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    • PC Pro / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      09.09.2011 13:12

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      I've just purchased the latest copy of PC Pro (Issue 204) and do like the new look design. For me PC Pro's main assets are it's detailed product reviews and in depth technology guides. With the advent of the internet, I find that IT related news is covered in a more timely manner online, the news stories in the magazine appear to be dated even you get hold of your copy early on.This magazine has always been a valuable read for IT Professionals but at £5.99 i'm not sure it's such great value. I'd recommend subscribing to get the free gift and reduced rates.The cover disk is packed full of open source freeware goodies. Although you could easily download most for free online, it's great to have a hard copy.

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    • Aberlour 15 Year Old Whisky / Spirits / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      08.09.2011 13:46
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      a golden glow of highland warmth - highly recommended

      This is by far one of my favourite whisky's of all time. To me, this class speyside single malt tastes incredibly strong. It could be because it is matured in former bourbon or sherry casks. This gives it a distinctive taste that in my opinion is far superior from other single malts.

      The tasting notes on the bottle suggest you'll get early autumn aromas of apples and pears with a mint after taste. I do get the sweetness, but this for me is overpowered by the bourbon or sherry warmth from every sip. To be honest, I didn't get the mint.

      All in all, this whisky is extremely drinkable and the strong warmth is incredibly moreish. I struggle to control the amont I drink in one sitting. I would strongly recommend this to any whisky lover.

      Look out in major supermarkets - they seasonally offer good discounts on this brand.

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      25.08.2011 23:29

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      Glenmorangie is a wonder whiskey that I am more than happy to include in my drinks cabinet

      I love Glenmorangie and feel priviledge to have visited the distillery itself in invergordon.
      According to the marketing material, the whisky is stored in oak casks and the bottle suggests you should get the citreus aroma, a vanilla taste with a burst of flowery fruitness.

      I do like my whiskies but have struggled to concur with the marketing blurb. For me, and maybe it is just my pallette, but I don't agree with their own tasting notes. For me, I get caramel like sweetness that you would compare with my toffee or buttercandy.

      What is sure, the golden glow of thw whisky is a real delight. I was one of the first I have ever tasting and always look out for special offers in my local supermarket.

      All in all, Glenmorangie is a wonder whiskey that I am more than happy to include in my drinks cabinet. Highly recommended, get some today!!

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      25.08.2011 00:18

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      i'm loving it at maccie d's

      I must confess that I am a bit of a fast food lover so this may be biased, but I just can't seem to get enough of the golden arches.

      McDonalds have a great array of fast food choices, my children love the happy meals, but I do wish some of there specials, like the american themed burgers would be on sale for longer, or even on a permanent basis. They are so yummy you see.

      The only negative point i'd like to make is that Mc'D's does seem to be pricey and why do some outlets charge more than others. I'm assuming this is part of a franchise agreement, but within a ten mile radius, the two fast foot outlets near me charge different prices for the same product.

      This really annoys me, but all in all, Maccie D's will always do it for me, even when I am holidaying abroad. I really am loving it!

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    • Canon EOS 400D / Digital Camera / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      25.08.2011 00:13

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      an excellent entry level DSLR

      When I went shopping for a DSLR I looked at both Canon and Nikon. In the end I decided to go for a Canon 400D and I wasn't disappointed with the results. Now I know that this camera is slightly dated, but the picture results are spot on and I can't find any reason why not to continue with it.

      Some of my mates suggest I should upgrade to a newer model, but why fix something that isn't broken? The picture quality is stunning as is the array of features. I was new to the DSLR game and it took my a while to ge used to and understand all of the features, but it worth the time and the efforts.

      I don't know how I would survive without a camera like this one. It has impressive features and always presents excellent results. Highly recommended, buy one today if you are in the market for a DSLR.

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    • Dell Inspiron Mini 10 / Laptop / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      24.08.2011 13:33

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      steer well clear of the useless pointless piece of tech

      My advice is to not bother with this product. Steer well clear. I bought one for my wife who had a growing use for a laptop for work and internet browsing primarily.

