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I bought this phone on contract in March 2004, and to be honest I counted the days until I could change it when my contract ended.
Not being a huge tech minded person, the selection was made on looks. Having been told many times, dont judge a book by its cover it should be dont judge a phone by its looks! In this case the functionality and user-friendly capability was absolutely useless.
Ok Ill start with the case. Oval shape, pretty much the same as most of the flip phones out at that time. In dark silver, it did differ slightly to its competitors, who mainly plumped for the platinum silver.
I was disappointed by how easily the case chipped off, even with little use. After using the phone, I usually popped it back in my bag or had it on my desk beside me at work. So I would say that was general use, but to look at it after a few months you would have thought I had used it as a football in the local park. Chips and scratches covered it, making it look extremely sorry for its self.
Next opening the phone. I think that they call it the clam style phone; it opened nicely and felt nice in your hand when making calls, an essential aspect if you like to chat a lot
The key pad was ok, nothing special thats as good as it gets!
User ability I found it hard to find my way around the menu, it wasnt easy to follow and straight forward as I had expected. I thought that a Panasonic product would be well designed and easy to use silly me!
I even had to change the phone a few times, because I found that the screen would crash and cut itself off. Most annoying when you need to make a call or text someone.
Sending text messages wasnt straight forward, like on Nokia or Samsung phones. I kept pressing the exit button and quiting the text, having to start again annoying!
The camera was good quality at that time, but it has been far surpassed by newer models. However it has got a light that can be activated and its actually quite bright.
Ok, thats it. I havent got very many good words to say about it. I usually pass my phones on to other members of the family, but in this instance Im not bothering.
I've now got a Nokia 6170 - a much better phone!
Having recently flown from Newark airport to Bristol, I can honestly say I have nothing good to say about the airport.
With 4 hours to go till our flight, we arrived at the airport in plenty of time. I know that we were asking a lot, but we were hoping that there would be some signs as to where you need to go. Or, at least that there was a help desk to advise you on which queue you had to join. But alas no, not even someone roaming around to ask and there seemed to be a lot of other people in the same boat.
There were broken chairs pushed to the side, sections unused but not cordoned off. Due to the lack of seating, people where sitting on the floor or on their luggage. The whole place seemed to be in total chaos.
We eventually discovered that the large queue formed at the one of the check in points was for people who had booked their tickets on line (E tickets). We had paper tickets so had to go to another check in on the other side of the concourse. We found one member of staff behind the counter extremely rude for no apparent reason. We hadnt even spoken to her, we only went to her counter because she was free apparently this was wrong and we didnt have any patiences. Completely disregarding the fact that we were queuing and everyone else were trying to jump the queue.
Once checked in ourselves, we had to take our luggage to another section for security and have that checked in.
When we had sorted out our luggage, we decided to brave the security and go to the departure lounge. Having experienced one security check after another we were prepared for the search. However we didnt expect to be in the middle of an argument between the security guards. A great show of professionalism!!!
We raced through to get to the departure lounge and from there my husband decided to do a little exploring, Finding the usual large shops, for last minute shopping.
We had a fantastic time in New York, but it was just a shame that it was let down by what should have been a better airport.
Myself and my husband visited New York on 20th May 2005, having won a competition on our local evening news. The trip included seats on the inaugural flight from Bristol to Newark airport in New Jersey and accommodation in the Barclay Intercontinental hotel.
Having travelled for a whole day, we were both exhausted and just wanted to lie down in our room. We arrived at the hotel at 4.30ish on the Friday afternoon, with luggage in tow and the letter of reservation in my hand. We went to the reception to check in and get our keys This proved more difficult than it seemed due to an error in the booking it was booked under a different name. The staff were exceptionally nice and completely apologetic for the mistake. Because we had to wait for about 30 minutes for the clerical error to be cleared up, we were upgraded. Instead of the double, we were given a super king size room.
Our room was lovely, with a 7ft plus bed. It was comically higher than the norm, and I now know what my 20 month old daughter feels like when she tries to climb into my bed at home.
