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    • Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB / Smartphone / 29 Readings / 28 Ratings
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      Exellent phone. Highly recommended. 9/10

      I bought my iPhone 3G around 6 months ago from Orange at a cost of £340 (+£10 top-up) on 'Pay As You Go'. The initial £340 cost seems expensive but I decided would work out better than a contract as I would only be spending £5 per month to get unlimited texts through 'Orange Extras'.

      ~~~ Set-up ~~~

      The phone was unboxed for the first time in store (which was a little disappointing as it takes away from the excitement of rushing home with it), so that it could be activated. Everything was done for me and my role in the setting-up was basically just taking it home and charging it. Couldn't really have been much easier.

      ~~~ Unboxing ~~~

      Second time round I got a better look at what I was getting in the nicely presented little Apple box.
      Inside there was:

      iPhone 3G 8GB
      Headphones w/Mic
      Phone charger
      Connecting Cable (used for connecting to PC and into the charger for the mains)
      Manuals

      ~~~ First Impressions ~~~

      After spending £340 on something so small, the first few minutes after the excitement has died down could be filled with 'why have I bought this' thoughts, but this wasn't the case. The phone looked and felt very stylish and I couldn't wait to get it charged up so I could play with it.

      ~~~ Look & Feel ~~~

      The phone is very plain, but I think it's quite a good looking phone, this may be because I like iPhone's so much. It looks even better when the screen is at the home page with the nice crisp application icons glowing out at you.

      It has a glossy finish which is nice to touch and at the beginning I was very cautious of getting scratches on it. However, after around 6 months of use the glossiness has worn off and it isn't anywhere near as nice to touch. The black finish on the back has also worn slightly where I've been holding it. The screen is also a lot stickier. Small scratches appeared out of the blue on the screen as well, but you can't feel them and they don't effect the operation of the phone.

      ~~~ Performance ~~~

      At first the phone ran nice and smoothly with very little delay between tasks. The more applications I installed on it made it slow down a little bit though. Then came iOS 4.0 which almost completely killed the phone. Performance was shocking and I had to regularly turn the phone off then back on again. Fortunately future updates which were released quickly solved this, but it still doesn't run as smoothly as before. Loading times can be slow and some apps shutdown without warning, some don't even start at all.

      The battery life is well known to be on the iPhone's big downfalls. It will probably need charged once a day depending on what you're doing. Charging doesn't take too long thankfully and a full charge can be reached in under an hour.

      ~~~ Ease of Use ~~~

      Without doubt this is the most easy to use phone I have ever experienced. Everything is easy to find. Menus aren't clustered and navigating to and from various things is incredibly easy. Even making calls seems easier, with everything laid out very simply on screen.

      ~~~ Touch Screen ~~~

      The screen is exceptional. My first concern regarding the touch-screen was when texting. When held vertically the keys are very small, but to my surprise texting was still extremely easy, with pin-point accuracy provided by the screen. 6 months on and occasionally it goes a little crazy and selects a key a few along from where you've pressed, but this is solved by switching to a horizontal view.

      The sensitivity of the screen is also excellent while playing games, etc. Swiping, tapping and multi-touch are all excellent; making this is a superb device for playing games, better than a DS or PSP in my opinion.

      ~~~ Sound & Visual ~~~

      The sound quality on the phone is okay. It's perfectly fine to listen to music or watch movies on through the built-in speaker. Quality improves when earphones are used.

      Visually I think the phone excels again. Images are crisp, bright and really stand out, making you just want to touch the screen and mess around with all the different apps.

      ~~~ Accessories ~~~

      Camera - 2.0MP camera is way behind other phones in the market and is a bit of a let down. It still takes okay photos but not much more than you would expect. There is also no flash and you have to buy a video recorder application (iVideoCamera) for £0.59 if you want that privilege.

      Web Browser - Safari is used and does a good job of providing an easy to use, mobile way of accessing the internet.

