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Money Back Madness is an excellent cashback site and is one of my favourite to use. I use this one to make money as well as getting some back on my purchases. When you sign up they give you £10. You then need to get to £35 before you can request a payout. When you sign in you will see your current cashback amount, how many monster points you have and how many referrals. You can view a breakdown of all cashback earned and the status of it. This site has a good selection of retailers in a lot of different categories. It is easy to search for the retailer you are looking for or to browse a categories for retailers. The cashback rates are good. They have a section for daily money back and currently there are 14 different daily clicks. These can add up quite quickly to help you on your way to the payout. On weekdays they have a game where you have the chance to win £5. I have won this once before. Other competitions they have are monthly top earner and top referrer. You will get £5 if you are either of these. There referral system is that you can refer a friend and £5 will be added to your balance once they have reached their first payout. Payment from the site can be made by Paypal, BACS or cheque. For the first payout you need £25 on top of the £10 bonus. For payments after that you need £20 before you can be paid. The payments are made at the beginning of each month. As well as collecting money you collect Monster Points for logging in, visiting retailers websites, writing comments about retailers and posting on the forum. The points add up for each thing and when you have got to 500,000 which does take a long time you will get a monster pack which includes a pen, car sticker, magnet and mouse mat. When you get to 1 million points you will receive a bonus £10, have access to a VIP version of the site and be able to cashout after each £10 of confirmed cashback. There are then bonus payments for even more points.
Wepromiseto is a cashback site that gives you 100% cashback on your purchases in return for a £5 annual fee. The site is well laid out and I have found it easy to use. They have a good selection of retailers on the site and a lot of easy money offers but currently there is only one daily click. They have a reward system which is once you have referred a friend and they have earned £5 or more in cashback then your account is credited with £1. They have a competition page called the 2 penny draw. You pay 2p for an entry to win one of the prizes. When enough people have entered so the pot value matches the prize value they will pick a person to win the prize. Current prizes include £500 cash, Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit. You can see on the home page your current account balance and the status of your cashback. You can view your payment history and see when the next payment run is. They make one payment run at the beginning of each month. You can also see when and how much of the admin fee has been taken and a breakdown of all cashback. I have been paid a number of times from this site. The current methods of payment are: BACS or Amazon gift voucher. If you choose Amazon gift voucher they will give you an extra 5% on your payout but you will only receive a voucher once you have £5. There is no minimum payout for receiving money by BACS.
I decided to buy a Sony Playstation 3 after owning the PS1 and PS2. It also had advantages over the other consoles I was looking at. The PS3 is an excellent console that I am pleased I bought and it is well worth having although it is still expensive at around £280. The console itself looks nice in glossy black and can either stand on its side or be lying down. You can buy stands for them to prevent them being knocked over. There is a great selection of games for me which cost between £20-£50.The Playstations achievements in games are called trophies and they can be collected from lots of games for completing levels or carrying out set tasks in the game. When you have added people to your friends list you can see how many trophies they have and in which games and compare them to yours. It is easy to send messages to people in your friends list, see when they are online and what game they are currently playing. The Sixaxis wireless controller is designed for the Playstation 3. It is great that it is wireless and you do not need to keep replacing batteries in the controller but instead you plug it in to the Playstation and it charges. The controller is motion sensitive and can detect movement through six axes. This is used in some games and it is great that you can control a character by tilting the controller. The Playstation has Wi-Fi built in so you don't need to spend any extra money on an adapter. Playstation Home is a free to access online community where you can talk to other people online, play pool, visit the cinema, go bowling and other activites. There are a lot of games that have online play and it is great to be able to play against someone else for free. There are a lot of games that have downloadable content e.g. LittleBigPlanet you can download levels that have been made by other users. The console has a web browser installed already which is easy to use. This console has a built in blu-ray player which is excellent and a standalone player would cost nearly as much as the console itself. You can store music, videos and games on the 80gb hard drive. Unfortunately you cannot play PS2 games on the console.
