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      09.06.2011 17:07
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      A cheap handset with lots of features, but has lots of problems

      Having just recently upgraded my nokia 5800, i can safely say its the best thing i have ever done. The phone is very cheap in terms with the features and specification it provides, however it uses a resistive touch screen, which isnt as sensitive and i constantly found myself 'stabbing' the screen to get the phone to do what i wanted. Another problem i found with this phone was the included stylus, which although was very handy and convenient (since its slots in the back), over time it became more and more loose, and eventually fell out, which isn't exactly practical. Another issue i found was the placement for the simcard. To remove the simcard you have to remove the battery, lift out the plastic seals on the side, and then use the stylus to slide the simcard out of the slot. Now obviously this is fine if you have the stylus, but once its fallen out and lost you'll find yourself having to find something pointy to do the job instead. The phone also felt like the phone was made for the software, rather than the software for the phone. The symbian OS on board could have easily been used with hardware buttons - unlike the iphone for example which is designed to be as simple and touch friendly as possible. Having said that though the general use of the phone (apart form the odd glitch) was fairly good. The media functions were easy to use, and given the phone came with an 8gb memory card, could hold a lot of my music and photos. The phone is also extremely light and a good size. If your in need of a cheap phone with a lot of features then this is your bet, however i suggest you save up those pennies, as within a month the slight niggles and glitches (and resistive screen) will lead you to regretting buying it.

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    • tvcatchup.com / Internet Site / 15 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      06.06.2011 23:50
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      Its free, and therefore worth a try, but not a replacement for a working TV.

      TVCatchup is a website which allows its UK users to watch live free view on their computers for no cost whatsoever. All is requires is obviously a TV license and an account. Accounts are very quick and easy to create, and before no time you can use the site. The only down side is this account is required every time you use the site, but not so bad if your web browser saves your passwords. The website layout is very simple, and has its own TV guide, as well as links to the iphone and ipad alternatives. These alternatives allow TVCatchup to be streamed on those devices: http://www.tvcatchup.com/iphone.html http://www.tvcatchup.com/ipad.html For non-apple users, you can access tvcatchup on mobiles using m.tvcatchup.com. In terms of actually using the service, quality is reasonably good and is nearly comparable to BBC's iplayer service. TVCatchup is constantly being updated with channels, and is a very useful alternative to using a separate TV; as a student, I find is saves much more space not having to bring a TV to university that isn't going to be used very often. TVCatchup still provides a solution for watching live TV in this instance, and I have never really suffered from the video stopping or starting, and runs very smoothly on my Internet connection. The video interface for TVCatchup is more than simple to use, with buttons allowing you to change channel, change the volume, go full screen, or change the aspect ratio. One problem I have found with this is there is only to sizes of video size you can have: the default size on the web page or full-screen, so it's harder to use your full screen and watch TV at the same time. Another slight problem with TVCatchup is the adverts displayed when you select to play a channel, however their not shown for long, and given the service is free, they are an acceptable presence. The channels are as follows: BBC ONE, BBC TWO, ITV1, CHANNEL 4, CHANNEL FIVE, ITV2, FIVEUSA, E4, ITV3, ITV4, MORE4, BBC THREE, BBC FOUR, DAVE, FIVER, FILM4, BBC NEWS, CBBC, CITV, 4+1, E4+1, DAVE JA VU, ITV+2, CBEEBIES, 4 MUSIC, YESTERDAY, MORE 4 +1, ITV3+1, ITV4+1, FILM4+1, BBC PARLIMENT, QVC, SKY NEWSM SKY3, VIVA, IDEAL WORLD, IDEAL EXTRA, IDEAL & MORE, WEDDING TV, AL JAZEERA, MOVES4MEN, MOVIES4MEN2, MOVES4MEN PLUS ONE, MOVIES4MEN2 PLUS ONE, ITV1+1 The TVCatchup is especially useful for homes with bad TV signals, or those that don't have any TV connections whatsoever, and is therefore certainly recommended.

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      • Logitech Z 4 / PC Speaker / 15 Readings / 15 Ratings
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        06.06.2011 23:04
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        Brilliant speaker system, thats fairly inexpensive, very loud, and packs a punch.

