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      25.08.2010 22:54
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      My partner booked the Hilton Nottingham Hotel, when he had bought surprise tickets for me for a gig at the Nottingham Arena. We travelled by train to Nottingham and were advised that the hotel is in walking distance from the train station, which indeed it is, however make sure if you are staying here you are aware of which Hilton you are staying in as there are actually two and going to the wrong one can add a taxi ride onto your journey. The hotel is situated in the heart of Nottingham Town Centre and a 5 minute walk from the Nottingham Arena so it is ideal to stay here if you are going to watch a gig or show. When you arrive at the hotel, it looks really old and I thought it was going to have that old feel when I got inside, however when you enter the hotel, it opens up into a contemporary, fresh area, with a large reception desk in front of you, seating area if you want a drink and lifts to the right hand side of the reception. The restaurant is located give off the recption area. Checking in was no hassle at all, we had booked online and forgot our paperwork, however thsi didn't seem to matter and we were pointed in the right direction of our room within minutes and had been given a brief introduction about the hotel which is always nice to take in. All rooms are easily accessible by by the lfit in reception and even though their is only one lift and quite a substantial amount of rooms, you never had to wait long for the lift to arrive. En route to the room, the corridors were immaculate, and looked newly decorated. Everywhere was very clean which is welcoming. Looking on the internet at the hotel, the rooms shown on the photographs to me, I would say are a little deceiving and when opening our door to our room, I did think it was a little small, with not much space to walk around the bed. The room had satelite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, wardrobe space, however not many hanger available in there. The bed had a couple of pillows which were comfortable and the bed it self was not the best I have had but I did manage a good nights sleep. The bathroom was very plain really and a little disappointing for hotels that I have stayed in recently, the bath was quite a decent size, however quite deep and if anyone has problems getting in baths, this is one that they would probably struggle to get it. Toilet and sink were on the back wall. The bathroom had a window in it, which I haven't really seen before for a long time, also it was not frosted, but did have a kind of blind in it. We only ate in the hotel for breakfast as this was included. The rastaurant was bright and on the ground floor so you could see onto the streets on NOttingham. Breakfast was buffet style with the choice of the good old fashioned full English or Continenal, whichever you preferred, cereals, fruit and patries were also available. Waiters served tea and coffee upon arrival into the restaurant. We both had a full English, which you had the choice of Sausage, Bacon, Eggs (Scrambled or Fried) Beans, Tomato, Mushrooms, Fried Bread and Toast, all of which was very nice, and set you up for the day around Nottingham. This hotel cost £80 per room per night, which isn't a bad price, however I have paid less than this for hotels down South which have been much nicer. I would receommend this hotel thoug, it doesn't really have any bad points that I can moan about!!

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      10.06.2010 11:51
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      I always choose one of the worst weeks of the year to have off, it will be sunny at the weekend and then when it comes to the week it decides to rain and heavy and all my plans for the week are scuppered and I have to think of alternative things to do on my week off. Not scheduled for this week but always a good place to go for a bit of fun which is all undercover and you don't have to worry about getting wet is Monmore Green, in Wolverhampton. Monmore Green is a greyhound racing track and each week, they have a couple of meetings there, one on Monday afternoon, Thursday evening and Saturday evening. Normally we go on a Thirsday evening, but because of the weather we chose to have a drive out to Wolverhampton on Monday afternoon. On a Monday, it is free entry into Monmore Green, the only thing that you need to invest in once you get there is a Race card for £1.50. A race card details all the races that will be on that day including the names of the dogs competing, the distance that they will be running, their previous history in their last 6 races, the fastest they have ran in those previous races and whoc actually beat them in the races. It is an extremely useful tool when choosing your dogs that you want to bet on, and can bepicked up easily by thosde who are not used to betting on the dogs. Each race contains six dogs and they run every 20 minutes. If you want to see the dogs before they race as I kow a lot of people betting for fun, just go by their number of what they look like, they are all showcased 5 minutes before the race so you can take a good look at them. Ladbrokes look after all the bets at Monmore Green, however on Monday afternoon, independent bookmakers are also their which offer better odds on the dogs (you can win more if your dog wins) however the minimum stake is slightly higher that going direct to Ladbrokes. We tend to bet a maximum of £2 per race because we are doing this for fun, what money doesn't matter - never go to the races and expect to win because you will be disappointed. If you can't afford to lose then don't gamble - for us it is harmless fun and a bonus if you win. The dogs here normally run 480m / 630m races which is one lap or one and a half around the track. Once the dogs are ready to race, they are put into stalls. When they are ready the bell sounds and the hare starts to run towards the dogs around the track and as it just goes past the dogs are released and the race is underway. Each winning dog wins a prize pot at the end of the race. MOnmore Green also supports retired dogs and are constantly looking to find ex racedogs caring and loving homes once they have retired. Food and drink here is reasonably cheap and plenty avaiable from the bar and snack bar. The best evening to go is Thursday night when they do a party pack, which consists of entry, race card, 2 drinks from the bar, a basket meal and 2 bets on the tote, all for just £10. Normally entry is £6, so you are making a great saving and also their is a great atmosphere at the dogs on an evening meeting. Monmore Green is located in Wolverhampton, exit the M6 at Junction 10 and follow the signs for the Black Country Road and that will take you to the signs for Monmore Green.

