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    • Gumball 3000 (DVD) / DVD / 62 Readings / 61 Ratings
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      22.04.2013 13:23
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      Gives a good insight into what goes on at the gumball rally.

      This DVD is almost like a documentary, reporting on the gumball 3000 rally as it travels across America on an epic journey in which a bunch of imbeciles wreck £200000 Rolls Royce's. Sounds like my kinda movie.

      I personally thought they could show some more of their dangerous driving, as while this is a sort of documentary type of film, theres nothing that says gumball like doing donuts in the middle of a freeway. I also don't think they captured the drivers side of the story as much, it's too heavily focused on the present and what they're doing now. There's no back story as to who they are, what they do or how they got into gumball. There are a lot of in car talks with the drivers but there are never any good questions asked, and therefore, never a story to tell.

      I really liked the camera work in this, I think the effects and constant short lips of tyre smoking koenigsegg's are what make this film part of the Gumball brand. I really enjoyed the less adrenaline rushing side of this too, and getting the opinion from the good side of the law. In the first half of the movie there is an interview with a police officer who talks about the Gumball, and what he thinks of the drivers.

      The movie also gets the drivers opinions on the police, and gets stories of how they evade the cops, and general tips to other gumball drivers on how not to get caught. It is genius the way they use police radios and sensors to find out where they police are. They often have a warning sound in the car which goes off when a "pig is close".

      There are some amazing stories from each of the drivers but some are long winded and take away the adrenaline rush from the movie, and I think a balance between fast driving and interviews should have been in place. The cop talks for far too long telling stories of arresting gumball drivers. At the start of the movie there is a 5 minute talk with a guy who had a dodge viper, and sat around in a field for 8 hours before the cops went and he was never found. This could have been shortened and edited to include less precise detail, and show us more cars.

      The movie also has a storyline to it, as the drivers go across America they document how their progress is, any damage to the cars, who is first and who is last. They also document mileage and times, because each rally is in stages, so nobody actually know where they are going until they finish at the last checkpoint and collect their papers.

      Overall a great movie and a good insight into what goes on in the gumball rally but they are heavy on the interviews, and I think more action less talk would bring this up to 5 stars. Still worth watching though.

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        22.04.2013 12:29
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        Recommended for... Just about anything.

        This scoop is not just for pets, it can be used for anything. We have one for our daughters sandpit, as she loves scooping up the mounds of sand, filling her sandcastle bucket, and dumping it elsewhere. These are correctly labelled as a pet accessory, but they have many purposes around the home and garden.

        The scoops are made from a thick plastic which does give way very slightly at the edges. It is very smooth and feels lightweight when holding it. I found these quite comfortable but after your hands get sweaty or wet, there isn't much grip. I wouldn't mind paying a little more if they sold them with a small rubber strip on the handle, just to make life that little bit easier.

        Ours have scratches on them from just general use, these are almost entirely hair sized lines in the plastic and while noticeable, they are only small. I haven't seen a crack or hole appear in these, and dropping them on concrete, tarmac etc doesn't do any harm. They are well built and can withstand a lot of manhandling. The paint however is another story, but I'll come onto that in a second.

        We have the green scoop and it's not fluorescent green but it is very bright. It has faded but still maintains a solid green colour. The tubtrugs logo on top has not faded away or rubbed off and each scoop will only be printed in black, so it stands out against the bright colours.

        You can get a decent amount of sand or animal feed in the scoop, and our daughter is able to completely fill her average sized sand castle bucket with some still left in the bottom of the scoop.

        To clean it takes a little bit of effort but some dettol on a kitchen towel is enough to get the bacteria off. You will need some fingers and some patience for this job. You need to get into all the corners at the bottom of the scoop and because there are so many curves and corners that dirt can get into, you should spend a little extra time going over making sure you get right inside.

        I have noticed the paint start to fade on these scoops over a few months in the summer. Direct sunlight will always do some damage but these faded particularly quickly.

        Overall these are great scoops, well build and multi purpose. They are about £5 depending on where you buy and if you pay postage, and they come in purple, pink, green (we have green) and grey (boring). You can buy them from Amazon, but don't expect to find these in Toys R Us. We use it for the sandpit, but you would probably find it in an equestrian shop, as these are not sold for children. That doesn't mean you can't use them for kids though, so highly recommended for a sandpit or day at the beach, or as intended use.

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        18.04.2013 19:04
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        Great for getting information out of terrorists. Other than that, useless.

        These are vile balls of mushy stuff. That actually sums them up quite nicely.

        They come in a recyclable tin so as soon as you buy them you can empty the contents into landfill and do your bit for the environment by getting the tin recycled. The paper label can easily be torn off so if you have separate places for metal recycling and paper recycling, you can then split the two up.

