nice with lovely views (apart from some power station on the one side). There are girt shops, bars and restaurants withing half a mile from the hotel but for the nicer ones you need to walk around 20 min towards the harbour where there are not so many people and it gets a bit more mature.
Back in the hotel the staff were great and although we never ate there we heard from other guests the service was fast and efficient!. The pool was clean and large with plenty of room to have a splash around without bumping heads with anyone :]
The main plus point was the fact that most of the tourists were from finland .. their kids were exceptional well behaved compared to our brit kids. One group even stopped a water fight with pistols to let my girlfriend walk past .. she was shocked! The entertainment team worked hard in the day to keep everone happy and also performed interesting (if not a bit cheesy) stage shows at night. A perfect way to end the day with a nice beer and a laugh on your balcony.
I recomend the Viva Tropic but certainly dont recomend Alcudia. Thanks Viva for making our holiday bearable.
Getmapping is a company specialising in the sales of Aerial Photography of the UK.
Set up in 1998, Getmapping has used twin engines aircraft along with high relsolution camera systems to obtain aerial imagery of the UK to complete a Uk wide datasaet known as Millennium Map.
Collecting spatial data at both 25cm and 15cm ground sample distance, members of the public are able to go on Getmapping's website and locate and purchase aerial imagery of their house, work place or attraction they may be interested. The customer can then choose to have this delivered as a print, jigsaw, poster or via digtial format.
As well as small sales, Getmapping's imagery is also purchased by local councils for planning purposes, emergancy services and media such as BBC and various newspapers. The imagery is being updated all the time at higher resolution for continued practicality in mapping the UK.
Getmapping also provide ordnance survey mapping data along with Height data via their webiste, together with the Aerial imagery this can be loaded into a GIS for various analysis.
With original interest from the Queen who had shares with Getmapping, it shows this is a unique company provide important service to both small scale and large scale customers in the Aerial imagery industry.
Chopsticks skills up to scratch? then head on over to Wagamama! I have visited Wagamama on numerous occassions in three different restaurants and what can i say but ... great food! Based on Japanese cooking styles, Wagamama offers noodles, rice and dumpling based dishes to the public. The first opened in London in 1992 and the brand has expanded ever since, so much so that you can even buy a wagamama cook book to recreate those delicious dishes at home!
The wagamama has a unique approach to Uk dining as the seating in the restaurant is laid out in long school canteen style benches so who you end up sitting next to is anyones guess .. this is a great thing as it sparks conversations and your meal out can turn into a great evening out with people you have never met!
Start off buy ordering some side dishes (not startes but basically the same), these include salted peas, grilled chicken, chilli squid duck dumplings and miso pickles.
Main meals are varied and include miso based soups which come in a large bowl with noodles and meat called a ramen. Rice dishes include currys, and normal meat/rice dishes. The rest of the menu is made up of various noodle dishes which range from varous types of noodles such as soba and udon with various spicey sauces, fresh veg and even seafood .. all the ones i have tried so far have been delicious!
The one strange thing about wagamama is the fact that food is served when its cooked so in theory you may get your main meal after your lady friend has finished but in reality this never really happens.
One thing i found is that Beer is not cheep here .. with £3.45 as the cheapest and smallest bottle of lager! but this is not the end of the world as as this is a whole dining experience and a great one at that :]
Nandos is a chicken restaurant that has many branches throughout the Uk.
The restaurant serves portugese dishes that original have a African heritage. The chain itself is actually South African and they are all over the place there.
Nandos chicken is primarily based on the African Birds Eye chilli .. known as Peri - Peri, this is a rough translation that comes from the words Pepper - Pepper! Nandos do serve their chicken for all types of taste buds as they cook your chicken meal and offer you the temperature of your marinade -- from lemon and herb to Extra Hot!!!
Dishes served include the usual 1/4 or 1/2 chicken, chicken burgers, chicken pitta all served with either spicy rice, corn or peri peri chips as well as vegetable options like mash or peas. For the people who fancy something different they offer Prego steak roll or chicken livers with a soft portugese bread roll.
Nandos food is basically straight forward and tasty, there is no fuss which makes it so popular, sit down and browse the menu then order at the counter and collect drinks, eat, pay and your out! The cost is fairly low compared to lots of big brand eateries but some dishes will cost you over £10.
Nandos is a fave for old and young and there is always a busy bustling atmosphere when you go in! its great.
The Highcross (previously the Shires) is a newly built shopping centre to lift the face of the otherwise boring city centre of Leicester. The new shopping complex opened in 2008 and is claimed to have 120 shops.
There are three large department stores including John Lewis (on the north side linked by a nice glass bridge) and also Debenhams and house of fraser. Amongst this is smaller shops that you would expect to find such as New Look, Next, Top Shop, a few sports shops and electrical goods outlets as well as your mobile phone retailers.
