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With the birth of our first child on our minds, the decision was made to buy a family car. Having owned and loved Ford's, the decision was made to purchase a Focus.
We currently own a 56 reg 1.6 Zetec 5 dr.
The 1.6 litre engine is quite economical and performs well in potting around town and racing down the motor way.
The interior is very roomy (for a 5 door hatch back), well layed out and comfortable. The seats hug your body well and are great for distance and quick trips.
The boot is quite large, big enough for a pushchair and lots of bags of grocery shopping.
There is currently a fault with the engine (starting), but with it still being under the Ford warranty, it is booked in soon, hopefully to be fixed.
As a first time family car it is ideal for quick trips to the shops and great for the weekends away.
Bringing it back to it's best. The previous Need For Speed (Prostreet) was awful, so bad infact that i didn't even bother buying it. This is how Need For Speed needs to be, back in the Need For Speed Most Wanted days.
The game play is as Most Wanted, fast paced, action packed and fun of fun.
The selection of cars is good. The more races you win, the more money you earn, the better the car you drive.
With performance enhancing parts, tuning capabilities, numerous bodykit styles, paint colours and vinyl designs, no 2 cars will ever look and perform the same.
There are loads of different races playable over numerous different racing styles.
With the race track being the highway or even normal road network, the 'Joe Public' traffic makes racing even more fun, trying not to hit innocent drivers, (or hitting them on purpose). With the addition of being chased by cops also, this game is always different, and always fun.
I have owned my current Puma for 2 1/2 years. It is a replacement for my original Puma, which i had for 3 years.
Both cars have been extremely reliable and loads of fun to drive.
The lightweight bodywork, combined with the 1.7 litre engine, means that performance is excellent and also economical to run (in my opinion).
The sporty looking interior and stiffened suspension add up to a great handling and feeling car.
It has many features including heated front screen, electric mirrors and windows.
Having done many distant mileage runs, i have found the car to be very confortable and reasonably good on petrol consumption (going from Wolverhampton to Manchester and back on less than one tank of fuel).
The down side to the Puma is the lack of rear seating space and with the discontinuation of the model on 2002, the only available models are old and tend to have quite high mileage.
With my car being a 2000 (W reg), in 8 years of running, it is starting to develop small amounts of rust on the rear arches.
With it being a group 12 insurance motor, the cost of insuring is quite high, compared to similar sized cars.
I have the Samsung G600 - Belle, which has the dark metalic purple casing.
As a replacement for my Samsung U600, it is easier to use as it does not have the touch sensitive keys and has a lslightly larger and clearer screen.
The keypad is very easy to use, making it much more comfortable to text.
All functions are simple and staight forward to understand and use.
The phone can be easily customised to suit personal tastes, inculding changing background colours and incoming ring tones.
It also has FM radio and MP3 palyer built in.
The only draw back that i have found with the phone is the incoming text messag tone can not be changed in any way and also no vivid text function is available, as was the case with the U600.
The 5 mega pixel camera takes very clear photo's and is very user friendly, operating in pretty much the same way as a standard camera.
As an upgrade from the standard TomTom One, the TomTom One XL has a few additional features.
The main thing that attracted me to this model, was the screen size. Even though the standard TomTom One has a clear and easily viewable screen, the XL has that little bit more.
You have the option of moving the status ba to the side instead of the bottom of the screen, which is very handy.
It is also worth registering it on the web and updating regularly.
With the option of map-share, and updating of speed cameras, updating can be very handy.
Having used a few other sat-nav systems, i believe the TomTom to be the most user friendly and would recommend have recommended it to friends and family.
The menu setup is simple and easy to understand, and inptting your destination adddress couldn't be easier, by choosing the actual address (street name and house number) or just enter the postcode.
As a film lover, a home cinema system was one of the first things i bought when i oved to my first house.
After looking in shops and on the internat this one caught my eye.
The biggest selling point for me, was the size of the speakers. Very small and light in weight compared to some other systems, ideal for fixing to the wall. It is also a powerful system with each speaker being 40 watts and the sub being 100 watts. For my small terraced house - ideal.