The room was well equipped, and of a decent size. A large TV on a pull out stand, telephone, internet access. A cupboard with an iron and ironing board. The hairdryer was on a hook in the bathroom, and although it wasnt the best Ive used it did eventually dry my hair.
The bathroom was small, it was clean with plenty of nice white towels. If you stayed at the hotel for a couple weeks, then Im sure the size would be an issue. But for a weekend, or even a week break it was fine. I was amused to discover a pair of scales in the bathroom and a telephone The tiles were brown marble style and on the whole a very nicely decorated hotel style bathroom. It was refreshing literally to find that the shower was powerful, and the water always seemed hot.
We hadnt been in our room long when we had a knock at the door. A gentleman stood there with a rectangular plate with 3 items of fruit, a bottle of still water, which was with compliments of the hotel.
We found the safe that was in one of the drawers in the room a great way of storing our valuables whilst touring the city.
The mini bar was well stocked, but I wouldnt pay £3 for a kitkat. A can of coke was £4 yes £4!!!
It wasnt until the following day, after a good night sleep did we realise what a beautiful reception the hotel had. A clock face style ceiling, marble floor and the largest vase of blossom I have ever seen on a beautiful ornate table. Basically it was a tree, and absolutely amazing. The lounge area was large, with comfortable seats and well used.
The hotel itself was well situated only a few blocks from the Grand Central Station, and a few blocks from the Chrysler building. We found that cabs hung around the hotel, so it was easy to get one. If you feel rich you can get a Limo, many are privately owned and you can jump in one of the ones that have just dropped off other guests at the hotel without pre booking.
We didnt have breakfast in the hotel, instead choosing the café about 30 seconds walk away from the front door. The breakfasts were 30 odd dollars each, and if you add any extras they cost more and that didnt include tax or service charge (tip), also a charge for delivery if you want room service. Evening meals were also very expensive, and I would certainly advise going else where.
On the whole, we had a lovely stay at the hotel, and would certainly stay there again when we return to the big apple and would highly reccommend it others... If nothing else the central location is certainly a plus.
Also if you wish to stay at the hotel, it's apparently better to contact the hotel direct as they offer better deals on rooms. This makes it an affordable option for that New York break.
The Jane 360 Matrix travel system is by far the best on the market. Others who have reviewed this travel system have boasted of it's superior build quality, it's design. I have to totally agree.
We purchased our system over a year ago, and then it was the best. It's interesting to see how it still is the best 3 wheeler available today. We chose the Titanium colour... though it looks more beige than grey... but it still looks great.
I have found the main people who are not favourable towards Jane, are those who put a budget on the safety of their childs safety. I know that not everyone has the finances to be able to go out and purchase one, but I know many shops offer payment in installments.
How do I know that the matrix is safe?
At the beginning of the year.. 9th January to be precise. Myself, my husband and our 3 month old daughter were in a car accident. Where a speeding car hit us from behind, smashing into our estate car. I suffered from injuries to my neck, back and whiplash and my husband also suffered from whiplash. My daughter however was blissfully unaware that anything had happened... she didn't even stir. I am 100% certain that she was uninjured due to that fact that she was lieing down in the matrix - and not in an upright carseat.
Another advantage is that when travelling on long distances, you don't have to worry about taking lots of breaks to make sure baby is comfortable. I've seen so many babies slouched over - it really isn't good for them!
Both myself and my husbands parents live 2 hours away from us, and we visit both at least once a month. The Matix became invaluable.... My daughter was so comfortable, and didn't stir throughout the journey. We also purchased an extra set of clips, so that we could use the Matrix in both our cars.
It was sad day when my daughter was to big to go in the Matrix, having to use a forward facing carseat. But the day did come, and we have stored it ready for our next child to use it.
Jane is such a good make that we have also purchased the Jane stroller... We still use the 3 wheeler. We were also impressed when we saw the new system for a baby and toddler on the same 3 wheeler... very nice ;)
We recommend it to all our friends. Go on have a look at it, you really will see what I mean.
I've just returned from a long weekend in the beautiful city of Gothenburg.
A couple friends got married in this wonderful city, and we celebrated the marriage in both English and Swedish styles. It was absolutely fantastic experience, and one that I will remember for many years to come.
