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    • Apple iPod nano (2G) 4 GB / MP3 Player / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      17.07.2012 11:16
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      As it was so long ago, I cannot recall how I got it nor how much it cost at the time. I do remember I was one of the first to buy this generation of iPod however, so cant imagine it was as cheap as you could buy it for today!

      It was the first iPod I ever owned. I felt pretty cool at the time as not many people owned one. It was at that time where they were well overpriced and everybody seemed to be getting very excited over them. I was one of them so was ecstatic to actually have one myself.

      I remember finding it quite difficult to get used to adding music to it. It was not clear how to use ITunes and having only had MP3 players that required only 'my documents', adding music seemed like such a long process and seemed unnecessarily complicated. I rarely downloaded music onto it and never dabbled on going onto the iTunes store but stuck to adding discs that had been lying around the house instead.

      Once synced, however, it is very simple to use. The layout is very straight forward. You can choose to find your music from the album, artist or song list. You could also create playlists so you don't keep having to select a new song once it has finished by holding down the middle button on the song you wanted to add. The song name would then flash and you could find this in the playlist option.

      Though apple has created new and improved iPods now, this still remains a very good iPod. If you don't really care for apps and games on the new ones, this one will do just fine and for a much cheaper price.

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    • Gear4 Streetparty PG466 / Speaker / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      17.07.2012 11:07
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      Why I bought it?

      Me and my friend had planned a BBQ for later that day. We had all the ingredients for a great get together except some music so decided to go splits on an iPod speaker. As our group of friends have quite the obsession for karaoke, when we saw this one, we thought it was perfect. Because you could tilt the IPod in order for the image to go larger, we thought that this would be great for showing the lyrics.

      How much was it?

      We found this one in cash converters for £40. Though things from there are usually second hand, this was still packaged so thought it was a great deal. Having looked around online, it seemed this is the usual price for this IPod speaker so clearly got a great deal from an in store purchase.

      What I liked about it

      Though very small, the quality of the sound was pretty good. It could go fairly loud without distorting the sound or go crackly like most of the smaller speakers do. I actually use this over my £60 IPod speakers as the sound is so good.

      What I didn't like about it

      The tilt on the speakers weren't great. Often the IPod wouldn't show the video as it didn't recognise what it was plugged into or it would keep falling out whenever we attempting to turn it round. Seeing as this was the main reason we bought it, I was very disappointed that it had let me down.

      Would I recommend it?

      Yes, I would but only if you were looking for quality sound. Do not buy this for the tilt as I found this to not work as well as I had hoped.

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    • Lemsip / Coughs, Colds & Flus / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      15.07.2012 21:21
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      I have caught cold after cold for the past 3 months now. I am becoming an expert on how to deal with them. My cupboards are filled with cold fighting pills, heat packs and lemsip. Lemsip it the only thing I will miss from that cupboard.

      It has been my hero through these sniffy horrible times. Without my morning and nightly lemsip, I doubt id even get up in the mornings. They are a life saviour.

      All you have to do it boil the kettle and empty the packet into a cup and mix together. The taste is not fantastic. In fact its pretty gross. I doubt anyone would drink it if it wasn't to its purpose. Though everyone has there way of making it more bearable. Personally, I put either splenda in or honey. Honey is much preferred as this help the most get rid of the bitter lemon taste.

      As you drink it, the heat will help get rid of that blocked up nose and you will start to feel the effects after about an hour. It really does work. It helps make you feel much more alert and much less blocked up. It's a shame you cant take it more that every 4 hours as it makes you feel so much better.

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        15.07.2012 21:09
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        I usually go skiing every couple of years on a mountain. Because it's always so far apart, all my ski gear tends to go missing so every time I have to replace my glove, sallapetes and goggles. In the end I realised it's probably time to get online and find the cheapest ones I could get. I found them on eBay for something like £8 and have checked and look like it has remained under £10.

        I never bought them for what they looked like. It never really bothered me how I looked while I skied. As long as they protected my eyes, I was happy. But in fact, they do look pretty good. For goggles that are so cheap, I lucked out. They look very sleek and very cool especially if you have a white ski jacket. This goes very well together.

        The orange of the goggles does get irritating as if it is a particularly sunny day, it can get quite overwhelming though isn't blinding. They are easily adjustable to fit and stay on well. Overall I think they are very good goggles for such a cheap price. Worth it.

