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Wow, what an unbelievably awful movie! I would urge everybody to avoid wasting 2 hours of their lives on this utter rubbish. Well, it might be a bit cheeky to claim that the whole 2 hours of this film is awful, as I only managed to watch the first hour before reaching for the 'Off' button, but I really couldn't see why the second hour was going to be any better than the first!
We had Sky+'d this when it was on Film4 a while ago and we knew it had been slated by the critics, but we were in the mood for an easy, Hollywood flick last night and we thought this would fit the bill. It didn't.
Mr Smith (Brad Pitt) and Mrs Smith (Angelina Jolie) met in Columbia 6 years ago while they were both on a job (they are both assassins). They got married but have never told each other what they do for a living.
They end up being assigned the same 'hit' by their respective boss's and then discover what each other does. The problem is that they now have to kill each other because they have been compromised.
I can't believe this has been given an average rating of 4/5!
It is boring, boring, boring.
Having had the Flymo Micro Lite and written a review, I have gone onto buying this slightly upgraded version....
Again this is another light weight lawn mower (6.5kg) so its very easy to handle and push about. The handle folds down so it is handy if you haven't got a big shed to store it in. The mower comes with a decent pack of plastic cutting blades.
It has a 28cm cutting width and only 2 cutting heights. So it doesn't cut a huge area and there aren't too many options for how much you can at one go. Its is 900W in power which is fine for small/medium gardens.
The grass collection box is great and very easy to remove, empty and re-fit. Can hold 15 litres of grass.
Its got a 10m cable which I think is fairly generous unless your powerpoint is much further away than mine!
2 cutting lengths to choose from , 1cm and 3.3cm.
I'm not a huge fan of the plastic blade cutting system as metal baldes cut much much better. But if you want a cheap, lightweight mower that collects grass then this one would suit perfectly.
Retail at around £50.
Firstly, what a brilliant title! The excellent program is all about Boyds cold case team trying to solve murder cases that have never been solved. These cases could go back to 30-40 years or even longer.
Boyds (played by the brilliant Trevor Eve) working practice can be very ruthless and he'll break many rules to get to the truth. There is a good balance within the team though as there is a psychologist, two DI's and a forensic scientist. The psychologist, played by Sue Johnstone, is the one that keeps the team in control and adds that mature head and rational thinking to the case.
I think the BBC's drama series are by far the best programs that are produced across any network and this series is right up there with the best. It can be very dark but has good humour in it.
The last two series have been made up of 2 part programs. Sunday and Monday night at 9pm on BBC1.
If you like crime drama's or just tv drama series in general then you will enjoy this one very much.
I spent hours browsing various sites and reading various reviews on plenty of stroller type pushchairs when my wife was pregnant. We ended up choosing this one because of the price and general good reviews. Now, after using it for 12 months, I can say that we would not choose this one again and here is why....
They are too high. My wife is 5ft 4 and the height of the handles means that she gets a sore back after pushing it around all day. It is not comfortable for here. I am 5ft 8 and it is just fine for me, so if you are my height or taller then the handle height will not be a problem for you.
They are right in the line of your stride, so when you are walking it is too easy to either kick the brakes or even put your foot on them. Basically they are a trip hazard. Besides that they are actually very difficult to engage and even when they are engaged, I wouldn't trust them on a slope.
Nice and light to push around and lift up steps etc.
Folds down nice and compact and is light which makes it easy to store in the car boot etc. However, the mechanism to collapse it is a bit awkward and involves putting your hand in amongst all the frame work at the back.
Seat Belt: GOOD/BAD
Secure and will keep baby safe, but quite awkward to clip in.
I know its not a comprehensive review but you can find out the full spec from dozens of websites. This review is to highlight the main points about the product that I have experienced.
Ropey Ladder is a free website to help your sports club run a ladder competition. It does all the work for you so you just need to get all the people who want to take part, to register on the website. Judging by which sports the site is designed for I think it must be American but of course it makes no difference to how the ladder is set up or how the ladder works. The sports you can set a ladder up for are: Badminton, Foosball, Golf, Pool, Racket Ball, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis.
Registering is quick and simple as you just need to enter your contact details and choose your login/password. Its obviously important to register your contact details so that other players can get in contact with you to make a challenge!
