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      26.10.2009 22:09
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      An exciting product, but it's far from perfect.

      Aquafresh isoactive is one of the new generation of toothpastes. It has been designed to "fizz" between your teeth and in doing so, remove 25% more bacteria than its conventional predecessors.

      I've used it for a couple of weeks now and haven't really noticed any tangible improvement in my oral hygiene. But I have faith that it is doing what it says on the tin.

      Yes, it does come in a shiny tin can! But its swish packaging is let down by the messy dispensing pump. It doesn't neatly cut off the flow of toothpaste, like many stand up tubes. Instead the gel splurges out and leaves the clear cover cap in a real mess.

      But by far the biggest flaw in this product is its flavour. It is described as "citrus mint." The taste closely resembles the "goo" you find at the center of a Locket cough sweet. It is far from pleasant or refreshing.

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      • Sony RDR-HXD790B / DVD Recorder / 74 Readings / 70 Ratings
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        An impressive piece of kit. Well worth the money.

        The digital switch over made my trusty video tape recorder defunct, so I bought a RDR-HXD790B a couple of months ago.

        Like its name, the instruction manual is far from user-friendly (it's a weighty 167 page tome.) I think this is because it can offer a massive amount of features and is compatible with a wide variety of hardware.

        Unlike its operating manual, the recorder itself is very user-friendly and has a good selection of useful features. It offers the facility to record a whole season in one go and to pause live TV. The 120 GB hard-drive allows you to record about 20 hours of HQ TV. (You can water down the quality of the recording to extend this time.)

        Whilst the recorder has many excellent points, it also has some drawbacks. Here are a couple of them:

        When viewing the 'guide' dialogue box, the volume and picture are lost.

        You are unable to scroll down page by page when viewing the 'guide' facility.

        There is a distracting bright blue or bright yellow button on the front of the recorder, which stays on all the time.

        The remote control's design is far from ergonomic - The channel up/down buttons are placed at the very top of the remote - not thought out at all.
        There is only one tiny exit button (I don't think it will last!) There is no "swap" button to flick between 2 channels.

        Despite these relatively minor problems, this is a fantastic bit of kit. I would certainly buy it again.

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          Don't watch 'Indy 4' - read this instead!

          The Codex opens with the disappearance of a fabulously wealthy archaeologist and tomb robber, Maxwell Broadbent. He leaves his three underachieving sons a video-taped message; informing them that he has been buried with his spoils and challenging them to track down the location of their half a billion dollar inheritance.

          The sons' quest leads them to the inhospitable environment of South American jungle, and is further complicated by the interest of other parties who are drawn to the riches that lie within the missing treasure-hunter's tomb.

          The search for Broadbent's riches runs parallel with a search for an ancient Mayan manuscript that is part of his collection. This codex has the potential to provide scientists with a cure for many of the world's diseases; and may therefore have a commercial value that far exceeds Broadbent's fortune.

          Preston's novel is certainly easy to read and unfolds with a cinematic quality. The plot has several interesting twists and you are introduced to some memorable characters along the way. If you are looking for an action / adventure tale that you can dip into easily - you could do a lot worse than The Codex.

          (Amazon - £5.49)

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            13.02.2009 13:33
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            Another superb album.

            "Years of Refusal" is Morrissey's ninth solo album. It was recorded at the end of 2007, mixed in the first half of 2008 and finally released in February 2009. Morrissey co-wrote the album's 12 tracks with Alain Whyte, Boz Boorer and Jesse Tobias, and has reportedly described it as his "strongest work to date." In the following review I will discuss whether the album lives up to the Mozzfather's claims.

            As we have come to expect from Morrissey, many of the songs on 'Years of Refusal' appear to have an autobiographical origin and fans will recognise several of Mozza's reoccurring themes: unrequited love, mortality and loss etc. Even though the content of the songs is familiar, Morrissey's high energy delivery appears to be more passionate and edgier than before. Perhaps this vocal quality illustrates his conscious decision to no longer repress his thoughts and emotions; and to alternatively settle a few scores - after years of refusal. This sense of pent-up frustration and urgency is further accentuated by the album's aggressive, punk feel.