      WiFi - if you're near a WiFi network then it's easy to connect trough the iPhone. Speeds are pretty good depending on the quality of the internet connection. Range of the signal is pretty decent as well.

      Bluetooth - another disappointing aspect given you can't connect to non-iPhones. Even once you find someone with an iPhone you have to use apps to share things, which is still limited to protect iTunes purchases. It is good for playing games through though.

      ~~~ Applications ~~~

      There are thousands of fun and helpful apps on the iTunes app store, which will assist you in day-to-day activities and also keep you entertained. My favourites being:

      Sky+ - record shows onto your box from your phone. Very simple to use
      Angry Birds - top selling game on iTunes, very addictive.
      Tune-in Radio - listen to the radio on your phone
      Livescore - get the latest sports scores. I only use it for football, but it's excellent.
      Co Pilot Live - sat nav for iPhone

      ~~~ Improvements ~~~

      There are 4 mains ones:

      Battery - needs to be improved. The newer versions are slightly better but not by too much.

      Camera - iPhone 3G S was upgraded to a 3MP camera and the iPhone 4 boasts a 5MP camera which is more what you would expect on the 3G.

      External Memory - would be nice if you could expand the memory. I have used up all 8GB on over 150 apps (no music or movies and only a few photos). My advice: if you're going to use the app store and phone to their full potential, then buy the 16GB - I wish I did.

      Restrictions - apple have made it hard to do things like custom ringtones (can be done through iTunes) and shares photos, songs, etc. Things which are very basic and easy to do on most phones. This leads to people "jail breaking" their phone.

      ~~~ Overall ~~~

      No regrets apart from not spending an extra £90 to get the 16GB version. Most of my friends thought spending the money on the phone was silly, but ended up getting one themselves. I'd recommend it to everyone and I think it can only be topped by future iPhone models. People who get one and say they don't like it are the ones not taking advantage of the fantastic apps and instead sitting around with basic functions and apps on a fantastic phone.

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      • The Damned United (DVD) / DVD / 36 Readings / 33 Ratings
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        31.05.2010 17:03
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        8/10

        The Damned United was released in March 2009 and is available on Amazon.co.uk for around £5. It was directed by Tom Hooper and has a runtime of approximately 94 minutes.

        It follows Brian Clough's (Michael Sheen) turbulent 44-day reign as manager of Leeds United when he replaced arch-rival Don Revie.

        Although this is a movie based around football, the main emphasis on the film is of course Brian Clough and his character. So you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this. I am a football fan but Clough was from before my time, but this didn't stop me enjoying it, although I do have a decent knowledge of what Clough was about.

        Sheen puts in a good performance as Brian Clough, despite not looking anything like him. His mannerisms added good depth to his enacting of the two time European cup winner.

        I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to most people. Some people were unhappy about the portrayal of Clough in the movie, but I don't think it showed him in a bad light at all. In my opinion it just showed his will to win.


        Colm Meaney ... Don Revie
        Henry Goodman ... Manny Cussins
        David Roper ... Sam Bolton
        Jimmy Reddington ... Keith Archer
        Oliver Stokes ... Nigel Clough
        Ryan Day ... Simon Clough
        Michael Sheen ... Brian Clough
        Mark Bazeley ... Austin Mitchell
        Timothy Spall ... Peter Taylor
        Maurice Roëves ... Jimmy Gordon
        Stephen Graham ... Billy Bremner

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          9/10 - Recommended

          With every World Cup there is a World Cup game and South Africa is no different. There's usually not much difference from that year earlier FIFA instalment, but enough minor changes to encourage people to buy it - me being one of them, for just under £40.

          The start up of the game is typical of EA, very professional and stylish looking with well laid out menus and graphics. The actual game itself following this blueprint.

          The first noticeable difference when you kick-off for the first time is the improvement of the grass. Doesn't sound important, but I've always thought the grass in FIFA looks more like a big green carpet than perfectly manicured grass. It now looks a lot more like real grass with various marks spread all over it.