One person has to take the lead and actually set the ladder up (again, nothing could be simpler), but after that there is no administration involved. Setting up the ladder requires the person to select various options depending on the type of sport that its for;
You can set the number of free challenges (allows you to challenge anyone above you regardless of how many places they are above you)
The number of places above you that you can challenge
Min. number of games/sets that must be played
The Free challenge rule is great as it allows for people to find their level in the league a lot quicker.
Once you have setup the league, you can transfer the ownership of it. So if you leave the club or want to let someone else take ownership then its very easy to do.
Once there are players registered, then you can challenge other players by clicking on the icon next to their name. They will then be sent an email which they can then go on the site and accept or refuse the challenge.
The result of the matches must then be entered onto the site and the site re-arranges the ladder if necessary depending on the result. Results are displayed on the site and the ladder can also be printed at any stage.
To add a bit of fun you can write a profile about yourself and even add a picture.
The site must earn their money from advertising, but there are hardly any on there and does not ruin the site in anyway. If you are part of a sports club and already run a ladder or want to start one, then I would recommend using this site as it does everything for you and its much more fun for everyone, plus its FREE FREE FREE!!
This was bought as a 1st birthday present for my daughter very recently, from Toys R Us.
Removable foot rests (when they are old enough, they can pedal themselves).
Rear bucket (you can throw in odds and ends that might be useful while out and about.
Rear bag attached to parent handle (useful for storing more things)
Removable side bars (when they are old enough, they can then get in and out by themselves without having to be lifted in.
Seat harness, to keep them safe.
Parent handle (so you can take charge of the steering!).
I would say it isn't too bad but when you consider the price you pay, it should be a lot better. One thing that I think is awful is the parent handle. It it very loose and wobbly (but it still steers fine). It just feels loose but we have done many laps of our local park over cobbles, grass and stone and it is absolutely fine. Otherwise it is very surdy.
Its very easy to put together and my daughter loves it. We use this a lot more than the push chair at the moment as she will happily sit in this for a lot longer than she will in the buggy! As they can be strapped in, then it can be used for children who can sit up and support themselves ok. Toys R Us say from 10 months.
One other negative is the plastic wheels - they are a lot noisier on the pavement than rubber wheels but I doubt if you can buy one of these with rubber wheels?
I wasn't sure if I liked these before hand and doubted that my daughter would like it as she loves waking so much but she thoroughly enjoys being in it and I think its great. Thinking about the price again, its not too bad when you consider that they will be using this for 3-4 years as it converts into a normal trike, once you remove the side bars and parent handle.
Some trikes do not have a parent handle that steers the trike, so watch out for that if you are looking to buy a trike foryour child.
I have just bought this after sending my Flip back to Amazon (see other review t find out why).
At first glance, it looks much nicer than the Flip as the screen is much bigger and the whole thing is slimmer and more sleek. It is just as easy to use as the Flip is and you can get recording within 3 minutes of receiving the parcel from the postman!
I'm not going to bore you with all the specifications of the camera as you can get that from dozens of other sites. This review is about why I like this camera.
Two very similar cameras, so below are my observations of both from recent experience;
Why its better than the Flip...
1) Comes with re-chargeable battery (which is fully charged, allowing you to get recording immediately). The battery is charged automatically when it is plugged into you computer via its fip out USB.
2) Bigger screen (2"). This makes a big difference if you ask me. Much nicer to record with and much better to watch back movies. The Flip is only 1.5".
3) Cheaper! I got this for £20 less than the Flip on Amazon. Its currently £26 cheaper!
4) Can record 2 hours worth of movies if you select the normal mode. Select high quality and you only get 1 hour. Flip only offers 1 hour.
Why its NOT better than the Flip...
1) Cannot email clips easily. The Flips internal software is much better (if it works for you) as you can email movie clips easily and its great for the person receiving the email as it opens up a web page that you watch the clips on (no downloading involved).
2) Does not come with TV output cable (Flip does)
3) Does not come with pouch (Flip does)
4) Software not as good. Although it does work better than the Flips (more stable), it has limited functions.