        The meatballs don't really taste of anything, they are hard, mushy balls of jelly and water. Apparently they're supposed to taste of meat, but I can assure you, they most certainly don't. They have a rough texture, even the centre bits aren't completely smooth either. They are chewy and require a little bit of effort to chew first. Swallowing large chunks of this is not nice. Actually, swallowing any of it is not nice...

        The good news: Because the meatballs are completely and utterly tasteless clumps of mashed stuff, they don't leave a bad aftertaste. You will however get an after taste when you put them in your mouth and vomit while asking yourself, why on earth didn't I listen to Seven17 and not buy these balls of sordid, vile jelly clumps.

        The gravy is thin and has little tiny specs of brown dots in, presumably where the gravy didn't fully dilute into the water. I'm bloody surprised though, there's enough water to solve the Yemen humanitarian crisis for gods sake!!

        The gravy is also very salty, I noticed that even a small spoonful had a real salty kick to it, so it's not just the gravy as a whole, but even in small amounts, is rather putrid. To prevent food wastage i will know hold my hands up and admit that I did manage to finish the bowl on my on without help, force feeding, or gas and air.

        This stuff would be incorrectly labelled as dog food, as i'm sure the RSPCA would be on my back for animal cruelty if I even dare to think of giving this to a poor doggy. This is an instrument of torture, probably used by US forces against terrorists in Afghanistan. "Tell me where Al-Zawarhi is, or you'll get 2 sips of the gravy." - They will break instantly I guarantee it.

        So to summarise these are salty, the meat is tasteless, the gravy is watery and fatty, and they are generally not pleasant. I would highly recommend avoiding them, and would advise not eating them even in small amounts if you value your tastebuds or indeed your health.

        I might have gone overboard with the description here but when you've wasted your money what else are you gonna do other than sit at home, write a review and make light of the situation as best you can eh?

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          18.04.2013 14:04
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          Recommended for every racing fan.

          This game is best known for it's excellent, and highly recognisable soundtrack. The main song being Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, "Get Low" which if you view the youtube video, has many comments with thumbs up referencing NFSU. I loved the fast pace soundtrack and the mixture of rock, rap, trance and techno.

          The graphics are excellent considering it's age and release. Being an Xbox original it lacks attention to detail and signs seem a little blurred but things like the cars, the parts and stickers are all excellent. I was genuinely surprised by the peoples faces too, they are similar to GTA Vice City with the square chins but the eyes and mouths are excellent. Their environment interactions are simply nonexistent, they don't touch anything and instead just clap.

          The car physics are excellent for a street racing game. On a track you expect precision and the ability to apex corners but on Need For Speed you just want to drift and earn style points. I think they tyre physics are slightly off but generally they provide sufficient grip for long corners, and it's not tail happy on the cars.

          There are licensed real world cars in the game like the Evo, Skyline and Impreza but playing this back on the Xbox 360 you do notice a lot of deformities and imperfections. The lack of polygons means these cars do have some slight variations from the real thing, and the cars aren't perfectly copied into the game.

          The tracks are all set in an urban environment and many are just around some hills above a city, or the shorter ones are down on the ground and you can fully utilise the shortcuts like car parks and tunnels. I quite enjoyed the breakables too, like the bollards and signs.

          You can fully customise your car with literally thousands of different combinations, and then save them in your garage. I say garage but it's actually just a really annoying endless tunnel that you drive down and never come out of. A bit unrealistic but hey, it's NFS, what do you expect?

          You can not only choose from different paint colours but also paint types like metallic and pearlescent. You can customise bumpers, earn style rating stars and tint your windows. Not to mention every chav's dream, which is to have loads of massive and pointless spoilers to choose from. I really liked the variety of different parts, especially the wheels because once you've added an aftermarket part you can then change its colour, then add stickers, and fully make it your own.

          This game is not at all difficult to do but you won't be unlocking stuff straight away. You will need to be prepared to put in time and effort to fully unlock everything and get it all completed. The story mode will take a very long time if you're playing through casually, although there isn't much else to do in this game other than race around or customise your rides, Tim Westwood style.

          This being an Xbox Original game means it does not have achievements or gamerscore. You'll have to imagine your own.

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          18.04.2013 12:24
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          Avoid. Please, don't torture yourself with this.

          So on a recent gamerscore binge I bought this, and I was warned by fellow score junkies that the game is so bad, you wont actually want to play it to the full 1000G. Now I played Avatar, King Kong and other rubbish games to 1000G, but this was just unbearable. Dare I say it, unplayable.