            Track 1 - 'Something is Squeezing my Skull'
            Morrissey draws on his own experience of using prescription drugs to combat depression in the album's opening track 'Something is Squeezing my Skull.' When he repeatedly delivers the line "I'm doing very well" his sarcasm is all too evident. The song's massive drums and jarring guitars echo the mood of many of the tracks that follow.

            Track 2 - 'Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed'
            Perhaps the strongest track on the album is 'Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed.' (Surely destined to be the follow-up single to 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris.') The song explores a child's attempt to explain and ultimately come to terms with its mother's suicide. Like the album's opening track, this song has relentless, unforgiving percussion. Its soaring chorus is Morrissey at his very best.

            Track 3 - 'Black Cloud'
            'Black Cloud' opens with angelic voices and heavenly guitars. But this mood is short-lived. Distorted guitars, rock drums and a relentless bass-line soon kick in as Morrissey explores what happens when unrequited love becomes an obsession.

            Track 4 - 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris'
            Mozza has jokingly described 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' as his aborted 2007 Eurovision entry. In the track he casts aside his previous love affairs with Los Angeles and Rome, to alternatively flirt with the French capital. The song's strength comes from its beautiful simplicity. It is perhaps the most commercial track on the album, as confirmed by its almost continual airplay.

            Track 5 - 'All You Need is Me'
            Like 'That's How People Grow Up,' 'All You Need is Me' was featured on Morrissey's 2008 'Greatest Hits' album. Morrissey alludes to his motivation for writing the track in a recent interview - "If you have a really dedicated audience who will follow you, come what may, it really annoys a lot of people and it annoys a lot of so-called critics. So they dig into you further and more so than they would otherwise." In the song Mozza reminds music critics how dependent they are on him, and gives advice to those who have nothing better to do than criticise his work, "There is so much destruction all over the world and all you can do is complain about me." The track's enormous drums and wall of raw guitars provide an appropriate backdrop to his angry vocal.

            Track 6 - 'When Last I Spoke to Carol'
            The sixth track on the album seems strangely incongruous. 'When Last I Spoke to Carol' has a carnival-like "mariachi" feel to it and is perhaps included to satisfy Morrissey's ever-growing South American fan base.

            Track 7 - 'That's How People Grow Up'
            Morrissey returns to his obsession with love and its pitfalls in 'That's How People Grow Up.' His tongue-in-cheek lyrics mock our constant desire to be loved; and give us one of the most memorable lines in the album, "I was driving my car. I crashed and broke my spine. So yes there are things worse in life, than never being someone's sweetie!"

            Track 8 - 'One Day Goodbye Will be Farewell'
            Morrissey has recently admitted that he is "obsessed with the brevity of life and how you use it...what you do with your time." In 'One Day Goodbye Will be Farewell' he examines this very subject; ruminating upon the unpredictable length of human mortality. The song mixes manic percussion with soaring synthesizers, and in the middle-eight mariachi trumpets are thrown in for good measure!

            Track 9 - 'It's Not Your Birthday Anymore'
            Morrissey explores the gap between "syrupy sentimental" affection and spontaneous physical love in 'It's Not Your Birthday Anymore.' What the track lacks in content - it certainly makes up for in volume!

            Track 10 - 'You Were Good in Your Time'
            The album changes gear with 'You Were Good in Your Time' and almost grinds to a halt. Morrissey takes us to a death bed and then (for what seems like ages) the strange "white noise" sounds that lie beyond...

            Tracks 11 & 12 - 'Sorry Doesn't Help' & 'I'm Okay by Myself'
            Even though the tempo picks up again for the final two tracks on the album, its momentum doesn't really return. 'Sorry Doesn't Help' features loads of melancholic guitar, whimsical strings and rock drums. Like 'Sorry Doesn't Help,' the topic covered by 'I'm Okay by Myself' needs no additional explanation. Neither songs are particularly 'deep.'