        After being in the hunt for a new speaker system after previously owning the Logitech X-140's; having looked high and low for a decent affordable system, I came across the Logitech z4 system. Having dipped into my account for this system, I'm sat now two years later and their still excellent. The main attribute of the system that brought me to them was the amount of power the sub had, and this is obvious when it's pushed to its limits. I do feel sometimes however that the bass is too powerful, however luckily the speaker system uses a control, which allows the bass to be adjusted. This same control also allows you to adjust the volume. The system looks very modern and is still in near perfect condition even after two years. The only problem I have found is on the volume control where it plugs into the subwoofer; sometimes when u wobble the wire a highly pitched noise is emitted from the subwoofer, but this could be a result of the speaker system being used at many parties :). Another slight problem i have found is down to the vibrations produced from the subwoofer when music/sounds are being played; anything surrounding the subwoofer tends to rattle, however this could happen with any set, and is easily solved by either placing the sub under the desk, or sitting it on something (such as card board). Having spent around £45 on these speakers, I feel that they were more than worth the money; for the sound produced these are more than worth their value.

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        • F1 2001 (PS2) / Playstation 2 Game / 32 Readings / 31 Ratings
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          20.03.2008 23:51
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          worth a buy if you come across it cheap in a game store

          Deciding earlier this week to 'whip out' my PS2 and have a small play on some of my old games, I came across this... F1 2001. If there's one type of game that has always been in abundance on Sony's consoles, it has to be the racing game, with their being so many of them: Ridge Racers, Gran Turismo, Wipeout... Although many new, almost real, gaming systems have now been released (PS3, XBOX 360...), you sometimes miss those basic graphics and much more fun and challenging game plays. F1 2001 is one of these that are really unrealistic - with the handling more like an arcade game than a simulation experience. The graphics are 'ok', but compared to game released today, there is no comparison. Everything moves very fast and looks good, but I feel this game is the kind you would expect to find on the even older PS1. Sounds in the game are again very unrealistic, with the engine sounds a little repetitive, although the in-game commentary is quite good. Handling of the game is very easy, with the controls feeling more like you are playing on one of those machines in a game arcade, although despite this, the game can eventually get quite addictive. Overall, although there are lots of modes to choose from, with the idea of having proper licences much more realistic, the game handles in an uninspired style, making it a little bit mediocre. If you're looking in your local game score and come across this, I would certainly recommend buying it if it's cheap, otherwise, id go for something much more modern for more recent consoles such as the PS3 or XBOX 360 if you own one, otherwise, If you only own a PS3, I would serisouly recommend the much more recent Gran Turismo 4 (PS2), purely because of its realistic game play, whilst also providing a good driving simulation; there is also a vast amount of cars to race with if you are a car lover. Thanks for reading.

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          07.03.2008 00:04
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          the bisto gravy their is

          ahh bisto... how right it is! Trying out different variations from one supermarket to the next, not once I have come accross anything as rich, and beef tasting as this gravy (Many more flavours are available in the bisto range:chicken, turkey, lamb and other meats). Coming in an easy-to-open container, the gravy comes initially as small granuals, which are mixed instantly with boiled water ready to pour over all your favourite meals, all in only a matter of minutes. More granuals added to the mixture results in a much thicker substance, personally how i like it best; it can also be mixed much thinner. When not mixed very well, you can sometimes result in lumps in much cheaper alternatives, but 'ahh bisto' results in a good mixture every time. The ease evolved in making the gravy, for a very reasonable price of around 80p for a 170g container (larger containers are also available), it is perfect for 'sprucing up' that quick meal after a hard days work. Thanks for reading.

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            04.03.2008 19:41
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            definitly worth the read