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      05.10.2009 22:06
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      I am always one of the first to try out a produc from Avon and when I first saw this particular product advertised on the television, I was really excited by the concept and couldn't wait for it to be launched. I reckon a lot of you are familiar with the product already however for those of you that are not familiar with it, I will give you a short overview. The Avon SPectracolour Lipstick is the first lipstick in which you can obtain 7 shades off your chosen colour in just one lipstick. With two colours in the lipstick, the palest and the darkest of the shade, youhave the opportunity to use the settings at the bottom of the lipstick to choose your preferred shade of what you want to use, therefore you are guaranteed to get one or two shades that you use all the time. When you have chosen your preferred shade then you just pump the bottom of the lipstick and the colours are mixed together inside and dispensed through the very tiny holes in the top of the product. I can't complain about the shades in this product, I opted for pink however there are several colours that you can chose from which suit your comlexion and skin tones, or just which you prefer. THe colours that are mixed come out really nice and in that respect make it a good product. The downside of this product is however it lipstick that comes out, come out neither as a lipstick or a lip gloss and the only thing that I could call it or compare it too would be like a mousse like substance, which when applying to lips neither goes goes on evenly or makes your lips look how you would want them to and in my opinion it has come across as a little bit of a disappointment. The concept of the product is great and if the colour that came out was just as good it would be a great product, however it is not and is a let down in my opinion. For £10 full price in the Avon brochure, on occasion you can get it for £5 I would prefer to get a lipgloss in one colour until they step up the quality of this product and make it worth buying.

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      • Deal or No Deal / TV Programme / 55 Readings / 50 Ratings
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        29.07.2009 09:14
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        Deal or nor deal has been going for a number of years now, hosted by Noal Edmunds, this quiz shows gives one person each show the opportunity to win one million pounds or to walk away with just a penny. Each contestant chooses a box at random at the start of the show and if there box is chosen to play they are the main contestant for the day. They then have several rounds whereby the choose numbers and the other contestant then has to open there box to see the value of it. This then eliminates that particular value from the players board. After openeing 5 boxes the banker wil then call and offer the contestant an amount based on what values are left on the board and the aim of the game is to beat the banker by having the higher value in the box. At any time when the banker offers them an amount they can deal with the banker and walk away with that amount in their pocket, however the game continues to see whether they would have gone home with more or with less, dependant of what is in their box. I find it a pretty pointless game to be honest but addictive to watch. It's nice to see people win big amounts and you feel sorry for them when they walk away with very little and have been playing for weeks to get into the main seat...but thats the way it goes.