            Whilst I don't think that 'Years of Refusal' is Morrissey's strongest work to date, I must admit that there are some truly stunning tracks on the album; 'Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed' and 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' spring immediately to mind. As he approaches his half-century it is clear that the Mozzfather can still produce the goods. Long may his reign continue...

            (Price: £ 8.98 at Amazon.co.uk)

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              31.01.2009 13:53
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              Give it a go. You won't be disappointed!

              My wife and I have visited the Walt Disney World Resort four times over the last few years. Each one of our holidays has begun and ended with a visit to the Magic Kingdom; the quintessential Disney theme park experience. This review contains tips for those who are planning to visit the home of the mouse, and is an unashamed attempt on my part to persuade those who have yet to experience the magic of the Kingdom to at least give it a go!

              A brief overview.

              Approximately 17 million visitors pass through the Magic Kingdom's turnstiles each year; making it the world's most popular theme park. The park is encircled by the Walt Disney World Railroad and at its heart lies the iconic Cinderella Castle. Radiating out from this central hub are seven themed "lands": Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown Fair and Tomorrowland.

              Main Street USA.

              The gateway to the most prestigious theme park in the world takes many people by surprise. Instead of being met by lavish water-rides or sky-scraping roller-coasters, visitors to the Magic Kingdom find themselves delivered into the bustling main street of a small American town set in the early nineteen-hundreds. It is Disney's obsessive attention to detail that gives this somewhat prosaic theme park entrance its "wow factor."

              The interiors and exteriors of the buildings on Main Street are all true to their period, as are the antique cars and fire-engines that pass them by. Whilst visually impressive, it is only when you begin to listen to the sounds of Main Street, that you begin to appreciate the steps Disney has taken to completely immerse its visitors in the Main Street experience. Take time to listen beyond the melodies of the barbershop quartet and the noise of the horse-drawn trolley as it clip-clops up the street, and you might just hear the work-shy students undertaking their 'Singing Lessons' or the sound of the ballet classes practised in Main Street's 'School of Dance.'

              Ironically, the only thing that breaks the spell of this turn-of-the-century street is the fairytale castle incongruously placed at its far end.

              Adventureland.

              If you bear to your left when you reach the hub at the centre of the park, your first port of call will be Adventureland. This section of the Magic Kingdom boasts five major attractions, (including the recently updated Pirates of the Caribbean,) and appeals to the budding explorer in us all. It is a mysterious land of tribal drums, exotic plants, tropical rivers and swashbuckling pirates.

              I believe that no attraction embodies the spirit of Adventureland more than the Jungle Cruise; one of the few remaining rides that began operating when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. The attraction is a humorous boat ride along a selection of the world's most famous jungle rivers. The jungle steamer is piloted by a safari-suited Cast Member who delivers a very tongue-in-cheek commentary on the events that unfold around you during your journey. Whilst the attraction's audio-animatronics are undoubtedly dated when compared to that of 'Expedition Everest's' Yeti, for me it is the Cast Member spiel that makes the attraction a success. Their expert delivery of wet jokes in the driest possible way keeps me coming back for more.

              Frontierland.

              Continuing around the park in a clockwise direction takes you to a small mining settlement in the Old West that is Frontierland. The land is themed to re-create the early eighteen-hundreds when cowboys rode the plains, propectors dug for their fortune and pioneers pushed ever further westward.

              Visitors to Frontierland will hear the rumble of the runaway mine car as it careers around Big Thunder Mountain, and the "whooops" of the dancing girls spilling out of the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon. They should also prepare themselves for the sound of gunfire from the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade echoing off the clapboard buildings, and the crash of water as Splash Mountain lives up to its name.

              Frontierland's adventure-seekers can take a raft across the Rivers of America to explore the fort and caves on Tom Sawyer Island. They can alternatively visit the newly refurbished Country Bear Jamboree; a foot-stomping hoe-down with a twist.

              Whilst many visitors leave this land by following the dirt tracks that meander between the mesquite trees, those who find their cowboy boots ill-fitting might like to rest their feet for a spell by hopping onboard the steam trains that depart at regular intervals from Frontierland's station.

