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    • Fly On The Wall - AC/DC / Music Album / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      23.11.2009 16:26
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      A good album, not their best but some great tracks all the same

      It's an AC/DC album what do you expect? It is pretty darn good! I'm sure there will be some fans that don't like this etc, there always is but I do like it.

      The album opens with the title track "Fly On The Wall" a good powerful sound. Fast paced song with a solid, heavy sound to it.

      "Shake Your Foundations" - great sound from this track. A great hollow sounding guitar riff and a very strong chorus makes for another good song.

      "First Blood" - not one of my favourites, make your own mind up!

      "Danger" - opens with a strong drum beat and keeps that going throughout. The song is mainly composed of drums and vocals but has a little guitar through it. A really good song from this album.

      "Sink The Pink" and "Playing With Girls" have a similar sound. A mix of multiple guitars giving a heavy, fast paced track. "Playing With Girls" would be the pick of the bunch from this pair.

      "Stand Up" - a similar stadium kind of sounds to this as "Shake Your Foundations". Angus rips the guitar in this track, good job!

      "Hell or High Water" is a good track, a great chorus sounds and as expected, powerful guitar sounds throughout.

      The final two tracks on the album, "Back In Business" and "Send for the man" have a much more slow, heavy sounding, real rock guitar noise. Both great songs with great guitar riffs.

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      23.11.2009 00:09

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      Good product let down by its smell

      I think all men suffer from some sweat at some point and the only real solution is some form of anti perspirant. The question is do they work though? Do they actually do what they say on the cans?

      I'm not convinced by the marketing blurb of anti perspirants, they way they are designed to work (i think) is to block the sweat pores under the arms. For a start this probably isn't good and secondly is it feasible to assume that this is even possible, most guys have arm hair!

      In saying all that, Sure products do seem to have beneficial effects. The Sure Extreme protection is the best around, it does seem to help stop sweat, much more so compared to similar products from Lynx and the likes. Sure are really let down by their scents though, they really need to work on the "perfume" side of things as most of their anti perspirants smell pretty horrendous actually! And this is the reason i don't use their products more often. I prefer to have some sort of anti perspirant that also has a nice smell, an all in all job, that's the golden ticket.

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    • Ford Focus Zetec Collection / Car / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      16.11.2009 19:47
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      A great car - will fullfill most needs!

      I'm currently driving a Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 Petrol. It's a great car! The car is now 9 years old but is in great nick, it has certainly lasted well but hasn't had much use over the period. The usual suspects are starting to appear, a little rust on the bottom of one of the back doors and a little rust on the inside of the bootlid. Apart from that though, it is lasting amazingly well.

      The handling of this car is great, for a bog standard not really sports orientate hatchback. The chassis copes with most fast driving situation on the road, wouldn't be anywhere near useful on a track though, just trying to give some perspective on road driving. The suspension is relatively stiff, gives comfort but still gives you some grip in the corners. Where this car is let down is the engine though, it just isn't gutsy enough for short space overtaking or getting anywhere with a heavy load. It is nippy enough for around town though, more than adequate in fact.

      The fuel consumption is pretty variable depending on use, around town and things like that it is very good. On the motorway however it plummets. The 1.6 engine just isn't economical at high speed, the same applies when zipping around country roads. There is no actual fuel consumption guage but just by judging the time between refils, keep it away from high speed stuff!

      A great car in my opinion, it provides a comfy 5 seats for a small family hatchback. It has a decent boot for a hatchback and is not an expensive car. Result!

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      16.11.2009 18:56

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      A good shampoo that keeps the dandruff away

      I'm surprised there is so many negative reviews on this product. It could be because I don't really care too much about my shampoo as long as it does its job and doesn't smell bad. I think Head and Shoulders lives up to my criteria!

      Head and Shoulders comes in a wide range of different varieties but first and foremost it is marketted as anti dandruff shampoo. I've used Head and Shoulders for quite a while and have always found it to keep the dandruff away. Although in saying that, I have never had dandruff problems with any shampoo.

      When shampoos are marketted as things like "smooth and silky" or "super shine" etc I never know what to think. I don't think it makes an ounce of difference, they all surely do the same thing and the rest if just marketing blurb. I do still prefer either Head and Shoulders or Vosene though as they both keep your hair clean, keep your scalp in good condition and both have a pleasant smell.

