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    • Sage ACT! Pro 2012 / Office Software / 37 Readings / 34 Ratings
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      Sage ACT! Pro 2012 is software designed and developed to be a customer and contact management resource. It allows businesses to control things like customer information and marketing campaigns with the overall goal of making everything easier and more efficient(and therefore more profitable).

      Highlight features on offer include a customer detail database that can contain and show at a glace a wealth of information, reports to show your sales and future opportunities, the ability to connect with other Sage software like "Accounts 2012" and to be honest as far as I can tell that's about it.

      The first problem I encountered (and a rather big one) is that the manual and the box don't contain a serial number (anywhere). This posses a problem because when you attempt to install the software it asks you for such a number. I decided not to call SAGE customer support (as it is not a free phone number) instead I emailed them via their website. It took SAGE five days to get back to me and all I got was a "... We are aware of this problem, the serial number your require is enclosed." No explanation or the word "sorry"

      There were other problems with installation, it froze twice when I was installing (I had to reboot and start again) and once I did the software kept refusing to activate, however after a number of attempts (and wasted time) I managed to get everything working.

      I was disappointed when I did as it was not what I was expecting from a SAGE product. The layout is confusing, poorly thought and doesn't really work. It can be pretty slow at times and seems to struggle with basic tasks. I can not really find a real use in business terms for this software nor can I imagine where and when it would be useful (why not stick with outlook for example it does the same thing or use a spreadsheet or database).

      At the end of the day there are far cheaper solutions for what this software offers, and these actual work.

      Sadly Sage ACT seems to be software created for a problem that doesn't really exist. Considering the cost this really is one to avoid unless you can find a use I've over looked.

      (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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    • Logitech Illuminated K810 / Keyboard / 43 Readings / 42 Ratings
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      In simple terms a keyboard is an input device for a computer. I'm actually using one right now to type this review.

      This "Logitech K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard" does have a few interesting features on offer the obvious being bluetooth connectivity (which has a few advantages over USB). However the bright illumination (which only activates when in use) actually works well as it automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys to any light. Build quality is very good and it has a brushed aluminum finish which is highly polish and looks very smart.

      From the start one of the major problems I have with this keyboard was its price. The cheapest being Amazon at £79.99 with some retailers asking closer to three figures. Considering that you can buy a "basic" keyboard for less than a tenner this Logitech would have to offer something special to justify such a asking price and sadly I don't feel it really offers much more than any other cheaper keyboard.

      Set up and installation was straightforward with the blue-tooth connection meaning it can be easily configured with your iPhone, iPad or Mac. You can also use this keyboard for more than one device at a time and easily switch back and forward between them. The battery also holds a charge pretty well considering its illuminated (mine lasted just over a month before requiring a top-up and even then it wasn't fully discharged). The keyboard simply charges through a mini USB cable which takes a few hours however the battery is also removable should you want to charge it seperate.

      This Logitech has been designed as a "minimalist" keyboard and herein lies a rather large problem. The keyboard is smaller than you would expect (which will save on desk space) also the keys are smaller and closer together than what you would expect normally. It's more like using a keyboard on a netbook and because of this it's not that easy to use. There is no right hand side Numb Pad, the shift keys are small and the "up" and "down" arrow keys tends to go down at the same time. While the keys are almost silent when you press them (they are near flush with the keyboard itself), this advantage is outweighed by the fact that you will make a lot more typos and spend more time glancing down at the board.

      For myself I did not find this keyboard very comfortable to use. You wrists are forced to be closer together and you have to angle them more in order to type, both of which could lead to health problems.

      Another disadvantage is that it's not the easiest keyboard to find for sale. At time of writing this review on Amazon the dispatch time for the keyboard is between one and two months, and on Play the item simply shows as out of stock. It is possible to find it from international sellers on eBay however they tend to be more expensive and demand somewhat high postage charges (sometimes £25.00 or more!).

