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      23.02.2010 23:13
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      For a good evening out at a very reasonable price, try Jimmy Spices

      Jimmy spices is a fantastic group of restaurants which are located in and around the Midlands. I have visited the restaurant in Birmingham (on Broad Street) and the newly opened restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon on various occasions and have found few faults with my experiences.

      I first visited the Jimmy Spices in Birmingham about 3 years ago as my parents had recommended it and I had never really been to a buffet style restaurant before. I remember that there was a vast choice of different foods, ranging from Chinese to Indian to Thai and Italian. I wasn't overly impressed with the choice of main meals on offer and went away from the restaurant thinking it was OK but not overly impressed by it. I didn't think I would ever return.

      A few years later, I went to the restaurant again in Birmingham as my university course was organising a meal there. I was actually quite surprised with the food this time as it seemed a much better standard and had an even better choice of foods than before hand. I also considered the price very appealing as it was only £10 per person at lunch time, for all you could eat!

      A few weeks ago I decided to venture to the new Jimmy Spices in Stratford-upon-Avon as many people had said how fantastic it was. It had been a few years since I had visited the one in Birmingham so I thought they may have improved the restaurants even more so.
      It was a Wednesday afternoon so I expected the restaurant to be relatively quiet but was actually quite surprised to find that it was really quite busy. Myself and my partner were greeted straight away and taken to a table which we hadn't actually booked. We then proceeded to the buffet and weren't quite sure where to start as there was so much choice.

      I first chose to have a plate of salad bits and starters. There was even a great choice of this, ranging from olive and feta salads, artichokes, radishes, beetroot salad and then your ordinary salad.
      I decided to miss out the soup as otherwise I never would have got through the rest of the food.
      I then went on to the starters. This ranged from Indian Starters such as poppadoms and all the dips, onion badjis and somosa's, Chinese starters such as prawn crackers, prawn toasts, spring rolls and bbq ribs and random fish things coated in breadcrumbs (really tasty but don't remember the name).
      Beginning to get slightly less hungry, I decided to go onto the main meals. I decided to go for a mixture of thai chicken red curry, thai green vegetable curry and sweet and sour chicken all separated by egg fried and pilau rice. Then I had some of the Indian curries, the chicken tikka, chicken korma, lamb rogan josh and chicken dopiaza. There really was such a selection! They also cooked up a fresh naan for myself and my partner as well, you just stand there and ask for one and watch them shape it and put it in what I can only assume is a tandoor oven for a few minutes. The naan's are plain but are still absolutely delicious covered in proper melting butter.
      Skipping out the fresh stir fry they are able to prepare for you, I decided to finish off with a bit of the Mexican and Italian foods, a lovely chilli con carne and tortillas and also some pasta and pizza. What a mixture!

      I had seen the choice for dessert and even though I was so full, I just couldn't resist trying them! Again such a wide selection from chocolate brownies to mini cheesecakes, jelly, fresh fruit and some little doughy balls which to me were very similar to little syrup sponges!! Unfortunately the ice cream machine was out of order but that probably was a good thing!

      When we received the bill, we were actually quite shocked as the total price was just less than £20. So that was for two buffet meals, one glass of house red wine and one glass of coke. I don't think we would have found a better deal anywhere else in Stratford. I also don't think we would have left anywhere as full as we did, it really was a bit uncomfortable!

      Obviously the price would go up in the evenings, I think it was £10-£12 during the week and then between £12 and £15 at the weekend. I do believe you can find a voucher on the website for a slight discount so this is worth looking in to.

      Overall the Stratford-upon-Avon Jimmy Spices is a fantastic restaurant and is suitable for everyone, be it for a business lunch, a meal with your partner, a get together with friends or a family outing. The atmosphere is great, don't think you'll ever get a quiet or dull moment! I would also recommend the one on Broad Street, Birmingham.

      So try it! You will love it.

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      23.02.2010 14:30
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      Another great manager game

      I absolutly love football manager games and after a few years of playing on the older versions, decided to go out and buy the latest in the Championship Manager range, 2010. Ive played on the older versions for many years and knew what I was hoping for when I bought this game.

