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      05.06.2012 19:52
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      The best thing to happen in Shaw since sliced bread (The Warburtons Factory!!)

      This pub opened in December 2011 and was absolutely packed to the rafters until well into 2012 and the reasons are clear: Cheap Beer, Great Atmosphere, Friendly Staff, Cheap Food, Modern Design, Clean, Vibrant Colours and a selection of almost anything you could want from a Free House.

      JD Wetherspoon took over an old Shopping Arcade in Shaw, which was vandalised some years back; burnt out and abandoned. JDW took the building and transformed it in little over 6 months to the most popular destination in the Town.

      The menu boasts luxurious items, such as Roast Dinners and Steaks to finger food, such as Nachos and Burgers. The menu is an absolute delight, offering every variation possible, from Italian, English, Mexican, Spanish and Indian cuidsine.

      On Tuesday and Thursday there are club night, Steak on tuesday, which offers a steak with chips and salad + a selected drink for around £7 - and it's good steak too!
      Thursday is Curry Night, where a similar option is available with a large selection of Currys, from Korma to Vindaloo - served on Rice with popadoms and a naan.
      Sundays offers Sunday Club, where a Roast Dinner with selected drink is available for under £10.

      Food is served at the Shay Wake from 8 in the morning up until 10pm, 7 days a week - including Bank Holidays!
      There isn't another place in the small town that offers such great value 7 days a week and so consistently.

      I have visited the place on several occasions and am yet to have a bad experience. The staff are extremely friendly, offering to bring Coffee over even when it's busy and that is service you cannot grumble about.

      The decor is fantastic inside, offering vibrant colours and a great modern feel to it, whilst homaging the history of Shaw, with photos of Churchill and other notable members of the community, as well as a large powered device, made up entirely of metal recovered from the historic Cotton Mill industry, which the town is famous for.
      The name comes from an event that too place in the town during the cotton mill era and JDW have really put thought into this aspect, rather than just opening up 'another' pub.

      I am very pleased to welcome friends and family to this pub and smile when walking in, knowing they are as happy with it as I am

      I am very pleased with this local gem in my local area and hope that many outsiders can come in and feel the delights of such a brilliant modern Pub.

      This pub for me deserves a solid 10/10. The management are very helpful and the staff are fantastic. The pub itself has brought so much trade to Shaw and helped the other businesses around it, which is something that needed to happen!

      Thank you JD Wetherspoon.

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        02.06.2012 17:53
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        Perfect for anybody, casual and business alike. A great piece of kit that does everything you can't.

        I have owned this phone for over a year now. I purchased it just after it was released and got it on contract. WOW, what a piece of kit.

        Firstly it looks absolutely stunning and it's wafer thin demeanour counteracts that of its rather large size - often called a brick amongst my blackberry and iPhone owning acquaintainces.
        The phone boasts the AMO-LED screen, which is very battery zapping! - Mine drinks around 50% of my battery per charge.
        The phone comes with Gingerbread out of the box, although there is now Ice Cream Sandwich available if you do a software update (Setting > About Phone > Software Update), but make sure you're on a WiFi connection otherwise it will eat your 3G data.

        There is an excellent 8mp camera with many functions, such as Sports Panorama, Fireworks, Panorama, Sunset, Landscape and many more. The phone has an ISO of up to 800 for those dark places and also has Full HD Video Recording 1920x1080p at 30FPS (which doesn't allow you to zoom in when recording in full hd)
        The video output onto an HD TV looks spectacular too.

        The phone doesn't come with a memory card, but does take a Micro SD card which fits into the spring loaded slot, behind the battery. The battery itself is good, but it doesn't last as long as you would hope. The phone is that powerful that it just cannot cope with everything that is going on, unlike the dual core processor the phone boasts.
        You will be lucky to get 6 hours from the battery when using the phone to tweet, poke and game on, but that figure is if you are constantly doing the above things. On a day to day basis, mine lasts from when I wake up (about 8am, after charging over night) until I get in from work and have to charge it again (which is about 7pm).