          I'll start with the bad points (since there is only one good point). The camera is glitchy and often gets stuck in walls and various other objects meaning a fight is going on somewhere off screen that you're meant to be controlling and you can't see it, or even play the game in order to actually get anything done. The camera often wanders off or simply swings about on its axis uncontrollably between two points on the map where the camera should change angle.

          The graphics are shockingly terrible. The people have weird deformed faces, objects are low resolution and the attention to detail is simply nonexistent. I absolutely hated the brightly coloured low resolution textures and the weapons, and even the collectables which look like blobs of mush.

          I really don't understand the fighting in this game. One button does one thing one minute and the next it does something else. There are hundred of combinations for each move and they all change within seconds. Plus you're always jumping about across the maps so if you press B to attack with your stick, you fly about 20 feet to the other end of the room, for no obvious reason. Then you get killed, and have to start all over again. Its more luck based than skill based.

          The script is terrible, the voice acting is very obvious, half arsed and repetitive. The grunting noises Griffin makes are the same three ones, every single time he hits someone. The footsteps on gravel sound like he's walking on tarmac and don't get me started on the SFX from weapons. Hit someone with a stick and it sounds like an earthquake. Where's the logic in that?!

          You will need to play this game twice (as if once wasn't bad enough) to unlock the XP achievement and fully complete the game. Maybe even a third time if you miss collectables or finish a couple hundred XP down.


          The only good thing about this game is the easy 1000G, you could probably finish this game in a few days with a bit of luck and if you follow a collectables guide. If you pick up any collectables though, you should write down where and when, because finding collectables that aren't there, is no fun at all.

          Overall then, a disgrace. I can't believe games can be made this bad, and seriously who tested this game? Were they blind, bribed, stupid or was there no one to test it at all?

          For gods sake do yourself a favour and avoid this game. I know it's an easy 1000G but you won't want to play it after five minutes. Even I, the most dedicated person could not bring myself to unlock all the achievements.

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          • Apple Care Protection Plan / Utility / 31 Readings / 31 Ratings
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            18.04.2013 00:11
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            Highly recommended as an alternative to costly breakdown repairs. You know Apple, $$$

            Given that apple usually bring out about 7 new devices within a 2 year period, I'm surprised they offer it for so long given the fact that they need to keep producing the older models in order to keep up with replacement demand. I highly suspect someone is keeping a supply chain open in China solely for this purpose, even though you can't buy brand new ones out the box for your generation. That's where AppleCare comes in.

            Their phone support for the AppleCare is excellent, they talk to you like a human, they answer your questions without resorting to jargon nonsense and assist you in a polite and friendly manner. I spoke to Americans on the phone as well as Brits who all seemed to offer support diligently and often resolved my problems within minutes.

            In the pack you get a billion booklets and bits of paper that I'm never going to read, and finally, a sticker with a small print code on. This is all you need. You know how Microsoft Points and Xbox Live codes come in elaborate packaging with incredible amounts of nonsense and promotional material, and you just throw it all away because they only thing you bought it for was the small print code on the back of the redeemable card? Well that's the applecare pack, but much, much worse with more clutter. Good news though, it is all paper and therefore, recyclable.

            To set up you just need to unwrap the packaging, sift through the millions of leaflets, instruction books, disclaimers, warranty notices, and usual palaver before getting to the activation code on the back, which is a sticker with about 4 billion numbers and letters. Simply activate this online and within seconds, your device is covered. I found it was easy to do this, but hard to find my way around the apple care help pages on the Apple website, since they seem to have a separate page for absolutely everything. Pages aren't that long, so while it reduces clutter, it also means you have to do stuff the long way round.

            The replacement or repair service can be done in store and you get an email to inform you that your device is covered immediately from the moment you activate. You can then take your device to an Apple Store if it breaks down in future and the staff will happily repair or replace it. I have had several iPads, all replacements and no repairs made. They just accept your iPad as damaged if it's through wear and tear, and within minutes they give you a new one free of charge. First gen tech is always glitchy, mind you, my third gen iPad is not the best...

            This is always expensive on the Apple store but you can find "unwanted gifts" of this stuff floating around somewhere on eBay or Amazon. They're all new and unopened and all a lot cheaper than from the official Apple website.

            Overall a great service, I highly recommend this as insurance, because their repair or replacement service out of warranty, is very costly indeed.

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            17.04.2013 19:00
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            I keep my drive in here permanently, it hasn't left it in months.

            I bought this case to protect my WD My Passport 2TB from any drops or bumps it gets. I mainly have my hard drive plugged into the Xbox so I can watch movies and listen to music.