              Liberty Square.

              Liberty Square is built around a 138 year old oak called the Liberty Tree. The land's theming transports you back to Colonial times, when America struggled through its Revolution. This sense of American history is further reinforced by Liberty Square's Hall of Presidents; an attraction that invites you to meet life-like audio-animatronic versions of all 44 of the nation's leaders.

              This land is also home to the newly-refurbished Haunted Mansion, where you are encouraged to climb on board a "doom buggy" and come face to face with 999 of the Magic Kingdom's "grim grinning ghosts", and the Liberty Belle paddle-steamer, which sails along the Rivers of America around Tom Sawyer Island.

              Fantasyland.

              Behind Cinderella's Castle lies Fantasyland. Whilst the land has a very medieval feel, its buildings seem to resemble those you would expect to find in a stylised Alpine village. Like Mickey's Toontown Fair, Fantasyland is aimed at a younger audience and the nature of its attractions reflects this.

              Here you will find classic dark-rides like Snow White's Scary Adventures
              and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Fantasyland also gives you the opportunity to find out what it is like to fly with Peter Pan and Dumbo the elephant. Whilst some visitors to this land may opt to ride at a civilised pace around Cinderella's magnificent Golden Carrousel, others may prefer to get in a spin by joining the Mad Hatter at his unruly Tea Party. Fantasyland's newest and most technologically impressive attraction is Mickey's PhilharMagic; a show-stopping, multi-sensory, next-generation, 3-D film like no other.

              A word of warning. Fantasyland is home to the "It's a small world" attraction - with its infuriating song. If you choose to ride, please be prepared to carry the tune around in your head for the rest the day. Don't say you haven't been told!

              Mickey's Toontown Fair.

              Mickey's Toontown Fair is the newest and smallest of the Magic Kingdom's seven areas. It is positioned between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, but unlike the other lands is not directly connected to the park's central hub. Many visitors overcome this problem by taking advantage of Toontown's link with the Walt Disney World Railroad.

              In Toontown you can have a look around Mickey and Minnie's homes and meet many of the Disney characters. You can also pay a visit to Wiseacre Farm and climb aboard the Barnstormer; Goofy's less than reliable crop-dusting plane. Like the rest of Toontown, this mini-rollercoaster is designed for a younger audience, but has great theming and is superb fun!

              Tomorrowland.

              Despite being the "last" of the Magic Kingdom's seven lands, Tomorrowland is by no means its least interesting. Disney describes Tomorrowland as the "future that never was," and ironically cites past visionaries as its inspiration. This science-fiction influence is clearly reflected in the land's architecture, which has a real retro feel.

              There is no better way to soak up the atmosphere of Tommorowland, than by riding one of its most under-rated attractions; the Tomorrowland Transit Authority's Blue Circle line. This futuristic high-level train ride provides a great way to briefly escape the hustle and bustle of the park, as it meanders its way through many of Tommorowland's attractions.

              Tomorrowland is also home to many of the Magic Kingdom's biggest headline attractions, like Stitch's Great Escape and the iconic Space Mountain. Beneath Tomorrowland's whirling Astro Orbiter you will also be able to hone your shooting skills on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, interact with the Monstropolis comedians at the Monsters Inc Laugh floor and jump behind the wheel of your very own race car to compete in the Indy Speedway.

              Getting lost...

              The Magic Kingdom's sheer size (107 acres) makes it very easy to get lost in, so if it's your first visit be sure to pick up a free guidemap at the first opportunity. If not handed out at the ticket booths, they can be located in the entrance way under Main Street Station or at City Hall, which is positioned at the entrance end of Main Street (on the left-hand side as you enter the park.) These guides provide all of the basic information you need to make the most of your time in the Magic Kingdom. They detail the park's parades, concerts and attractions, its places to shop and eat, and give useful information about any special events that may be taking place. The guidemaps often come with a small 'Times Guide' pull-out section. This handy leaflet is regularly updated and tells you when you can expect special performances and entertainment to take place. It also provides information about the park's regular opening and closing times, and the alternative 'special' operating hours of specific attractions and restaurants.