The tent can be bought from around £30 and is available in a selection of colours. I like the tent because it is very light and easy to carry and it is very quick to pitch which is the main point of it. You open up the zipped bag and the tent opens up. You then just need to peg it down with the pegs provided. The tent has fluorescent guy ropes attached to it. The bag it is carried in is a bit big which can be annoying especially when trying to find somewhere for it on the train or bus. The problem I had was that it took a lot of attempts for me to get used to how to fold the tent up again but I then got the hang of it after watching a few videos online. I find now that I can put fold it away easily on my own. The tent is only a single layer and I have only used it in good weather and light rain before so I don't know how good/waterproof it is when it is raining heavily. After raining lightly there were a few drops of water if I pressed against the side of the tent. I have been told by friends that water leaks through if it has been raining heavily. I think it is a really good tent for festivals and a short camping holiday.
Shakeaway is a milkshake shop that has stores in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. There are currently sixteen stores around the South of England. The milkshakes they sell are great. They have so many nice flavours and some unusual flavours on the menu including Bakewell Tart, Cucumber, Turkish Delight, Jelly Tots and Jaffa Cakes. They have loads of other fruits, sweets, chocolate and custard flavours. If you are allergic to dairy products or are a vegan then you can still enjoy a milkshake. They can make it with organic soya milk and soya ice cream. I think you have to pay a bit extra for this. I think the price of the milkshakes if fairly expensive. A regular costs £2.70 and a large is £3.70. There are lots of extras to add to your milkshake such as toppings, extra ice cream or muscle builder. They give students a 10% discount. They have a card called a saver card which you get a stamp on every time you buy a milkshake and when you have collected ten they will give you a free milkshake. If you join their fan club online you get regular emails through from them and there is normally a money off/ free topping coupon included. I liked all of the milkshakes I have tried but going there a lot works out as being very expensive.
I bought this game last month for £33 from Game. I enjoyed playing the other guitar hero games with the guitar control so I decided to by this game to try out. I find it great fun and it is good that I can take it anywhere with me. In the box as well as the game there is the Guitar Hero guitar grip, skins for the grip, stickers, a pick stylus and adapter for the original Nintendo DS. The pick stylus is stored in the guitar grip. The grip plugs in to the game pak slot. You need to make sure you don't lose the game slot cover when you remove it to use the grip. I am left handed and so it is good that I could select lefty flip and play the left handed way. The guitar grip is symmetrical and so I could still hold it easily unlike the guitar controller for other consoles that is not symmetrical. The game has 28 song different years that I like playing along to. Like with all other guitar hero games there are four difficulty levels of the game which are easy, medium, hard and expert. The DS grip only has four buttons and so I find it easier to play the songs on harder levels than when using the guitar controller. I found it quite easy to get used to the grip. You can play single player in career mode or quick play and there is also a multiplayer option. After playing the game for a while I find that my wrist starts to hurt and so I have a break from the game. The grip is fastened around your hand with velcro but I found it kept slipping a bit. If you knock the grip out of the slot by mistake you have to turn the DS off and then back on again. I find it fun to play and convenient that I can carry it around but I prefer playing the game on other consoles.
I bought the Apple iPod touch recently from Amazon for £207 and I think it is great. I bought the 16gb version after having an iPod Video for the past couple of years. I found it very easy to work out how to use it. The iPod itself looks great but the silver shiny back gets scratched very easily so it is probably best to buy a case to go with it. It has a 3.5 inch touch screen which is great to use. It has a built in speaker which sounds good and the volume control button is on the side of the iPod. The applications it comes with and icons on the home screen are: safari web browser, calendar, mail, contacts, youtube, stocks, maps, weather, clock, calculator, notes and settings. You can place the icons where you want either on a home screen or another page. iTunes has to be used to put songs, apps, games and videos on to it which I find annoying but still it is not a bad piece of software. When you put your music on it by syncing it with the iTunes library is very easy to scroll through the songs and you can search by song name, artist or scroll through album covers. It is great to view photos on and you can see them all as thumbnails or scroll through them one by one. There are lots of fun application available for the iPod both free ones and ones that you have to pay for. I have only used the free ones so far and they are great. There are fun games e.g. mazes, fishing and racing and useful applications such as a spirit level and compass. You can access the app store and iTunes store directly from your iPod if you are connected to the internet. It is great because this iPod has wifi and I find it fairly easy to view web pages on because the screen is a lot bigger than on my other portable devices. You can easily zoom in and out of pages. This iPod is slim and so it is easy to carry around but also a fair bit bigger in size than an iPod shuffle/nano. I am really pleased that I bought this and I am still discovering new things about it.