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    • First ScotRail / Transport National / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      16.11.2009 01:23
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      Good service that could do with some price cutting!

      I have used First Scotrail (Scotrail before First bought over) for the last 8 years so I should be able to give a decent review of their services! The train service I use is mainly for commuting, originally to school and now to university. My average journey time is around 20-25mins. The service has generally been very good with only the odd train having serious delays, this was improved vastly when First took over.

      Scotrail provides a very good train network that links up the majority of densely populated areas in Scotland. However, if travelling to some of the more remote areas then the train probably isn't a good economical decision. Some of their fares for remote areas up North are horrendous.

      And that leads into the worst part, the ticket costs. Scotrail are just so blooming expensive. £5 it costs me to travel 50mins into uni and back! Their prices have been increasing steadily for as long as I can remember and it is becoming less and less inviting to take the train. In fact, the only reason I choose to get the train is to beat rush hour traffic on certain days of the week. If I don't need to be in early I just jump in the car.

      Scotrail's service between the major cities is very good though and much more economical price wise than the silly fees for the small commuter journeys. I regularly get the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh to watch the rugby and get the luxury of sitting in first class, just don't tell anyone you haven't actually paid for the first class ticket!

      All in all, they do provide a pretty good service but would be a lot nicer if their prices weren't so high!

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    • Visa Electron / Credit Card / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      16.11.2009 01:16
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      A pretty basic card that I wouldn't bother with to be honest

      I got a Visa Electron as my first useable debit card. At the time I was aroudn 15/16 something like that. It was great being able to pay for things without carrying cash and withdraw money etc. The fundamental downfall of the Visa Electron card though, is the fact that there is quite a lot of shops and certain internet retailers that do not accept it. It might not hit you at first but if this is the sole card you rely on you have no idea how frustrating it is when you come across somewhere it is not accepted.

      The Electron card does have a plus point in that it will not let you withdraw funds or spend funds that are not available in the account, you won't go into negative figures with it. Well this is what happened when I last used it, embarrassing if trying to pay for something!

      The worst that happened to me was on the train home from school a few years ago, I asked for my ticket and proceeded to pay with the Electron card. "Sorry we don't accept that". Well isn't that great, I had no money. It wasn't a problem asking my friends for some cash but it's an embarrassing situation all the same.

      My advice would be don't bother wasting your time with Visa Electron cards, just go the whole hog and get the fully kitted real Visa cards. Far greater range of features with them and they're accepted everywhere.

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      • O2 / Telecommunications Service / 10 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        15.11.2009 23:59
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        A great communications provider

        O2 are a fantastic communications provider. They not only deal in mobile communications but have not ventured into services like broadband and the likes. They are hard to fault as they have been nothing but first class for the last 3 or 4 years I have been using them.

        The first time I had contact with O2 was with my mobile phone. I used to be on Virgin pay as you go but it was costing an arm and a leg and I needed a better alternative but still pasy as you go. A friend told me that he had received "O2 Online" sim cards for free that came with a cracking deal of 300 free texts everytime you topped up with £10 or free minutes if topped up with £15. The free allowance lasts for one month but you do not need to top up again until you deem it neccessary. I moved onto this plan and have had no problems. It has saved me a packet and thanks to the free texts I see myself only needing to top up once every two months or so. I nearly forgot, you also get 10% of your top ups back every 3 months! Brilliant!

        Another great thing with O2's mobile network is the coverage, you really do get signal almost anywhere, in my opinion they are as good as Vodaphone.

        I've no experience with O2's other products such as broadband but I notice it is pretty cheap, it may very well be another winning product!

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          10.11.2009 23:51
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          Good permanent marker for most uses

          Sharpies are great little permanent markers. They come in a wide range of colours, they're not too expensive and their ink is of pretty good quality.

          The ink will pemanently stick to most surfaces although it does struggle with certain very smooth, non porous surfaces. This I have found completely depends on the surface technology being used. I find items like CD's they have no problem at all adhering to and things like plastic bottles again pose no problem. For me the problem came when trying to mark a fly fishing line. These lines are made of high-tech plastics in order to create a waterproof plastic that is also incredibly smooth. The Sharpie ink would not adhere to this surface.

          The ink is water resistant on certain surfaces but again certain non porous surfaces cause it problems, it never dries and it wil rub off in water.