Overall, I am definately glad I opted to get this camera rather than ask Amazon for a direct replacement for the Flip. Picture quality is the same, sound quality is the same. Vado is a better build and has bigger/better screen and is much cheaper.
Hope this helps some people to choose which camcorder to buy. If you are anything like me, you will spend hours upon hours researching them!!
This is more of a definite recommendation rather than a full-on, in-depth review of what is essentially just a bar in the Australian outback.
Most people end up in Alice Springs as a stop over on their way to Uluru (or a stop over on their way back) and you wouldn't generally spend more than a couple of nights in the town. The biggest highlight has got to be Bojangles Saloon. If you want a proper Australian experience and you've seen the old Fosters adverts and seen the Crocodile Dundee films then you won't be disappointed with Bojangles.
Once you get past the life size replica of Ned Kelly, you enter through the swinging saloon doors and stumble into a HUGE bowl of monkey nuts that people help themselves too. The shells are then discarded and scattered around the whole bar, which makes a nice crunching sound every time someone moves! Photos, memorabilia and various artifacts line the walls and will give you plenty to look at if the wildlife doesn't do anything for you! The bar has a resident python and also the locals like to bring in some of their unusual pets such as lizards, snakes and other reptiles. You can meet all sorts of people in there as it is a place that attracts the tourists but is still very much a local's bar. We met a few miners who had come back to Alice for the weekend and they were showing off some gold that they had in their pockets.
If you need any more entertaining while you are in there, then there are the live bands that play and broadcasted live through the World Wide Web and via satellite.
Depending on the time of day you go in, it can be a little intimidating as the locals all turn round and check who has walked in! Embrace it, walk straight to the bar and order a schooner or two and you'll have a blast. Its recently been voted 'Best Bar' in the Northern Territory, via one of the backpackers free magazines.
It also does food and if you like meat then you will like the food here! Try camel, crocodile, kangaroo (recommended), emu and barramundi. It also does light snacks and vegetarian food so there is something for everyone.
Check out their website where you can see some pictures of it and find out more http://www.bossaloon.com.au/.
We ended up going there due to a recommendation from someone we met in the hostel we were staying in. So, I now try to pass that favour on by recommending this to anyone who goes to Australia. It is chance meetings like the one we had in the hostel that gives people experiences that they would otherwise miss out on.
If you are going to go to Australia then the chances are that you will go to Uluru (Ayres Rock). In which case it is almost inevitable that you will end up in Alice Springs. It is the most logical place to stop for the night due to the distances between places the lack of towns to actually stop in. Alice Springs is 440km east of Uluru which is about 5 and a half hours driving.
We pretty much survived on this sandwich whilst travelling through the australian outback for 2 months!! All you need is a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter (nutty is recommeded), a jar of jam (strawberry is recommended) and a knife.
Spread a generous dollop of peanut butter on one slice and an equally generous dose of jam on the other, bung them together and hey presto - the most delicious sandwich ever!!!
It worked so well for us, because it can easily be made without having to stop driving and the ingrediants can be kept 'quite' well without the need of a fridge. I say quite, because the bread will keep for a day or two quite well as long as its kept in the shade (we went through a loaf a day so it was never a problem). The jam is the same, you need to keep it in the shade as much as possible, but we went through it well before we had to start worrying about it going mouldy! Peanut butter keeps great. You then just need a baby wipte for cleaning the knife!
If you use a site like dooyoo then the chances are you are addicted to the internet like me! You are therefore likely to be the kind of person that likes to purchase things from the internet, from clothes and music to insurance and electrical. If so, then why not go to your favorite on-line shops via the Quidco website and earn FREE MONEY?!
There are various companies on the Quidco site and most of the big ones are there like Tesco, ebay, HMV, M&S, Argos, Littlewoods etc etc (1365 merchants in total). They all offer different amounts of cashback on purchases that you make which can either be a % of the amount you spend or a fixed amount (£1, £2.50, £5 etc etc).
The easiest way to make big money is from the car and house insurance (More Than are currently offering £75 for both of these), and the betting accounts. Of course, you need to be sensible and do your research before you buy your insurance (get your normal amount of quotes and only go with More Than if no-one else can offer you a better deal). Don't just go with a merchant because they offer the most amount of cashback, as you may find a cheaper quote from someone else who only offers £20 cashback.