Once all plugged in and speakers positioned it was time to play.
The menu is easy to use and the sound can be setup very well. It has an option of setting the distance of each speaker from wher eyou will be sitting. The sub also has a volume control, which can be quite rare.
With a built in AM/FM radio and numerour inputs, it is a small system, with alot of options.
After starting up a bit of 'on the side' work, i decided to buy an all-in-one.
The HP OfficeJet 6210 was on offer in my local PC store. It looked good, was reasonably priced and seemed to have everything i wanted.
I have now had this printer for 2 1/2 years and the only thing that i've had to purchase for it, is ink and paper.
With it being a HP, ink is very reasonably priced. It lasts well, and prints well.
The 6210 prints both normally and photo's (if you buy a differnet ink set). It is also a scanner, a photocopier and a fax machine.
For photocoping and scanning, you don't even have to turn your computer on. It photocopies and faxes in colour.
Once it is linked to your computer you can send faxes through the word processor. All you need to do, is type whatever you'd like to send, press the print button and select fax, easy.
'High Speed, Adrenenaline Fuelled, Off Road Racing'.
This quote is found on the back of the game and it isn't wrong.
Like previous Colin McRae games, this does not disappoint.
On the PS3 the graphics are excellent.
With a number of differnt race disciplines, this game is like no other 'off roading', rally game.
There are loads of differnt cars to race, along with buggies, 4x4's and even trucks.
There are also a number of ways of playing the game.
Career mode. This is by far my favourite type. It entails the full range of standard vehicles to race. It has 5 different race levels: Rookie, Clubman, Amateur, Pro-Am, and Pro. As you progress up the difficulty rating you earn morecash per race. More cash means better cars.
Rally mode. This is just the standard rally racing. There are still a number of different vehicles to choose from, but you are only limited to cars.
This game is also online compatible, so you can race friends or people on the other side of the world.
This will be my3rd Sony Ericsson phone and they just keep getting better and better.
The 5 mega pixel Cyber-Shot camera is ideal for my potography needs, both personal and business.
It takes as good a picture as my previous camera and putting them onto my PC is simple with the Sony Ericsson PC suite. The addtional memory card slot with a 2 giga byte memory card in it can hold loads of photo's and mp3 files.
The menu is bold and easily used, with a couple of good games, for all those bored at work moments.
It also has a built in FM radio, which is great to listen to while on the tram to work, but has to be through the handsfree kit supplied with the phone.
It has a partial touch screen which is good, but can be a bit of a nightmare at times.
They are a great phone if you know how to use them, but i can imagine them being quite complicated if you don't.
The first thing that drew my attention to this was the sleek black colouring. With it's aluminium casing it is bound to be able to take a couple of small knocks.
The 7.2 mega pixel Carl Zeiss lense is really good for second camera, and with it's compact size, it can easily be taken in and out of your trouser pocket.
The 2.5inch screen is ideal for making sure you've got the right picture and not 'fluffed' it up.
There are a number of different settings, and once mastered, can be ised to take excellent pictures.
With a 1giga byte memory card it is capable of taking approximately 316 pictures.
It comes with a USB and AV lead, which means that not only can you download your images to your PC easily, it also means that you can plug it into your television and watch all of the stored images on a slideshow.
Overall, a great little camera.
With actors like Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr (who is playing a black man) i was expecting this to be one of the funniest films ever.
However, although it was a very funny film, i just thought it could of been a bit better. With the quality of actors and great story line this could of been at the top of my 'funniest film ever' list. Except it seemed to lack comedy in bits, and tends to die off from time to time.
The highlight of this film for me,was the part played by Tom Cruise. It really wasn't a 'Tom Cruise' part, but he pulled it off excellently. Definately the funniest character in the film. With his huge hands, baldding head, and pot belly. The dance moves to some hip hop club bangs was just hillarious.
Overal, worth a watch, but didn't quite cut it in the end.