      While it looks very smart it doesn't make the job of typing any easier or interesting. For a fraction of the price you can get a decent wireless keyboard which is more comfortable and easier to use. As a result I can't really recommend this Logitech to you (unless you absolutely must have blue-tooth connection or like to use a keyboard on more than one device at once.)

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      23.04.2013 00:32
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      When it comes to making toast, the physics are pretty simple. You are required to insert the desired number of bread slices (depending on your hunger level) in to the "toaster" which then passes an electrical current through a series of coils producing heat. It is this heat the then toasts your bread. It sounds pretty simple however its amazing how wrong a manufacturer can go with this basic idea and sadly this "Kenwood TTM406 4 Slice Toaster" is such an example of bad err... toasty physics.

      First impressions out of the box were good as this Kenwood has a modern, sleek and polished look about it combined with seemingly good build quality. When you factor in the product features on offer such as an "angled chassis for easy viewing whilst toasting" "dual control panel" and "high rise bread lift" for toasting different sizes and thicknesses of bread you would almost think that you have found the Holy Grail of toasters. Sadly like the "The Hobbit" prequel to Lord of The Rings, it was too good to be true.

      An obvious problem from the start is that this toaster isn't going to win any awards for it's speed when in operation. Despite having a 1400w grill it takes a very long time to actually do anything (both in warming up and in actually cooking your bread.) Regardless of what heat setting you select it insists on popping up your semi warm, semi toasted bread every minute of so. Even when you think its ready and you take out your toast, it's disappointing to find that your butter doesn't really melt when you spread it. Of course on the plus side this does make it more difficult for you to burn the toast should you forget about it when playing Candy Crush on Facebook or Angry Birds.

      A less than obvious problem is that the large easy to clean crumb tray is any thing but easy to remove. It is very stiff and rather difficult to insert and remove always requiring more than a few attempts.

      The front controls and pretty chunky which are easier to use and to set, however their actual design is such that crumbs very easily become lodged everywhere, and the small sizes between the runners and controls means that it is hard and time consuming to clean (a toothpick is handy here.)

      Finally the cable length of only forty five centimeters may pose a problem for some (depending on your seating location and nearest electrical socket.) I personally had to use an extension lead which obviously added more clutter to my work surface. It would have been nice to have seen a longer cable and one that's excess could have wrapped around the bottom underneath the toaster itself.

      That's the bad, now for the good and not the ugly. While it takes an eternity to toast your bread it does so very evenly and toasts right to the edges of the bread. The larger and longer slots can handle all manners of bread and other items such as crumpets without any dramas and again toasts them (slowly) but evenly. It's very easy to use, and again the size of the controls and dials make it more suitable for those who are elderly and or have difficultly in gripping or grasping smaller dials.

      It looks good and it fits in well in your kitchen, the angled chassis means you can view and watch your bread slowly becoming toast. A very useful feature should you loose interest halfway through watching The Hobbit or can't get past Candy Crush Level 69. I've heard of watching paint dry but in this case it's watching bread toast.

      While there is no doubt this toaster looks good on your work surface, it's not really fit for purpose and I can't really recommend it to you with the fore mentioned problems. Considering it costs nearly forty pounds and toasters a tenth of the price can do the job better its sadly one to avoid. Unless you like big and shinny things in which case you'll like this.

      This toaster can be found on Amazon.co.uk for £37.98 however price varies a couple of pound each way depending on retailer.

      (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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      • Autoglym Clean Wheels / Car Care / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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        17.04.2013 21:52
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        Autoglym "Clean Wheels" is a car cleaning chemical that contains a "balanced blend of acidic cleaners, non ionic surfactant and metal attack inhibitor" that is developed to strip off all kinds of dirt and debris from alloy, painted, chrome, and plastic wheels - leaving them sparkling clean.