          Surrounding the grass are superbly detailed stadiums, included are all the World Cup venues including Durban and Soccer City, as well as the home grounds for the major national teams when you're not playing in the World Cup, such as Wembley, Bernabeu, etc.

          The players are also superbly detailed (the big names anyway), looking very much like their real life selves. Players such as Wayne Rooney, Xavi, Torres all look amazing, but once you go one of the smaller nations the resemblance is poor and difficult to make out who is who. Although you can't really blame them for not going through every team and perfecting every player, there are 199 teams after all.

          Other changes to match day, out with the gameplay changes are the inclusion of manager reactions throughout the match. Again, only the big name managers from the major nations are included. These are quite good at first, but soon become annoying and just waste time, they can be turned off for offline play, but you're stuck with them when playing online.

          Now onto the gameplay. There haven't been too many big changes. The game still plays pretty much the same as FIFA 10, but slightly more realistic. The way the players pass and shoot looks more natural, as do the much more acrobatic goalkeepers. The three main differences would have to be - there seems to be more movement from off-the-ball players, allowing putting together much better passing sequences. The second difference is the shooting. It now appears to be much easier to score, with long range efforts achievable, but not easy by any means. The third main change would have to be the superior crossing. Crosses can now be whipped into the danger area, where your striker is usually waiting to head home. This is good, because it allows you to mix things up a little bit more. For those of you who haven't played FIFA 10 the overall gameplay experience is excellent. The player physics and the way the game flows is extremely realistic.

          Once you've finished getting to grips with the minor changes in the practice arena and in kick-off mode, you can dive into one of the proper game modes. The usual suspects are there:

          Captain your country - take control of one player and try to guide the team to world cup glory.

          World Cup - start from the qualifying stages and try to guide your team into the finals and then all the way to lifting the world cup. I like this since you start in the qualifiers and therefore have the chance to go any of the 199 teams, rather than just the teams who qualified for the finals.

          Online World Cup - excellent addition to the game. You firstly choose which nation you want to represent (Scotland for me) and then start from the group stage of the World Cup using whichever team you want. In this game mode I prefer to go one of the smaller nations, the battle to scrape as many points together as you can is quite exciting.

          Also, the lower rated team you go the more points you gain for the country you're representing. There is a ladder showing how many points and cups each nation as won.

          Online Head-to-Head - choose your team and plays against people from around the world. This is where I spend most of my time when playing the game, largely down to the new ranking system which works as a league table.

          You start off in Division 10 and then have 10 games to earn 16 points, which will get your promoted. You earn ranking points for getting promoted or for remaining in the same league. Getting relegated doesn't get you any points; it might even lose you some (fortunately I haven't been relegated yet so I'm not certain).

          There is also a cup tournament at the end of each season which provides you with the chance to gain more ranking points.

          Other less important game modes include training and penalty shoot-out.

          Overall I would recommend this to everyone who was a fan of FIFA 10 and is looking forward to the World Cup. There are plenty of minor changes which make it worth buying and the new ranking system and online World Cup is excellent. It is a pretty solid game, with excellent graphics and excellent gameplay - you can even listen to the national anthems of all the teams and the background music increases the atmosphere of the game.

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            13.05.2010 18:42
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            8/10

            Ali G Indahouse was released in 2002, directed by Mark Mylod. It has a runtime of approximately 85 minutes and is available on Amazon.co.uk for around £4.

            While trying to stop his local community centre being shut down, Ali G is spotted by the Chancellor who has ambitions to become Prime Minister. Unwittingly Ali G becomes a key part of the Chancellors plan to get into number 10.

            Ali G is definitely a movie which you will either love or hate, although despite saying that, I only really like it rather than love it. The DVD cover gives you a pretty clear impression of what the film may be like even if you haven't seen the Ali G Show.