You obviously need to be sensible with the betting accounts and do not be tempted to deposit more than the minimum amount required. Most betting accounts require you to deposit and play at least £5 and most of them are £10. Most betting accounts will then give you at least double the amount of your deposit back in the form of Quidco cashback. Only open betting accounts where you get more than you deposit back, otherwise you will be losing out.
I made over £500 in 6 months by mostly opening betting accounts and of course I then got my wife to open the same betting accounts and she earnt the same amount of cashback (£300 in 5 months). That is a lot of FREE MONEY!
If you can trust yourself to open betting accounts and not be drawn in then here are the current best deals to earn big bucks;
Mecca = £15 (£10 deposit and play)
Jackpot Joy = £15 (£10 deposit and play)
PaddyPower = £20 (£10 deposit and play)
Jaxx = £25 (£20 deposit and play)
Sun Bingo = £15 (£10 deposit and play)
Vernon's = £15 (£10 deposit and play)
King Jackpot = £15 (£10 deposit and play)
Paddy Power Bingo = £20 (£10 deposit and play)
Littlewoods = £10 (£10 deposit and play £5)
Chit Chat Bingo = £10 (£10 deposit and play £5)
** Because you have to bet the full amount you deposit, then of course you could actually win some of the bets you place! In this case you would get your deposit back + any winnings. If they offer it, play blackjack every time for the easiest way to win. With other betting accounts, you could open two different accounts (with two different companies) and place a football bet on the home team on one account and then bet on the away team on the other account. It may end up being a draw but at least you'd stand a much better chance of winning something by doing this. This is how I can say I earnt over £500 because I won back most of the deposits that I made which means I basically got all the cashback, rather than the cashback minus the deposit.
Other top easy money deals;
Lovefilm free 30 day trial = £15
Blockbuster free trial = £7.50
Tesco DVD free trial = £4
Halifax credit card = £20
Vanquis credit card = £25
Bank of Scotland credit card = £20
HSBC credit card = £20
National lottery first registration and play = £4
** Some credit cards you will need to spend some money on, but just pay it off immediately and then cancel the card. Other cards you can just sign up for and cancel as soon as they arrive.
The amount of time you have to wait for the cashback to register and validate and then paid to you varies from merchant to merchant. Most of them are quite good and register within a couple of days and typically pay out with a couple of months. Others you have to be more patient for but Quidco are starting to pay out the cashback from their own pockets for any transactions that getting really old. You can be paid via paypal or BACS and can specify the minimum amount you want to be paid. So if you want to build it all up and get paid a big amount in one go then set the minimum high but if you're happy for it to just trickle into your bank every month then set the minimum to £5.
Quidco is definitely my favorite cashback site as they offer the highest amount of cashback for the majority of merchants.
Slovenia is a beautiful country to visit and Ljubljana is the best place to base yourself. The country is small enough to do day trips out of Ljubljana and it also offers the biggest choice of accommodation. We visited in October and because it was out of season it was so much quieter than it would have been and it felt like it was just us and all the locals - not much sign of many other tourists.
HOT CHOCOLATE to die for!
Ljubljana has a lovely castle that sits on top of the city and is a great walk up to from the main city centre. Its a steepish walk but the views are great and the cafe at the top does the best hot chocolate ever (in fact, the whole of Slovenia does the worlds best hot chocolate. I'm sure they just melt chocolate bars and serve it up in a cup!!). The city centre offers plenty of shops and late night shopping. Markets are very common and it has a huge cafe culture, where the locals are literally drinking coffee and people watch all day. Even in the evenings, people seem to prefer drinking hot beverages than getting drunk which gives a really nice atmosphere.
The other hot tip, besides the hot chocolate, is the ice cream! There are loads of ice cream sellers outside of the cafes which have loads and loads of ice cream flavours to choose from and it is a very good price.
Recommended Day Trips
Postojna Caves - A short bus ride away to a very small town and then the caves are a 20min walk away. You sit on a little train that takes you into the caves and then you get a brilliant guided walk around. Very very impressive and absolutely beautiful.