      So far ive completed five seasons and it has lived up to my expectations and I am not dissapointed at all. Initially the game interface is a lot different to the older versions and took me a while to get used to, however, now that I have it is a very simple interface and is simple to navigate through the menus without getting lost.

      You have a much greater control over the players and comments as you are able to talk to the media, praise your players performance, respond to transfer speculation and much more which gives a far greater depth to the game as your players will resond to your media comments with their performances. You have a backroom staff which will always offer advice for future purchases and training improvements, again, plus much more, which gives the game a much more of a manegerial feel as previous games havent allowed you to do this despite having a backroom staff. It allows you to employ the best staff to give you the best advice, thus improving your performances in matches.

      One change is that it is very difficult to buy players whose club doesnt really want to sell. Previous games would see a bid of £20m+ accepted generally without question, however, now i have been bidding for a £10m player for around £30m and still not been accepted. Although this makes it more realistic it does make the game a lot more difficult to move up to the next level.

      There have been a few regen players coming through the ranks now and in previous games their values would rise and rise, however with this one their values only rise if you alter their training to improve their performances, or play them. Again, this makes it more realistic but a lot more difficult to manage everybodies development at the club.

      As a side note, if you do decide to buy this game and become like me, you will spend almost all of your free time playing on it as it can be extremely addictive!

      Overall I do really like the game, the changes have been introduced for the better of the game to give a much more overall managerial 'feel' to the game. The previous ones were quite easy to jump through the leagues and gain promotion, this one is much more difficult and therefore realistic. I think that this makes it a far better game overall, however, I do realise that a lot of people would not like these changes as it makes the game much more difficult! For the money, I paid £29.99, I think it competes with any other game on the market.

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      • Boggle / Board Game / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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        23.02.2010 14:14
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        A good game to have around the house

        After much persuasion from my partner I decided to agree with her and look out for a game of Boggle as we could both remember playing it when we were younger. We were going to buy it for £4.99 but my dad had managed to find a second hand one which was brand new for just 25p! Even I wasnt going to argue with that.

        When I played it as a kid I think that because I wasnt very good I was allowed to make up words using any of the letters on the grid in any order, which I thought were the rules. We argued for a while before reading the instrucions only to find I was infact wrong.

        Basically you have a grid which is filled with 16 die all of which have different letters on. You put the lid on the grid and shake the letters around and then start the timer. I think it gives you around three minutes in total. The winner is the one who can make the most words within the time allowed. You get different amounts of points dependant on the length of the word, for instance three and four letter words score you one point, five letter words two point, six letter words three points and so on. The only rule is that each word has to be made of connecting letters on the grid. It really is a game which couldnt be much simpler.

        It took us back to the days of when we used to play it at the grandparents and they would let us win, but we are highly competitive and regualry find ourselves fighting over whether a word should be allowed or not.


        We usually play it if there is nothing on the TV, or just to pass 30minutes of an evening before breaking out into an arguement.

        Overall the game is one of those all time classics, everybody knows about it and most know how to play it. Either way it can be picked up in no time and really is a simple game for just a couple, or a group of people. We got ours for just 25p which is a bargain, but even at £5 I dont think you can go wrong.

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        • Tesco Value Jaffa Cakes / Snacks / 36 Readings / 36 Ratings
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          23.02.2010 11:25
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          Give them a go, review them and then your 1p in profit!

          Until i went travelling recently I was always a bit of a food snob, only buying the 'branded' foods as I automatically assumed that they tasted better than the supermarket own brands. Through travelling though I was forced to eat cheaper foods and realised that in terms of flavour there really isnt too much difference.

          I popped to Tesco recently and was looking for some biscuits and saw that they had their own version of jaffa cakes for only 49p. I thought that this was very cheap and well worth a try, even if they turned out to be nothing like the mcvities versions.

          At the price they are about 2p each as you get 24 in the box, which is much cheaper than a box of mcvities jaffa cakes which are well over £1 unless they are on offer.

          They look excatly the same as a mcvities jaffa cake and the taste is identical, if you didnt know that you were not eating a mcvities jaffa cake then you would assume it was one. We even bought a proper pack of them and did a taste test without looking at each one and nobody could tell the difference. When you do realise that the are a tesco value version the only small difference is that they are perhaps a little bit harder, but the chocolate and the jelly tastes just the same.