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        28.07.2009 22:06
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        I have always used the Avon Senses range of products and love it when they change the various fragrances from time to time. The Sunset fragrance (Zesty and Energising) I was quite looking forward to using as I always love trying the new fragrances, however when I used it I found that rather than rebranding the product, they had just rebranded the packaging and the content just seemed to be the Recharge fragrance which I was never really fond of. Although I didn't like the fragrance too much, I found that the product itself was fantastic. You never need to use a of the shower gel as it lathers really weel, therefore the contents last a lot longer as minimal amounts are required. I always find that my skins after using tis product is really soft and smooth after I have showered and te actual fragrances does linger on your skin for a while which is great, even though I don't actually think that this fragrance is one of the best ones. In the Avon brochure, they normally have quite a few offers on and you never find yourself spending more than a £1 on this which is great value for money as Avon always offers good deals of multi buy deals that are attractive to the readers. I don't think I will buy this particular fragrance again, however I will most certainly be trting the other ones in the new range.

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      • Poundland / Highstreet Shopping / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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        28.07.2009 21:33
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        If you have never been to a Poundland then you are missing out. There aren't many in my home town, just one, in an area that we don't visit much however when we do, Poundland is definitely on the agenda and always worth a visit as we never come out empty handed. Poundland as it says in the name, sells everything in the store for... yes you got it...just a pound and you can pick up quite a few bargains in there on items that you would pay a great deal more for in supermarkets or stores that sell the same items. It doesn't specialise in just one product, the sell a whole range of things, the stores are not very big so you will be surprised by how much they do actually sell and what will be of use to you. All stores contain a toiletries and cleaning section, where you can obtain all your necessaries incuding soap, shampoo, condititioner and toothpaste, plus much more, and also all the cleaning products that you would require to keep you house clean. They have a seasonal section which at the moment contains gardening equipment, plants and other garden accessories and ornaments. IN this section, it also contains items that you would require when entertaining in your garden and for all you needs when having a barbecue. They also have a small section that looks after camping accessories which are great when keen campers like ourselves. Car accessories and tools cover one aisle, air freshener, wind screen wiper, and various tools including hammers, screwdrivers and the lower cost items of tools. The final aisle is dedicated to childrens toys and food. Where the toys are cheap, they are good as stocking fillers for kids and to keep them amused. All the food which is available is branded and sometimes sold for 2 for £1. Overall in this climate it is a great shop if you need to get a few bits and pieces and you always wonder how they make there money. It's quite simple as some items are priced a little high, for instance you can get them from Wilkinson etc cheaper, so when it there it makes you think that you are getting a good deal, but when you think about it on some items, you are actally paying over the odds and by doing it the potential savings kind of break even. I have however picked up some bragains in here and don't get to carried away. Great shop that I used to pass by and never go in, now I can never go to the town without going to have a look.

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        • Wife Swap (Channel 4) / TV Programme / 25 Readings / 25 Ratings
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          28.07.2009 20:50
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          Wife Swap is aired on Channel 4 at 11pm on Monday nights, just after Big Brother, which if you are anything like me, you can't help but watch it and always watch Wife Swap once it has finished. Wife Swap is based on two different families, the team who create the show must take a good look at each family before they pair them off as they are normally like chalk and cheese, one normally from an class where money isn't really a problem and not an object and the other where they work as hard as they can to survive or may not even owrk at all, you can probably imagine if you have never seen it. The wives of each family then swap for one week. When the wives arrive at their new homes, normally the house is empty and they have the opportunity to walk around and read the rules of their household that have been provided by the other wives. For the first half of the week, the wives have to abide by the real wives rules even though if they are not happy with the way that they live, for instance in one epiosde there was a mum that fed her baby daughter crisps for breakfast, however the other wive felt so strong about this she had to go against the rules and feed the child something healthy. Once a week has passed the tables are turned and the wives are then allowed to implement their own rules and make the other family live they way that they would prefer and do what they would do. In just a weeks time, you do find that the wives and the family that she has been placed with more often than not on quite a few occasions don't see eye to eye, purely because adapting to a different way of life isn't as easy as some peole may think it is. At the end of the programme, both families meet and have the opportunity to discuss and share ideas of how each family can improve their lives, for example if they do not spend enough time with each. Even thoug they are criticising their way of life, in most cases bothfamilies see that the other family can help them to improve their own life. If they want to they can now implement changes into lives for the better. I think its a great programme, it gives people the opportunity to see where they are going wrong and people not necessarily from the same class of you can help you to live you life the best way possible.