            Following the main character in the book, James True, who stars to experience OBE'S (Out of Body Experiences) at a very early age of 7 - where he saw himself choking on a hot potato. Happening more and more throughout his life, he begins to learn much about his ability, with the most noticeable incident happening when he was 17 in a motorcycle incident; the great amount of detail the author used for describing the scene was brilliant, particularly because of the first person viewpoint that the book is written in. This first person narrative was particularly interesting, giving us an insight into Jim's (James) thoughts, feelings, and emotions. We then start to learn about James' (Jim as people call him) life, which is all relevant to the later stages of the book (including his advertising company and his family and friends). After an argument between James and Oliver (a good friend and business partner) over merging their company with another, which James completely disagreed with. After James finds that Oliver is still on drugs (which had broken up their friendship before), Oliver storms out; soon after James collapses on the bed, and begins another OBE. On his journey, he learns about Alex Moker (a nasty and hideous serial killer), whilst also visiting his family to kiss his mother and daughter goodnight, until he suddenly felt something was right, like the link to his body had being broken, like he was on his own. Travelling back to his body, he was shocked to find he had been murdered - not just murdered but mutilated (nothing at all for his soul to go back to). Now alone, no way back, and no way of contacting the real world, he begins to learn more about himself (his current form and his life before being killed). He begins a journey, learning what his friends and family are really like, and who his killer was. I particularly like the great amount of detail the author uses in this book, describing his OBE experiences almost as if we were living them. You are presented with several questions throughout the book also, and left wondering where exactly the story would lead, although this soon becomes very clear. I would definitely recommend a read of this book!! Thanks for reading

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              29.02.2008 00:11
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              an affordable camera for a good specification

              After becoming in desperate need for a new camera for college work, and those remember able moments (after the previous one become very outdated and was dropped many times), we came across this camera: the Finepix F20. Managing to purchase it for a reduced price of £100, offering a spec it does, it was hard to find any other. It uses 3x zoom, featuring a 6.1-megapixel 'SuperCCD HR Sensor', 2000 ISO max sensitivity, and 300 shots per full battery charge; to some people these details will mean nothing (with me being one of them), and so I will therefore try and review this product to the best of my knowledge. The dimensions of the camera are very considerable (width: 9.4cm, depth: 2.8cm, height: 5.6cm), and also the weight is good too (150g) , not too heavy making it easy to make them quick shots on the move, but not to light making it harder to drop. The one feature of this camera that most attracted me to it was the 2.5 inch LCD display which covers much of one side, displaying photos very clearly. This was one thing that our previous camera lacked, as the screen was very small, and of low quality, therefore making it hard to distinguish how good the photo I had just taken was. The camera uses 10mb of integrated memory, allowing XD flash memory picture cards to be entered (to the best of my knowledge there is no limit on the card size). The battery also appears to be as good as its specification suggests as well. I have owned it nearly a year now and charged it no more than 4 times, and this has been with some quite heavy usage. Starting up the camera allows you immediately to take photographs. There are various settings available to alter from this screen; firstly by clicking the 'F' button, you can change such things as the quality (6m, 3m, 2m, 0.3m), with the less quality you choose, the more you can store on the card. This is most useful on holidays when the amount of storage left on the card is very little, and so I could lower the quality to enable me to take more photos. You can also alter the colour from standard to chrome, or black and white. Pressing the menu button also provides extra functions; shooting mode allows you to change the settings for the type of photograph you about too make (Auto, Natural light, Portrait, Landscape, Sport, night, fireworks, sunset, snow, beach, museum, party, flower, text, and anti-blur); I have only experimented with a few of these modes as I tend to just leave it on auto all the time (much less complicated). By clicking the menu button, you can also turn high speed shooting on and off, and turn on continuous shooting - 'Long Period', 'Final 3', 'Top 3', and 'off'. Camera settings are also accessed through this menu (such as date and time, shutter volume, LCD brightness etc.). Extra buttons on the camera allow zooming in and out (which is useful, although tends to make the photos look blurred), an anti-blur button (very useful when trying to focus and objects very close up), a macro shot button (making objects close up crystal clear, and the background blurred), a self-timer (so far never been of any use), and the flash button; this can be set to forced flash, suppressed flash (none), auto, and red-eye reduction. Making a video can be done by sliding the button across on the top, allowing very clear movies to be made, although they tend to use up a lot of memory if the clips are very long. Viewing pictures on the screen is done very well with the large screen. Each photo taken displays all details, such as the time and date taken, and the quality. Moving through the pictures is done simple by clicking left or right, deleting the photo by clicking up. You can also click the back button to display all the photos taken in thumbnails. Transferring the photos and/or videos to your computer is also very easy using the supplied cables, or by using a card reader; the use of a card reader, however, doesn't transfer the photos stored on the camera's internal storage. The photos themselves, once transferred onto the PC, are of very high quality, with the sharpness of the macro images the most obvious; photos taken with the camera zoom are usually more pixelated, and so I tend to limit how often I used it, zooming into the photos using PC software instead. After reading this review, you may be thinking this camera sounds difficult to user, although it really isn't. I would seriously recommend this camera to the beginner (for the ease of use), and also the more experiences user (for its amount of features), combining a very good balance between the specification and the price. Thanks for reading.