Bop It is a fun and addictive game that I have had for a while. They can be bought for around £30. The idea of the game is to react as fast as you can to the command you are given. There is a speaker in the game which says either bop it, twist it, pull it, flick it or spin it. When you hear one of those for you have to do what it says as quickly as possible. As you do more and more it gets faster. If you take too long to do what it has said or do the wrong thing then the game will end. It keeps track of your high score. This game can be played by one person, two at a time or a group of people. You choose which game you want to play before you start. As well as hearing it say what you have to do there are other game options. You can hear a music note and you have to get used to recognising what each different note is for. It takes a while to get used to. You can alter the volume by spinning the spin it wheel and it will change through high, medium and low volumes. Or you can plug in headphones to listen to it. The game needs 3 AA batteries. I find it quiet addictive with me wanting to keep playing to beat my high score all the time and it can get quite frustrating but it is very fun to play.
One of my presents last year was being a member of the Hotel Chocolate tasting club. There is a tasting club for both milk chocolate and dark chocolate lovers. As well as the classic and dark selection there is now a solid selection as well. You pay £9.74 for the first box of chocolates and around £15 for each box of chocolates after that you receive through the post and you can choose to have the chocolates as often as you wish. To start with I was getting sent a box every month and then I changed it to receive a box every two months. To start with even though I had changed this they still sent me a box the next month so it is as if they need a full months notice. First they send you a book about how chocolate is made and a card to use in the Hotel Chocolat shops which entitles you to 5% discount. I also received my introductory chocolate box. The boxes of chocolates would arrive inside a brown cardboard box. The box of chocolates was the right size to fit through my letter box. Inside the box of chocolates they put the menu which shows the chocolates in the selection box you have just received. They also include a Hotel Chocolat club news and scoring card. The menu lists all of the chocolates with a picture of them and it gives a description of each chocolate and says what it contains and whether it contains alcohol. I always really liked the look of the chocolates that were decorated very well. The taste of them was always great and I don't think I ever had a chocolate I really disliked. In total there are around thirty two chocolates in each box. They put two of most chocolates inside the box and three of each tasting baton. It is possible to order the same box again if you had a box you really enjoyed. Each box contains fruit, praline and alcohol based chocolates. The scoring card in the box is for you to give each chocolate a rating out of 10 and then you can post the card or enter the scores online for the chance to win a prize each month or an end of year prize. I liked being a member because I got a good selection of chocolates and could try lots of different types rather than going in to the shop and not being sure which ones to buy and then buying a pack of six of the same. Through out the time I was a member I would be sent their catalogues and order forms for other special boxes of chocolates they were selling but I never bought and of these as I was already spending enough. The chocolates I received were paid for online using a debit card but I think that the could have taken the money by direct debit. When I came to canceling the membership because I decided to go to the shop to buy chocolates when I wanted rather than spending quite a bit every month I phoned up and cancelled it very easily.
I was given a box Terry's All Gold dark chocolates for Christmas. The box is fairly small and gold with shiny gold flowers, birds and other decorations on. I don't normally like dark chocolate but I decided to try the chocolates anyway. There is one tray inside the box containing 22 average sized chocolates in 12 different types. The dark chocolate contains a minimum of 43% cocoa solids. The chocolates themselves are in different shapes in the tray but they are plain without any decorations added to them. I was surprised by these chocolates and actually really enjoyed them. The different types in the box are: Vanilla Flourish, Hazelnut in Gold, Honeycomb Jewel, Terry's Hallmark, Caramel Nectar, Midnight Praline, Roasted Nut Harvest, Orange Blossom, Cappuccino Intrigue, Amber Toffee, Burnished Nut Brulee and Strawberry Bloom. Inside the lid it shows a picture of each of the chocolates and says what is inside them. So there were a few caramel and fruit ones in the box which are my favourite. I found these an enjoyable small box of chocolates. They definitely aren't the best I have ever tasted but I would eat them again.