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          • MG ZR / Car / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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            27.07.2009 20:44
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            Most of the reviews on here for this particular car are from a man's point of view, those who understand cars more than us females, and there are more various factors I feel that influence a man when purchasing a car, however this review is obviously from a female point of view and probably will not fulfil that criteria that a man would be looking for. I purchased my used ZR a couple of weeks ago, after having several new cars before I had decided that I wouldn't ever buy a new car again purely because of how they depreciate in value and in this current climate it is not really wise to purchase a new vehicle. It was a spontaneous decision tobuy a new car to be honest and rather than looking at several garages and choosing something that I liked I did it a different way this time and decided what car I wantd before I actually went in search of it. I had narrowed it down to 3 little hot hatches and then viewing a couple I had set my heart on the MG ZR. I actually looked over a quite wide radius of various ZR's and travelled quite a bit to view and test some, however it wasn't looking good, I liked the car but for the money the cars that I had seen were not in that good condition. Disappointed I drove back to my home town and believe it or not spotted one on a garage less than 2 miles away from my house. Having looked around it, took it on a test, I had already made my mind up that this is going to be my new car. The ZR is 1.4 engine, 105 BHP, which quite appealed to me, I didn't really want the 1.8 purely because of insurance and to be honest I do like to drive quite fast and I don't think I would have lived my life much longer being allowed to drive a 1.8i car, so the 1.4 suited me just fine. THe car has all the featured that I could require and more to be honest, I don't want much from my car, however this cars has alloy wheels, electric windows, electric sunroof that completely opens and also opens on a tilt, electric heated wing mirrors, CD/Radio, however this was not factory fitted and was obviously bought after. The interior is grey with half leather sport bucket seats, and the dash and surrounding are also greay with a silver trim. From the outside, the car has a spoiler and the rear and skirts on the sides to give it that more sportier appeal. To drive the car the steering is a little bit harder than that what I am used to, I have always been used to quite light steering, however this is beacuse of the make of the car, and with sports suspension you can feel every single bump that you go over, but you have to accept this before purchasing the car obviously. IN general the ride is very nice, the car pulls off smooth, changes gear smoothly and brakes well. The only problem that I find is that sometime it doesn't like breaking when going around a corner. The car is group 7 insurance, so pretty low and you can obtain this quite cheaply online thorugh recommended insurers, the tax is also relatively low and fuel consumption is average and I can get more to twenty pound than I anticipated. It's a good sporty little car that is ideal for a family aswell.