We arrived in Gothenburg on by plane (Ryanair) from Stansted airport (£120 pair of tickets), and arrived in Sweden on time. The airport could be discribed as a cow shed, but we were on time and our friends were there to greet us off the plane.
Our hotel itself was a ship, docked in the harbour. Ibis, which apparently is a chain of hotels in Sweden. It worked out to be £40 per night, which I'm sure you would agree is very reasonable. However it was very hot (30c) and it didn't have air conditioning, so the nights were rather warm.
The hotel was lovely and clean, the rooms were on the small side, but that was all we needed.
If you know Gothenburg, it is situated near the lipstick. For those who don't know the city, it's a large building which is a land mark. due to the fact that it looks like a giant stick of red lipstick.
Both my boyfriend and myself were impressed by the cleanliness of the whole city and how friendly the people were. The local people where only to happy to talk in English, which was great as neither of us spoke a word of Swedish.
It was bizzare walking around the shops, seeing the signs in the windows in both English as well as Swedish 'Final Sale'.
We were however worried about the price of food, drink etc. But it really wasn't as bad as were lead to believe. Yes it wasn't cheap, but an evening out in this country is hardly cheap now adays. So don't let this put you off, of visiting this gorgeous place.
Even the air seemed cleaner, which might sound silly. It might be to do with the amount of forest surrounding the city.
We were fortunate enough to get out of the city for a day, visiting our friends new house. This was about 1 hour from Gothenburg, it is a house on the edge of a gorgous lake. We fished, others swam and generally had a great time, with our Swedish friends.
If you plan to go the Gothenburg in the future I for one would highly recommend it. It's beautiful, its clean, the people are friendly, it's not to expensive and it has some fantastic restaurants. We found one that cost £200 for 15 people (not bad hey?) I had flounder stuffed with lobster, now try to get that in England for the same price!
To be honest I would seriously consider moving to Gothenburg, or to a village near by. I really have fallen for the Swedish way of life, and who knows what will happen in the future.
The only complaint we have is that our return flight was delayed, and that there was very little information for us to go on.. But that is all.
There I was, in one of Bristol's music shops, and there it was, staring at me, and calling me to buy it. 'It' was American Pie 2, or least thats what my boyfriend said, when he presented me with the DVD. The sequel to one of the funniest films ever. Often, the sequel is no way near as funny as the original, and the producers are just cashing in on the success of the original, but none of these traits apply to this film. There is a plot, basically, the high school students (Jim, Stifler, Kevin, OZ and Finch) have moved on 1 year, and have returned for the summer vacation (rented house by lake) after their first year at college to swap stories and continue their previous year's prom night adventures - or do they? The first film had some highlights, which have gone down in legend. This film has more of the same. The 'champagne' scene, the 'super glue' scene and the 'trumpet' scene will have you heaving, howling and hurling in equal quantities. I felt sorry for our neighbours, they must have thought we were sacrificing a small animal with the amount of noise we were making. I definitely recommend this film, it will, in my opinion, become a true comedy classic. I could tell you more about the plot, however I think that it will more fun if you watch it yourself.
Having spent months deciding what type of car we wanted to buy, we eventually agreed and went for an Audi.
Having just picked it up from our local dealer, this is only my initial findings and comments.
We decided on the A4 avant 1.9 TDI (red I for those in the know). Silver, Full leather interior, and all the gubbings CD player etc. I was most impressed with the cup holder in the front, which I'm sure will come in handy.
I'm not into the technical side of the car, not being interested in the engine side at all, however I am interested is the fantastic ride, the comfort of the seats, and the sheer luxurious feel of the interior and the A4 Avant does not disappoint.
We took the A3 TDI out for a test drive but we thought that due to the fact that we plan to keep this car for a few years, we would out grow this car in the near future when you take into account push chairs etc.
Secondly we looked at A4 1.8 T, this was very fast and handled well, which is something that you expect from the German car. Having driven a Peugeot 106 for the last 4 years, it was a complete shock driving a large car.