The Nottingham Evening Post was established in 1878 and is a local daily newspaper costing 35p. It is available to people in Nottinghamshire and some parts of Derbyshire. You can buy the paper Monday - Saturday. There are two editions of the paper each day. One is available in the morning/afternoon and then another updated edition which is called the late final and is available in the evening. It covers the local news as well as some national news. It shows a three day outlook on the weather and information about roadworks. There is also a big family announcement section where you can pay to list births/deaths/marriages and a classified section where you can list items for sale and ask for wanted items. The sport pages are very good and cover local football teams Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield as well as smaller football teams. Other sports covered are cricket, rugby and ice hockey. The match reports are very good. They often have coupon collect competitions where you collect tokens from buying the paper a few days in a row and then send them off with a form. The Evening post website www.thisisnottingham.co.uk lists most of the news that is in the days paper.
Game are always one of the first game retailers I check when I am online. Some of their online prices tend to be cheaper than instore. I find their website well set out very easy to search with the games being divided in to categories for each console and then further categories for the types of game. There is a search box at top which I always use to search the site. They have a very wide range of games with this being the main thing they sell alongside consoles and accessories. You can buy pre owned games online as well a new games. You can view the top sellers as well as the pre order chart and the pre owned chart. It is easy to find out what games are coming soon and in how many days and you can pre order them. I don't think they are the cheapest game retailer which is why I always check other places before I order. They sell some great console bundles though which are constantly changing and I have always bought my consoles from here. I find it very easy to order from the site and they offer free UK delivery on everything which is definitely an advantage. When you order they send you a confirmation email straight away and then one to let you know when your item has been dispatched. It is easy to check the status of your order online. I have a reward card which cost me £3 and I can now use when I purchase anything from Game to collect points so I get money off future purchases.
I bought this Christmas lip balm from Lush in November. It was the name of it that I first noticed. I thought it was expensive at £4.40 but I really liked the smell of it. Lush say it is their first ever Vegan lip balm for people who dream of eating cake all day long. The lip balm is in a small metal tin with a screw lid. It has 10 grams inside. The smell of it is lovely and very strong. It smells just like cake and I can smell it every time I walk in to the room I have left it in. The taste of it is also very nice and I have to try and make sure I don't lick it off my lips as soon as I have put it on. I seem to be using mine fairly quickly because as soon as I put my finger on to the balm it starts to melt. It is very soft balm and this is due to a combination of shea butter, olive oil and Japan wax which makes its base vegan. It has helped my lips when they have been starting to crack but I don't think it is the best lip balm I have ever used.
Trent FM 96.2 - 96.5 FM is a radio station which broadcasts in Nottingham and Mansfield. It was launched in 1975 and was originally called Radio Trent but has since been called 96 Trent FM and now Trent FM. Trent FM is my favourite radio station to listen to. I like the mix between the talking and music. The current presenters are: Emma Caldwell, James Cook, Mark Crossley, Ivan D'Sa, Mark Del, Mark Dennison, Tim Disney, Hannah Patterson, Mark Hitchings, Julian Jones, Steffan La touche, James Lloyd, Andy Twigge, Justin Walker and Jon Wyer. Twiggy and Emma is the breakfast show I listen to the most and they are on air from 6am-10am. This show used to be called Jo and Twiggy but a few months ago Emma replaced Jo. It is always a fun show and they play some great music. Some of their most well known slogans are: Today's best mix, today's best variety, More music, less talk, Playing the best mix of the 80's, 90's and today and Today's best mix. There are lots of opportunities to call in and try and win competitions. The Trent FM Thunder Crew are the radio stations team and they go round lots of different events handing out stickers, sweets, balloons, free tickets etc. They can help out with PA announcements, bring games along and help out at your event.
This is the South's largest multipurpose entertainment venue. The capacity of it is 1749. It was refurbished in 1989 bringing is up to todays entertainment needs. I have been to the Southampton Guildhall a few times to see bands. I prefer hard rock and metal and not many bands that I like tend to visit Southampton so when one does I make sure I go. As well as bands visiting they sometimes use the venue for fairs and exhibitions. It is fairly easy to find and is around 5-10 minute walk from Southampton Central station. When I get there the queue is long but seems to go down quickly. Inside the doors they sell the official merchandise and there are a few people selling unofficial merchandise outside. I quite like the building inside. The stage is at the opposite end to the doors. The floor is carpeted. There is a bar on each side of the main hall is original 1930s art deco surroundings. I think it is expensive. It cost £4.50 for a pint of cider last time I went. The venue is mainly standing and there is a very small balcony with some seats but most gigs are standing. There are facilities for the disabled.