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              • sidereel.co.uk / Internet Site / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                27.02.2008 10:41
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                A free way to watch all your favourate TV shows without the cost

                Frequently missing out on my favourite TV programs because of the lack of sky one, I find this website very useful, providing links of which I can watch all the episodes. TV show links provided include Lost, Heroes, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives, scrubs, the office... there are many more (visit http://www.sidereel.co m/_index/television" to see a list of them all). The list of shows can be viewed via most popular, the newest, by comedy, drama, cartoons, reality, news, and game shows, consequently spending less time finding the show you want. The search bar provided will also come of use for finding your wanted shows if you are failing to find it in the list. The website also provides links for watching movies, music videos, video clips (like youtube), or people. On clicking one of the links, you are presented with a list of selections. For example I may click to view the show "Prison Break". On doing so you are given the choices of "season 3", "season 2", "season 1", "behind the scenes", "episode transcripts", "fan sites", "fan videos", "interviews", "music videos", "season 3 trailers", "trailers", and "other links". On clicking on season 3, you're presented with a list of every episode in season 3 with its name, and alongside it how many links there are. Say for example I wanted the most recent episode (at this point episode 13); I could click on episode 13, to bring up another sub-menu, which displays a list of all different sources which are hosting the episode: some of which are of very good quality, and some very bad. Overtime however, you get used to the sights containing the bad links, with prefixes such as HDTV DivX, or Stage6 in the name suggesting a good one (they are sometimes slow to load however, and so if you use a slow connection, the slower worse quality streams (links) are your best bet). On clicking one of the links, you are directed to another website which is hosting the video, on which you can stream and watch it. Sometimes loading the videos can be a problem, or the video may have been taken off-line, in which case, you best trying another one of the links. Overall it's a lifesaver for me, especially when sky one seems to be taking all the good shows (such as lost and Prison Break). The side is very easy to navigate around, and very much worth the try-out: especially since it's free. Thanks for reading.

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                  26.02.2008 18:47
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                  worth the buy if you are a heavy CD/DVD burning user

                  Offering digital media solutions for a few years now, this package offers it all. Whether it's a CD or DVD you want to create, or even watch a movie, the chances are this software will do that for you. Several formats can be put onto a disk in many different ways, these of which I have listed below. I have also included all the other options you have to choose from, for doing different jobs. All the utilities are found underneath the menu along the top of the start smart screen which are also listed below. Data: Data CD Data DVD Copy CD Copy DVD Make Audio and Data CD Format/Prepare Rewritable CD Format/Prepare Rewritable DVD Audio: Audio CD Convert audio CD's to Nero Digital Audio Encode Audio Files Convert Audio CD's to Audio Files Create Jukebox CD (MP3, MP4, WMA) Make Audio and Data CD Copy CD Copy DVD Photo & Video: Make Video CD Make Super Video CD Make Photo slide show Capture Video Play Video Make your own DVD-Video Make or Modify DVD-Video Make photo slide show (DVD) Recode DVD-Video Convert DVD-Video movies to Nero Digital Record TV Show View your photos Watch TV Backup: Copy Entire DVD-Video Copy Multiple DVD-Video Movies to One Copy DVD-Video Movies to CD Copy CD Copy DVD Burn Image to disk Extras: Get system info Test drive Erase disk Erase DVD Control Drives speed Share your music, photos, and videos Open projects, browse media collection There are also additional utilities in the advanced menu which allows even more choose from (these include creating a bootable CD, edit Audio...). This menu screen makes it very easy to locate around the software for finding how to do different jobs. Nero also runs quite quickly on any computer when burning CD'S or running other utilities, however when burning DVD'S, encoding the files seems to take a very long while (although it can be left overnight, as there is an option to enable Nero to shut down your computer once burning is complete). I particularly like the music track editor (Nero WaveEditor), as it enables you to make your own remixes of bringing several tracks into one. A few problems I do have with the software is the bundled extras (which seem to slow down the computer even when Nero isn't running), the price you pay to have it installed, and the amount of HDD storage it uses (around 1gb). It is very much still worth the buy however, as to buy the each of the utilities separately, or to download freeware versions of all the utilities, It could get very expensive, or (if you took the freeware path) could lead to much worse happening to your computer (in the form of malware, spyware or viruses). Thanks for reading.