          I dont know how mcvities cakes compare, but these have 42 calories per cake which I think is actually quite a lot. This doesnt tend to bother me too much though, but I know a lot of people do calorie count and this wouldnt allow for many within a normal intake of calories.

          Overall I was very impressed with these as a much cheaper alternative to the sometimes expensive mcvities jaffa cakes. In terms of value for money you cant go wrong at all and the flavour is identical to the original ones. They have even paid for themselves with this review!

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            23.02.2010 11:07
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            For the money you may aswel give them a try

            I was out shopping with my mum the other day and whilst in the queue waiting to pay we succumbed to another of the impulse buys infront of the tills and bought a packet of these Werthers chocolate caramels.

            My mum is one of those people who loves the werthers toffees and as I dont mind them we decided to buy a pack and give them a go. They had three different flavours to choose from, dark chocolate, milk chocolate the the ones which we opted for, chocolate caramel. They were all on offer for 99p instead of the £1.99 original price, which im assuming is an introductory offer.

            For the 99p they really arent bad at all, we both thought that they would be another 'something and nothing' sweet which wouldnt be around for long, however this doesnt seem to be the case. They are basically the same as the werthers originals in terms of size and shape, but are chocolate with a swirl of caramel running through. They are very rich and sickly, but very flavoursome at the same time. You really cant eat many before you have to put them back down, which could be a good thing for some people! The best way I could describe them would be like Lindt Lindor chocolates, the creamy texture but with a hint of werthers original too, a strange but very nice combination.

            They work out at around 5p each as there were 21 in the bag which is about how much you would expect to pay for this type of chocolate.I think the non-offer price of £1.99 is slightly too much, for the average of 10p per chocolate you could be looking at a much nicer box of chocolates. For this introductory price though they are definatly worth a try.

            I havent tried the others yet but as I am a fan or dark chocolate I may plump for those next to see how they compare on my next trip to the shops.

            Overall I would give these a 3/5, they are a nice chocolate and you cant go wrong for 99p, but as there is so much choice out there I think I would always tend o go for something else instead of these. Either way, give them a try!

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          • Acer Aspire One A150-Ab / Netbook / 21 Readings / 19 Ratings
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            23.02.2010 02:09
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            A great portable netbook perfect for on the move

            I bought this netbook about four months ago when Tesco had a clearance on a lot of their laptops and netbooks. There were not many in the country and I was lucky to get my hands on one for the bargain price of £130! At the time they were still being sold as ex-display units in other shops for £170.

            I had been looking for a small netbook for a while and only really bought this because of the price. Initially I was dubious over the smaller screen, being just shy of 9 inches I thought it would be far too small. This however was not the case, and I find it large enough for my uses which are mainly just browsing the internet. I think that with most other netbooks of the same size the keyboards are fairly small, but as this one takes up the complete width of the unit it makes it feell arger than it actually is, and I have never had a problem with using it for typing.

            It comes with Linux Linpus OS which is a very basic version of Linux. Again I was dubious as I had only ever had a windows OS previously but again, for general web browsing there really is no problem whatsoever. If you want to add programs or download others then it is not always as straight forward as you may be used to but it just takes a bit of getting used to.

            It comes with its own version of microsoft office too which is basically the same and crosses over to a windows based PC too so I havent found any difficulty with transferring data from this to the family PC.

            It comes with a fairly decent size 160GB memory and 1G RAM which ismore than adequate for something so small. I have all of my music and films and regularly open various pages and it doesnt affect the performance at all.

            If I had to fault it at all I would say that the wi-fi does drop signal quite regularly, but this may be the same for various others.

            For its size it comes with 3 USB ports, a PC out for connecting it to the TV and also a multi-card reader which I think is fantastic. It doesnt have a disc drive which is annoying at times but if needed you could connect up an external disc drive into one of the USB slots.