            I have found it to be quite insulating too. The hard drive doesn't really get hot, just mildly warm but when I touch the hard drive after it's be on in this case for a few hours, it's really quite hot. This also works the other way around too so if you've got a cold room or you use this in a cold car, this will keep it insulated and stop the cold from damaging it.

            So far it's protected the drive well and withstood knocks and drops from about 1 foot. My Xbox sits up above the ground but I link it through to the hard drives across the other side of the room. This keeps it all out the way and allows them to be used for the laptop too. This means the case tends to move around a bit when getting cleaned, and when the cable is knocked the hard drive will fall off. The cable never really gets dragged about but if you tread on it, it flies off faster than you can react, so this case was needed to protect it from accidents like that, and it does provide sufficient protection.

            The plastic is very strong, rigid, and difficult to indent. It has never cracked, faded, got scratched or damaged in any way for that matter, so it is clearly well built here too. The clip is strong and requires a lot of effort to fully clamp shut, but once in the drive can't move around. I leave the drive in this case permanently and it's been kept in like new condition for months now.

            The rubber smells like new tyres, its a lovely smell. Its also very dense and thick, so it's difficult to pick at, mould and damage. It's hard to press it down too, so don't go thinking this case will fit any other hard drives because I can assure you, you won't be squeezing anything into this but the MyPassport.

            This also protects the drive from dust and spillages. Whilst it's not completely water proof, spilling a cup of water over it will stop the drive from getting damaged, but obviously if you drop it in the bath or sink it's not going to do so well. I have never found any dust inside the case so it does at least keep that horrible stuff out.

            There is a little slot for the cables and the door for this is held on firmly with a little bit of rubber. It takes a small amount of effort to open but once in you can just bury the cable into the SS port on the drive. There is even a little handle at the top of the case for you to carry it with, or you can tie a Kensington lock around this.

            Overall a great case and highly recommended for keeping your drive in excellent condition. Give it a sniff inside too, that new rubber smell is sensational...

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            17.04.2013 17:48
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            If you're a learner, a horse rider, easily offended or don't like immature humour, then avoid this.

            This book is full of motoring related humour and references, and should be treated as a silly, pointless, gimmick, comedy book. Its a great book and very funny don't get me wrong but seriously, if you don't like Top Gear then this is not the book for you. Imagine Jeremy Clarkson writing the highway code, that's essentially what it is with it's zany ideas like when you overtake, you must throw a molotov cocktail out the offside window and laugh heartily at the mere hoi polloi as you speed past. It encourages road rage, violence, death metal, idiocy, and dangerous driving. It also encourages points on your licence, and glorifies them in a satirical manner as bonus points, or points that reflect how good a driver you are by earning lots of points instead of being a "goody two shoes".

            The book covers everything the regular highway code does, stuff from pedestrians to motorcyclists, and everything else from tigers in your car to handbrake turns. There are a number of different sections but no real chapters as such, because while the book is split into parts like the real highway code, they do often bring pedestrians into the sections about cars, and horses into the part about exploding Ford Escorts.

            I found the jokes in this very "my humour", they're all motoring related yes, but they pick at the small foibles of driving, often taking the mick out of the police, young drivers, old drivers and Marc Bolan. Whilst I did laugh my nuts off reading this, I also felt a few jokes were a bit too brash and more offensive than funny, particularly about horse riders where instead of roasting horse riders for humour, they simply bad mouth them, call them everything under the sun, and finish up with outright offensive one liners. Worst part of the book, it has to be said.

            The authors are clearly very articulate, either that or they used the synonyms button on Microsoft Word for every single sentence. This is not a straight forward and to the point book, instead it uses elaborate ways in which to explain things through exaggeration and lengthy waffle.

            It's all laid out in a similar style to the highway code with plenty of references and made up road laws with humour based statements and sarcasm. I really don't think you can poke holes here, especially with a book of this sort of nature because it's designed to be immature, childish and stupid; that's exactly what I liked about it so much. Makes a change from reading Jamie Oliver's book or listening to Steve Jobs audio book. It gives that stupid humour that you just don't get anymore, so for me it made a really nice change.

            Overall a great book, I really enjoyed this but if you're a learner, a horse rider, easily offended or don't like immature humour, then this book is not for you.

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            • O2 3G Dongle / Wireless LAN / 26 Readings / 25 Ratings
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              17.04.2013 12:30
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              Rcommended, provides an excellent 3G service for your computer.

              This dongle was bought for my MacBook Pro, I take it pretty much everywhere and it is simply Internet in a plastic tube. It comes in a blue box with lots of O2 logo's on it and a small instruction manual. The box is recyclable but the dongle itself has electronics in so check with your local recycling. This has been a reliable dongle for me though so I can't see why it would need to be binned anyway.