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        • Eastpak Padded Pak'r / Rucksack / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          15.07.2012 21:01

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          I first saw an eastpak bag when I was on a German exchange. Every student there seemed to have one of these bags. I thought maybe it was a school uniform thing but even going around the towns, people seemed to love them. I decided to buy one while I was there. Mostly as mine was getting old rather than the looks of them. I went into one of there shops and fell in love with a blue swirled patterned eastpak bag. I have small birds and flowers scattered around on it. It was around £40 euros if my memory is correct.

          I bought it 5 years ago and still have the bag stored in my wardrobe. This was from lack of use either. I use this bag for 2 years during secondary trips and every plane journey I go on. Surviving secondary school in one piece is a miracle all on its own. The material use is very thick and thankfully water proof.

          I'm trying to think of one bad word to say about it but I can't. The bag is plenty big enough and larger ones are available. Though the price may sound high, its lasts long enough for it to be worth it. They come in many different colours, patterns, sizes for many different uses whether its social meetings, work or school. Eastpak, for me, is the best backpack I have ever owned.

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        • Alba LED16911HD / LCD TV / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          15.07.2012 20:52
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          I bought this 16'' TV as my first television. I was very excited as I queued up in Argos and paid the £90. I loved setting it up in my room and when Mary Poppins sprung on the TV as I first put it on, I felt very lucky. Then I started to realise this wasn't a purchase to be particularly grateful for.

          I did enjoy having a TV in my room, don't get me wrong. However, I should have gone for a different one. If this cost a little less, then I would feel so bitter about it. But it was £90 and it was NOT worth the money. Looking around other shops for TV's has made me realise what a mistake I made. Not only could I have found a much better deal on a larger screen but I could have got a DVD player TV for the same price.

          The TV itself isn't horrendous but it's not great. The picture is pretty average for one this size. The sound is perfect but I can't say vie had much trouble hearing things through it. Playing the Xbox on it however, is pretty dreadful. Whether this is more to do with the Xbox I don't know but when there is writing on the screen, it's near impossible to read it.

          The buttons are in a pretty awkward place around the size and tucked away. I know this makes it look more attractive but I would have preferred better access. The button tops have also fallen off which makes it even more difficult to get at

          Overall, it's not a great TV. It's not the worst but there are certainly better ones out there for a much better price!

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          15.07.2012 20:36

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          I would have looked at one of these in a shop and thought they were a good idea. In fact when I discovered it among the pile of birthday presents, I couldn't help but think the present was partly a joke. It just seemed like a ridiculous idea and didn't look like it was going to make any different to my coffee at all. All it was was some curled up wire attached to a circle on a stick. How would that improve my coffee at all?

          Back then, when I was given the presents, I was just getting into coffee. I had discovered café Nero and starbucks and had my first taste of mochas and Americanos. My friend had obviously picked up on this and thought making my coffee at home a little more interesting. Now I regret giggling when I saw it. She didn't buy me it as a joke and now that I have tried it, I'd probably buy it for someone else too.

          It's very simple to use. Once the milk goes in, just swirl this around and the coffee eventually froths up. It works surprisingly quickly and very well which I wasn't expecting at all. I though it would only leave a small layer but it worked just as well as one from a major coffee shop.

          After my mum discovered it, she then bought one herself from one of the local shops for £15. This one was much fancier however, so this will probably cost a tad less. It does come with a stand which prevents getting coffee everywhere.

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          15.07.2012 18:05

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          Recently, I have been going to the gym a lot more often. The relationship weight is piling itself on and I love food far too much to restrict any so the gym is my only option left to stop me blowing up like a whale. I go to the YMCA gym as it extremely cheap. I'm not the richest of people right now so going to a old and pretty bad gym is all I have. Because the gym is very cheap, this does mean that the equipment isn't that great. There are a couple of these centred in the room and these tend to be what I use most when I'm not on the running machine.

          *Why I use it?*
          I'm not a fit person so I never normally last long on bikes or running machines. When other people are in the gym, this does make me slightly paranoid. I go on these as I can a last a very long time on them without getting to out of breath and giving up. This tends to happen far to often on the running machines!. It doesn't work you too hard but will still give that that aching feeling in the morning to let you know you have done well.

          *The pros*
          The rowing machine, as well as not working you too hard, is very simple to use. All you need to do is sit on the seat with you feet up on the bars in front of you, hold the handle attached with some plastic or rope and pull it while extending your legs. It has a small screen which you can see while sitting down which shows you the basics of your work out. This include how many calories you have lost, how long you have been on there, length you would be rowing etc. This is great help for me when I want to go home knowing just how much calories I have burned. It's great encouragement for you to return and try it out again.