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              20.07.2009 00:04
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              When Mari and her family escape of vacation to a lakeside hourse, isolated on it's own in the midde of nowhere, you automatically know that it is going to be a horror movies as many horrors follow along this path. I have always wanted to go to a log cabin in the middle of nowhere, however due to many AMerican movies following the same kind of theme, it kind of puts you off as you know that when a movie starts like this, it's not really pleasant and you know something is going to happen. Mari is an only child, 17 years of age and is at that stage in her life where she wants to go out start living her life as all kids at that age want to do. Her mother is slightly over protective, however her father is a little more lenient so when Mari wants to visit her friend Paige and take the car, her father gives in and her mother has no other alternative than to let her go to see her friend that she has not seen for a while. When Mari arrives at her friend Paige's, she is serving in a shop and when a young, relatively attractive young lad asks for some cigarettes, she has to ask him for ID. In order to obtain the cigarette's he tells Paige that he has some good stuff at this home if she and her friend wished to tag along if she gave him cigarettes. As all young people are, gullible and wanting to try something out, they both accompany him to his chalet in which they all start to loosen up after smoking dope. An hour or so later, Justin's dad comes home, with his brother and girlfriend, he has just escaped the law and is on the run from the police, some people would call these kind of people Rednecks and a little bit strange and get their kicks out of sadistic and horrific acts. When they come home, they are not sure what Juston has told them and they kidnap the girls taking them to an isolated wood. Mari plays it cools and adheres to what they say however Paige just wants to get away resulting in her being killed. Seeing her friend murdered, Mari knows she has to get away, however unsuccessfully leads to sexual abusive from her captors, a young Justin is forced by his family to watch what is happening to his new found friends. Mari, a string swimmer eventually escapes into the water, with her kidnappers hot in pursuit and armed witha gun, they shoot into the water and eventually after 4 or 5 shots they hit her and automatically think that she is dead. Before escaping she managed to hit one of her enemies in the face with a rock braking his nose. In the middle of nowhere, a storm is brewing and one perosn with a broken nose, the four need to seek somewhere to stay for the night. They stumble upon a house, which happens to be that of Mari's family. They take them in for the evening and Mari's dad being a doctor fixes the mans nose and stiches it up, they tell them that they should stay the night until the storm is finished and show them to the guesthouse. WHen getting back to the main house, they are sitting together and hear a loud noise from the patio, going to investigate, they find their daughter barely conscious, half naked, knowking again the wall to raise attention. Taking her into their house, they are devasted to see there daughter in such a state, having been shot, her father managed to get the bullet out, however looking over his daughter he see marks on her legs and body which show a struggle and instantly knows that his daughter has been raped. Emma, Mari's mother goes into the kitchen and find's Mari's necklace wrapped around a mug which Justin had used, Mari left the house wearing this and they both instantly know that her daughters attackers, were no other than those people they had kindly let stay for the evening. When someone hurts someone that you love so much, what lengths would you go to to try and put it right. ************************************************************ I had been told that this film from the start originally had a good concept, however as it went on it started to get a little but stupid, however from my point of view, I can see where they are coming from and don't find the plot pointless at all. When someone hurts someone you love, you never know how you are going to react and this story tells of it all. Although this is a horror, I wouldn't go that far to put it in that genre, however in some parts it is a little disturbing, but this was more towards the beginning of the film and not the end where you would expect it. The acting wasn't fabulous, however it was better than some of the shambolical acting that you get in these kind of movies, and I did find myself glued to the screen, fighting to keep my eyes open to see what was goinf to happen, as majority of the movies that fall into this category these days apart from the SAW movies are quite poor and are bulled up when released to try and get viewer, which end up disappointed once they have watched the movie. I wouldn't recommend this film, but I would not, not recommend it, i think if you like horror type films then it is worth a watch, if not, don't bother.

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                My partner took mr to Hales Hall Camping Park as a surprise one weekend, even though it is on the doorstep to us, it doesn't really matter where we are going when we are actually getting away for the weekend. The site itself is pretty large and can easily cope with ample caravans with awnings and tents of all sizes, they also have an over flow field in which campers can go, and where they actually put larger parties which may make more noise than the norm to ensure that they do not disturb other visitors. Well behaved dogs are permitted, as long as they are kept control of, and also cleaned up after. The site has quite large shower blocks which have just recently been refurbished, as I had been told that this particular site had been a little run down a couple of years ago, however new owners have taken over and since that renovated the site quite a bit. The toilet and shower blocks are very pleasant with fresh flowers put in there to brighten them up a bit and they are also very clean, I believe they shut them quite often to clean them and the floors had always just been mopped whenever I went into them which is great. There is a small shop on the site, which is looked after by an old lady. If required she will cook you a full breakfast in the morning for a small fee, however you can obtain everything you need from the shop if you wish to cook your own, proper camping style. WE opted to cook our own fried breakfast, however did find that the bread was not fresh, it was good enough for toast, and fried bread however certainly not good enough to have a sandwich, so the shop doesn't seem to be stocked on a daily basis. Watch it if you squeeze the bread too, as I got told off by the old lady as she said I was hurting it. There is also a pub on site which is great as not a lot of sites actually have them there. It reminded me of an old school and had a strange smell to it, and was definitely due for refurbishment however they did beer, and also a small amount of food which was reasonably priced and to be honest was actually very tasty. There is a football pitch for the kids, and also a small playground with swing, slides, etc to keep them entertained, however there were loads of kids there, which were keeping each other entertained. It cost 20 pound per night for the pitch and an extra 2 pound for Sandy, our dog per night which is actually quite expensive when you are just pitching a tent up. YOu can go a proper holiday park for less than that a night in other parts of the country. It was nice for a break, however I don't think that we would return here, there are a few people that actually live there or go every weekend, and we got the impression that they thought they owned the site,which made it a little uncomfortable for people actually visiting the site for a short break. Think we will try somewhere else next time.