The Highcross is set on two levels and is mostly indoors .. the main shops are on both floors which lead from just next to the clock tower and head north up to the newly built car park for John Lewis. Spliting the main John Lewis building and the reest of the shops is a small open air arcade which houses the restaurant quarter with eateries such as Wagamama, Yo Sushi, Burger Co, Zizzi, Nanado's and a Chinease Buffet to name a few. Also in this is a 12 screen cinema delux offering 3d movies and up to date films for Leicester folk.
I have to admit i never saw Leicester before the highcross but can only Image the introduction of the Highcross and its shopping facilites has moved the city on a mile. Although not as large as shopping centres in Birmingham, there is plenty to do in Highcross and a day shopping in Leicester is a pleasent experience to be had.
i have been a member of dooyoo for a few months after being introduced by a friend. So far i think its great.
There are a number of money rewards websites out there but from what i have seen so far dooyoo is the onlyone that actually rewards you more by giving usefull data as a swap for points or cash. I have been a member of a site called Valued Opinions that rewards you with vouchers for answering surveys on random products .. as long as you pass the first few general questions you can click whatever you want for the rest and recieve the point in 15 min. Sounds good but actually is mind numbingly boring and you end up just not bothering in the end.
Dooyoo is the exception to this as i actually enjoy writing these reviews and the 150 word limit to get 500 points is often blown away when i get into the groove. The rewards are spot on and i have found myself coming back more and more to read reviews on products i am thinking of purchasing.
The user community seem very good and people are very fair in general with their comments and general feedback.
Keep up the good work dooyoo fans.
I LOVE KFC!
Its official, i have fallen head over heels for the chicken giant that is kfc. I know this is not a healthy obsession but i treat it more as a affair that a marriage.
Everyone knows that eating fast food such as McDonalds, PizzaHut and Burger King is wrong .. you get that feeling you want it and as soon as you have finished you regret your decision for the next few hours. But KFC is different, you want it, you eat it, you want some more! Something in your head says, its chicken so it must be healthy. WRONG!
The menu at KFC is mouth watering from your basic 1 piece of chicken with its crumbly skin and devine taste to a towered up zinger burger with cheese hashbrown and that spicy taste that leaves you wanting more.
I thought KFC could get no better ... but i was mistaken! On a recent 6 month work trip to South Africa i discovered the real KFC, every meal is served with a sachet of chilli salt which makes their chips devine. The have sides that include a pot of mash potatoe with gravy already in it!!! this my frineds is possibly the best thing i have ever tasted and you even get a small bread roll to dunk in it.
I love you KFC but please adopt some of your south african ways and our affair will continue for a long time.
p.s i am actually quite healthy :]
Facebook .. love it or hate it its here and it aint going away!
I am a member of facebook just like the other 350 million people that have nothing better to do with their day than poke people, nosey in to thier lives by looking at photos and excepting invites to party's we will never go to! you gotta love it havent you.
I have lived away from my hometown now for around 6 years and for this reason i find Facebook a great tool for keeping in touch with friends that are quite happy to spend all day on the internet but never seem to pick up the phone for a chat. I have even spent 6 months in africa where my internet connection was the only affordable way to keep in touch daily with the family ... and this is why i have come to love it.
There are many areas of Facebook that are completely rubbish such as most of the applications. Who really wants to have their own farm or be a ninja. In this sense i find it annoying but for general chatting with friends, catching up with long lost mates and sharing your photos of fun moments with family and friends it is a tool that ticks all the boxes.
Booking.com is possibly the best hotel booking site on the web! I have used this site many times over the last two years and keep going back due to its ease of use and choice of varied hotels for all purposes. Basically Booking.com is just a standard hotel booking website .. but it does have a few things that push it above the rest ..
Just type in the destination you want and the site will split hotels into city, airport or any other area. You can choose from the usual cost, distance from city centre, ammenities and star rating. By doing this is gives you a list of hotels with a room type listing and cost for each. Each hotel has a user rating that i have found to be very reliable in the past.
I basically found Booking.com from it popping up as the best option from other comparison sites. Booking.com has a lot of hotels offering flexible room rates or non-refundable prices which can often drop the cost by £100's .. if you dont think your holiday will be cancelled choose this option and save loads or even use the money to upgrade to a better hotel.
The best Bit:
i love going on long weekend trips around europe. My girlfriend does too but cannot always afford to pay straight away until her wages appear at the end of the month! Booking.com has this covered ... if your booking your trip a month or so ahead, book and pay for your flights then book the hotel through Booking.com as they take your card details and reserve your room but you dont pay for it until the end of your hoilday!!! genius .. this means you can spread the cost over a few months and it doesnt eat a load of your wallet in one go!!!
The website sends you all details of your stay via e-mail and i have never had any trouble at the hotel end of it.
I have booked over 20 hotels on this site and reccommend using it alongside Trip Advisor for a guaranteeed good holiday at a fab price.