          *The cons*
          There aren't many bad things I have to say about this rowing machine. It slides with ease so have very little trouble using it. The only thing I would say is that they usually have a strap for your feet just for a bit of added comfort. I never find that my feet fall off regardless of the fact that all there is are bars rather than a tilted flat surface. The bar isn't as comfy but as the flat surface but it doesn't stop me using it nor does it really affect my exercise.

          *Would I recommend it?*
          Yes. I think that it's a very simple to use exercise machine that doesn't work you too hard but still keeps you fit. It's not the comfiest one out there but for £70, I don't think this is bad quality at all. It is definitely worth the money. Overall a fun machine I think anyone should have in there gym.

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          15.07.2012 16:59
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          Going to the gym is always embarrassing for me. I'm not fit. Not in the slightest. And I'm definitely not thin either. I'm one of the girls in the gym that you don't want to be. You don't understand why they're even trying because they'll give up in 10 minutes and use the Jacuzzi for an hour. That one is me. I thought that working out would only be more possible at home. I have bought many things to encourage me such as the Wii fit which was about as useful as a celery flavoured cake, zumba DVD's and plenty of books on how to exercise. This bike was given to me by my dad at Christmas. I really thought that this was the thing to change how I work out.

          It did. For about a week. This was the week after new years and was part of my resolutions. One of many that failed in the first week of 2012. It was not that I felt lazy and that I didn't like working out. For a while I really enjoyed it. Actually, if I had got a different bike, I may be a lot fitter than I am today. I certainly would have lasted much longer than a week.

          The main problem was the seat on the bike. You could never stay on for too long and I probably only lasted about 10 minutes before I had to get off. It was just so uncomfortable to sit on. I tried putting pillows down but they slid off. I wore extra layers but it still hurt and I just got so uncomfortably hot. It's such a shame as the bike other than that is very good to use. It was just as good as the ones you would find in the gym, just with less complicated settings and for far cheaper too.

          You can change settings so that it is much harder or easierr for you pedal. This is done by simply twisting the knob at the neck of the bike. This knob is unfortunately not labelled though so you do have to guess when to stop and also keeps twisting so there isn't much of a measurement to go by. There is a small panel which shows the calories burnt, miles ran etc. This is great for keeping track of your work out. I loved this as I could write down how much I had lost that day as well as how much I had eaten. I helped very much giving me motivation and was nice to see what I had done before I went on the scales.

          Overall I wouldn't recommend it. It's such a waste of money as you probably won't last much longer than me without my bum becoming too sore from the seat. Unless you have proper bike shorts to wear than would make it more bearable, I would go with another bike. It's such a shame as this is the only thing that lets this down.

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          • Hello Kitty Slipper Socks / Clothing / 8 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            15.07.2012 15:57

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            If you have read my other review about the totes socks (which are similar to these) then you will know that I do not like socks or slippers and probably won't like these. Well, actually, that's completely correct. As well as the totes slipper socks, my mum bought me these to stop me from moaning about my cold feet.

            However, i still managed to fall and slip with these on regardless of the quite dots at the bottom to prevent this. This is the reason why I don't wear socks so of course I'm not going to bother with these if they cause the same problem. All it really does is add the issue of be able to feel the irritating balls at the bottom whenever you take a step. The only time I will wear these are if I am in bed so I don't get this issue.

            The material is much softer than the other ones I tried out. I am much more likely to wear these one and they do feel very nice. It's just a shame that I am the kind of person who gets fussy with there feet. This review is mostly for those who are like me so I would say they are nice for the people who like this sort of thing. The material is very soft and warm which is probably all you really need to know.

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            15.07.2012 15:50

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            Every Saturday I will wake up at my friend's house after a long night clubbing. I will usually spend the day there and drink countless cups of teas. I think our record being over 20 cups! We take it in turns to make the tea using this kettle.

            I loved this kettle as soon as I saw it. It beats the rubbish one I have at home which I have also reviewed. It certainly looks so much nicer than ours too. They have it in a shiny red colour which looks so bright and pretty centred on there counter. I love its different shape. It's much shorter and wider than most kettles and may be the first one I've seen with such a different style.