              Signal quality is usually excellent in my area, but on the train when you're moving fast it's hit and miss, sometimes it gets signal, then drops out. I'd say this is about 50% of the time, so half the journey I can load stuff and then can't. The signal lasts for a few minutes each time. Apart from that it's relatively easy to get signal just moving around like driving, or walking. It's best if yo stay still to be honest, but as a passenger in a car you can use this for most of the journey, especially if it's not fast motorway driving where you're getting lots of different transmitters every few miles.

              Speed is good for 3G, where signal is near maximum you can download web pages in a couple seconds. Loading the BBC News page takes less than a second and loading YouTube videos won't be a strain. It buffers them a few minutes ahead when running some longer clips, about 10 minutes and those short documentaries, like VICE doco's and similar long running videos. At 1080p it does struggle to buffer properly on anything less than full signal and this means the video pauses unexpectedly.

              To set it all up, you just need to unclip the back, insert a sim card for your plan, and buy some 3G that suits you. I personally bought the non-contract version, because then you can just use it on and off when you need it, plus you can top up extra megabytes as and when you need them. You can also extend your monthly package in advance, so you don't need to pay hideous fees if you over use your dongle. On your computer you just need to drag the connection manager off the pen drive and connect it up through that, rather than in the network settings on your computer. The drive will enter its own username and password for you, so don't be surprised if you don't know how to get in, the dongle knows for you.

              This is quite a reliable dongle too, I've had mine for 6 months and it's been a pleasure, it's never broken down, glitched, and while it has sometimes lost signal, the dongle itself has found them again and done it's best to find the transmitters again.

              The dongle is made from thick plastic and it's a pain to get the damn thing open but this also means it won't split or smash when you drop it, so look on the bright side, it's well built. I've never had it break or smash, but my one complaint is that it does get a little warm to touch when it's been on for more than 30 minutes. It's like a mini radiator.

              Overall a great dongle, highly recommended.

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                17.04.2013 12:00
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                Recommended for RAID Arrays and to stream movies/music to an Xbox 360.

                This data cable was primarily used as an extension cable for my xbox 360 controller, until I hooked up the WD 2TB Passport to the Xbox 360, and now run out out through the USB ports as a link to the media hub. Basically it stores all the movies and music on one drive, and this cable transfers new files on the MacBook Pro, and sends those files to the xbox 360 when they're finished transferring to the hard drive.

                This cable is great if you want to keep servers or a RAID array out the way and so you don't have to move equipment around, instead just hook it up via this cable and it's all running in a jiffy. This cable DOES work with RAID 0 striped and RAID 1 and I would highly recommend using this USB 3.0 for such a thing anyway. Whats the point of a slow USB cable if you've sped up your drive speed in a RAID enclosure? Pointless!

                So on the MacBook then, things are excellent here, I can transfer gigabits per second on and off of hard drives and while it does also depend on hard drive speed, the cable works up to its maximum and doesn't compromise it's own transfer rate. I find that MP4 Movies transfer more than twice the speed of a USB 2.0 cable. If you bulk transfer and have lots of transfer windows open, this will hamper the transfer rate and the cable can't do much about this.

                Next onto the Xbox 360, and things are good here too but I do have one small problem, which is that the cable doesn't make the hard drives configurable for xbox 360 storage, meaning drives that were once able to become part of the xbox 360's storage, and were able to be formatted for game saves, sadly can no longer do that because they don't meet system requirements, meaning the cable is doing something to mess up the Xbox's ability to format it, or store stuff on it. This however does not affect the Xbox's ability to read the hard drive, so in System Video/Music player you can still play MP4 Movies you've put on the hard drive. They transfer and work perfectly, the cable streams them to the console very well, without any glitching or latency issues.

                The power and charging of this cable is much the same as any other cable, but the good news is that it hasn't lost the ability to charge or provide sufficient flow to electronics. This can be used to charge and Xbox 360 controller like I do, or to power a desktop accessory, something USB powered that needs a lot of watts, e.g an LED light, a Keyboard, or a windows gaming accessory.

                This cable has excellent build quality too, the rubber feels smooth, the colour hasn't faded in the 4 months I've had it despite being knocked about and trodden on, and it feels tight as a drum. It's difficult to break really, and it's stood up to the most difficult durability test available: The Seven17 test. That's hard to pass simply because I man handle everything. Also, I have never experience any file corruption while using this cable.

                Overall an excellent cable, highly recommended for a RAID array, Xbox 360 (file transfer only, not game saves!!), and Mac/PC.