            Overall I would say that this is a great little netbook for being on the move, it is so small and leightweight it fits in a bag or even a handbag without any fuss. If using for mainly just web browsing and the occasional document writing the this is a good netbook for you. I dont think that you would be too happy buying it as a main laptop at all due to its size and not being windows(although this can be added instead of Linux)

            It has been superceeded by a slightly larger model now, so you may struggle to find a new one of these around,however, for the price you would end up paying I dont think you could be too dissapointed!

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              03.12.2009 22:10
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              Good value for money, would reccommend but hopefully you get quicker service!

              I never usually critisise restuarants and service, I tend to accept what is given as I know that usually the staff are actually trying their best, however, the service I recieved recently was so laughable, I just felt I had to write!

              Basically myself and three friends went to birmingham to see Michael Mcintyre, and at around 4:30 decided to start to look for restuarants to eat. We came across Bella Italia and as it was offering two courses for £7.95 before 5pm, we thought we would take advantage of this offer.

              First impressions were good, nice friendly staff, very nicely decorated and not too busy. We decided that two of us would order a starter and a main, and the other two would order a main and a desert, and then we would all share the starters and deserts and each have our own main.

              The starters came out fairly quickly, and we all had bruschetta, which was quite tasty, couldnt really fault it at all. About 20 minutes after taking our plates the waiter arrived and asked who had ordered pizza, she had an accent and we thought we had misheard, so myelf and a friend said we had. When she left I asked the others who confirmed that she definatly said pizza, we called her over and she said she had made a mistake on the order-cue a 15minute further wait for our mains.

              We all had some sort of a pasta dish, and again, the food was really nice, hoewver, by this time it was about 5:45 and beginning to get busy. The plates were cleared quickly and then we were asked if we wanted desert, despite already ordering them initially. 6:15 came and we finally recieved our brownies, which in all fairness were not the greatest, but not bad. So a simple three course meal took around 1 hour and 45minutes to arrive despite being fairly quiet for the majority of our stay.

              We took it light heartedly as it was a better option than walking around the German market in the cold, but if we had have been in a rush, or just didnt want to wait, then their speed of service was shocking. That said, the staff were nice and polite, and in terms of value for money the food was very good. I would reccommend going and trying it, maybe we were just slightly unlucky, but I would definatly go again with an open mind as the food was well worth the money.

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              22.11.2009 17:11
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              By far my favourite pringles

              I think everybody loves at least one flavour of Pringles crisps, and up until I tried these, mine were Salt and Vinegar. Now though, these are by far my favourite.

              These crisps are part of the newer pringles range of 'Extreme' and when shopping they certainly stand out with a black box and flourescant yellow writing, which is what originally caught my eye. The sound of the flavour-chili and cheese is slightly unusual, however the taste is great and they definatly go well together.

              Ive had tubs of pringles in the past where one tub will taste great, then another has hardly any flavour, almost as if they have cut back on the flavour topping, however, with around eight tubs of these the flavour has been spot on every time.

              They are not too hot at all,so for those of you who dont like spicy things these should be ok for you, they are very cheesy, like a nacho cheese taste with a slight kick of chilli left in your mouth afterwards. After eating a lot of these(i usually eat half a pack at a time which isnt good!) the chilli does then become quite hot and if you are the sort who doesnt like spicy food then it will probably be too much for you!

              They cost the same as normal pringles and there are many others withing this new range which I will be trying in the near future! One slight criticism would be that i much prefer the rice infusion range as they are a lot crispier, if these were made in the rice infusion range then they would be even better!

              Either way, I would definatly reccommend you give these a try, for around £1 you cant excatly go wrong!

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                13.11.2009 20:09
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                Just my thoughts on winning the lottery

                Well seeing as two groups of people have just won the Euro millions in the UK, I think lottery fever is beginning to reach a few of us more than usual. Unfortunatly as I never buy tickets, I know this will never happen, but still,you can dream cant you!

                I think I would be lying if I said I wouldnt indulge for a bit, I think everybody would do, So the first thing I would do would be to buy a house with my girlfriend and make sure my family are set up for as long as possible. This would then be followed be a nice new car as currently I drive a 25 year old Peugeot 205 which only starts in the dry....not very good for the coming weather!

                I would pay for my gran to have private medical care as she is having lots of pain with her feet and is losing mobility and cant afford to go private at the moment.

