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The first tunnel of the Dartford Crossing was opened in 1963, followed by a second in 1980 and finally the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in 1991. Tolls were introduced from the outset with the justification of paying the construction costs. These have long been paid off yet the tolls remain. Charging £1.50 for a car. However a Dart-tag can be acquired then topped up with cash. When used it will only charge you £1 to cross the river.
The tag itself is a small grey device which can be attached to either your windscreen (mount supplied) or to a sun visor. The device uses RF technology to connect to a receiver on the booth which will deduct your charge, beep then open the barrier.
There is a special "Dart-Tag" lane marked on the far right of the booths but is just a normal auto-toll, taking cash so is not really any quicker. So I'm not sure if you save any real time using the tag but with a third off the standard price and no messing around trying to find change its a most for any regular users.
I've been to the White Rabbit several times over the past 12 months and with the exception of one very busy summers afternoon the service has always been excellent (and they gave us a round of free drinks on that one bad afternoon). The pub is situated just off the A229 but is shrouded behind trees and even when sitting in the Garden the road is barely visible and not intrusive. Maidstone East railway station and the town centre are only a few minutes walk away. Whatman park is also just the other side of the road so nice for a lunchtime walk.
The menu has all the pub classics plus a few extras. Food is good and staff are always very friendly. The inside of the pub is well maintained, compact but not to crowded. Food is ordered at the bar and is delivered promptly by a smiling Waitress/Waiter.
I purchased this a few months ago then ripped my entire DVD collection onto a Nasbox. The boxee box connects to my TV through a HDMI cable. After connecting and signing into Boxee using ethernet or Wi-Fi you can download a update from the setting screen, didn't seem to do it automatically. This would have been a nice feature?
Then simply add "sources" of media which can be Nasbox's (like my setup) or any computer on your network. Boxee then quickly scans and tries to identify the files, Boxee links any videos, dvd's, TV Show's, etc with imdb.com so with no effort at all the cover art, a short blurb and other information is linked with your file.
Boxee will also search online for media streaming services such as 4od, Iplayer. Apps are available know the Iplayer app seemed a bit flakey to me but my TV LG TV (see other review) has a better built in Iplayer app.
A great product to bring all your media together. No more changing DVD's for me!
Been commuting to London for about 6 months now from Maidstone to the City of London. There is only one direct train from Maidstone to the City per day and the return service in the evening and its not even run by Southeastern! they have to get First Capital to run it for them, but Southeastern still get my fare and are still in charge of the service but tend to cancel it when ever there's a issue. Southeasterns own trains are very dirty and poorly cleaned, they would probably argue its difficult to keep a commuter train clean but somehow First Capital manage it! Delays are frequent and information from train/station staff is often out of date and slow coming. Ticket prices go up by extortionate amounts every year (13% last year) with no improvement in service.
I don't have a choice, but if you do, please don't travel with Southeastern!
Got this phone on contract from Vodafone about a year ago when it first came out. Was a shortage so took almost 5 weeks to arrive but was worth the wait. Running the latest version of Google Android with HTC's own Sense interface the phone is easy to use and very intuitive. The phone has all the features which should at least be standard on a modern phone, GPS, motion sensors, Wi-Fi, etc. On first boot the setup wizard takes your Facebook, twitter, picassa login details and matches your address book with Facebook accounts, which means that when you lookup a contact their facebook profile pic is displayed.
Call quality is excellent, the built in messaging app is sufficient but I would recommend "Handscent SMS" available from Google Marketplace. Music playback is also good and can play through bluetooth into your car stereo.
Battery life is poor, average level of usage the battery will not last for 24 hours, know I have found that disabling HTC's sense interface and using "Launcher Pro" instead saves a lot of power. Also disabling bluetooth, wi-fi, 3g will also increase battery life.
Overall know a very good phone, shame HTC couldn't put in a bigger battery.
I actually have the 37" version of this TV but is identical apart from the size. Nothing special to say about the design just like every other LCD TV, black bordering a LCD panel. Back of the TV has all the inputs you need including 3x HDMI's, Optical In/Out and Ethernet. The set's picture quality is excellent and very good for a 50hz TV. Audio is good but can seem a bit quiet so I recommend having the volume at a decent level. Was pleased to find the TV tuner is Freeview HD, never seen the point in selling a HD tv with a non-hd tuner.
The Netcast feature is for me the TV's best selling point, once connected to a ethernet or wireless connection, a small update is downloaded. The netcast includes great apps such as IPlayer (Good playback in HD), Google maps, a weather app, a radio tuner app plus a few extras I haven't really explored yet. The 37" version of this TV is now selling for about £380 and is definitely very good value for that price.