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      26.08.2009 21:54

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      Great if you have experienced problems with contacts in the past

      I was offered o2 Optix by my optican after 18 months of not wearing lenses. I had a trial with lenses, but found my eyes getting very dry and the lenses bunching up in my eyes when I blinked after about 4-6 hours. I stopped wearing lenses as 6 hours isn't even a full day at work!

      I was so suprised when I had a trial of these lenses, the optican said they had come on so much in the last 2 years, I didn't really believe it could be much different (how do you change much about a bit of plastic in your eye?!?).

      Now I have absolutely no problems with dry eyes! I can wear them all day and don't have to remove them as soon as I get home from work. I have also never had any faulty lenses to return, so I am very very satisfied.

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    • Tourism in general / Study Course / 2 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      28.12.2001 21:06
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      Well, as with many courses nowadays it all depends on where you are studying it and the flexibility of your course. This opinion is written on the basis that the reader will be considering taking tourism as an option, or as a straight degree. A common misconception of Tourism as a course is that it teaches the student about tourist destinations. The common questions I get from strangers to the subject are: 'So what is there at so and so that I can do?'. Of course the reasons why people are attracted to the destination is vital to the whole industry, but in terms of studying tourism, it is the tip of the iceberg. A great thing about Tourism is that it taps from the knowledge of many disiplines, for example: Sociology: The effects on the tourist and the host community of meeting of different cultures and values. Environmental or Ecological Studies: The important issues of developing tourism in fragile and not so fragile areas of the world, in terms of pollution, effects on wildlife and flora, erosion, and exploitation of valuable resources. Marketing and Business Studies: How the industry works, the interaction between organisations, governments, tourist destinations, the host and the entrepreneur. Management: Issues related to the ownership and stakeholders in the tourist product, who has the say in development of a destination or the actions of a company? This is a broad generalisation of the issues that are covered in a tourism course. Some areas may be considered in greater detail, for example Tourism Management courses deals with all issues, but spends a large proportion of the course on the workings of a organisation, its employers, customers and suppliers. Tourism as an option combined with a subject such as Physical Geography allows for a connection between human activity and the processes such as weather effecting destinations e.g what if a ski resort has no snow?, natural disasters e.g the effect
      of the earthquake in Turkey on the demand for holidays in and around that country. You don't necessarily need a background in Tourism to join a degree course in Tourism. As discussed above, any student with a background in the areas such as management, business, geography, sociology will hold an advantage. I personally find the course a well rounded insight into the industry of Tourism, and you do get a look into different cultures and exotic destinations. I chose tourism as a minor subject as I had had enough of business studies and management from A Levels. Most tourism courses do not have prerequisits, so you have the freedom to choose the modules that interest you.

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      • Immac Warm Wax / Hair Removal / 1 Reading / 4 Ratings
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        05.06.2001 18:36
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        • "Small amount compared to other products"

        I bet most of you really like it when you've waxed and are silky smooth for weeks, but the actual thought of having to set aside time and suffer is everyones nightmare!!! I saw the advert, and like everyone in my house, I exclaimed 'what a good idea'. Its one of those ones that really should have came out ages ago. It seems much safer to me in terms of using tap water instead of boiling or microwaving, (unless your tap water is scalding hot like at my parents house). It method of use, and packaging makes it a very clean application...no more playing with a tub of golden syrup!!! The smell is pleasant, and does not linger on the skin after removal. I did find it was helpful to refill the water chamber after about 5/10 minutes as to keep the temperature up (avoiding the pain that comes as it starts to cool down), and it does not need to be left for 3 minutes as it is still warm from the previous filling. The strips are reusable, and if you find the first time you use it that you don't have enough...follow this tip: Handwash the strips in hot water and iron dry in less than 10 minutes! That will save a one hairy leg trip to buy more strips. It is very expensive though, no doubt this is due to its innovativeness, and eventually will drop in price as other brands bring out similar products.

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        • Courses / University / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          05.06.2001 17:01