                Although I have already been travelling around Australia it has always been an ambition of mine to travel the world, and not to rush,so spending around 3 years working my way around the world with my girlfriend,occasionly coming home would be absolutly fantastic. From here I would find a perfect area for a holiday home as I would love to have a second home abroad.

                I would also set up a trust fund for my future children to ensure that they have a fantastic start to life and wouldnt have to struggle through uni or finding a mortgage.

                After doing all of this I would then settle down with either a normal job, or start my own business.

                I think that above all though, I would never forget where I came from and who my real friends are. I would try not to tell many new aquantences about my money as I wouldnt want friends who would take advantage of me.

                I also dont think I would spend too much time on here trying to earn the 50p per review to go towards my holiday funds!

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                • Aldi / Highstreet Shopping / 60 Readings / 60 Ratings
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                  Would definatly recommend trying it to save some money

                  Aldi is a budget supermarket which originates from Germany, it is quite similar to Lidl in terms of the products that are on offer and the general layout of the shop. I first visited an Aldi years ago and to be honest I was a bit of a food snob, believing that you need to spend more money on branded items to get a much better quality product, so didnt think too much of the shop at all. I was used to the way you shop at Tesco, lots of choice and many different offers, this was not quite the case at Aldi.

                  However, after spending six months travelling and eating on a very small budget, I learned that you can eat very well for not too much money. On my return to England I was quite happy to learn that an Aldi had been built near us so decided to put my concerns behind me and give the shop another chance.

                  I am very glad that I did as my opinions on the shop have changed dramatically, along with many of the population on the UK, which I believe is down to the more money-consciousness of people nowadays.

                  It is very different to your conventional supermarket, they dont have huge POS to attract you, it is kept simple and small, you dont have too much choice, you may have two of the same product but no more. This enables them to keep thier costs down, and therefore they pass the savings on to the customer,some people may not like this but I do.

                  The products which are stocked are very similar in appearance to the branded version, which enables to customer to relate to the product and have confidence in it, and we have taken it upon ourselves to try as much of the Aldi versions on products as possible to compare them to the branded version. So far there have been almost no differences in appearance or taste, yet are usually well under half the cost of the branded version. For this reason I do shop in Aldi quite frequently, however, so far their fresh meats and fish are of a lower quality to those of a larger supermarket or a butcher, so I will still use a major supermarket for the larger items of a weekly shop.

                  One other noticable difference which some people who visit on the first time complain about, yet dont understand, is that they very rarely have more than two tills open, and they wont pack your bags for you, which for me isnt a problem but for some may be. Their idea is to get you through the till as soon as possible and then you can pack your bags on the side out of the way instead of holding everybody up. I can see how first time visiters see this as bad customer service, but once you understand how a shop like this works, you can see why they operate this way.

                  Overall I really like Aldi, it offers many products which compare very well to a branded version yet is a much lower price. Who wouldnt like that?

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                  • Halloumi / Cheese / 42 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                    Is quite a bland, yet versatile cheese, not worth the hype for me though

                    After recently returning from a holiday to Cyprus I thought I would write a review on one of their specialities, Halloumi. Before I had gone I hadnt heard of Halloumi and wouldnt have been able to guess what it is really, but once there, you cannot miss it. Every restuarant has it on their menus and when you finally manage to find a restaurant owned by a passionate Cypriot, they will speak about their Halloumi and try to make it sound better than anybody elses.

                    Now for those who dont know, Halloumi is a cheese made from goats milk. It has a very strange texture and taste, but until you have tried it it is difficult to explain.

                    I only ate it when eating a meze, and it came grilled with Lounza, which is a type of cured ham. The two go very well together, the ham is quite salty and this compliments the Halloumi very well, I then tried just the Halloumi on its own, and being honest I really couldnt see what all of the fuss was about. My partner felt the same too, and we both found the cheese to be similar to mozzerella, whereby the taste is quite bland, yet the texture is strange. When you eat it, it remains quite firm despite being grilled, which is very strange, the only other cheese I have had like this is cammenbert which goes very gooey, it is far from this. You also get a slight squeak when you eat it too, its difficult to explain but is just quite strange to begin with.