        As a stand alone cleaner it works well and makes cleaning a difficult part of your car quite a bit easier. For best results you should combine it will a decent wheel brush to remove stubborn dirt. It is best practice to clean your wheels before the body (in my experience they tend to be the most dirt prone part), however there is no denying that just after a single use of Clean Wheels, things were a lot shiner and cleaner than before hand. It also beats soapy water hands down, which is what I've used a number of times in the past.

        It can not be used on anodized or non industry standard wheel surfaces (as it can damage the finish) and both care and attention should be giving to the instructions before hands and when using the chemical. Other than that it is a very easy product to use, simply spray on, leave for a short period of time, then clean off. The nozzle can be difficult to turn to the "on" and "off" places due to being very stiff but this is a minor consern.

        I have tried other wheel cleaning chemicals in the past other than hot soapy water, some of the more expensive chemicals are better at striping down dirt (however they tend to be rather more expensive and therefore not that cost effective.) On the otherhand "Clean Wheels" is miles better than the budget cleaners you get from the likes of the pound shop.

        "Clean Wheels" comes in 500ml, 750ml and 1000ml bottles with the medium size bottle usually offering best value (normally found at around £8.00 to £10.00).

        This is a cleaning chemical that makes the job of cleaning your car easier and the bottle lasts for a long time. There's nothing really to fault here and its wheel worth considering.

        (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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      • Samsung SH-224BB / DVD Burner / 34 Readings / 33 Ratings
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        14.04.2013 03:20
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        This is the Samsung SH-224BB SATA DVD +/- DVD writer, an internal component of a computer that fits into your 5 1/4 inch drive bay and connects to your motherboard via a SATA cable (not provided). While most computers will come with such a drive, you maybe building your own system or upgrading an existing one. If that is the case this drive will allow you to burn data to removable media (blank CD's and DVD's of both plus and minus formats) however it does not support blu ray discs (neither reading or writing them).

        The drive comes in OEM (sometimes called bare bones) packaging which means you get very little with it other the the burner itself. While this keeps the cost down it does mean you will have to use your own SATA cable, screws and software to burn disks (remembering that Windows does have it's own disk burning engine if you don't want to fork out for some retail software.) There is also an "retail" version of this drive that was recently reviewed in a computer magazine that came bundled with everything you need, however I could not find that drive for sale (and it was also rather more expensive.)

        Fitting the Samsung drive is easy and requires little time once you manage to open your computer case (with some being more difficult that others.) This drive can only use the newer SATA connector and cable as opposed to the older IDE so please make sure it is compatible before buying. However it's simply a matter of connecting two cables to the drive (the second being a power cable), one cable to your motherboard and your reading to go with Windows auto detecting the drive and requiring no drivers or software to run.

        The drive is pretty fast when in operation and in terms of response times with the draw opening at at touch of a button (and the only button on the drive) quickly. Upon inserting a disc it loads within a few seconds and if you have the autorun feature enables through Windows it will give you options on what you want to do. Burning data to a blank disk is again pretty fast (a lot faster than just a few years ago) and this drive features "over speed performance" which allows you to burn at a faster speed on lower speed discs (saving money on having to buy faster speed discs in the first place.) The Samsung drive doesn't seem to be fussy about what brand of media or speed it actually burns too, which is an advantage as I know some drives don't like some brands of media.

        Built quality is excellent with the front of the drive being nicely finished. It can be noisy in operation at times, not so much when reading disks but when recording them instead but when not in use is it naturally silent.

        In terms of value, this Samsung drive comes in at the average price level (being just over fifteen pounds at time of buying and reviewing). While there are cheaper drives on the market (some less than a tenner) the speed on offer, possibility to save money with "over speed" and quick response time makes the SH-224BB stand out over cheaper drives, and an extra few pounds here will be money well spent.

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        This is the Panasonic DMC-S5EB-R digital compact camera which features 16MP , 4x Optical Zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer, 2.7-inch LCD, 28mm Lumix DC Vario Lens and HD Movie Recording.