      With an enticing price, I thought let's save a few pennies and get her a notebook. Our experience hasn't been a great one.

      Even though it is cheaper than a traditional laptop, you can't do anywhere near as much with it as you can a laptop, or even a tablet pc or even a smartphone.

      With limited memory, processing power and storage capacity, this notebook is only good for one thing, and that's web surfing. It doesn't even do this very well.

      We find the tracker pad and keys clunky, the screen too small, and web page load times are very poor indeed.

      We were deeply disappointed. Overall, I wish I have spent more money and bought something more useful, like a laptop or tablet device. These would make you far more productive and be much easier to use.

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    • Dell Inspiron 1525 / Laptop / 8 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      23.08.2011 21:37
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      a great value budget laptop that I cannot fault

      I have had my dell inspiron 1525 for just over three years now. I have owned three or four laptops and PC prior to my dell and must admit this laptop is the best value i've had. I put my laptop through it's paces, working from home, the office and as a journalist outdoors at football stadiums. So far, the Dell hasn't let me down.

      Given I use this machine on a day to day basis, I feel i've had brilliant value for money. It's particularly ideal for internet browsing, but also has the speed and processing power to enable you to be productive on the go.

      The only minor point is the power unit. The cable is begining to fray and I feel that it won't be too long before I am going to have to replace it. An expense I could do without, but all in all this has been a brilliant computer.

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        23.08.2011 17:07

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        A fantastic piece of technology

        I really don't know how I would survive without my ipod touch. I was bought one as a birthday gift and never looked back. All I wanted was a music player but with the ability to download apps and surf the internet via wifi connections really has improved my productivity both personally and professionally.

        I wish the touch came with a larger storage capacity though. I struggle to store my music, photos and audio recordings. I use my ipod to conduct interviews at my local football club. I find the recording gobble up tons of storage space quite quickly, but the playback sound quality is excellent, certainly good enough to publish onto a website and share with others.

        All in all this is a fantastic tool that other manufacturers will struggle to better. I don't know how I survived without mine and would recommend this to anyone. It's so easy to use, even my two year old has a go. Frightening really!

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        23.08.2011 16:54
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        Mint Pea cup a soup was so disappointing

        I tried the pea and mint cup a soup on the recommendation of a "friend" but honestly, the taste wasn't nice.

        I didn't like this at all. At first it tasted like boiling hot water with very little flavour to whet my taste buds with. It's not a bad soup though, but the flavour doesn't agree with me.

        After the first three mouth fulls though the taste then switched to pea. A very strong pea flavour with very little hint of mint. In fact, I can't remember actually tasting any mint.

        I'm so disappointed with my Sainsbury's pea & mint soup. Not my best choice though as I don't like peas. Or mint.

        Other flavour I have tried have hit to spot though. My favourite so far is sweet chilli chicken. A wonderful array of spicy and creamey mouth fulls.

        Overall, I would strongly recommend these cup a soups to anyone.

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          23.08.2011 16:33
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          A great local bakery, but, Is it me or are staff at Gregg's paid commission to upsell?

          Is it me or are staff at Gregg's paid commission to upsell? Every time I walk into my local gregg's in Chester, the young lad behind the counter always asks if I would be interested into two sausage rolls for 99p!

          This selling technique really is quite iritating and must put off customers. An old lady queuing in front of me was shaking her head with dismay. Surely, they are not earning commission for each sausage roll they sell?

          Rant over now and I must admin Gregg's has a great selection of sandwiches and savouries at incredibly competitive prices. With the advent of the pound bakery upping the anti, Gregg's has become even better value for money.

          The spicy chicken baguettes are a long time favourite for my lunch time nibble! And to be fair Gregg's is a super little bakery. The quality of the filling is miles better than the pound bakery for instance.