              Getting found...

              Before you begin your "assault" on the park, you may also find it useful to agree on a place to meet up if any of your party becomes separated. Disney always suggests City Hall as an ideal venue to do this, but I personally think that the castle is a far more practical location. Unlike City Hall, the 190 foot tall pink castle can be seen from virtually everywhere in the park, and its central location makes it far easier to get to - no matter where you are.

              Making the most of your time.

              There are many strategies I have found useful to cut down the wait times at the Magic Kingdom's most popular attractions. Here are a few of them.

              One of the easiest ways to save time in the Magic Kingdom is to tackle its super-headline attractions immediately after opening or just before the park closes. Another great time to experience the park's most popular rides is during traditional lunch and evening meals times when many families gravitate towards the Magic Kingdom's food courts and restaurants. At these times many of the park's attraction queues are noticeably reduced, so take advantage of this. Off-set your meals and eat at off-peak periods.

              If you are intending to eat a sit-down meal at one of the Magic Kingdom's many restaurants, make sure you book your dinner reservation in advance. This can be done by calling Disney's Advanced Reservations team. This service is now available to all parks guests, irrespective of whether they are staying at the Walt Disney World Resort. You can make many dining reservations 90 days in advance. So if you wish, you can book all of your sit-down meals from home before you go!

              Many of the Magic Kingdom's headline attractions offer the free 'Fastpass' facility. (Your guidemap will tell you which they are.) This system offers park guests the opportunity to ride attractions at pre-specified times with little or no waiting in line. To claim a Fastpass time-slot, you need to insert your entrance ticket into one of the Fastpass machines that are situated by your chosen attraction. The machine will then return your park ticket and also give you a Fastpass ticket with a time-slot printed on it. When your time-slot rolls around, you can avoid the regular queue by joining your attraction's dedicated Fastpass line. Then simply surrender your Fastpass to the Cast Member at the boarding area and you are in!

              Whilst Disney states that each visitor can only have one Fastpass ticket at once, it should be noted that when your designated Fastpass time-slot begins, you then become able to claim a second Fastpass ticket. Knowing this fact gives added flexibility when planning your day.

              Another thing to remember about the Fastpass facility is that every attraction has a specific number of each time-slot it can offer. In other words, if you leave it too late to claim your Fastpass ticket, you may find that they have all been used up and the regular line is the only remaining option. On particularly busy days this is an important consideration I have had to factor in to my plans.

              If you are staying in Walt Disney World accommodation, you can take advantage of the 'Extra Magic Hours' program, which gives you the opportunity to spend additional time in the Magic Kingdom before or after its regular operating hours free of charge! This facility operates on specific days and enables you to experience what the park has to offer an hour before non-resort guests arrive and three hours after they leave.

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                11.01.2009 21:48
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                A great choice for families on a budget.

                The All-Star Resorts complex in Walt Disney World, Florida, is Disney's first attempt at providing budget on-site accommodation. (Take a look at my 'Pop Century' review to read about their latest "value" resort.) The complex is made up of three discrete resorts: All-Star Music, Sports and Movies. As you would expect from Disney, each resort's individual theming is pervasive and very much larger than life. 40 foot tall maracas, American football helmets and Buzz Lightyears lurk around every corner!

                My wife and I have stayed at the All-Star complex twice. On both occasions we have chosen to stay at the Movies Resort, rather than it's counterparts, simply because it is overflowing with the icons that made Disney famous.

                Accommodation at the All-Star Movies Resort is in motel-style buildings on three floors. As you might expect, the resort's movie theme is continued in the guest rooms; in the form of popcorn bucket lights, clapper-board curtains and black and white film-strip tiles in the bathroom. Our room was air-conditioned with two double beds. It was of a moderate size, with a sink, small dining table and two chairs. The bath/shower and toilet was contained within a small adjoining bathroom.

                The resort has a "counter service" dining area, which offers a selection of hot and cold foods; everything from fast foods to salads. The resort also has a gift shop, self-service launderette, playground and a large star-shaped swimming pool.