The only complaint so far, is that this car wasn't designed for a short person and the seat position when driving seems a little awkward. But I am sure that I will get used to it.
Anyway I must go now, I must get some shopping..... the shop is only 5/10 minutes walk away, however the pint of milk I have to buy is heavy, so I will have to drive.
We have now had the car for over 4 years, and after 30k miles, these are my findings:
The car is solid, you do feel safe inside. Having been in a car accident, where a fiesta didn't stop at a red light and instead end up shunting us from behind. The Audi required a new bumper and tail gate had to be replaced, the fiesta or I should say ex fiesta was a right off and caught on fire.
On long journeys the seating position is very comfortable. You can vary the seat height, which is a great feature for us short people.
However on a negative side, the leg room in the back is ridiculous. When my husband is driving, you can't sit behind him because he drives with the seat quite far back. Even when I sit forward it is a tight sqeeze, and when he decide to have another child we are changing the car... this is the main reason for doing so. A friend who has the new shape A4 also has the same problem, so it is something that they haven't addressed yet. Not good, when you have older children.
We generally get 45 miles to the gallon, which is a mixture of city driving and motorway driving. Pretty good, seeing that this is not the most economical way of driving.
Parts are cheap, and I would recommend finding a Audi specialist garage to do any mechanical work for you, instead of going to the main dealer. We had no end of problems with our local dealer, and since our problems we have heard lots of other people having similar problems.
Our car is now 5 years old and it still drives like new.
I still love it, but it's time to get a new car. We still intend staying with German cars, but we might be going to VW, for a Sharan or maybe we'll go stick with Audi and plump for an A6 allroad. Either way, German cars are the best!!!
Wow... I've just finished the 'Fellowship of the rings' and I'm steaming through the 'Two Towers'. I started this book shortly before I went to see the film. Patence is not something that I am at all good at, so instead of waiting to finish the first part I went to see the film. WOW!!! which is all I can really say, as both myself and my boyfriend were blown away by the sheer magnitude of the film. This has been a book that I have planned to read for many years, however I just never got around to it. Being a sci fi and fantasy fan for many years, I guess it was only time before I picked up the monster of a book and take the time to read it. Though at first the shear size of the book was daunting, and the speech of the characters was intitially difficult to grasp, but once into the story it takes you through an exciting adventure with all the elements of a good book. Friendship, adventure, danger, excitment. Sauron is the Dark Lord of Mordor, who was defeated many years before in a great battle by the combined efforts of the Elves, Dwarfs, hobbits and Men. Sauron is disturbed from his resting place and is again sweeping the land with terror and darkness, due to the innocient discovery of a ring by Bilbo Baggins, Bilbo was unaware of the true power of the ring, and when he decides to leave the Shire (home of the Hobbits) he leaves the ring in the hands of an unsuspecting Frodo, with the guidance of Gandalf the wizard. The ring was of plain gold and looked innocient. But this was the ring forged by Sauron himself to rule all the rings of power. Engraved on the ring was a script that only Gandalf could translate 'One ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.' When the evil powers strengthened in the south Frodo along with Gandalf and his friends Sam, Pippin and Merry, seek the council of the Elves. They l
eave the shire and go to Rivendell to meet with Elrond the Elf Lord. Always being chased by the black riders or Ringwraiths, servants of the Dark lord, whos mission was to return the ring to Sauron at all cost. After a meeting of all the representatives of all the races of middle earth, they discover that Elrond is unable to help them. Elrond in his wisdom could only tell them that the only way to defeat Sauron was to destroy the ring. The ring could not be destroyed by mortals and that it could only be done in the fires where it was forged.... Mordor itself. Nine where chosen to make the quest, straight into the heart of the enemy's land. Gandalf for his wisdom, Strider (his true name is Aragorn) he is a ranger, who are the last of the great people of the west. and he is heir to the throne of old kings, chief of the Dunedain. Boromir representing the Men of Gondor, a land in the east, who battle the evil spilling out of Morgul. Legolas represented the Elves and Gimli son of Gloin for the Dwarves. Frodo the ring keeper and Sam his companion, closely followed by Pippin and Merry. Together these made the nine 'the fellowship of the rings' Their adventures take them across the lands of Middle earth and closely chased by Orc's sent by the Dark Lord. The book so far is one long adventure, a roller coaster giving you little time to relax before the next battle or discovery happens. So far I am enjoying this book and would advise anyone thinking of starting, to do it. I must admit it is hard to grasp, and the songs from all characters within the book is a little bizarre, however please give it a go, and don't give up, you won't regret it. Cheat like I did and watch the film first, this will help when trying to understand the history of the ring. You will be impressed that they haven't deviated from the book to much. Go on give it a go..... I will let you know what happens n
ext, or maybe not and let you discover the book for yourself.