        The Play Store provided by google is fantastic and the array of application the phone can hold is phenominal. Boasting an entry level 16gb storage, the SII will probably not need any expansion of memory in its lifetime.

        To conclude, the Samsung Galaxy S II is superb and highly recommended, but be warned, the battery isn't the longest lasting I have seen and there are a few hardware errors I have come across, but no piece of technology is ever perfect.

        8/10 is my verdict. I hope this is helpful. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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      • Samsung BD-P1500 / Blu-Ray Player / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        01.06.2012 21:02

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        Great for watching Basic Blu-Ray discs, but no other functionality.

        When I bought this Blu-Ray player, it had just been surpassed by the BDP1600, which meant I got it relatively cheap.

        This is perfect for what it is intended to be used for, it plays Blu-Ray discs, DVD's and CD's. It has an Ethernet port for going online, but this is where the problem is because the Ethernet is practically useless as when attempting to use the BD-Live function on discs, the player requires extra storage space - i.e an external flash drive, however the USB Port on the player is not compatible with said devices and is only used for upgrading the firmware. The Ethernet port also allows this feature too.

        another con is that the player processes quite slow when loading newer films, which are more data intensive - There is no lag whatsoever on films, but actually getting to them sometimes takes a bit longer than I would like to wait.

        Positives are that it is FULL HD 1080p and supports backward compatibility. the player also looks very sleek too and works on anynet+ with any corresponding Samsung TV.

        To conclude, I am very happy with the player for its basic use, but for extensive use as developed by Blu-Ray players such as BD Live, it is not one I would recommend.

        6/10 - Plays perfectly, but a bit slow and lacking features.

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      • Canon EOS 7D Body / Digital Camera / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        01.06.2012 20:51
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        A perfect camera for anybody looking to make Photography their career

        I bought a Canon 7D when I turned 21 (birthday present off everybody) to replace my Panasonic G10 and although it cost nearly 10 times more than my Panasonic, it is worth every penny!

        To begin with the camera is very sleek in design and feels great in your hands. It is sturdy and responsive when being tested, which is never a bad sign!

        Upon switching on, you are greeted with the 'sensor cleaning' screen and then the screen goes black. This is where the 'Info' button on the left hand side comes in; pressing it brings the LCD screen comes alive, displaying either the current settings of the camera, the leveler setting (which shows if the camera is balanced (like what a spirit level is used for)) and the general information screen (showing free space on the memory card and colour temperature etc). Alternatively by pressing the 'Start Stop' button located to the right of the viewfinder, the screen displays exactly what the lens can see.

        Moving on to the specifications: 18mp Sensor, RAW/JPEG option, FULL HD 1080p Video Recording (at 24 25 frames per second), full manual override, Live view (via LCD) and the more natural variation (through the viewfinder). The camera has 6 preset modes, with a manual and 3 custom options, leaving you with 10 modes on the dial.

        The camera works an absolute treat in your hand and with the live viewfinder, you can see exactly how your photos are going to turn out before you press the shutter - ideal for professionals and amateurs alike.

        Another great feature is the 'zoom focus' option (as I call it), which in manual focus and on the live viewfinder allows you to digitally zoom into your subject and adjust the focus accordingly, just to be sure it's 100% in focus - to do this, you press the far top-right hand side button on the back of the camera and adjust the focus accordingly. This also works for video.

        The camera fires at a top speed of 8 frames per second and has a long exposure time of 30 seconds, with a 100 - 12800 ISO.

        To conclude I am very impressed with this camera and all the functions it has, there is that much going on here that I cannot possibly mention everything, but I hope you find this information useful - any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
        9.6/10

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        30.05.2012 16:57
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        A step up from its predecessor. A modern marvel in Digital TV Recording. A Must Buy

        IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:

        The title of this product is WRONG, there is no such item as a FOX SAT HDR FOX T2 - There IS however a FOX SAT-HDR and a HDR-FOX T2, but they are completely different products - one is for Freesat (FOX SAT) and the other for Freeview (FOX T2). The one I am reviewing is for Freeview.

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        Ok, so I have here a Humax FOX T2 Hard Drive Recorder. This recorder comes in two variations, the 500gb model and the 1tb model - both identicle other than the storage space.