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                    25.02.2008 23:29
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                    A cheap stylish shoe for a variety of personalities.

                    After seeing my Converse starting to fall apart and looking scruffy, I wanted a change, something a little more crazy - I was prepared to spend a little bit more. After seeing many people walking around in converse, I simply felt like them, like the mass, and therefore so leading me to buy a pair of Vans - "Off the Walls". Walking into schuh, I was gifted with a very large selection - black and white, black and grey, pink and black, chequered, squares... more than I can even remember! Anyway I went for the black and grey chequered ones as they looked cool, and were still quite cheap (I paid £35 for mine). Unfortunately they didn't seem do have my size in any of the designs, so I went on and got the next size down (they were quite big sizes anyway so it wasn't really a problem). Setting of for college the following day, they did feel quite tight (possibly because of the smaller size, although this soon wore in), but quite springy compared to my old converse. They also felt very solid on my feet as well - compared to my Converse which felt cheap. I couldn't wait to take them off at the end of the day, since they did still feel quite tight, although by the following week, they were fine, and very comfy (keeping them on for long amounts of time wouldn't give me any problems). They do look very stylish also, although I found the white rubber around the edges to be too bright at first, and so they looked much better after a little bit of use. Two months on, they still look as good as new (well they probably needing washing first). There was no rips or broken seems, and the soles didn't seem worn in at all, and that was after a considerably large amount of use. To summarise, if you want to replace your converse with something different, or are in the need of some new stylish shoes for a small price, I would definitely recommend these. With many different colours and styles to choose from, there will be a pair to fit anybody's mood. Thanks for reading.

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                    • Football in General / Discussion / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                      Horrific Injury

                      Will he ever play football again? That is the question running through arsenal supporter's minds after the horrific injury to striker Eduardo da Silva just 2 minutes into their game against Birmingham on Saturday, in which he suffered a compound fracture to his fibula and an open dislocation of his ankle. The horror tackle by Birmingham defender Martin Taylor lead to him being sent off, with mixed opinions being set on this decision. Shortly after the game, Arsene Wenger submitted a statement claiming Taylor should never be allowed to play football again... a little harsh because of one bad tackle (he has to live with the images of Eduardo's leg for the rest of his life); Arsene later however retracted this statement. Football these days is a very dangerous game, with only one harsh or miss-timed tackle possibly leading to some damage made to the opposing player. Boot manufacturers also increase the chance of injury these days with the glorified football boots they manufacture; how does removing such a small amount of weight from the boot make the player any better - surely more time should be made designing the boots to protect the players foot from flying studs or blades. In the case of Eduardo, it was just simply bad luck. Some people are comparing his injury to former Coventry defender David Busst's against Manchester United in 1996, which ended his footballing career (at one point ran the risk of having his leg amputated). I'm sure Eduardo is now in safe hands, who know exactly what they have to do to get him playing again.

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                        good variety of subjects to choose from