            Ali G is a wannabe gangster, competing with other wannabes in the surrounding area. There are a few funny face-offs throughout the movie with the "gangs" in the pimped out cars and colour co-ordinated clothes.

            The movie is funny from start to finish and is nothing more than a stupid comedy, with a story thrown in. So if you don't like pretty basic stupid humour this isn't for you. There are memorable moments scattered throughout the movie, with one of my favourites being when Ali G puts on his camouflage outfit.


            Sacha Baron Cohen ... Ali G
            Emilio Rivera ... Rico
            Gina La Piana ... Hoochie 1 (as Gina Lapiana)
            Dana de Celis ... Hoochie 2 (as Dana Pauley)
            Dominic Delesilva ... Young Boy
            Jacqueline Castro ... Mum (as Jackeline Castro)

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            Go to the app store and buy this 10/10

            All-in-One Gamebox is a collection of games which can be bought from the app store for use on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It is available for £0.59 which is incredible since some of the games on it could be sold individually for £0.59

            Another great aspect of this collection of games is that it is constantly being updated with new games - for free! Just as I went onto iTunes to make sure the details are correct for this review, 3 new games have been added to take the total to 30.

            The games included within the gamebox aren't simple games, some can be a little more complicated, making the price of £0.59 even more incredible. There are various types of games, but quite a few of the contain shooting, with sniper games being quite common.

            2 of the more simple games which I like are 'Archer 3D' and '3-2-1 Jump'. Archer 3D is simple you being an archer and trying to hit the target to gain points. 3-2-1 Jump involves tilting the device you're using to jump from one platform to the next above (similar to PapiJump).

            Overall this is an excellent collection of quality games, which is definitely a must have for anyone who enjoys playing games on their phone. You are almost certain to find something you'll enjoy from the collection of shooter, racers or puzzle games like sudoku. Highly recommended - possibly the best £0.59 you'll ever spend.

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          • Kick-Ass (DVD) / DVD / 39 Readings / 35 Ratings
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            8/10

            Kick-ass was released in March 2010, directed by Matthew Vaughn. It has a runtime of approximately 117 minutes.

            Comic book fan Dave Lizewski has always wondered why nobody has ever taken on the responsibility of become a real-life superhero. After all there are plenty of fans out there. He decides to take on the challenge by himself, inspiring others with his actions.

            I was expecting this to be a stupid comedy with some spoof action scenes thrown in, but it turned out be a proper action-comedy, getting the balance between the two spot on.

            There are various one-liners and shortcomings for the heroes throughout the movie, providing some proper laugh out loud moments. There are also very impressive action scenes throughout the movie, which are all extremely well put together and wouldn't be out of place in a proper action movie.

            The whole cast fit their respective roles extremely well. I originally thought that Nicholas Cage wouldn't fit into this movie, but since it turned out to be a much more serious movie than I was expecting, he fitted in perfectly.

            Overall I would recommend this movie to basically everyone. There are plenty of funny bits throughout and excellent action scenes. The soundtrack in the movie is also very good - I don't usually notice this. I doubt you'll be disappointed if you go to see this, but I would say that I think positive reviews are over the top - I wouldn't rate it as movie of the year.


            Nicolas Cage ... Damon Macready / Big Daddy
            Aaron Johnson ... Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass
            Garrett M. Brown ... Mr. Lizewski
            Clark Duke ... Marty
            Evan Peters ... Todd
            Deborah Twiss ... Mrs. Zane
            Lyndsy Fonseca ... Katie Deauxma
            Sophie Wu ... Erika Cho

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            iVideoCamera is an app for the iPhone which provides previously unable 2G and 3G iPhones the ability to record videos.

            Personally I think they should have been updated free of charge to allow video recording, but you can't have everything.

            The app is simple and easy to use and does exactly what you would expect - takes videos. You can also record using special effects, which is a nice addition.

            The quality of the videos is quite good considering the mediocre 2MP camera on the 3G (that's what I have and use this on). You can record in either 'low quality' or 'high quality'. Without exporting to my PC I would have to say I can't see much of a difference.