        This PVR (Personal Video Recorder) is the one of the latest in Humax's range of Digital Television Recorders and it certainly doesn't fail to deliver. I recently wrote a review of the PVR-9150t, which is the older brother of this PVR. Humax have a knack of sticking to the script and delivering the good and there is no variation with this product - infact they have really excelled themselves, and this is why:

        The EPG is fantastic, very very easy to navigate and now there is the option to SEARCH for your favourite programmes, without having to trawl all the way through each channel, day by day. Simply press the corresponding coloured button on the remote as instructed on screen (I think it's the Yellow button if my memory serves me rightly) and begin to type in your keywords to be shown a list of programmes with that word in it; for example: 'TOP' would show the likes of; Top Gear, Top Gun, Top of the Pops etc.

        Another great feature that is built into the system is the prompt for recording in HD rather than SD, where possible - This is great as you don't need to fuss about looking for the programme you want to record on the HD variation of the channel you are on (where available: BBC HD, BBC ONE HD, CHANNEL 4 HD & ITV 1 HD).

        Adding onto that, the system then prompts you of any clashes in recording that have occured with your schedule, but it doesn't just tell you 'hard luck', it searches and offers you a replacement recording if the programme is broadcast on a +1 or later in the week - Fantastic!

        Adding even more, we have the TV Portal (bottom left of the numeric keypad on the remote), which brings home the BBC iPlayer amongst other online features such as Wiki @ TV and an Internet radio app. Your TV picture will continue to play in the top left corner, so you won't miss any action either! - The BBC iPlayer works like on any other device and is clean to navigate and offers you the option to stream in HD where available), which is a nice addition.
        To be able to use the TV Portal feature however, you are required to have your HDR-FOX T2 pluged into your router via ethernet as the device doesn't have built in WiFi, which is a shame.

        Moving back onto the functionality of the product, we can see that the Twin Tuner has been retained, allowing us to record two programmes simoultaniusly whilst watching another (some channels may be locked out though). The schedule will also prompt you a later recording of a programme if it clashes with other recordings, as mentoned above.

        There is a USB slot on the front of the machine, which enables users to store recordings on an external device, such as a USB pen or external HDD for portability, but be careful as some of the encyptions don't allow said programmes to be played on other devices. The feature is good however, as it allows external devices with content to be played if your TV doesn't have this function already built in. It is also great for when formatting the drive for any particular reason; you can transfer your favourite shows externally and then add them at a later date - simply go into the menu and choose your external drive as the preferred recording location.

        Before I conclude, I have noticed that Humax must have listened to the consumer when re-designing their remote control as it now has a single button to access the whole library of recorded content, rather than that pesky route as with the older models.

        To conclude, this device is a massive step up from its predecessors and contains all the relevant upgrades, from a HDMI socket (No Scart on this box for those without a HD TV) to a larger hard-drive. Humax have really excelled themselves yet again, whilst keeping to the formula that has made their products to successful in the past.

        If there is anything I have missed, please leave a comment or contact me and I will do my best to answer as quickly and accurately as possible! - ANYTHING at all.

        I honestly have very little to criticise of this product, other than it hasn't got built in WiFi. 9/10

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      • Samsung LE-40D580 / LCD TV / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        30.05.2012 15:02
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        Ideal TV for somebody who wants the Full HD experience on a budget - Exceeded my expectation

        I recently purchased this TV as NEW, although upon researched found it to be an old model, but who's counting as long as it has a 12 month warranty?

        This TV is now discontinued and will be VERY difficult to find brand new.

        Upon turning this TV on, I was a little sceptical as to whether the specification I was lead to believe was true, but it was - This TV really DOES have Full HD, Freeview HD, 4X HDMI, USB Playback, Anynet+, Internet Capabilities (Ethernet connection required - More on this later) and a stunning 40" Samsung Display.

        I have heard a lot of manufacturers are turning to the Vestel Chasis, which is a generaic body and screen, but has a different band name on it. This TV is 100% Samsung and 100% the real deal.