                    I think that it could be very nice cut up into cubes and put on a kebab on a BBQ, but I find that personally it is little too bland to be used as a main ingredient in anything, and without it I dont think that it would be missed too much. If you go to Cyprus, or even if you see it at a supermarket, it is defiantly worth a try but personally, after eating it a couple of times, I still cannot see all the fuss and praise around Halloumi.

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                    • Magners Irish Cider / Beer / Cider / 61 Readings / 58 Ratings
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                      A fantastic drink which I shall be buying again

                      After one very bad experience with some White Lightening as a teenager I vowed never to drink cider again, and until today have kept to that.

                      We were having a BBQ and there was only some Magners Irish cider left in the entire house, so I decided to give up on my cider ban and give it a go, and I am really glad that I did.

                      It is a very crisp and flavoursome cider, much more than the cheap yet strong White lightening, and at about 4.5% is just enough to have a few without starting to feel the real effects of starting to feel a tad tipsy. I think the main difference that I noticed was that cans such as Strongbow and Blackthorn have a distinct 'chemically' taste which is the best way that I can describe it, almost like the metal can itself. I find that the magners doesnt have this taste, which may be down to the fact that it is bottled, either way, I think that because of this is tastes a lot more natural.

                      I can also see now why these types of ciders, including Bulmers are now seen to be quite a trendy drink, and espicially on a nice warm evening with a BBQ I think it goes down great with your food, or just as a drink to relax to.

                      I remember when I first saw these at the supermarket you could only get them in the quite large bottles typically either a litre of a pint, which for me would have been way too much to drink in one go before the end of the drink went a little flat, whereas now, they are available in much smaller bottles of 330ml meaning that you dont feel you have to drink a large quantity in one go. I have seen the larger pint bottles in Tesco for around £1.99 each or 3 for a fiver, which for the quantity isnt too bad, but I think that the smaller bottles of 4 for around £5, or sometimes you will pick them up on offer of 2 packs for £8, offer much better value for money.

                      Either way, I am now a cider convert, and will in the future definatly be buying Magners and maybe even try Bulmers too. I have also seen advertised on TV Magners Pear cider, which although I havent yet tried, I will also be trying this soon!

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                      • mandmdirect.com / Online Shop / 45 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                        A very good website, easy to navigate and saves you a lot of money

                        Im really not the sort of person who is 'into fashion' I simply wear the same old clothes week in week out until they wear out, also I hardly ever do any internet shopping due to problems in the past. However, my girlfriend uses m and m direct and as I was at her house I noticed a catalogue of the items listed in their latest clearance. The front page featuring flip flops caught my eye as im going on holiday soon so needed some more flip flops and they seemed to be a reasonable price, so later that night I went onto their website.

                        Here I am three days later with a package from them which cost me £120! I sort of went a little bit over the top from my original idea of just buying some flip flops.

                        I found the website very easy to use, it lists many different designer labels for less than you would pay for an average brand in the high street. You can search via brand, or garment type and size which I found to be very simple to narrow down thousands of results to just the few that would fit me. I really liked this as it saves so much time trawling through clothes in shops in the high street and I think I may now be converted into an internet clothes shopper!

                        Once the items were selected it was simple to pay and there was no need to go through a huge sign up process which I have had to do before.

                        One part which I thought was a little unfair was that you had to spend £3.90 on delivery for orders up to £100, if you went over this amount then it was free. I thought that say £50 would have been a little bit fairer for free delivery. However, in saying this I have recieved a promo code from them for free delivery over £35, obviosly to keep my custom but I think I would have gone back anyway so its a bit of a bonus.

                        One downside to the internet shopping is that you have to pay to send the items back if they dont fit, which I can understand as this helps to keep their costs low and is only fair really. I havent had experience of getting a refund back from them yet but the process seems simple and I have packaged the unfit items upto be posted tomorrow and I have every confidence that I will be refunded quickly and efficently.

                        Overall I think that the website is very easy to use and offers a huge array of items at hugely discounted prices, delivery is fast and efficient and the overall quality seems to be very good, I will definatly be using them again in the near future.