            A 4x zoom is also provided. The quality when zoomed isn't great, with quite a lot of jagged edges, but it's better than nothing I suppose.

            The only complaint I would have about this app is the time it takes to save. For a 10 second recording it takes maybe somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds to save to your camera roll.

            For £0.59 this is definitely one app you must buy, since it doesn't look like Apple will be upgrading the software to enable video recording.

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            Bubble Bash is an application which is comparable to Beehive Bedlam and other similar games.

            The objective is to fire bubbles into the pack above, matching 3 colours to burst them. You progress through the game by doing the various levels and moving from one island to the next.

            Unlike similar games, the levels don't just vary by difficulty and formation of the bubble pack. Some levels have different objectives you must complete. I would prefer it to just stick to the same format.

            Apart from the progression 'story mode' or 'arcade' as it's known, there is another game mode called 'Crab Fever'. In this you simply keep trying to remove the bubble, while more and more lines are added. I probably prefer this to the arcade mode.

            You control the direction of your shot by moving your finger along the screen for direction and removing your finger (from the screen, not your hand) to fire the bubble. You can also change the angle of where you fire from by tilting the phone. There are other ways of controlling it by I find this way, which is the way it starts, the best. The controls are easy to get the hang of and respond well to what you ask it to do.

            Bubble Bash is quite a good game, but not one I regularly play as there are better games available, even free ones. However, for £0.59 you are sure to get your monies worth and I doubt you'll regret buying it. It does take up 70.9 MB, which is quite big compared to other apps, but still isn't too much.

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            21.04.2010 20:21
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            After buying a few tubs of Maximuscle Promax, which is a whey protein powder, and not really using it consistently, I decided to use it as recommended and see if it actually benefited me in any way.

            In case you don't want to read on, the simple answer is no. Here's why.

            On the back of the tub is the guideline amount of protein shakes each person should take a day, depending on goals and weight. It was recommended that I should take 2 per day, so I did. One within 30 minutes of a workout and the second around and hour before I went to bed.

            I weighed myself at the beginning of the 2 weeks and at the end and there was absolutely no difference in my weight. I was lifting weights a decent amount, probably about an hour to 2 hours per day, with rest days thrown in as well. I was also eating quite a healthy diet void of any fizzy juice, sweets, crisps, etc. And eating things such as pasta, meat, fruits and plenty of water. Strength and definition wise there didn't seem to be any change either.

            Apart from the fact I don't think it helped me at all there were some positives for people who want to try it out or have had positive results through other protein brands.

            The first being the taste. I found it quite pleasant to drink. You're supposed to mix one scoop (30g) with 200ml of water, but I added some Robinsons diluting juice in (could that be the reason for the poor results? Surely not) to make it taste better. I tried it with just water and it wasn't very nice at all - I used the strawberry version by the way.

            The second positive being that it is very easy to mix. I used to give it a thorough shake in a proper shaker, fit for purpose and after around 1 minute of vigorous shaking I never encountered any lumps, not even at the bottom. This also meant that cleaning the shaker was very easy.

            Overall I wouldn't recommend protein shakes. Maybe I was getting enough protein from my regular diet and this was just a waste, but I didn't find it helpful and won't be buying again anytime soon. After I stopped taking the protein shakes I actually gained 1-2lbs after 1 to 2 weeks, so I seem to do better without it. I also wouldn't recommend it as a snack since after I took it I didn't feel any fuller.

            Results: 1/10
            Taste: 7/10
            Mixing: 10/10
            Snackability: 3/10

            Nutrional Info (per 30g):

            Protein (on dry matter): 24.3g
            Carbohydrate: 2.04g
            Of which sugars: 0.81g
            Fat: 2.07g
            Of which saturates: 1.23g
            Fibre: trace
            Sodium: 0.12g

            Price:

            Vanilla 908g - £23.99 (Amazon)
            Strawberry 908g - £35.19 (Amazon)
            Orange 908g - £24.45

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              Gym Buddy is an application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad which allows you to record all of your workout data. Unlike some other fitness type apps, Gym Buddy doesn't contain demonstrations on how to do the exercise. I think this is good, since I already know how to do what I'm doing and don't need extra space on my phone being used. All I want is a handy way to record and track what I've been doing - which Gym Buddy provides.