        Freeview HD and FULL HD for under £400 were an absolute bargain and Samsung either realised this when discontinuing or were giving the consumer a taster of what they have in store for the future and how low they are pricing them at. Alls I can say is watch this space.

        The internet capabilities of this TV are not as you may have thought when reading it above - alls it has is the ability to stream networked data from one device on the same network to the TV set. The media function (which is on the remote) allows the user to stream music, videos and photos from a wireless device using anynet+ over an internet connetion; such as a Galaxy S II / Galaxy S III Smart phone or equilivent device.

        The layout of the set is very suave, with a rose red tint around the frame and touch pad buttons to avoid an ugly fascia. The EPG is very smooth too, with an easy to navigate menu and options for timers and such with the coloured buttons on the remote.
        The 'Media' button on the remote is a great functon which allows the user to watch videos from an external USB device, such as a hard drive or pen stick. This function is very appealing to me personally as it allows for films bought online via download to be transferred and watched in glorious high definition, rather than on my small computer screen.

        The remote is very easy to use with a very user friendly layour - big buttons and coloured where necessary. The pictures on the buttons are very visible, which is great for those with limited sight and also the remote will control any other Samsung or Toshiba device that is connected, which is great as users will not have to fiddle with two, three of four different remotes at one time. The function this uses is Anynet+ (which can be turned on an off at any time via the 'Tools' menu)

        Anynet+ is a fantastic function as it allows the user to activate connected devices via the 'Tools' button on the remote, rather than having to power on each individual device with their designated remote - meaning only one remote will suffice.

        To conclude, this TV is fantastic for the price I found it at, however with its limited life span on the shelves, I do often wonder why they were discontinued; was it because they were released at the same time as the Smart TV's and were overlooked by consumers wanting the next level, or because they lack 3D capabilities and an LED Backlit screen?
        All in all this TV is great for somebody who wants to watch their favourite programmes in HD (Via Freeview HD), play their games in Full HD (Via one of the four HDMI Ports located on the set) or just have a reasonably priced 40" screen in their home. Either way, this TV ticks all the boxes.

        The only cons are the lack of Smart Function and 3D for those who want the next generation of functions without adding external devices.

        For what it is intended for and for what it delivers for the prie I paid, this TV deserves a solid 9.5/10

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      • Humax PVR-9150T / Set Top Box / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        30.05.2012 14:28
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        An ideal PVR for anybody who wants to simply record their favourite shows, hassle free.

        The Humax PVR-9150T is absolutely fantastic and does exactly what it says on the tin.
        Boasting a 160GB HDD, the box is able to hold a high volume of programming as well as series link your favourite shows, making life so much easier when you're a very busy bee!

        The Humax PVR-9150T has a Twin Tuner, enabling you to record a programme, whilst watching another. And the really great thing about this PVR, is that you can record TWO programmes simoultaniously, whilst watching a third (although some channels don't allow you to do this - more on that later); which means prime time TV will never be missed again!

        With this box being released prior to the power swing of HDMI and Freeview HD, this box only contains a Scart socket and Freeview SD, but that isn't a problem as there are only 4 HD channels available on Freeview currently, so there isn't that much of a loss here.

        The only thing I found with this is that when recording two programmes at once, a lot of other channels become locked, which is down to the tuner not being able to cope with recording two programmes and watching another on a different frequency band. However, the main channels, such as the BBC's are still accessible. The trick here is if you have Freeview built into your TV (any LCD screen from 2007 onwards) then you can simply switch back to the TV's freeview, whilst recording two progammes on the PVR - Problem Solved.

        I will say that on this model and the PVR-9300 too (They use the same remote), the route to find your recorded programmes is somewhat tricky, especially for the technophobes out there. You have to press 'Menu' then go into 'Recorded Programmes' and then find what you're looking for, which for a lot of people is a bit fussy. Other than that, the layout of the remote is absolutely perfect, with big buttons and great feedback (stiff and responsive), this PVR really stands up there with the best on the market.

        The only cons here are the lack of HDMI Port and the fiddly way of finding your recorded programmes.
        Well Done to Humax. 9/10

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