        One of the main features however is it's price, as at less than fifty pounds from most retailers, combined with a descent specification it offers great value for money. Of course none of this would matter is the camera failed to deliver on what it promises, and thankfully this Panasonic proves you don't have to spend a fortune to get great photographs.

        It's small and compact so call be carried around easily in the pocket or in a bag. It's a bit heavy considering the size and the plastic body but has been built to a very high quality and feels pretty robust. The LCD takes up most of the rear of the camera and is fixed (i.e can not be rotated) but is very responsive and has a high resolution for playing back your photos.

        The model is designed mainly as a point and shoot camera and because of this it is very easy to use. Even the menu and controls and simple. At the same time there are more creative options and manual options to keep more confident photographers happy.

        The only failing is that the battery life while reasonable but not great. It uses it's own Panasonic sized batteries instead of it's more common AA or AAA sizes. While you can extend battery life by not using the flash as much or limited live view, it maybe wise to invest in a spare battery to carry with you.

        The 4x optional zoom while fast doesn't offer the greatest zoom range, which can be a problem for those interested in wildlife photography or other times where you need to get closer to the action. The camera does offer a digital zoom as well but when you start to use it, photo quality does suffer rather badly.

        Photo quality is excellent is most lighting conditions with autofocus struggling a bit with fast moving subject and in low light conditions but otherwise the camera produces some stunning photos. The camera uses SD memory cards but also has a limited built in memory. It supports both SD and SDHC memory cards but not the newer models of SDXC. It is recommended that you use at least a "class 6" memory card for HD video recording.

        This really is a great little camera well worth considering for something simple and compact. If you really don't like the red finish fear not as it comes in black as well. Otherwise when remembering the cost it would be money well spent.

        (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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          Memory cards come in all shapes and sizes but when it comes to copying their contents to your computer the most common method of doing so is by using a Card Reader (presuming you don't already have a built-in internal card reader).

          One option to consider should you need one is this "Hama USB 2.0 Card Reader - 35 In 1" which is a cheap solution to support a wide range of memory cards.

          It supports all the most common types of memory cards including SD, mini SD, micro SD, SDHC, Compact flash, all types of Memory Sticks and XD. The support for the SDHC type memory cards is welcome but I'm unsure if it will support the newer SDXC cards (I didn't have one to try nor do I know anyone who uses them yet.)

          It is host powered meaning it does not require an additional or separate power adaptor, instead drawing power from the same USB cable. It's very light, easily transportable and compact being just ten centimeters in length, because it is so light it does move around the desk very easily and I secured mine down with some duck tape to stop it moving when I tried to insert a memory card.

          As with most USB devices this is very easy to use (being plug and play) it's simply a matter of connecting the cable and your set (you don't even need to install a driver).

          Build quality is pretty good considering the price, yes it's plastic but it's still rather robust plastic. The supplied USB cable is a bit short (just over 30cm) but it can easily be extended with an extended cable if required.

          In terms of performance the card reader can't really be faulted for read or write speed. It is only USB2.0 and not the more recent USB3.0 however it can still access and copy files very quickly. I'm sure the USB3.0 readers are a lot faster but they are also more expensive.

          Hama is a well known name in the field of memory and this card reader is pretty good, offering something that can't really be faulted.

          You can purchase this from Amazon for £5.99 but prices vary from different retailers.

          (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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          From the old fashioned brass bell alarm clocks to the latest DAB digital radio that comes with an arsenal of features, when it comes to picking a method of telling the time there are far more things to consider other than "can it tell the time." However if your really just in the market for something cheap and basic then on offer is this Tesco Value Range CR-106 Clock Radio.

          It is very easy to use, taking less than a minute from unpacking to plugging in to setting the time. The buttons on top of the clock are rather stiff so you will have to press them pretty heavily. Another advantage is that it is small, lightweight and compact, combined with the good length mains cable this is a perfect example of a product you can take while traveling (if like me your a heavy sleeper and the battery powered clocks don't wake you.)