Lake Bled - Difficult to put into words at how scenic and gorgeous this place is. You can walk around the lake which is lovely in itself because of the amazing castle that sits at one side of the lake and the church that sits on an island in the middle of the lake. The castle is well worth going into just for the view but again its quite steep to walk up. The view you get of the lake is lovely though. We took so many photos of that lake!!! We also hires a rowing boat to go over the to church which was great fun and very cheap. If we were to go back then we would stay at least a couple of nights here.
Ljubljana Zoo - Within walking distance from the city and a good variety of animals. Good one for the kids.
Ljubljana Park - HUGE park that is lovely to walk around or even hire a bike. Has a (pink) church right at the top.
The downside is that there are not many places that you can fly from, although this obviously means that its not an over popular place and is therefore very unspoilt. So it may mean a bit more traveling to the airport in your own country but its well worth it. We flew from Stanstead to Maribor (there is nothing in Maribor worth mentioning) and got the excellent train service to Ljubljana (about 2 hours).
I'm not going to bore you with irrelevant details like population, size of country, currency, language. The idea of the review is to get you interested in going and give a few tips on what to see.
This camera is easy to summarize; EASY to use, BASIC functions, GOOD quality when close up, POOR quality when watching on TV.
I bought this from Amazon after reading other reviews and researching the market as much as possile regarding these type of camcorders. I'd probably agree with what most people say about it.....
The camera is very well packed and from unpacking to making your first video clip took me about 3mins! The camera comes with batteries (AAx2), a soft case, wrist strap and basic instuctions (thats all you need!). Unlike other more advanced cameras. it does not come with numerous cd-roms and multiple instruction leaflets!!
The camera is turned on by a slide switch at the side and the camera is instantly ready to record. The screen isn't very big but the size of the lens is great as its big enough that you don't need to be standing 5 metres away to fit people in the shot.
When you plug the camera into your PC for the first time (via its attached USB stick that flicks out from the side), it downloads its software that it needs to download, view and edit the movie clips. This takes a matter of minutes. You can then view, email or send the clips to a website (youtube etc). The email function is brilliant as it sends a link to the person that your friend would click and be taken to a webpage where they can view the movie (you can send more than 1). Great for us to keep the parents updated with clips of their grandaughter!
The quality is brilliant IF the footage has been taken fairly close up and its viewed on a computer monitor. If you are trying to take footage of someone that is further away than 5m, the image becomes a little bit more blurry on the computer screen. Also, if you use the 3x digital zoom, the image again becomes blurry. I've got a 30inch TV and the image was blurry on that. It might be better on a smaller screen but I don't think its a problem as its fine watching clips on a PC monitor.
Sound is ok but if the person in the shot is talking then they cannot be too far away from the camera if they want to be heard.
Overall its a nice compact, simple camcorder but its no substitute for a DV or DVD camcorder if you want to take perfect movies with all the functions that go with it.
For us, its perfect for taking movies of our daughter as she grows up but if we were to go travelling again, I would want a much better quality footage than this camera gives, and one that could zoom a lot more without losing quality.
* I have just sent this camera back to Amazon after failing to get the software to work properly. I got a message everytime I plugged it into my laptop to say that there was a new version of the software. After clicking it and going through the quick steps, I got an error message saying that the previous version installed was faulty and it couldn't upgrade. No matter what I did, it made no difference. I even went on the Flip website and tried to download it from there, but the 'latest' software version on their site was actually older than the original one that was on the camera!! So I ended up with an older version on my camera which required an AOL account to email clips to people. Very difficult to contact them and they were useless at getting back to me (Flip, not Amazon).
Bit of a shame really as he camera itself was fine. I have just orderd the Creative Vado to replace it so I'll be reviewing that one soon.
** My Creative Vado review is now on here.
If you like world/african music then this album is for you! There is not one track on the album that you will dislike, its just so easy listening and completely relax's you after a hard days work.
We bought it after hearing one of the tracks ('Kothbiro') on the Ewan McGregors The Long Way Round program. We also bought the sound track from the program but didn't like it all and actually sold it on ebay! This album, though, is just very very very entrancing.