          These pens are great for day to day permanent ink needs though, for all but the most demanding tasks they will cope fine. If you have problems and need a VERY permanent ink for a non porous surface I would recommend some some of paint marker that uses oil based, gloss paint. That's how I got around the problem.

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        • Smirnoff Vodka / Spirits / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          10.11.2009 22:02
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          Decent quality vodka at a good price

          I no vodka expert by any matter of means but I certainly do know that Smirnoff is a not too shabby quality, well price vodka. It's possibly the most famous of them all, everyone knows a smirnoff bottle when they see one!

          When I'm heading to a party or similar events and if drinking vodka chances are it will be a bottle of Smirnoff that I buy. Supermarkets generally have it in all size and well priced. I have to admit to hating straight vodka of any sorts but I find a strong mix with lemonade, fanta etc quite pleasant. Vodka and coke is just a drink that does not agree with my tastebuds!

          Off hand my memory seems to state that there's 31 units in a 70cl bottle or maybe that was the litre bottle, regardless you're going to exceed your daily recommended allowance pretty fast! But we're not talking about health here!

          There's not much worse than a really bad tasting vodka like the unbranded stuff you see in some clubs or even the cheap brands like Glenns. It's just awful, plain and simple. Smirnoff is triple filtered but as I said, I'm not vodka expert so I'll just take their word for it that this produces a higher quality spirit. One thing I will add is Smirnoff doesn not leave me with a sore head the morning after like some other drinks do. This might be dure to it's purity.

          If you're looking for a vodka that has some quality and is not too expensive then Smirnoff is likely a good choice. It's certainly my choice!

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          10.11.2009 21:32
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          Go get it!

          There is only one word to describe Infinity Ward's new release: WOW! Modern Warfare 2 not only had to live up to all the hype about being a great shooter but it had to surpass the first Modern Warfare too. No mean feat! Well I can without hesitation report that it has.

          Upon turning the game on, you are greeted by the best graphics yet seen on the Xbox 360 in my opinion. The level of realism is unbelievable. The people details, the secenic details the gore, it is all so dam realistic! This makes for one heck of a gaming experience.

          The actual campaign is pretty good fun, giving a large multitude of levels as expected but it is harder than the first installment for comparable difficulty levels. This isn't a bad thing, in fact I prefer that! There are far more weapons available for use than in the first Modern Warfare too, get using all those guns! When you receive a hit the screen now shows blood spatter that completely wrecks your vision, can't say I like this feature too much but it's a small price to pay for an otherwise flawless game.

          I haven't yet played the online multiplayer but if it's even just the same as the first game it will be awesome. It is probably better though, better seems to be the scheme of this game.

          I don't want to give too much away, rather let you play it. It really is something that you just need to witness and experience rather than read about. It took me an hour and 5 different shops before finding a copy this morning, supermarkets are your best bet price wise. Go get it, it's amazing!

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            09.11.2009 20:26
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            A lovely place in the heart of Scotland

            Glencoe is certainly one of my favourite places in Scotland for a number of reasons. Well not actually the town Glencoe but the actual glen and Rannoch Moor. Better get on with my reasoning!

            The A82 is one of the nicest roads to drive along, not only is the scenery great come snow or sunshine but it's such a fun driving road. Not that I recommend speeding of course. In the summer time you have a wealth of activities open to you, you have endless options of hill walking. It's a mountainous region... but I imagine that Meall a Bhuiridh is likely the most popular amongst walkers/hikers. If you are into fishing then the numerous lochs on Rannoch Moor provide fantastic sport to the fly fisherman, lots of wil brown trout and even the prospect of artic char, the fishing is free too!

            Come winter and Glencoe transforms into a winter wonderland. The ski resort opens, people flock to ski the fine slopes of Meall a Bhuiridh, climbers come for ice climbing and the scenery is spectacular when covered in snow. Be warned though, it is a dangerous place in the winter and lives are lost every year due to avalanches, take care if you are out and at least know what the dangers to look out for are.

            All of this, and you're only an hour and a half, probably less, from Glasgow. I certainly know the wonders of this magical place but do you? Do a bit of travelling and see for your self this fine Glen in the heart of Scotland. There's plenty of laybys along the A82 for you to stop and take it all in. Also the chance of seeing some fine wild stag.

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            09.11.2009 20:17
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            Give it a bash! Support Scottish Skiing!