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              • The Notebook (DVD) / DVD / 24 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                A friend of mine gave me The Notebook to watch and I knew instantly that my fella would not want to watch it so I took the opportunity whilst he was working in Oxford to watch it. As a rule, although I do like to watch a good love story, i don;t always purchase these kind of films, however having heard so many good reviews I thought it would make a change to watch something different to the norm for me. The NOtebook is based on 2 characters, Noah and Allie. When Noah first set eyes on Allie, he instantly fell in love with her and knew that she was the woman that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Allie however wasn't as easily convinced however when they were set up by their friends to go and watch a movie together, it was then when Allie became to warm to Noah and their love for each other blossomed pretty quickly, leading them to be inseperable and spending ever minute that could together. The backgrounds of the two teenagers was completely different, Noah came from a working class family that didn't have much money, and he lived with only his father, where as Allie came from an Upper Class family, who were very wealthy and when they met him, they took an instant disliking to him and forbid there daughter from seeing him, later moving away for the two teenagers never to see each other again, which broke both of their hearts. Years pass by and they both start to move on with their lifes, Noah's father passes on, and he decides to fulfil his dreams and Allie's dreams of their dream home that they once talked about. Allie met an injured soldier, who was also very wealthy and had the approval of her parents to see him, later getting engaged and planning to wed him..... ...until looking through the paper she see's Noah on one page and her love for him comes flooding back to her and all the memories that they once had. The story is continuously told by an old gentleman, to his female friend who has lost her memory, and by continuously telling her story, he believes that she will remember the story herself. He shows a great interest in this love story and wants his female friend to have the same interest that he does too. This film is a real tear jerker, and allows you to delve into the characters and their emotions yourself. As the film progresses, you learn the biggest secret of story of all, which will once you realise what is happening make you appreciate the film even more. It's a true love story of two people that love each so much, that are meant to be together and their fight to be together as one for a lifetime, with nothing at all getting in their way or taking one away from the other. I founf myself sobbing from around half way through ths film on and off until the end, which really will make you cry, especially if you are an emotional person, or you are in a relationship, where you are and always have been very much in love. I found myself having to text my partner as he was working away just to tell him how much i loved him and how much I appreciate him, and it was the film that touched me so much and made me do that. Running Time: 120 minutes

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              • ebay.co.uk / Auction / 19 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                I have only recently used Ebay through work and have never really used it before. I work in the Sports Nutrition Industry as a distributor of sports supplements from the USA and Europe. Since the recession hit the UK, it has not really affected the industry as such however had got rid of many of the smaller companies that operate on small margins and ruin the industry for the major players. With this happening this has left a gap in the marketplace and one that I was not prepared to miss out on and jumped at the chance to obtain our cut of the Ebay. Ebay in many ways is an excellent way to make money, however as a business and opening a shop on ebay is really easy to be and you don't have to be a registered business. The cost to open a shop is just £14.99 for the basic package which really is ample for any business and provide you with the appropriate sales tools to utilise on your business. The shop is really easy to populate, however is time consuming and with it being a business it is better to have your shop populated with buy it now prices, which is an instant transaction, and people more often than not make a payment into your paypal account straight away, just like a website sale. Once you have been on the site for 3 months and you are selling as much as ebay requires you too thats when you can qualify for powerseller status which gives you additional benefits, bigger discounts therefore more margin on your products. The only problem that I see is the fees that you have to pay are quite extortionate. As ebay akes around 10% initially and then 6.6% when you are a silver power seller, paypal then takes a certain percentage of the amount that hits your account which then includes postage and packaging fees which really you don't want them being eaten away, this makes you realise how smaller companies that rely on there business from ebay start to make a loss as you normally find that they don't hold the stock and order it in to fulfil. Since being on ebay we have been very successful and have got to be inthe top 5 within the industry which isn't bad at all, however 5th to be isn't acceptable and I won't stop under my company becomes the dominant player!