I think it is the only album he made (16 years ago!). I have looked everywhere for another album but cannot find one which is a shame as I would buy ALL his albums.
The music is very traditional Kenyan music and using the traditional instruments and it can feel like you've been transported into the heart of a Kenyan village if you shut your eyes and let you imagination loose.
TOP TIP for mothers/expectant mothers - we played this album a lot while my wife was expecting and now when our baby daughter has a difficult night, we simply put this album on very quietly in her room and it works EVERY time without fail. In the early days of her being born, I spent many hours just walking around our living room with the album playing and geting her back to sleep after one of her many feeds! Music is a big thing for babys and they can definately hear it while still in the womb and once they here it again on the outside, they recognise it and they feel comforted by it.
If you are planning to have a baby at ANY time, then BUY this album (but only if you like this type of music yourself!)
I have stayed here twice, for a week each time. The first time was in 2000 and I had a brilliant time as I was with 5 mates and we had a whole apartment all to ourselves. The second time was still good but felt the place had been run down a bit.
Back in 2000, they had the Melaluka apartments and the non advertised apartments next to them (not Costa Bella, there are other apartments on the other side of the Melaluka ones). We stayed in the non advertised ones and they are absolutely lovely. Very spacious with 3 bedrooms can sleep 6 people easily. There is a shared swimming pool that the back bedrooms lead out onto if you are on the right level. Come with dishwasher and all the kitchen kit you need. The front bedroom has a balcony which has stunning views. We have watched many whales swimming in the morning and a couple of amazing thunderstorms from the balcony! The beach is literally 2mins walk across the road. You can use the hostels bodyboards for free but the waves there can be pretty huge, so be careful.
Our second stay here was in 2006 and even though the Costa Bella was finished by then we wanted to stay where we were before. However they seemed very reluctant to admit that they were available for some reason. Costa Bella were too expensive so we had to make do with the Melaluka apartments. These would be nice if they maintained them a bit better. During the first night, mice munched through most of our newly bought food, and when we complained they just denied that it could be mice and laughed it off. We demanded to move and eventually got our wish to stay in the non advertised apartments again. The rest of the stay was brilliant.
As the accommodation is in apartments, you will probably end up sharing with other people, most likely couples.
The apartments used to be run brilliantly by the mum, but now the twin sons have taken over it really seems like they have let the place go. They even forgot to pick us up from the bus stop so we had to wait ages for a lift.
I would still recommend this place especially if there is a group of you. The location is away from the main part of Noosa and the stretch of beach is HUGE. You can take a lovely walk through the national park which is at the end of the beach and end up in the main part of Noosa. This takes about an hour but is well worth it.
I bought a 5 year old Focus last year and on the whole it has been very good and is a nice drive. The boot space is a great size and ideal for my extending family!
Since buying the car I have had to spend a fair amount on things getting fixed. However, it had done 100,000 miles when I bought it so it is always to be expected when a car has done such high mileage. Firstly the clutch master clinder needed replacing for a cost of £115 (Ford stock these on the shelf and are a common fault with these cars). Next, I had to get the pulley assembly replaced and because that wasn't working properly it had damaged the alternator! The pulley assembly is also something that Ford stock and is another common problem. The assembly and alternator cost £500 all in all (non Ford garage). I now need to get the fuel rail sensor replaced which is £140 + fitting from Ford (again they stock it and is another common problem!!!).
You'll probably be wondering why I haven't given this car a 1/5 by now, but I think that things like this go wrong with every single car on the market and I'm just hoping that I have now replaced ALL the common problem parts on the car!
Fuel economy is excellent (50mpg + on duel carriageway type driving). It drops a little when in traffic as with all cars.
I have the Zetec 98bhp version. It is quick off the mark, but not lightening quick. Its a family car though so I don't do much drag racing around town! It does 0-60mph in just over 11 seconds which is very good I think.
One annoying thing about it is the headrests at the back. I often use the car to take garden rubbish to the tip and I want to use the full boot. In order to put the seats down, you have to take off the headrests which I always find very annoying as its never an easy thing to do for some reason. Would be far better if you could just fold them down.
Cheap tax - £120 (dropping to £110 from next year). I enjoy driving this car very much and I think it looks quite nice for an estate.