              The app costs £1.79 which I think is a fair price as you'll definitely get your monies worth.

              My first impressions were that it was going to be quite difficult to use and get the hang of. Although at first glance it looks quite simple, there are many buttons which take you into more in-depth areas of the app. Thankfully after around a day of on / off mucking around with trying to get the hang of it I managed to crack it.

              There are various sections of the app:

              Workouts - there are pre-loaded workouts which you can choose to follow or you can choose to create your own. You choose the exercises which you want to do and then name the workout. All pre-loaded routines can be edited or deleted, I chose to delete them in order to have everything exactly hoe I wanted it.

              Calendar - in the calendar you can see what workout you performed on each day and can also then access more in-depth data for each specific workout.

              Exercises - there are lots of pre-loaded exercises as well which you can use to add to your workout. They are all put into their categories (back, biceps, chest, etc). You can also create your won exercises in case the one you want isn't there.

              Tools - within the tools section you can record various stats such as measurements, which in turn will provide you with your BMI. Again you can customize this so you can record whichever measurement you want.

              History - in here you can see how you are progressing. This is quite in-depth and shows all the exercises you have ever done. You can also see a line graph of your 1 rep max for each exercise, which I find very useful.

              Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to keep track of their workouts. Entering information is easy and looking back on it all is well presented as well. It takes a little while to get the hang of it all, but that's just because there is so much packed in - well worth the £1.79

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              Talking Carl is an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets you say things to it and then it will repeat them in a squeaky voice.

              It first caught my attention because its bright colours were popping out of the home page on iTunes. So I looked into it further, the reviews were pretty good so I thought for £0.59 I might as well give it a try.

              Talking Carl is very easy to interact with you simply say something into your iPhone or Touch (you'll need earphones with a mic for the Touch) and it will repeat is almost instantly after you've finished. You can also poke Carl in the eyes to make him yell "Awww" or you can drag his mouth open to make him say "Aaaaaaggghhhhh". That is basically all Talking Carl does. He also says "Bye Byeee" when you close it.

              Overall Talking Carl does get boring very quickly, almost immediately in my case, but he can be "useful" sometimes if you want to make him say something funny, although you can get voice changer apps for free which have multiple voices, but aren't as clear as Carl. The interface is easy and the bright colours are nice to look at and could probably cheer you up if you're feeling a bit down. It's only 59p so it's hard to say it was a waste of money, could live without it though.

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                The 7.0 MPX iPhone application which claims to increase the quality of your iPhone camera from 2MP 3MP to 7MP. At the time of writing it is available on iTunes for £0.59.

                I was dubious about buying this, but read some of the reviews and it said that it worked. Some other reviews said it didn't, but I chose to listen to the good ones - I shouldn't have.

                Put simply this does nothing to improve the quality of your photos. Some reviews on iTunes stated that you don't see a difference until you transfer the photos onto your PC Mac. After seeing no difference in photo quality on the phone I decided to copy them to my PC. Still no difference other than they are slightly brighter and larger, scaling them down to the same size as the standard photos makes no difference.

                Apart from the fact it doesn't work (in my opinion) it is easy to use the camera, but it takes longer than the normal camera to process the photos you have taken, which isn't worth the wait since it isn't any better. It also has a timer, which is something positive I suppose.

                Overall I would highly recommend staying well clear of this. It is £0.59 to lose a few megabytes of your phones memory. Why this is allowed to be sold on iTunes I have no idea.