            I think Glenshee probably provides the biggest ski area in Scotland, especially when there is enough snow to open the Glas Maol area. The resort itself is based on both sides of the A93, there is sunnyside to the opposite side of the road from the cafe and there's the cairnwell and Carn Aosda side. Sunnyside is definitely the easier choice for beginners or those folk who are finding their feet again, although it can become rather congested!

            For the intermediate onwards, the cairnwell side offers some great fun with the tiger, bucharts and also the race tracks. Great fun if you're looking to blast straight down.

            If you're looking for a bit of off piste action of just trying to get away from the crowds, head over to Meall Odhar and further on to Glas Maol. The crowds should be lesser over "the back" and on it's day it offers fantastic snow conditions with plenty of nice deep pockets of snow. There really is some cracking runs over this side, for the intermediate onwards you'll have much more fun skiing at Meall Odhar and if it's open Glas Maol.

            Ticket price is in line with the other ski resorts in Scotland but Glenshee can get so busy during a holiday weekend or a weekend with decent snow. Make sure to get there early to save waiting in the lift pass queue!

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            08.11.2009 22:20
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            Great resort, give it a go!

            Nevis Range is very fortunate to have the best uplift in Scotland in my opinion. Uplift is served by a gondola to get you up the mountain and once up, most lifts are tows but there is a cracking four person chairlift to the side of the "Goose". I love this chair, there's nothing better than a good chairlift for a break when you're skiing. It's a decent length too so you do end up with a decent break.

            Nevis I think do really well out of the mountain biking in the summer, they host the mountain biking world cup and the mountain is extemely popular with bikers. This extra incomes is what lets them offer the modern uplift on the mountain in the winter.

            The runs vary from complete beginner slopes to pretty aggressive, expert slopes. There's a LOT of fun off piste available for the more experienced skiiers, take care though! Some of the slopes are fantastic, the "main" slope is the Goose. It's a long run down a massive gully and provides amazing skiing if you get there early after a big dump the night before. The powder skiing I had on it last year was awesome!

            The prices at Nevis are a bit dearer but it's worth it in my opinion, the uplift on its own is worth it. It's also generally a bit less busy than Glencoe so if you're heading up North, just check the car park at Glencoe and if it looks too busy just head up to Nevis at Fort William.

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            08.11.2009 20:45
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            Give it a go, you may be pleasantly surprised!

            Glencoe, Scotland's oldest ski resort is one of my favourites in this country. It offer fantastic off piste and natural terrain, not to mention the pretty decent slopes too. Uplift is by a main chairlift from the car park up onto the mountain and then all upift is by tows bar one more single chairlift. It gets a bit tiring being on the tows all day but if you're looking for some good skiing then it's worth it!

            The best runs at Glencoe obviously depend on your own ability but my favourite is the spring run with the hugely steep flypaper coming a close second. Flypaper sits at something like 50 degrees, now that's steep! Glencoe offers loads of natural terrain, gullys, rocks, big cliffs etc. Good fun for the freestyle or more ambitious thinkers!

            Prices last season were very reasonable, they offered a special midweek discount if you bought your tickets online. Not sure if they are doing it again this season.

            When the snow's good, Glencoe is top notch but the main slopes can get icy thanks to the wind beating. Although last season i had a day on the spring run in waist deep powder!

            Check out www.winterhighland.info for up-to-date snow reports, lift status or whether the roads are open!

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          • Uncle Ben's Express Rice / Ready Meals / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            02.11.2009 01:39
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            A great product!

            I don't really do much cooking but when I do I use real foods. Not the prepackaged ready to rock and roll type foods. However, this express rice from Uncle Ben's really comes into it's own when camping! It says on the packet that it can be microwaved, just stick the bag in the microwave, give it a blast and hey presto you have a rice dish whipped up.

            The way I cook it is to boil a pan of water on my trangia stove and then just stick the sealed bag into the water. The heat gets through the bag and heats the rice up brilliantly, only takes a couple minutes for a very nutritious dinner! The rice already has moisture so you needn't worry about it burning or going dry etc.

            These rice packets come in a variety of flavours, my favourite being the vegetable pilau rice. It has a very nice flavour that is not overwhelming but gives you very little spice. Just what you need when your out in the cold wilds! I think these are absolutely brilliant for camping, a meal in a bag. Sorted! I can see why they'd be very popular with busy people too or just someone that doesn't want to spend the time waiting on normal rice to cook.

            Top class product Uncle Ben's!

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