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              • Tesco Eyewash & Bath / Eye Care / 53 Readings / 49 Ratings
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                Highly recommended, 5 stars.

                It's always good to have one of these sat around the house for accidents like chilli sauce in the eye, or anything that might cause irritation. It's useful to have in emergencies, but is also quite good for tired eyes, and is indeed very refreshing. so after you've opened it, if you need to use it within 6 weeks, start using it up at the end of a long day staring at a computer screen, it does work.

                This eye bath will only keep for around 6 weeks, anything after that will have a lessened effect, although a couple odd days after the exact 6 week mark shouldn't really be a problem. it doesn't go off or anything, its just that if you leave an opened bottle of water around, it will pick up contaminants and bacteria.

                This has absolutely no smell whatsoever, and no, I'm not prepared to do a taste test. The water is soothing and feels a little cold on your eye, but nothing like ice. Of course, your body temperature is higher than room temperature, very much so, so it does feel like a soothing sensation on your eye. The best way I can describe this is imagining you're quite dehydrated, haven't had a drink for a while and you swallow a few mouthfuls of water, and you get that soothing sensation on your throat? Imagine that but for your eyes.

                The eye bath is one size fits all and you just need to press it up against the eye, making sure you apply a little bit of pressure to ensure the gaps are sealed tight. You should hold it in place with your eye open for a little while before letting the water out. You can then dry your eye on a clean towel. I find this is quite a quick process, and usually stops any irritation quickly. about 5-10 seconds is how long i usually use it for, any longer than that is fine but I've never really felt the need to do it for longer.

                It's quite easy to use but getting past the barrier of instinct where your brain wants you to close your eye for safety, and you want to open it to get the water in. This goes away completely after a couple washes, and you just fill the bath with the water provided, tip it up applying a little pressure (not too much) and blink a few times. Job done, less than 20 seconds from start to finish.

                The box can be recycled but the tub and eye bath can't be recycled. The eye bath should not be used again for the next bottle, as bacteria and gunk will build up in it. Plus you get a new one with your next bottle, so there's no need.

                Overall a great eye bath, very handy for emergencies and soothing for tired eyes too. I highly recommend this eye bath for the home, or in a first aid kit. Also handy if you've got children about.

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                08.04.2013 19:41
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                The food is lovely and reasonably priced.

                You can thank Google Translate for the title. (Translation: The food is lovely and reasonably priced!)

                It's hard to believe this place is next to the Golden Harvest, the outlet that I gave just 1 star earlier today, for food poisoning. This is very far from it, and one of the best pizzeria's I've been to. This place used to be an old abandoned, derelict cafe, with not very much in except a pile of dust and junk. It was renovated into the Ciao Bella and Golden Harvest, this being the (much) better of the two.


                (+) Il personale - The staff

                The people working behind the counter are very friendly and always say thank you before you walk out the door. On the phone they take your order and listen carefully to what you want. I have never had them misunderstand me or get my order wrong. If it's a long order they sometimes repeat it back to you. The staff will happily personalise your order, so if you don't want any salad with your burger, they take it out or if you want fewer chips but more salad, they will do that too.


                (+) Il premesse - The premises

                Inside there is quite possibly the worlds tallest serving counter, where it comes up to the bottom of my chin. It's huge, and I don't know why. You can barely see the guy serving behind the counter and you have to tiptoe if you're short. This counter is clean though, so something positive to add! It also has the toppings at the left hand side, these are buckets of pineapple, pepperoni and all the usual trimmings for pizza, but they do use the toppings for burgers, so if you order a hawaiian burger, you get the same pineapple as the pizzas.

                I am never left waiting more than 10 minutes, even when I go at around 7pm, when things get a little busier. If you order for a specific time they do get your food ready for then, give or take a few minutes so kudos to them, they do stick to your time and watch their clocks.


                (+) Il cibo - The food

                The food is excellent, their salad isn't dried out and brown, it's lovely and fresh, full of moisture. Their pineapple doesn't have much colour though and is quite watery. This doesn't affect the taste though, as it tastes absolutely fine to me. Onto meat then and things are good here; you get some lovely thick beef burgers which taste great on their own, so clearly they're not trying to drown out taste with their toppings. They aren't salty and don't have horrible after tastes.

                The kebabs aren't my cup of tea and they're very unhealthy. I don't know exactly what they put in them but they're very salty and whilst they do taste of meat, they also taste of some chemicals too. They are a little chewy and fatty in most places, which is why I never normally order a kebab here. Or anywhere for that matter.

                Their pizzas are excellent, they are full of flavour and whilst they are a little more expensive than pizza hut with their deals, they are a lot less greasy so top marks here too. They also don't skimp on the toppings, you do get a lot on there.