                The All-Star Movies Resort is connected to the rest of Walt Disney World by a complimentary bus service, which we found to be regular and on the whole very efficient.

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                  A reliable, anti-virus package, with good after-sales service.

                  I have used Norton to protect my PC against the dangers of cyberspace for about 4 or 5 years now. I usually pick up the software at a reduced price in September for about £30, when the following year's version has just been released onto the market.

                  Norton Internet Security has a whole of host of features to keep my machine safe whilst I surf the net. It warns me about virus threats, adware and spyware, and resolves any related issues that may arise. It also monitors the legitimacy of the websites I visit with a handy phishing filter and keeps hackers at bay with its own firewall.

                  The NIS user interface is very user-friendly and once set up virtually looks after itself. The package keeps up to date with the latest threats with its "live-update" facility, and automatically gives my system a full-scan to check if anything has slipped through the net. If any problems are highlighted, NIS deals with them accordingly.

                  When I have had technical difficulties in the past, Norton has always been able to connect me to a specialist who can resolve my problem with the least amount of fuss. This usually takes the form of a free telephone conversation or chat room meeting. For more specialist viral-related problems, Norton provides a fee-based virus removal service.

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                    Can't wait to go back!

                    Disney's 'Pop Century' Resort is aimed at those who wish to stay on-site at Walt Disney World (Florida) without having to blow the budget. It is Disney's newest "value" resort and was opened in 2004. I stayed at the resort with my wife for two weeks in the summer of 2007, having previously stayed twice before at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort. (Take a look at my 'All-Star Movies' review to read about Disney's original "value" complex.)

                    Like all Disney resorts, Pop Century is highly themed. The resort is built around 'Hour Glass Lake' and draws its inspiration from the popular culture of the 1950s to the 1990s. Specific areas in the resort are themed to reflect specific decades; through the music, dances and products that were popular at that time.

                    Whilst it does not have a full-service restaurant, the resort does have a well stocked "counter service" dining area, which offers a wide variety of hot and cold foods. The resort also has an arcade, gift shop, self-service launderette and several playgrounds, pools and bars.

                    Car parking is available at Pop Century, but we opted to join the vast majority of guests who took advantage of the regular bus service that linked the resort to the rest of Walt Disney World.

                    The resort's rooms are housed in buildings on three floors. Our air-conditioned room was of a reasonable size. It contained two double beds, a sink, and a small dining table with two chairs. The bathroom was small, but functional, with a bath/shower and toilet. The room's décor tied in with the pop culture theme adopted by the rest of the resort.

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                      Disappointed by its construction.

                      I bought my Mickey Mouse toaster about 6 months ago from a TV shopping channel for about £22.00. As a big Mickey fan I liked the idea of waking up to a cheery Disney tune and eating toast with Mickey's smiling face on it.

                      The Mickey Mouse toaster has two big selling features. It tells you when your toast is cooked by playing an extract from the 'Mickey Mouse March,' and also leaves an image of Mickey's face on one side of your toast.

                      The majority of the toaster is constructed out of stainless steel. The main body is reflective, and its ends are bright red in colour. The toaster's lowering lever is decorated with a red plastic Mickey Mouse head. It has a plastic dial to vary the colour of your toast, a plastic cancel button and a crumb tray which can be removed to aid cleaning. The toaster stands on four non-slip plastic feet.

                      I found the internal mechanism that raises and lowers the bread to be poorly constructed. It has thin metal arms which have a tendency to bend and become misaligned. When this happens your bread can get stuck. Having previously associated the Disney brand with quality products I was surprised by this design flaw.

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                      • Nikon Coolpix 4200 / Digital Camera / 50 Readings / 50 Ratings
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                        A great choice for informal shots.

                        I have been using my Coolpix 4200 for about 3 years now. It is perfect for those who want an easy to use camera with the reliability you would expect from a name like Nikon.

                        The camera is light weight (about 185g,) but solidly constructed with a metal shell. It has a 35mm X 25mm colour LCD display.