          The LED front is very bright so it can be easily seen in all lighting conditions. It's a tad too bright at night especially if you wake up and it's glaring at you. This clock radio lacks the features to change the brightness of the display that some more expensive models have. However it wasn't expected at this price range.

          The radio itself sadly isn't very good. It comes with a short aerial and it is very hard to find a decent reception with it. If you mange to find a good reception on one channel and you decided you want to change to a different station then you will usually have to readjust the cable. Not only that but if you walk to close to the clock when the radio is on, or place a mobile phone, or have a TV switched on near it then the sound quality does suffer massively.

          Another disadvantage or maybe an advantage is that it generates a lot of heat when in use. It can become very hot to the touch and more so if left in sunlight. While this is good to make some toast or to warm up your hands it does worry me a bit.

          The final thing to consider and a failing of many electrical powered clock radios is that it is a bit noisy, producing a constant "humming" noise. It's not really that noticeable but you may want to think about where you sit the clock.

          Overall a good value radio alarm clock that does what it says on the box. If your looking for a good quality radio look elsewhere, but if a basic clock that will wake you up is what your after (and this one is certainly loud enough to do so) then its worth adding to your shopping basket

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            If your computer or laptop does not have an internal card reader, and you want the ability for it to be able to read and write to memory cards, then the easiest way is to buy an external card reader such as this "Trust SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Mini Card Reader."

            This card reader has a lot going for it, and will keep most people happy, however there are a few things that really let it down.

            The main highlight of this card reader is it's USB3.0 (superspeed connection) which has the ability to transfer photographs, video and other files much quicker. This feature will only work however if the device is plugged into a USB3.0 port and you will not get the same "superspeed" on the older USB ports. Other highlights include it's plug and play driverless facility for easy of use, it's compact size and portability and support for all common memory cards such as SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS, Micro SD and MMC.

            Build quality is very good and the device feels very robust. The only failing here is that there is no cap for the USB end meaning it is exposed to the elements and dust should you need a portable reader, it could easily get damaged. Again it is a very easy device to use as it mounts memory cards as removable storage in Windows. It's just a case of plugging it in and thanks to auto play you can have your images or videos up in seconds.

            In terms of performance this is an extremely fast card reader when used on USB3.0. I has no problem handling 16Gb cards filled with RAW files and it does so without breaking a sweat. It is massively faster than my USB2 card reader and for that alone it does save a lot of time.

            It's worth noting however there is no support for Compact flash cards, I find this to be a disadvantage as many of these cards are still used by DSLR cameras and will be of no use to CF users.

            At just over twenty pounds at time of buying and reviewing, it is by no means the cheapest on the market. However given what it offers the asking price and what's on offer, I do feel that this is unreasonable. Granted that it is very fast, however if you don't need the added features of this card reader and can wait a few minutes extra, then you would be best buying a cheaper model. If speed and size is important then trust me this Trust reader won't let you down but remember the problems I've highlighted.

            (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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            Thermal compound (also referred to as gel, paste, grease) is a substance that fills small and sometimes microscopic gaps between two surfaces and increases their "thermal conductivity" while at the same time smoothing out rough surfaces to improve their connection. In terms of electrical components, thermal compound is used in computers between the processor core (CPU) and the heatsink to increase heat dissipating.

            If your building your own computer, upgrading your processor / heatsink and fan or just have a old system and you want to replenish the thermal compound, perhaps to try for an overclock then you may need some of the slick silver substance.

            One of your options is to purchase these StarTech Heatsink Thermal Pads (which comes in a pack of 5), and offers a "mess free solution to installation and heat conduction for maximum cooling." In theory a thermal pad would have a number of advantages of thermal paste. They would be quicker to apply, much easier to apply and much less messy. In reality however these items have problems that you will also have to consider when buying.