                Pastas are always very nice but I find the bolognese a little dry, they often don't add enough sauce, or maybe they overcook the pasta, I can't knock a star off for this though as it's only one dish. All the others are absolutely fine, I very much enjoy the creamy sauce in the Carbonara.

                The food comes in boxes or polystyrene cartons depending on what you order. All burgers come with chips.


                (+) Il menu & rapporto qualità-prezzo - The menu & Value for money

                On the menu they have lots of pizzas in small (8"), medium (10") and large (12") sizes, and there are 27 varieties, some of which I've never heard of before. They do stuffed crust versions or you can add your own toppings for a little extra money. You can even create your own pizza. They also have 12 freshly made pastas and calzones. There is even a Mexican menu for the adventurous, which has Fajitas and Chilli con carne, and 7 mexican pizzas, if 27 weren't enough. They do the usual meaty kebabs and side dishes too.

                These guys are good value for money on their burgers, especially the large sizes but their pizzas are a little more expensive than pizza hut, and promotions are almost never on. Free bottles of drink for orders over £18, but that's it.

                I have never been told something is out of stock, or off the menu.


                (N) Il servizio di consegna - The delivery service

                The delivery service is ok, not too good but not bad either. Their times are a bit hit and miss and sometimes the time they quote on the phone is not always the time they will deliver. Sometimes earlier and sometimes later. Most recently I was quoted a shocking 40 minutes on the phone and within 15 minutes a guy was at my door with a burger. Another time I was quoted 10 minutes and it actually took 20. Swings and roundabouts. The food does at least arrive hot though, and they always have some change to hand. They deal with your purchase quickly, but don't rush.


                (+) Complessivo - Overall

                An excellent Italian food outlet, highly recommended, especially for their burgers which are by far the best in the area. I wouldn't recommend their unhealthy kebabs though, or the bolognese.

                (N) Il dettagli - The details

                Phone: 01623 450 110 / 07858 330 880 (Can pre order for collection)

                Delivery: FREE, MINIMUM £8 4 mile radius, £1 p/mile thereafter. Under £8 order is £1 delivery.

                Address:
                24 Main Street
                Huthwaite
                Sutton-In-Ashfield
                NG17 2QW

                Opening times:
                Mon-Thu = 4pm-11pm
                Fri-Sun = 4pm-Late

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                • NCIS (Xbox 360) / Xbox 360 Game / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                  My advice: Rent rather than buy.

                  I'm not a big fan of the TV series to this game, but this is one of four crime scene resolving games on the Xbox, and who am I to say no to an easy 1000G? This game is simple and easy to follow, but with poor longevity and rubbish storyline, it gets boring quite quickly. and when you're finished, there's nothing else to do but replay cases you already know the answer to.

                  The graphics are very good for a low budget game, they don't have any attention to detail bits though, things like bad textures on the backgrounds like when out on the balcony, trees and deck chairs lack that pixel defilement, probably due to polygon deficiency. I'm not questioning the developers ability to texture, I'm just saying it was clearly given a low priority.

                  When it comes to crime solving, there are a lot of technicalities, little things that add up to bigger things, and a lot of research goes into them. With this though, it's more a case of dragging and dropping fingerprints to see which ones match. I somehow get the impression it's not as simple as that in real life. Maybe more tests and less obvious conclusions would help but I did feel like it was lacking that realistic approach to a crime scene.

                  If you don't know what you're doing or have no experience with the previous CSI games then get a guide from x360a, as finding all the bits of the evidence in the game can be a chore. The evidence in the game is sometimes linkable to the cases but others you really need to think about, like the bullet holes in the first crime scene which to me were hard to work out unless you put lasers in them, and find out where they were shot. Others like the residue from the bank explosion in mission 4, were easy to piece together and completely predictable.

                  Longevity is poor, I finished this game in 5 hours with a strong cup of coffee on a Sunday morning, and then when you've finished the game you can put it to one side and never play it again, because there are only 5 cases, and hour each, and once you've played them what else is there? You've found out who did each crime and know where the evidence for each one is, so why would you play it again?

                  The achievements are incredibly easy and the first 200G can be unlocked within 30 minutes. The rest is story based and completely unmissable if you're playing through at a normal pace. I don't think you need a guide for them but to speed up the process you might want an evidence guide. Search NCIS X360A on google, that will bring up and achievement guide. It's incredibly easy and you should rack up a nice full 1000 in one day.

                  Overall not a great game but equally an easy 1000G and some of the story lines in the cases are alright, but nothing that's shocking or unpredictable, so nothing new basically. But why would you buy this, as after just five hours you're never going to play it again?