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                  01.07.2009 22:11
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                  Wilko's Candle Tiki Torch is another addition that my partner and I purchased for our camping trip, we wanted to be prepared and this time we were. I have seen these torches in a number of shops and they have varied from 99p to £3, and with Wilko's being quite a bargain shop, theres were just 99p, which is a great price considering that they are all exactly the same in all the other shops that I have seen them in including B&M Stores which is normally good value and Tesco. The torch comprises of a bamboo stick which you insert into the ground with a holder all made up of thinner bamboo to insert a candle into. The actual candle is in a small terracotta pot inside the holder and is filled with candle wax. These are lit by the wick and to be honest they are more or less exactly the same as an indoors candle and only have a very small flame on the them, however they let off quite a lot of light and a tiny little bit of heat. Although these are good for camping, they are ideal for in the garden too and I have bought a couple that can be dotted around my garden. A nice touch!!

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                    30.06.2009 21:40
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                    Instant Barbecues are widely available at the moment, however they vary in price from store to store, i.e Tesco sell there's at 2 for £5, but Wilko's sell theres for just 2 for £3, and it is the exact same barbecue as Tesco just with a different cover on them. We bought a couple of these for our camping trip at the weekend just in case we wanted a barbecue and I was surprised to say the least of how good they actually were. When you open these they have a mesh rack over the top of them with a piece of paper covered in a flamable source and then coals in the bottom of the metal tray, you must ensure all packaging is removed before using the actual berbecue. When you set the paper alight, it doesn't take too long to disappear and heat up the babecue, what surprised me was the actual amount of coals that are in there for such a good price. It takes around 20 minutes for the flames to stop and the coals to have turned white and for it to be ready to use. Its quite amazing actually how much you can cook on one of these at any one time, we managed to fit on two quarter pound burgers, four sausages and three kebabs on there still leaving a little room to be able to turn thorughout cooking. When the coals are as hot as they can be it doesn't take long at all to cook, a amximum of 15 minutes to cook all items on there and when you put a next load on, these cook even quicker as it is gradually getting hotter and hotter. YOu could cook on one of these for at least an hour or so easy, and then it is good to use to keep you warm if it starts to go cold. I was also surprised by the taste of the food after, it can only be described as berbecued however was extremely tasty, as some disposable barbecue's are no good, and the food after it is cooked is not very nice or inedible. I would definitely recommend these from Wilko's, sometimes it works out cheaper than actually investing in a proper barbecue and coals every year, but I think having a decent barbecue is a status thing especially when entertaining.... its a man thing, who has the best BBQ and I don't think the disposable one would go down from a visible point of view, however from a cooking aspect it could give an expensive one a run for its money.

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                      30.06.2009 19:40
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                      When we go on a camping trip we are always on the look out for new products to take with us that will help us during our stay and with the weather being nice, it is ideal to sit outside your tent with a couple of beers watching the world go buy and when we saw this product in Wilkinson's and they were on offer too, we couldn't help but purchase a couple of them. The Spiral candle is around 3/4 metre long, majority of it is covered in candle wax, however a couple of centimetres from the bottom is just a wooden stake that you can plough into the ground. Coming in a variety of colours including blue, yellow, red, pink and green, these are extremely good value to take on your trip with you. At the top of the candle, as all candles do it has a wick to enable you to light the candle and get it going. I wondered at first how they managed to make it a spiral shape however once you have lit the candle, all is revealed, and the wooden cane has a piece of rope that is wrapped around it that gradually burns with the candle. When lit you do get quite a nice flame off them and they are ideal to actually see in the dark, not far but around you camping pitch they give enough light off so that you can see each other, and surprisingly as the night grows colder, they do give off quite a bit of heat aswell to keep you warm enough without having to put on more clothes. They last around 3 - 4 hours from lighting so are great for the one night but if you are staying for more than one night, get a load of the and be prepared. It's also quite romantic, as commented by some people on our campsite. At the moment these retail at 2 for £1, which is great, and even when they are not on offer, they are 59p each. We have invested in a couple for the garden as they are nice to light if you are staying outside quite a while at night in the nice weather.

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