            It's just as simple and easy to use as any other kettle. Pour the water in the spout of lift up to top and pour in there. Close it, shove it on its stand and flick the switch. It's definitely a lot louder than other kettle which would be a problem in my house and the bedrooms are all near the kitchen so early risers might wake the lazier ones up. However, it boils very quickly. Much quicker than ours anyway!

            As soon as I get my next place, this will be the kettle I buy. I would suggest the same to anyone else looking for a new kettle like looks a bit snazzier.

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          • Apple iPod nano (3G) 4 GB / MP3 Player / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            15.07.2012 15:41
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            I have owned four IPods so far and this one has got to be my favourite. And that's including the IPod Touch. I got it for Christmas when it first came out and for a very long time I was the only one who owned this generation. I liked having something a bit different. I got it in black as I always find the other colours look tacky on IPods though the white doesn't look so bad.

            It came nicely packaged as with any other apple products and looked very sheek and modern when I took it out. I love how shiny the back is when it's brand new and the front too looked very smooth and sleek. However, the back scratches so easily so without a case it will look very worn out quickly.

            I much preferred the shape to this one as the others. Not only are they slightly rarer than the more rectangular shaped ones but I liked how it had the silver back and coloured front. The screen is slightly bigger also.

            Its layout is very simple, like any other apple product layout. It came with a few games which were the quiz game where you will be asked questions about the music that is on your IPod or the general knowledge quizzes. There is also brick and solitaire. I spent hours on solitaire and loved how you could gather points over many games you have played.

            Overall, I would recommend this IPod. The third generation is my favourite of the lot. There may not be apps but it's small and easier to carry around.

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          • Swingball / Sports Equipment / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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            15.07.2012 15:19
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            Quite a few birthdays ago now, my mum brought me one of these. Id seen one at a local school and thought that it looked like good fun. I was quite an active child so played tennis a lot too which is probably what edged me towards swing ball.

            As it was quite a while ago now, I cannot recall the price. I was from a Toys R Us so I'm guessing it was very cheap like everything else they sell in that store,

            The swing ball has a spike at the bottom to then be shoved in a bit of grass of mud. I'm sure there are other kinds that have a stand but this does ensure that it stays up as long as the ground it firm. We had quite a bit of trouble keep it up straight as our ground wasn't so much. It often tilting after every small go and eventually, we would have to spike it somewhere else as the hold would get too messed up.

            The swing ball set comes with the ball attached to the pole and two very thick bats. I never understood why they were so thick. It made it quick heavy and annoying to carry around which we liked doing for camping trips.

            Overall, I would recommend it. Though it does have some problems, I had great fun playing with it. Even when I was on my own, I would have a good time

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            • Totes Slipper Socks / Clothing / 4 Readings / 1 Rating
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              15.07.2012 15:10
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              I've never been a fan of socks or slippers. I like walking around with nothing on my feet regardless of my freezing toes during the winter. I found them annoying and often slipped over in them. My mum got fed up of my complaining about my cold feet that she eventually bought some of these in the hope i would wear them

              Pros

              They're much safer to wear around the house without slipping over. Because of the small plastic dots on the bottom, I've had fewer accidents while wearing them. The material is fairly soft. I would have much preferred something fluffier and softer on my feet but they o feel much better than ordinary socks.

              Cons

              The dots don't make the sock that attractive though at least they're not for public use. The dots can also be felt through to the feet which aren't the most comfortable thing. It probably would bother anybody else but for someone as fussy as me, this does stop me from wearing them. In fact I can only recall a few times vie worn them and this was to bed rather than walking around the house

              Would I recommend them?

              Though they are a lot safer than walking around in normally socks, they aren't that comfy and could be much softer.

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              15.07.2012 14:51

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              I decided it was time to buy some scales when I started my new diet. It was Atkins and I knew I wanted to do this diet well and precisely. I would write everything I ate down including the weight so I could then figure out how many carbs I had eaten that day. I had never got on with scales that weren't electric. I found them to be messy because you kept having to wash the bowl when adding ingredients so found this on amazon for about £10.

              Pros

              They look very nice for scales. Not chunky or in the way and because it's make out of plastic and its shape, it super easy to clean. All you need to do is wipe it with a cloth. Because it is flat, you can use whatever bows you want which means less washing up to do

              They are very easy to use. Just place the food onto the scales with them turned on. To get back to zero you just restarted them. There is a setting that can go from pounds to grams.

              Cons

              I cannot think of one bad word to say about these scales.

              Would I recommend them?

              Yes. They're quality scales for a very cheap price

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