                        The picture quality is good and the camera's macro facility enables you to get some fantastic close-up images.

                        The Coolpix 4200 has a useful timer and video recording facility. It also has a selection of pre-set picture modes which help you take perfect shots with the least amount of fuss, (e.g. when taking daylight, portrait, landscape, panoramic and high speed images.) The camera's on-screen menus are also easy to use.

                        The Coolpix 4200 comes with software to edit and fine-tune your images.

                        Whilst not for professional photographers, I would highly recommend it for those looking for a compact, reliable camera.

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                          It could have been so good...

                          When asked why it was taking so long for the 4th Indiana Jones flick to appear, Lucas and Spielberg said that they were waiting for the "right" screenplay to come along. So 19 years after the original trilogy hit our screens was it worth the wait? Do we see Indy dashing in front of giant boulders again or is the film just a load of balder dash?

                          Unlike its predecessors, this film is set during the Cold War of the 1950s. Indy's foes are now the Russians, rather than Nazis, and his quest to locate and ultimately return the crystal skull takes our hero from the desert setting of Area 51 to the jungles of Peru. In the tradition of the Indiana Jones films, the action is fast-paced and often very tongue-in-cheek.

                          The film's cast is impressive. Cate Blanchett plays the part of Indy's nemesis Dr Irina Spalko; a knowledge hungry KGB psychic. She is joined by fellow British actors John Hurt (Professor Oxley) and Ray Winstone (Indy's old CIA partner Mac.) Shia LaBeouf plays Mutt Williams, a rebellious James Dean character, and Karen Allen makes a welcome return to reprise her role as Marion Ravenwood.

                          Despite its exciting locations and stellar cast, the film is let down by its plot. It leaves the supporting actors with little to work with. They are left struggling to breathe life into 2-D roles that aren't fully fleshed out. The movie's outrageous plot twists also leave it fatally flawed. The idea that you could survive a close range nuclear blast by hiding in a fridge is beyond belief, as is Mutt 'Tarzan' Williams' vine-swinging episode a little later on in the film.

                          As the plot progresses, the movie becomes more of a sci-fi flick than an adventure film and George 'Star Wars' Lucas' influence becomes more apparent. When Harrison Ford borrows Han Solo's dialogue and says, "I've got a bad feeling about this," you can't help but share his concern.

                          When I first heard that Sean Connery had refused to come out of retirement to reprise his role as Indy's dad, I was amazed. What would have stopped him from taking part in such a project? Having seen 'Indy 4' I now think I know. He had read the screenplay that had been 19 years in the making...

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                          • Dyson DC19 / Vacuum Cleaner / 69 Readings / 65 Ratings
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                            04.01.2009 21:24
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                            A good product. Well worth the extra cost.

                            I have been using Dyson's 1400 watt DC19 vacuum cleaner for about a year now. It is without doubt a superb product, but there are still a few things that could be improved with the design.

                            I tried out several other brands of compact vacuum cleaner before buying this model and always ended up taking them back. None of them had the DC19's suction power.

                            The DC19 is light (17.75lbs) and easily manoeuvrable. It's four tools include a flat head attachment, which is great for reaching under cupboards and beds.

                            Like other Dyson cleaners, it is bagless and easy to empty. Tapping the clear cannister seems to remove most of the dirt that has been collected. More stubborn marks can be removed by wiping with a damp cloth.

                            The DC19 also has a five year guarantee and unlike many brands, Dyson provides a user friendly online facility which helps solve simple fault-finding issues that can arise.

                            Despite the cleaner's many positive features, it does have some draw backs. When stored, the flat head attachment has to be seated in a relatively flimsy plastic slot. (I believe Dyson's more expensive 'stowaway' model resolves this issue.)

                            I have also had problems with the amount of static generated by the cleaner when in use. After receiving numerous static shocks, I called out a Dyson engineer (who visited free of charge) to take a look at my machine. But he was unable to identify any particular problem.

                            Despite these minor flaws I highly recommend the DC19. It's a quiet, good-looking machine that does the job.

                            Thanks for reading and rating my review.

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