I have listened to the debates on whether the innoculation is safe, or if it damages the child long term. Taking into consideration both sides of the arguement. My niece is almost 2 months now, and my sister is now considering whether or not to let her have the MMR injection. I gathered as much information on the subject as I could for her on the internet, hopefully helping her in her decision. Unfortunately this just added to the confusion, and she is no further forward. In my opinion, combining the three injections into one, in theory is a great idea. The idea of reducing the trauma of the series of innoculations can only be a good thing. But my concern is that it's too much for a little baby to take, injecting a small body with three types of diseases at one time cannot be good. Hopefully this is not just a ploy by the NHS and government to save money, I guess a single injection is cheaper than three separate one's. But we are talking about the next generation, not a commodity. On some things its not wise to cut corners, or save money. I have also heard of parents taking their children to the continent, to have the innoculations separately. I just hope we don't look back in hindesight, saying that this was not a good idea and if only we knew about the after effects. What ever decision my Sister make's it has to be the right one for her. My decision would be to have it done separately, if it means going to France etc, then so be it. Or wait until more research has been made into all aspects of the innoculation. We all know that it is right for our children to be innoculated from the illnesses, that is not the arguement. The arguement is, is it safe to have the injections 3 in 1? For all those making the decision right now, I hope you get the best possible advice and I hope you make the right decision for you and your child. Update: My sister has deci
ded to wait until my neice is 3 years old, hopefully then there will be more research into the pros and cons of the innoculation......
Bored with the usual Sunday night rubbish on the box, my boyfriend and I decided to go to the cinema. What Women want wasn't our 1st choice, but Hannibal was fully booked. So we decided instead of wasting the evening, we would watch this film. On the whole this is not the sort of movie I usually watch, I usually cringe at the thought of yet another American love story. But I must admit I was pleasantly surprised, Mel would not be my 1st choice for this role or my 2nd or even my 100th, but he played the part extremely well. Mel plays a mans man, in the world of advertising. Helen Hunt plays the talented Advertising executive, hired to bring the company back to the top of the industry. Taking the senior position from Mel's character. On her first day, she issues the team with a box containing products from companies who were seeking new advertising ideas. The idea was for all them to take the box away, returning the following day, with new exciting ideas. Still not impressed that he didn't get the promotion, or impressed with his new boss, Mel takes the products home, and not to be outshone by his new boss. He takes on the task by asking himself "What do Women want??". Feeling the best way to answer this question, he decides to try the products himself. The nail varnish, the mascara, the tights and finally the legs wax....... with hilarious consequences!!! To find out more you will have to watch it...... After leaving the movie, my boyfriend turned to me and asked if the waxing hurt. I said that I would wax his chest for him if he wanted, I didn't get a reply to the offer, so I guess he didn't like the idea..... pity it would be amusing!!!!!!!
I'm writing this opinion after visiting WHSmith's yesterday, due to absolute disgust and horror. I just have to warn people. I was happily browsing through the Christmas cards, when i picked up a card that i thought would be suitable for an elderly relative. It was around A5 size, nothing special, no embossed text, just a plain Christmas scene on the front. I picked it up and continued to look through the excellent range of cards. I don't normally check the price, but this time I did. £4.99. Now I'm not tight, but that is absolutely disgusting, and completely overpriced. I work in the printing industry, therefore I have an insight into the expenses of printing, quality etc of the cards. There are many stages that have to taken into consideration, when pricing cards and printing cards is always an expensive business. But this is complete daylight robbery, the quantities that a company like WHSmith would purchase, means that their mark up on the final price is huge! Needless to say I put the card back and purchased a similar quality card at Birthday's for £1.99. Slightly different you must agree!