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          I know when I started to look through prospectuses (prospectii?!) I found myself thinking that the modules offered by the universities varied greatly. I was originally enrolled on business studies, but as my main interest was geography I felt I had chosen the wrong course (long story). I found Derby prospectus and an original course jumped out at me that allowed me to stay with the safe bet of business and yet do geography. Yes I hear you say everywhere does combined courses...but this is different. You start out in the first year doing 3 subjects, which is an excellent idea for those of us who had no clue of what they wanted to do at uni. My third subject was tourism. At the end of the year after you have had a taster of the kind of structure of the subjects you can make a decision to stay with all three(minor/minor/minor), major/minor or joint. This allowed me to finally decide I hated business after millions of years studying and working it and I chose to major in Geography. Some sudents have even been able to transfer to a straight specialist degree if they have completed the right modules. This truely is a diverse program which allows for the development of our thoughs on what WE want to do at uni. The great thing is that as you progress to each year, you only have around 2/3 compulsory modules which allows you to tailor your degree to do the things that interest you. And if you have an iversion to exams (like me), you can take the pressure off by chosing low weighted modules e.g. 40% exam etc., or even no exams!!!! I highly reccommend this course, but I feel obligated to point out two faults. In the first year I felt very unsettled as a student. As there are many people on CAMS as well as straight degrees, you really have to make an effort to talk to people in all three subjects to make friends, as the students on them have three times as many lectures with eachother compared to you. I found that if you manage to find so
          meone who has taken the same choices of subjects as you that is the best way. The second is that it is not clear what subject meetings you should attend, i.e. dissertation lectures, cams or science etc. If information has a habit of being transmitted more clearly in lectures, remember that you may not do the module that the more helpful staff happen to lead. You have to keep your eyes peeled, and I strongly advise more than twice a week visits to each of your subjects notice boards, even if they are separated by millions of stairs and on opposite ends of the building. Guidance is excellent though, as there are dedicated people to CAMS, and also the individual subjects as very welcoming to CAMS students. The system of enrolment may seen daunting at first, but you soon realise that it is in place to advise on module selection, and the advice is useful, relevant and often essential. Apparently, Derby is one of 6 universities that has such a modular scheme (Don't quote me though), but I do know I did not see it when I searched through endless prospectuses.

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        • Lambrini / Wine / 2 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          31.05.2001 00:14
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          As a student, I have much experience with cheap alcohol! I therefore consider myself an expert, but definately not a Connoisseur! I believe it has an almost cidery taste (Thats as far as I go on the analysis). This drink has been many a catalyst for drunken student adventures including the funniest photographs in my collection. It seems to make its consumers very jolly in the drunk sense with minimal sickness-until the next morning, where headaches similar to that experienced by red wine, or a nuclear explosion! Do like the ad - which I have not seen recently on TV, Lambrini girls just wanna have fun. Sounds right to me, drink Lambrini, save money, be jolly drunk and you can afford the extorsionate club prices later! Some stores such as Jacksons, and big supermarkets frequently do deals on huge 2 litre bottles which are useful for sharing with mates on a pre-outing gathering. Enjoy!

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            30.05.2001 07:11
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            • "Apparent lack of financial advice"

            I seem to be one in a long line of Natwest Customers who are totally dissatisfied with how we are treated as a Student Account holder. With the new student loans system, many of us have found that the overdraft is the essential requirement for even being able to get on that first step to going to uni, and in many ways Nat West see us as the most important people to attract in terms of new custom. And as most uni grads turn out to be top earners, this PLC will make millions out of us in interest, financial services, mortgages etc. So why are we not treated like human beings??? For most of its student account holders, any contact with banks is considered daunting. This is why I stay as far away as possible and use the telephone banking service. Even so, I still feel the impatience of the telephonist as I ask questions such as 'can I have an extension?'. I am often been made to feel like I am a silly teenager who has overspent in a pub rather than a struggling adult supporting herself at university. Its time they sorted this out, I have heard so many complaints about the bank, and I only wish that the transfer process was much simplier so that I could have escaped a long time ago!

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            • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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              30.05.2001 06:46

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              • "messy shop"

              Great place for essential basics, undies are the best! - Advantages: Value for money, Quality, Up-to-date - Disadvantages: Queueing, not enough larger sizing, messy shop

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            • Stir of Echoes (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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              20.01.2001 08:37
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              O.k. so you have probably heard it is a Sixth Sense wannabe, but it has enough merit and originality of its own to stand out in its own rite. I won't spoil it for you, but it does have its flaws, such as the spooky random 'voice from the grave' and the handy 'I know your little boy sees things' character which both seem to have been stuck in the film for two reasons... the former for the scare factor, and the latter for an explanatory bit that basically doesn't! Anyway, apart from its minor shortcomings, the storyline flows rather nicely to open up that 'Oh I get it' feeling. Predictablity adds to its appeal as you get an ideal of what is coming next. That is good for grabbing the gorgeous bloke sitting next to you as that nervous adrenalin sets in. I recommend this film, especially if you can't handle normal horror/thriler films - this won't give you nightmares. The camera direction is excellent, which provides a great atmospheric feel and awareness to the film. If you are a blood and guts horror fanatic, then I probably wouldn't bother.

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            • Open Days - Tips And Advice / Discussion / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              19.01.2001 21:51
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              Don't be scared of going it alone, it gives you a chance to find out alot more than when carting parents/bored friends around. As a student taking the first step away from home, I preferred to go along by myself. I am generally independent, but it was with the aim of giving me a head start in the 'scary out in the world' experience that I decided to leave the parents at home. The first benefit was finding out how easy it actually was to get myself from home to the differing universities by train and bus. Of course this will be important once you actually choose the uni for you, including the cost of travel and getting your fave cd's back home every summer. Secondly, I quickly got over that scariness of talking to other people. Many people go to open days alone, and I found that going along with another fellow was less distracting than the demands of parents with 'concerned' questions and bored friends. Don't miss out on the chance to find out about the electives and the choice of modules. Even universities with similar named courses vary immensly in the content of their courses. You never know, even the better rated unis may be less suited in terms of the structure of the course (i.e. is the assessment based on mainly coursework or dreaded exams?), it is more important to find something more suited to your needs than to find a uni that will impress your mates. Make the most of the day, it will give you a major head start for finding your way around on freshers week. It'll take a lot of pressure off and you can concentrate on that all important socialising!!! Good Luck!