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                • Mirror 16X DVD-R / Removable Media / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                  A high quality disc, recommended.

                  I bought these discs after i ran out of my Amazon Basics ones, and these were of even better quality and I have found them to be extremely reliable. They're not Ri Disc, but for around £16 or £17 they are cheaper than the AAA quality ones, without much compromise at all.

                  These discs are perfect for backing up files or moving files around an office, I personally use them for MP4 files from family holidays, they can be burnt onto the discs as actual files to be read in a computer or Xbox as well as just being burnt as a long movie with chapters.

                  I have never had a coaster out of my 100 pack, these have burned exceptionally well in a super write master drive, and have proven to be versatile even at the maximum 16x speed. Burning at lower speeds will allow buffer under run to work a little better on the cheaper discs but these can be burned at full speed without fault. I have never had any data loss or corrupted files on these discs. Files can also be stored as Zip, and despite compression they have also turned out alright when loading them back off the disc.

                  Playback quality is excellent, movies and audio files don't loose their quality and still maintain full 1080p quality if recorded in HD. The discs play back at a normal speed, no faster or slower than what I would normally expect. These run in my DVD player without incident, and can be played for hours on end without glitching.

                  The discs are made from a very strong plastic and are well balanced. Their tops have the usual mirror branding on, although they do sell a more popular inkjet printable version of this DVD, although i just find it easier to write on or stick a sticker on. The mirror logo on the top hasn't worn off, even after being subjected to heat in a DVD player and after burning. There is plenty of space to write on this disc, as they have provided lines at the bottom, and there's a ton of blank space around the logo for you to write on.

                  The plastic feels smooth on both sides and doesn't have any bumps or deformities.

                  They don't scratch too easily either, they're not like tough discs but their protective layer means they don't get scratches when sliding across a desk. I quite often throw discs about, especially as my office is filled with far too many of them, and just chucking them about causes no damage, you do need to actually abuse them with a lot of force in order to actually break them. Poking them with sharp objects will damage them, so keep them away from staples and pins.

                  Overall a great quality disc, highly recommended for the price too, they're no better than RiDisc but they are excellent value for money.

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                  Avoid like food poisoning.

                  A few years ago this was a lovely place to go, I really enjoyed their noodle dishes but then I stopped going as money got tighter and since this isn't my nearest chinese food outlet, I started walking rather than driving to save fuel, and stopped going for a while as it was out of walking distance. A few months ago I started coming back, only to get food poisoning. Had I known a friend of mine had also got food poisoning from this place recently, I wouldn't have gone. Clearly it wasn't just my dish on that one occasion, and instead it must be affecting others too.

                  Their prices are about average for a chinese take away, I think their rice dishes are slightly higher than what I'd expect, especially their King Prawn rice and Egg fried rice but everything else seems to be about right. Their chow mein dishes are actually cheaper than what I'd expect, because you do get a lot more meat than other chinese food outlets, especially as they pack out the plastic tubs with food, no air is allowed to sit around the top.

                  Onto the building itself then, and straight away some good points here, inside theres plenty of room in the waiting area and up at the counter you can pay for your food and see what's going on in the kitchen at the same time. The layout is simple where customers have a rectangle of the store to use, and in the corner they have plenty of space to sit down. It never gets cramped or crowded, even with lots of people so clearly their premises is big enough for the customers.

                  I was violently ill after eating their food, which I have to say was lovely, although I seriously doubt it's any good for you. The taste is excellent, the meat has full flavour and the noodle sauce isn't watered down. The vegetables have been cooked just right and don't fall apart when you pick them up. But i was sick for days, the bacteria cannot be seen so while you are enjoying this lovely meal, you're becoming a breeding ground for billions of micro organisms. It is sad to think that you're not going to enjoy a lovely meal because of this, and it's a shame because it's one of few chinese places near me that does some good quality noodles, but I will never return sadly. I tried going a second time a couple months later to see if they had sorted it out, but no, I got hit by it again, so i'm never going back.

                  I'm sorry but I don't care how nice the food is, if you get food poisoning every single time you eat here then that doesn't make up for it. I love the food, but it's crawling with bacteria. Once is a problem, twice and another time for a friend of mine means something is wrong. Employees not washing hands, or just bad food hygiene in general, I don't know, it's pretty disgusting.

                  Yes the Menu is nice, yes its a lovely place to go on a saturday night out, yes it does sell some reasonably priced food but if you get violently ill and have to take time off work every time you eat here then I'm sorry but that's not good enough! I can only award 1 star, but I have tried to make this review as fair as possible with plenty of positive things to add, rather than just rant about me being sick.

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