Now the choice was the Grinch or Charlies Angels, being a big kid, I wanted to watch the Grinch. But the other half wasn't impressed, so Charlies Angels it was.... Having adored the series, I was a little dubious of this film, the casting at first look, didn't seem at all suited to the parts. But I think that Drew is a great talented actress, so I decided to go with an open mind. Staring Drew Barrymore, Cameran Diaz and Lucy Lui. They looked great and completely made the movie enjoyable, purely because they looked as if they were having fun making the film. The fight sequences had similarities to the fantastic movie Matrix. And from the fast moving opening scene, the film continued to be action packed. The film was actually very funny, Bill Murray was also in the film adding an amusing contribution. I won't say to much about the storyline as I will spoil it, my advise is to go and see it, don't wait until it comes out on video, as the explosive stunts will lose some of their thrill on the home screen. This certainly compliments the original series unlike many others that have tried and failed..... Oh yes and the Soundtrack was fantastic!
This show has inspired me to consider doing some gardening, consider I said not actually doing the deed. The prospect of spending time in the garden playing with soil, in the cold, wet or boiling heat is not my idea of fun. Alan Titchmarsh, Tommy and Charlie are great, they really enjoy working and in many cases come up with some original ideas and nice gardens. But Charlie, Charlie come on girl, put a bra on. Yes it was novel at the beginning, yes it got her noticed. But to continue saying that she can't work in a bra, is now getting boring, that's why Sports bras were invented dear. It's so obvious that all it is an attention seeking ploy, that is in my opinion, rather sad. Charlie has got a reasonable personality, she knows her gardening stuff, and seems very talented especially with her creative water features. So come on charlie take a risk, put it on and I'm sure the viewing figures won't go down. If they do, they are they type of viewers you don't really want!!!! I'm sure if she asked nicely Father Christmas would buy her one!
After the wonderful films from Nick Park, featuring the exploits of the loveable pair Wallace and Gromit. The next offering was The Chicken Run, using the same techinques of animation, with the same facial expressions. I think this could be the problem with it, it wasn't different enough from the other movies. I thought it was a well selected cast, Mel Gibson was the voice of Rocky, the flying Rooster. Julia Sawala supplied the voice for Ginger the Chicken who headed the escape party. Along with the likes of Jane Horrocks and others. The film was funny, the animation was clever, we expect nothing less from the excellent producers. But I just couldn't get into the film, it was dark (that's not just because I was in the cinema!!!) I wanted to turn the lights on. The characters were ok, but the whole thing didn't work. I think they forgot who their audience were, it was neither aimed at kid or adults. The story was about a group of Chickens who try to escape from the chicken run, before they are put in the new chicken pie machine. Ginger had many idea's on the escape routes etc. but none of them worked and she always got caught. Then Rocky arrived, he convinced the chickens that they could fly out of the coup. They are disappointed when they discover that Rocky had been lieing to them, and that they couldn't fly. He had escaped from a circus, where he was fired out of a cannon, he could not fly as he claimed. They then work as a team to build a plane to fly them out. This works and during the film of course the two lead characters fall in love..... Alright, it was ok, but it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. If you go to see it, expecting to see something new you'll be disappointed, if you go expecting to see the usual Park movie you'll enjoy it.
I'm a big fan of Rugrats, yes I may be a big kid. But I think this cartoon, shows that it is possible to make a great programme for children without having to base it around violence. The whole cartoon is based around children, Tommy the main character, Dillian, Tommy's little brother. Phil and Lil the twins (neighbours) and Chucky Tommy's best friend. The cartoon is bright and colourful, the stories are fun and written and produced with the innocience of children in mind, each episode is written from a childs point of view. I'm such a big fan that I went to see Rugrats the movie at the cinema, I dragged my friend along and watched the film amongst hundreds of children. Now that show's dedication!!