            In terms of packing it's the bare basics here. Five small pads in a small plastic bag with no instructions on how or where to use them. That in itself doesn't present a massive problem as if your technological advanced enough to build your own computer and install processors then you should be advanced enough to stick on a sticky pad. If not then you have the wealth of the internet with all the information know to man in front of you (yes you can use the internet for things other than getting in arguments with strangers or for looking at photos of cats.) On a plus the small bag was very easy to open.

            The design of these thermal pads mean that the compound as solid at room temperature which only changes and softens as the temperature of the heatsink increases. However the two main selling points of these items are it's mess free installation and even application design - but sadly I can't really comment on those points as I never actually reached that stage.

            Despite being advertised as "peel and stick" they were not sticky in the slightest. It was physically impossible once peeling off the backing to stick the pads or to either your heatsink or processor directly. You could take a chance and use a bit of glue or try and take a best guess by sitting it on your CPU then fitting your heatsink on top hoping that doing so won't make the pad move. That's there first selling point lost as there not easy to use or fit.

            In terms of size the pads are pretty much spot on, covering the processor core and its surrounds. As for being less messy, I suppose they are when compared to thermal gel such as Silver Nitrate (where you have to squirt on gel like liquid) something running as if it had a mind of it's own.

            The next point to consider is cost and at nearly five pounds for a pack of five (price correct at time of buying and reviewing) they don't offer value for money. Compare this to a tube of Arctic Silver 5 3.5g Thermal Paste which can easily cover ten processors if not more for £6.10.

            Sadly the "less messy" option alone isn't good enough for me to recommend this product to you. If your looking for a thermal compound you'll be better sticking with the fore mentioned Artic Silver which is better value, easier to use and to be honest more fun.

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            • Men in Black 3 (DVD) / DVD / 41 Readings / 40 Ratings
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              Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and staring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, this is the third of the MIB (Men In Black) trilogy and was released in 2012.

              The plot is based around Boris the Animal (the last of his species) escaping from the MIB Lunar Prison with the help of his girlfriend. Upon returning to Earth he seeks his revenge of Agent K who was the MIB agent that captured him decades before. After a brief encounter Boris warns K that "...he is already dead" and soon Agent J (Will Smith) finds himself in an altered reality where K was killed in his original encounter with Boris and Earth is under attack by the Boglodites which are no longer excint. It's up to J to travel back in time and with a younger version of Agent K undo the damage that's been done and save the future, the planet and his partner.

              Thankfully I really enjoyed Men In Black 3, and it does the first film true justice unlike the crappy MIB 2 which left a lot of people disappointed. The reasonably simple time travel plot works well and falls within the realm of possibilities based on the MIB universe. That same plot unfolds and develops well and at a good pace thanks to a excellent script. The end of the film does what preseeded justice and manages to tie up all the loose ends and rounding everything up nicely without leaving much in the way of plot holes.

              There are plenty of laugh out loud moments and the comedy is close to what was achieved in the first Men In Black film. The banter between J and the younger K is excellent and succeeds. Being based in the 60's was brilliant as was the chance to see a more technological less advanced MIB headquarters (wow how things have advanced.)

              Plenty of action scenes stand alongside the comical moments and help keep the film entertaining. All the scenes have been done well and the final show-down towards the end of the movie will have you on the edge of your seats. The cast deliver stunning performances through the film and you can't help become emotional involved with them as the movie goes on.

              Like most films of last year MIB 3 seems to get a mixed bag of reviews, however is no where near as bad as soon would like you to believe. I was a bit worried about watching MIB 3 considering how many years have passed since both the original and MIB 2, however my fears were unfounded as this is a great Sci-Fi Comedy with plenty of rewatch value.

              This is one your remember.

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            • Dark Shadows (DVD) / DVD / 32 Readings / 31 Ratings
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              Produced by Tim Burton and released in 2012 "Dark Shadows" is a Fantasy / comedy film staring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Lee.