Trip Advisor is a great website that users can browse to find reviews, pictures, and even quotes for anything holiday/trip related.
Members sign up to trip advisor and log reviews on anything from hotels to attractions they enjoyed, restaurants and just places they have been. This is all accumulated into a large database for users to browse and interegate at their will.
I often use trip advisor for hotel searching as there are usually lots of reviews for most hotels and each user rates the hotel 1-5 giving a good average and a decent general idea of what the hotel is like. Often attached to these reviews are the reviewers own holiday snaps that show what the hotel actually looks like outside of the nicely shot official photos when everything is spick and span. A nice feature trip advisor has is that by selecting a hotel you are interested in .. it also give you the opertunity to search varoius hoiday sights for best room rate with one click of a button.
As with all these web sites .. there are always those people that will moan at anything and those who love things that may seem dreadfull to other people. Trip advisor has so many reviews that you can sift through and pick out ones that may feel relative to you!
Give it a look .. it has certainly helped my holidays so far
Rhod Gilbert and the award-winning mice pie!! quite a strange title that i was certainly intrigued about and eventually made me purchase the item.
Rhod Gilbert is an up and coming welsh comedian from Carmarthen. I saw him live in Bristol 2 years ago and although funny, it was obvious he was not yet ready for the big time. Since then he has toured a lot and shot to fame maily due to his sketch called Luggage (this is an extra on the dvd) in which he tells the story of his trip through an airport and his misfortunes with his luggage.
Rhod also has a very funny radio show on Radio Wales catered for old and young. With this in mind i bought his dvd as something to watch with the folks over christmas. The dvd is set around rhod having a nervous breakdown from travelling around doing gigs and feeling the strain of changing his comedy from surreal to observational. It ends with him sat in one service station arguing over a award winning mince pie! There is a good flowing story with this dvd and the laughs are constant. Rhod has made a fine dvd here .. although not to everyones taste it does cater for most generations and the swearing is not too bad.
I do have to say i watched it straight after michael macntyres dvd and found Rhod to be a little slow paced after.
Thumbs up for this dvd though ... you will enjoy if not just for the extra Luggage segment.
I recieved a gorrilla pod slr for christmas and compared to my previous fixed leg tripod, this is a little gem!
Specifically designed for SLR cameras, it is larger than the original gorrilla pod to keep the camera sturdy. With the usual screw in fixing to attach to your camera it is simple to use and well built.
The tripod is designed to be used both as a normal tripod but also has the ability to bend each leg in various directions. This is possible due to its ball and socket design where each leg is made up of several balls that link to the next giving each leg a few different points of movement. Gorrilla pod excels here and you can now bend your tripod around fences, trees and all other objects to make your stable photography limitless!! A nice little touch was to also add a spirit level so you can keep pictures level even from an awkward capture point.
This tripod seems very well built and is small enough to be carried around with ease .. so far i have got some fantastic pictures from using mine and im sure plenty more are to come. At around £20 you cant go to wrong.
My experience of waterstones is a positive one so far. I have visited the store in many locations and find the service reliable and the staff polite and passionate about there jobs and books in general.
I currently use the waterstones in highcross centre leicester. This is not the largest waterstones i have come across but still set out in a adequate mannor allowing the customer to browse freely and sit down to relax and decide which book is suitable for them. There is also a dedicated childrens section. The one downside of the smaller waterstones is the fact that the volume of bestsellers such as new moon books .. autobiograhys and high selling literature stays the same as larger shops whilst the sections to downsize are the ones that already dont hold great amounts such as photography and world travel. YThere is another waterstones in leicester that solves this problem but i had found myself seraching through the travel section in WHSmiths as there was a better choice. A small downside but nothing to shake the legs of the far superior waterstones.
A great shop and often a small haven in a busy shopping centre or highstreet!
i have a 07 civic type r which i have owned for a few months and from the first hour i had issues! i drove it home from the garage where i bought it (about a hour away) and went to fill it up with petrol but the cap would not open!! i had to get the breakdown service to shorten the pull wire. Aparently this is a common problem with civics.
Since then i have had brake disks and pads go very early (and not because i brake hard or drive madly!) which cost around £250.
Having said this i do really like the car as it has unique styling and very sporty performance. The car grips to the road well in corners and has the lovely feeling gear box (feels like a short shift) which is set higher up towards the dash board than your average car.
The interior of the car is space age with glowing neon dash board which amazes people when they get in .. cruise control, full glass roof and digital dual climate control are all there with comfy sports seats to hold you around corners.
The ride is quite bumpy due to low profile tyres but what do you expect!! and its hard to see much out the back window especially due to no wiper blade. There is a large boot for its class and plent of room for two people in the rear. The stereo is not great as the radio signal seems weak due to an antenna in the window and my cd's skip a bit over bumps.
Altogether this is a good car and honda means reliable engines! park it next to a golf gti and i know which one people will look at every time.