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              • Deal or No Deal / TV Programme / 37 Readings / 36 Ratings
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                I'm sure by now most people are familiar with the way 'Deal or No Deal' works. Pick some boxes, hope they don't contain high values and accept or reject the banker's offers to walk away.

                When the show first started I quite liked it and would watch it most days, but after around two months began to lose interest and now I hate the show. From here on in this review will be more of a rant about what I don't like about it.

                The first thing and the most annoying thing is what the people say that aren't the ones in the chair. When they are about to open the box and it is an important one, for example it could be either £250,000 or 1p. They say things like "I have a good feeling, I know it is going to be the 1p" and once they open it to unveil the £250,000 they apologise. You don't have anything to apologise for! It is luck; it is not your fault. In a similar fashion, when the box opened is the 1p and the person in the hot seat thanks them and runs over to give them a hug. Again it is purely luck, you have nothing to be grateful for.

                Now that I think about it there isn't much else which annoys me. Noel Edmonds can say some really annoying stuff and when they all hold hands to keep the run of good luck going is annoying.

                Apart from that I just don't like the show simply because I find it extremely boring. It is the same thing every episode and I couldn't care less what value of money they win. Also, you can't participate from your end of the TV and there is no skill involved. Absolute rubbish.

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                • avforums.com / Internet Site / 50 Readings / 49 Ratings
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                  AVForums.com is a website dedicated to discussing electronic products. If you are looking for somewhere to help aid a buying decision, regarding electronic products, then this is one place you will want to visit.

                  Just about everything seems to be covered from TV's, game consoles, mobiles, computers and various other related products.

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                • Desperate Housewives / TV Programme / 53 Readings / 50 Ratings
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                  Desperate Housewives is an American comedy-drama series, which gets shown on Channel 4 in the UK. It is currently in it's 6th season.

                  The show takes place in Wisteria Lane in the fictional town of Fairview. There are a number of main residents and families here, which the show focuses on throughout its course. New families tend to appear each new season.

                  The first thing I would like to say is if your a man, then not to be put off by the name of the show. It isn't all about rich trophy wives shopping and getting makeovers, in fact basically none of it is about that. Along with the leading female characters there is also a main cast of men, who get just about as much screen time.

                  The characters in the show are all pretty likeable, all in their own unique way. Each having some kind of story running through the series, which usually cross-paths at some point.

                  The actual stories are all very interesting. Although you usually have to wait the entire series (around 20-25 one hour episodes) for the big answer, the process of getting their is often enjoyable and well played out. There is also something happening in each episode to keep you entertained and wanting to watch the next. However, it is slightly repetitive in that the main story usually has something to do with all these suspicious people that keep joining the neighbourhood.

                  Overall I find Desperate Housewives a good show to watch. The stories are good, the cast are excellent and the setting is also good (I seem to like shows / movies where there is nice green grass), in that it is bright and un-depressing. Recommended - don't let the name put you off !


                  Teri Hatcher - Susan Mayer
                  Felicity Huffman - Lynette Scavo
                  Marcia Cross - Bree Van de Kamp
                  Eva Longoria Parker - Gabrielle Solis
                  Brenda Strong - Mary Alice Young
                  Ricardo Antonio - Chavira Carlos Solis
                  James Denton - Mike Delfino
                  Nicollette Sheridan - Edie Britt
                  Andrea Bowen - Julie Mayer
                  Doug Savant - Tom Scavo
                  Shawn Pyfrom - Andrew Van de Kamp
                  Mark Moses - Paul Young
                  Cody Kasch - Zach Young
                  Jesse Metcalfe - John Rowland
                  Steven Culp - Rex Van de Kamp
                  Richard Burgi - Karl Mayer
                  Alfre Woodard - Betty Applewhite
                  Kyle MacLachlan - Orson Hodge
                  Dana Delany - Katherine Mayfair
                  Neal McDonough - Dave Williams
                  Maiara Walsh - Ana Solis
                  Drea de Matteo - Angie Bolen

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