              The plot of which is based around the character Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who after turning down the advances and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) finds himself cursed to a fate worse than death - life as a vampire - and is buried alive (so to speak) for nearly two hundred years. When he is accidently released from his grave, he walks into a very different world where his family are in ruins and the woman (who condemned him to this existence) is still alive and very rich, with her empire built upon the remains of his families. Barnabas returns to his family estate of Collinwood Manor with a very unusual collection of family and friends determined to restore them all to their former glory whatever the cost.

              Dark Shadows is a typical Tim Burton film and is gothic, surreal and vampire/witch based while being rather entertaining with a good undertone of comedy and just a bit of gore. The visuals throughout are stunning as is the epic soundtrack (can't go wrong with Paranoid from Ozzy). A lot of work has went into costumes, backdrops and locations all of which help to enhance your viewing experience.

              The acting in Dark Shadows is excellent from pretty much all the cast with Johnny Depp (playing a English aristocrat very well) and Helen Bonham once again paired together and again living up to previous performances. I feel that Chloë Grace Moretz is underused however and her character seems to take more of a background role until towards the end of the film.

              While the actual plot of the film works well and it pretty enjoyable, a few of the subplots that run thought are pretty poor and under developed. One of the characters mother is missing presumed dead, while the "twist" towards the end of the film while funny and unexpected doesn't really work that well.

              One of the films failing and why I feel it gets such a mixed range of reviews is that it doesn't quite know what direction to head in. The movie trailers made it look like a laugh out loud comedy which while it has its moments it's not. It's actually a curious mixture of comedy, campiness, horror, drama and family which seem to fight each other at times for domination.

              While Dark Shadows isn't the best film of the year and by no means the best Tim Burton film #not even making it to his top three# it is still enjoyable and entertaining. These days that is all you can really hope for in a film and in that respect it doesn't disappoint. If your looking for a good vampire theme film that's the complete opposite to the Twilight films then you've found it.

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              Holland & Barrett is a household name of health food stores which excels and specializes in supplements such as vitamin and minerals as well as a range of other products. There have many stores throughout the country as well as a very good and easy to order from website.

              On offer under their own brand name is their "Holland & Barrett - ABC Plus" a multi vitamin and multi mineral supplement with added beta carotene and lycopene. It comes in four different sizes to suit either a single person or the entire family and claim to "Provides all round nutritional support for adults in a convenient one a day caplet."

              Each caplet provides you with a complete profile of vitamins and minerals and contain Vitamin A Beta Carotene, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Vitamin B1, Riboflavin, Vitamin B2, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin K, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum,Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Boron, Lutein and Lycopene. Despite my best efforts I couldn't find anything that this supplement doesn't provide you with and therefore it does offer a very broad range.

              The caplets themselves while not the smallest are still pretty easy to take and do not leave any aftertaste. It did take a bit of practice to work out how to open the lid and the direction to turn wasn't indicated. Other than that these caplets are easy to take and shouldn't present any problems. The jar itself is much larger than it needs to be with the contents filling just over half with the rest being air. Once you've removed the quality control seal under the lid it's just a matter of storing it in a cool dry place.

              One of the only failings to this product is that the expires date on the bottle I purchase was only for three months into the future #60 caplets size#. I can't comment how long these supplements will be "safe" for after the expires date however I wouldn't want to consume them to far beyond this date. There is a chance that this problem simply arose from the one I purchase and usually you get a far longer shelf life.

              It is recommended that you take it with a meal and not to exceed the recommended dose. I take each caplet (one per day is the dose) each morning when shaving along side Cod Liver Oil Syrup (but beware that also contains a lot of Vitamin A)

              With all vitamin and mineral supplements they are not intended to be a substitute for a good healthy and balanced diet, instead just as a safe guard to ensure you are getting everything your body needs to be at it's best.

              Pregnant Women or those trying to become pregnant should consult their doctor before taking these supplements as should Diabetics. Their use in children maybe carefully monitored and limited as the iron content can be harmful in high doses.