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            23.08.2011 16:21

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            A lovely spicy kick after each creamy mouthful

            Well what a delight this was. The first few mouth fulls were a bit daunting, but after I let it stand for a few moments, as if by magic, pieces of chicen and parsley greeted me at the top of the bowl. A lovely spicy kick after each creamy mouthful. Wonderful.

            The soup itself is incredibly creamy and rich, just what you would expect from a tesco finest product. I was also pleasantly surprised by the priceing. Considering it is a high end product, the price is very similar and very much competitive with other middle of the road offerings.

            I would certainly recommend this to anyone. I turned to soup to help aid personal weight lose, but with excellent flavour and little to no fat in this product, it certainly helped.

            Bizarrely, the only negative comment I would make is that I have found Tesco do no stock this in all of there stores. Why ever not?!

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          • LG Optimus 2X P990 / Smartphone / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            23.08.2011 14:21

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            a really good entry point into the world of smartphones!

            I recently upgraded my phone and joined the smartphone revolution. Tempted by a fantastic call package by my current mobile phone service provider, I went for the LG Optimus.

            This is a really good phone. The user interface is really easy to use and follow with the touch screen display quite adictive. I must admit that it took me a while to get used to it, i.e. finding the applications and working out how to navigate the menus etc. However, once I was familiar with my new phone, I begun to like it. So much so, I don't know what I would do without it.

            The only negative point is that I couldn't (and still can't) work out to clear the sim card's memory, especially to clear out my ever growing archive of text messages. If anyone know's how to, please drop me a line!!

            Other than that this is a really good entry point into the world of smartphones!

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          • Diet Coke / Soft Drink / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            23.08.2011 14:13

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            all in a all a great tasting soft drink, despite the health warnings in the press

            I've always enjoyed a Diet Coke and find it tastes so much better than the normal full fat coke. One thing that does slightly wind me up is the random pricing you can find at various outlets. Wouldn't it be great if a product like this had a fixed price wherever the retailer was?

            I do drink an awful lot of Diet Coke and for me it tastes so much better if it is super chilled. There's nothing worse than warm coke!

            I am concerned though about the health fears that have hit the news in recent months regarding the sweetener used in Diet Coke. I do hope the concerns aren't proved, but if they are, please can somebody at Coca-Cola enterprises do something about it.

            Cokezone.co.uk is an added benefit, with points and rewards easy to come by, although the quality of the rewards available has gone down hill recently.

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            23.08.2011 12:38

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            cheap as chips cup a soup with real flavour

            I was pleasantly surprised with this flavour especially given the bargain price. When emptying the sachet into my mug, the powder reminded me of the baby formula that I used to make for my little one! My first thoughts were oh dear, I should have spent more and bought a better brand!

            Having said that, this soup is really creamy and full of flavour. The inclusion of croutons is a lovely touch, as some competitors do without and the price of the product was amazing value, especially when you compare it with other like for like cup a soup brands.

            Asparagus is said to have certain "benefits", the qualtity, texture, taste and flavour of the ones in this product was perfect for my mid morning snack! There is no doubt that this Sainsbury's own brand really does excel. I could praise it any further, you have to try it for yourself!

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          • Travelodge (Ludlow) / Hotel National / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            22.08.2011 15:30

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            a quiet location for a peaceful break

            Yes, I know what you are thinking. A travelodge. How cheap, how nasty. But no, I was pleasantly surprised by my first stay at a travellodge. Ludlow was our destination with Worcester also on our hit list of places to visit.

            This travelodge was brilliant. I know what you are thinking and I've stayed at Hilton's and De Vere's before now. Yes, you don't get all the frills, but they are not that bad. The hotel itself was in a quiet location with a great restaurant just across the car park, AND, we got given a 20% off discount voucher at the hotel reception... even better.

            The location was also perfect, just next to the main A road that took us directly into Ludlow, a food lovers haven and of course Worcester. All in a wonderful stay and the staff on duty did all they could to make our visit a good one. Can't fault it.

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