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              • Etam / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                02.01.2001 06:35

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                Along with other bargin hunters, as soon as the doors opened I clutched my christmas money and vouchers and headed off to the sale racks. I did come out with a bargin, a jacket with 50% off, but other than that I was unimpressed by the range that was offered on sale in the Plus department. I noted that the slow selling garments were there that were not so nice, obviously to get rid of them, but that was about it. I realise that this is the idea of a sale, but some of the items with probably not leave the rack for a long time.

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              • Collection 2000 Nail Varnish / Make Up / 0 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                02.01.2001 06:24
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                As a fan of the Collection 2000 range, I was rather dissapointed with a christmas gift, a set of 3 mini bottles in an impressive and innovative flying-saucer type packaging. The colours follow the same spacey theme, one a steely silver/black, shade No. 228 a pearly pale pink, No 241 and a metallic purple No 185. The varnishes dry super fast, and cover quite well, but it was the wear that dissapointed me. Make sure that if you wear it on a night out, that you have time to remove it the next day before you leave the house as you realise that it has chipped so easily... not one nail, nearly the whole lot!! This is not so bad with the paler shades, but the purple and steel colour draw attention to chips. Even with the reccommended 2-3 coats, it cannot stand up to the rigours of a night out, let alone typing away at work. I have had this brand of polish before and never had experienced this problem. Have Collection 2000 skimped on the christmas gifts? And what am I supposed to do with the flying saucer? It might have been a better design idea to make it into a holder for other cosmetics. Well I could hang it from my ceiling...

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              • UCAS - any good? / Discussion / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                28.12.2000 09:02
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                Basically I consider the personal statements to be a total waste of time, an in fact the referee at the end from your tutor/head of year/or other suitable persons. I have applied 3 times, the first at school, failure of my a-levels the first time leading to me taking a dead end job and leaving 1 1/2 years later to return to education. Both my school and college were biased and gave everyone good references. Is this what the statement is meant for? Similarly, not only was the writing of a personal statement harrowing but also pointless. I really believe that unless you are applying for a highly competive college or uni, then it is not necessary. If you are lucky, you can sell yourself well and it can be backed up with a biased tutors remark, you can get in almost anywhere.

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                • Harmony Hairspray / Hair Care / 0 Readings / 1 Rating
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                  19.12.2000 06:52

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                  I really like this product and its smell! I have used harmony in the past due to its price, it's markedly cheaper than other middle of the range brands, its price varies by where you buy it, but generally the cheaper is found at Superdrug, Savers, and Wilkinsons. It is very easy to brush out, and doesn't go flaky. And as mentioned before, it has a nice smell! I also like Harmony Gel Serum, which may feel sticky on your hand, but that is not where it belongs now is it???! You apply it to damp or dry hair, and style. It really stops fly-away hair, but it is not really suitable for greasy hair, unless you use very sparingly, or only on the ends of your hair. I have found it makes my hair look naturally smoother without having to damage my hair with a straightner. I have also found another use, I use it to shave my legs (really!!). It doesn't irritate me (lots of shaving gels do) and as well as the nice smell, it leaves my skin soft!

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                • games.yahoo.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                  19.12.2000 06:36

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                  I cannot stop playing Word Racer! I discovered it after playing chess with one of my mates when I got sick of losing to him. WR is fast paced, which means there isn't time for the annoying kids online to bug you with idle chit chat. However, if you are looking for slower games, and a chance to chat to a mate on the other side of the globe, then there are plenty of other games. There is a points system where you accummulate a score which shows other players (and yourself) how good you are. Then you can pick who to play with depending on their and your skill level. I have discovered one downside if you are on a network, it can give you a disadvantage against other players with faster connections. (It also doesn't work at my uni anymore which is dissapointing. There are busy periods too, but luckily for us it is in the middle of our nighttime as it attracts lots of American players.

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                  10.12.2000 23:51
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                  I am originally from Corby, and in a way I couldn't wait to get away...until I got away. Since being away at uni, it is nice to get back to my home town. Anyone who knows Corby immediately thinks of the bad reputation the town has, which is itself outdated. Corby has hardly any trouble for its 60,000+ population, in fact it has a feeling of community for a town of this size. Alot of that does come from its large Scottish population, but all nationalities are welcome. Corby has undergone a few changes in the last decade, some were not welcomed at the time (such as the 'revamp of the town centre') but upon reflection, most people feel the improvements. Corby has a reasonable nightlife, but for those of you who need more impressive nightlife, Corby is an excellent base for all clubs in the Midlands, Leicester is only a short hop away, £8 for a return coach journey straight to Leicesters top clubs. For those of you who already live there, just escape for a short while, and you will find yourself coming back for more.

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