              Prices vary per size of bottle but retail for the following prices and can be purchased both instore and online.

              60 Caplets for £3.99
              120 Caplets for £7.25
              240 Caplets for £13.99
              480 Caplets for £23.05

              They are not the cheapest supplement on the market and many of the super markets own brands are much cheaper. However with these Holland & Barrett ABC Plus your getting a brand you know as well as a product that is very comprehensive and a great way to ensure your health.

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              • Sourz - Apple / Liqueur / Cocktails / 35 Readings / 35 Ratings
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                Apple Sourz is a sweet flavoured Liqueur from a range that also included Cherry, Raspberry, Black-current, Tropical and Pineapple. It contains 15% Alcohol By Volume and is most commonly seen in a 70cl bottle which is bright green (so bright you could almost spot it a mile away).

                It's commonly served as a shot but has a wide number of uses in cocktails. I personally like it with Vodka and lemonade in a high ball glass. It can also be used as part of a pitcher to add a range of flavours. It is enjoyable to drink regardless as it holds is very apple intensive flavour well despite what its mixed with.

                As a shot it works well, due to the fact that it is not a fierce or as strong as many other spirits such as sumbuca or tequila that are also often used for shots. It seems a shame to down something so quick that offers such a wonderful experience so don't be in a rush to finish it.

                It's taste is rather strong and a bit over whelming if you haven't encountered it before, but otherwise still a great flavour. It offers a lot in terms of sweetness, sharpness and tangyness in a combination that's unmatched by another other spirit out there (maybe with Cactus Jacks Apple coming closest).

                Price for a 70cl bottle ranges from around £9.00 upwards depending on your retailer. Apple Sourz is often also found to be on a special offer be it from a supermarket, or a pub or club offering a deal per shot.

                It is very easy to find Apple Sourz as these days it seems to be everywhere which isn't a bad thing. While I imagine the taste isn't for every one as a stand alone spirit it has so much potential and should be enjoyed. If you don't like the apple then try one of the other great flavours from the range.

                As with all alcohol it is best enjoy in moderation and naturally only by those over the legal age.

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                  Padlocks comes in every shape, size, colour and style imaginable with each one being suited for a certain application. Without a doubt if you need to secure something with a padlock regardless of what it is then you can be sure that one will be out there.

                  This "Lifeventure TSA Padlock" is a small combination padlock built to be customs friendly and to fit most if not all zips especially its own Lifeventure' lockable zips.

                  For me the main purpose of a padlock is to keep something secure. Sadly that is only one of the failings of this model which to be honest is really up to the job.

                  Firstly I have no idea what "custom friendly" means despite the fact that it's blasted all over the packaging. I would think that any combination padlock is custom friendly as you don't need to dig out keys to open your bag if requested to do so.

                  Build quality is poor and in reality the padlock isn't anywhere nearly as impressive as the photographs would suggest. It is made from an ABS plastic body and not anodized steel like some retailers are claiming. It is very small which can be an advantage as it will be more suited to very small bags with small zips, however this has the disadvantage of the combination dials being difficult to actually turn one by one. The shackle is extremely thin much thinner than it needs to be and security suffers because of this. An additional problem and another one that affects the security of the lock is that when it's secures the shackle doesn't penetrate very deeply into the padlock body (only by a few millimeters). It's pretty reasonably to think that the padlock could easily be pulled opened without any trouble or even cut through.

                  The problems don't stop there. I've already mentioned that because of the size it's hard to use the combination features, not only that the dials are very loose and it's all to easy to accidently rotate the wrong dial when opening or even setting your own code.

                  In terms of value they retail at £5.99 (price correct at time of purchasing and reviewing from Amazon.co.uk) I feel that these padlocks are seriously over priced and not worth the cost. They are not secure, not easy to use and are poor build quality. In all honestly you can get padlocks for less than half the price that are far more secure and therefore will give you better piece of mind.

                  (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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