                        Situated on the edge of Blackpool, Blackpool Sixth Form College offers a variety of qualifications (A Levels, Applied A-Levels, BTEC and GCSE) in a very large variety of different subjects, which I have included below: Art Textiles Biology Business Studies Chemistry Classic Civilisation Combined Art (3D) Computing Dance Digital Photography Drama and Theatre Studies Economics Electronics English Language English Literature Environmental Studies Film Studies Fine Art French Further Mathematics Geography German Graphic Design Law Mathematics Media Studies Modern History Music Music Technology Physical Education Physics Politics Psychology Religion, Ethics and Philosophy Sociology Spanish Applied Business (Double Award) Applied Health & Social Care (Double Award) Applied Business (Single Award) Applied ICT (Single Award) Applied Science (Medical Science) (Single Award) Applied Science (Forensic Science) (Double Award) ICT Practitioners (Multimedia) (Double Award) Media Production (Double Award) Music (BTEC Double Award) Performing Arts (BTEC Double Award) Sport (BTEC Double Award) Sport & Exercise Science (BTEC Double Award) Travel & Tourism (BTEC Double Award) Travel & Tourism (Triple Award) Law & Legal Work - 1 yr course (BTEC short Course) International Baccalaureate - Diploma (International Baccalaureate) BTEC Applied Science (First Diploma) (Level 2 Course) BTEC Travel and Tourism (Level 2 Course) DiDa ICT (Level 2 Course) GCSE Applied Art & Design (Double Award) (Level 2 Course) GCSE Business Studies (Level 2 Course) GCSE English (Level 2 Course) GCSE Geography (Level 2 Course) GCSE Health & Social Care (Double Award) (Level 2 Course) GCSE Mathematics (Level 2 Course) GCSE Media Studies (Level 2 Course) GCSE Science (Single Award) (Level 2 Course) GCSE Sociology (Level 2 Course) Key Skills Information Technology Level 2 (Level 2 Course) Due to the small size of the college, it is quite a small close community in which you can make a very big range of friends (by having friends in your own lessons, and then getting to know their friends in their lessons etc.). The college has a wide range of people from areas not just from Blackpool, but also all the major towns and villages of the Fylde and Wyre districts. Transport is also never a problem with major bus routes running from wherever you want; there is also a train station about a 20 minute walk away in Poulton, creating an even bigger ease with getting to your lessons on time. A large car park and a bike area are both also available for the people who choose to drive or cycle. The college day consists of 6 periods, which one period being dinner, and then an additional 20 minute break. The most amount of timetabled sessions you have each day is 5 -from 8.45 to 3.55, although you can go in much earlier, and stay much later, with extra sessions on sometimes each night. Every Wednesday is also half-day allowing students to take up a recreational subject (many include football, martial arts, badminton...) or go home early. The college itself contains a number of low buildings which are separated into various departments, with each one given its own name (such as the 'wire' building or 'Brock'), making it easier to find where you classroom is for the next lesson (each room starts with the letter of the building - for example B001 is in Brock). A new building is currently being constructed replacing the Old 'Wire' building which opens in August 08, which will be a high tech Science and Technology Building, containing a large Learning Resource area on the ground floor with the departments of Science and Leisure, Sport & Tourism using the other 2 floors. Overall id say Blackpool Sixth Form College is a good place to be, very different to school in the way that all the staff treat you like young adults, with most of the people in each subject because they chose to be, not like they had to be at school. Thanks for reading.

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                        • Saw II (DVD) / DVD / 29 Readings / 27 Ratings
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                          Worth the watch

                          In yet another part to the SAW series, the film begins in a crime scene, where Detective Eric Matthews is shocked to find his name written on the wall, which leads him to the jigsaw killer. After figuring out the location of the killer, he moves into the building with a SWAT team, facing several setbacks on the way. When Eric Matthews meets the killer, he is blasted to know that his son has ended up in one of his games. A group of individuals (whom all had their own links to Eric Matthews) were locked in a house, in which toxic gases are being pumped into, killing them in 2 hours; good news however was that the doors would be opening in three hours (although not really very much use since they wouldn't make it that long). The only way they could live was if they found the antidotes locating around the house in different rooms, which they learn after listening to one of Jigsaw's traditional tapes (like he uses in all of his games). After learning that Eric's son is in the house, he tries to talk with Jigsaw to try and find the location of the video feed (which showed everyone in the house). The others, on the other hand, carry on moving around the house, using Jigsaw's tapes as clues for moving onto the next stage of the game. I wouldn't want to tell you anymore of the storyline so ill leave the rest to you; however I will leave you with several questions you make want to ask yourself... Do they make it out of the house? Why would jigsaw make it so easy to be found? Why did Jigsaw want Eric? Why is his son locked up in the house? Facing several twists and turns, and moments that leave a "Wow" on your face, the intelligence of the directors clearly shows through in this film. Compared to some of the other more recent ones, I found this to have been constructed the best, with a very good storyline, with any 'gaw' which does feature for a reason. One problem I do have with this film though, is the amount of throw-away characters there are, whom I don't feel we get to know enough. The amount intelligence inputted into each one however is brilliant, making it less ridiculous the amount of SAW's they have filmed. Overall a very good film worth watching (unless you don't like blood and gaw obviously). Thanks for reading.

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                          • iTunes / Multimedia / 36 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                            a very easy to use music player for use with or without an iPod

                            Using this as my default PC music player, it has a very good usability for playing music, whilst also allowing me to synchronise music to my iPod. The software also allows you to download music, podcasts, videos, and listen to the radio. The main user interface consists of two parts - the toolbar down the left which allows you to navigate to different parts of the program which I have listed below: Library: Music, Radio, TV Shows, Party Shuffle, Podcasts, Ringtones, Audio books, and Movies Store: iTunes store & shopping Cart Playlists: Party Shuffle, 90s Music, Music Videos, My Top Rated, Recently Played, Recently Rated, Top 25 Most Played. The places you can go to located in the Library (such as music and podcasts etc.) can hidden be hidden in preferences, allowing you to remove the ones you don't use. The default playlists can also be deleted (except for party shuffle) allowing more room to create your own). The music list (when clicked on in the left window) is displayed on the right section of your screen, which can be viewed in a variety of different ways: in a list, in a list grouped via artist, or with cover flow (an interactive screen allowing you to flow through the different albums stored). I tend to simply use the list on my player, as I find it to be the quickest way to locate to the tracks I want; the list can also be sorted by whatever details you want it to be (such as song name, artist name etc.). The iTunes store is probably the best store that exists for finding and previewing tracks, although I wouldn't recommend it for downloading your music, as the tracks are often protected, allowing you to only play them on a certain number of machines in iTunes. On searching for artists, I am yet to have not found the band I am after, and once it is displayed, you can view most popular songs by that band, listen to 30 second previews of each track, and also view artists similar to the current (a god way of finding new bands you haven't heard). One feature I particularly like in iTunes music store is iMix, on which users who own iTunes accounts can create playlists and share them - another good way of finding new bands. Overall iTunes is a very good media player, which uses simple controls, although I must concede: I prefer windows media player; it uses much more eye candy, and although it is much more complicated to use, it provides a much larger amount of features, whilst also enabling you to sync with almost any external media player (except the iPod of course). The toolbar (which is displayed when the player is minimised) is also much more useful in windows media player than iTunes, as it doesn't automatically think your blind, letting you know what song it is you're playing. Overall, despite this, iTunes is still my default media player due to the fact that I own an iPod, and also its ease of use outperforms any other in its class. Thanks for reading.

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                            • Casio FX 83 MS / Gadget / 26 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                              19.02.2008 18:05
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                              a cheap, easy to use calculator

                              After my previous calculator becoming 'Kaput' (broken), I was in the need of a new one, at which point I came across this. I knew on ordering it, that it would be fine, given that it was the same as everybody else's in the class; calculations are sometimes worked out differently on different calculators, and so this was my best bet, since I had plenty of people to chose from for help (if I needed it). Needing a calculator for my GCSE work, I couldn't have any old rubbish... I needed a scientific one for the extra mathematical functions it provides. The overall use of the calculator is very easy, with all your basic functions in the bottom half (such as adding, subtracting etc.). The extra functions are in the top half of the product, with each button using a different symbol for the different functions they are used for; most of the symbols I understood and figuring them out instantly, however some I had to read the manual for (although these tended to be the ones I never used anyway). The screen display on the calculator is quite large, with two lines - one showing the calculation you are making, and the other line containing the result of the calculation. The calculator also enables a very long calculation to be entered (around 75 digits in length), although if that still wasn't enough, there is an Answer button, so then you can call the answer from the previous calculation. This allows even more calculations to be made on the final answer. I feature I particularly liked on this calculator was the left directional button, which allows you to go back to previous calculations you have made (just encase you accidentally deleted it off). The calculator also comes with a lid, which slides over the screen and buttons to protect them (I would most likely have broken the screen by now if it hadn't existed). For around £7, you can get the newer version of this calculator, which is a good offer for what is provided, and the time span it will last. Overall I have this calculator for around 4/5 years now, and it's still going strong with a lot of use, without ever needing to replace the battery, so all in all a very good offer. Thanks for reading.

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