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                          17.05.2009 14:38
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                          Overall.....Dont Churn

                          After initially becoming a member on this site to earn a quick couple of pound, I am pleased to say that I am still going strong and better than ever after just over five months on this site. The reason-reading reviews like this and learning how to become a much better member.

                          If like me, you saw the idea of writing 150 words on something you knew to earn 50p, plus all the money from rates you could earn as a really easy and quick was to make an extra tenner, the I hope you do take note of this because you will reap the benefits in the long term.

                          My first reviews were terrible, just over the bare minimum to get the money and of no quality whatsoever, so my first piece of advice would be to take it seriously, it will soon become an addiction(another matter entirely) and write the reviews to the best of your ability-follow the ethos of 'if you dont have anything to say, then dont say anything' This saves trying to write about something for the sake of it and making it another poor quality review clogging up the dooyoo system.

                          The next part is that if you want to make it a long term gain, rather than seeing the short term benefits of earning those 50p's, then you will need to become accepted as part of the dooyoo community. To do this you will need to read and rate lots of peoples reviews, and they will, over time, generally read and rate your reviews back. For every read or rate you recieve, you will earn 1.5p. This may not seem much at the time, but I have earned almost the same through review rates as I have through the reviews that I have written. Over time you will earn others respect and you will get your regular readers, thus ensuring more money in the long run.

                          I think the biggest piece of advice I could offer to anybody though would be....DONT CHURN! It immediatly turns the regulars against you and you will earn no respect. Yes you may earn £10 very fast, but soon you will find it hard to write any reviews, and you will not be accepted by the community and will probably just give up. If you follow the advice I have given I hope that like me, you will learn to appreciate dooyoo for what it is and in the long term, you will benefit far more from it!

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                          • Ripspeed DV720 / Car Audio / 68 Readings / 63 Ratings
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                            15.05.2009 18:35
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                            Fir the price I dont think you can complain

                            My friend has owned the Ripspeed DV720 for around nine months now, and aside from one problem with the unit, it is a very good in car DVD player especially considering the money.

                            Typically this will be seen in Halfords for around £250 and when you look at it, it really does look like a well thought out stereo. It is black and when the screen is not up it has a blue lit screen which looks nice and is not too obtrusive. The buttons do feel slightly cheap but they have not worn or fell off so they do seem to hold up well. The main attraction to a lot of people would be the flip out 7 inch DVD screen, which can be used to play DVD's and also to show radio information and cd track information too. The screen itself is of a very good quality, usually these type of units feature screens from more well know companies and the clarity certainly gives this impression. It never skips or jumps and it is more than large enough to watch whilst in the car(parked up of course) It can be wired in to work on the move, but obviosly this breaks the law and is just not sensible, so wiring it up to the handbrake ensures it works correctly.

                            With the fitting of it a previous review stated that it was very easy to fit, this was purely down to luck that the car he was fitting into has a massive hole when you take out the original stereo. With most cars the hole left will be the same size as this unit(called a DIN size) and due to the huge amount of extra wires on the back of this unit, for things such as extra screens and subs, it makes it quite difficult to fit into the majority of cars as you have to find a hiding place for all of these extra wires.

                            Once in the car it does stick out a little more than a normal stereo, again this is due to the screen though(one point to make would be to make sure there is enough room for the screen to actually flip out otherwise it would be pointless) One downside is that you cannot remove the fascia, so it could attract thieves, they do give you a little cover for it though, which hides the front.

                            So for £250 you get a DVD player with a 7 inch flip out screen which seems good value for money, but you also have many other features. There is a rear mounted aux in, meaning that by trailing a cable from the back of the unit to the front of the car, your ipod or any MP3 player can be connected. This is a feature that I like as I dont like the look of an aux in coming from the front of the stereo and trailing across the dashboard. If you dont have an MP3 player, you can load all of your music onto either a cd in MP3 format, or even onto a DVD, meaning you can put 4.7 GB of music onto one disc!

                            Since owning it my friend has had just one problem with the discs not ejecting, it had to be sent away for repair but since has worked fine.

                            If I had to really fault the unit at all it would be on the sound quality. With only 4x40 watts, the power that the stereo produces is a lot less than the majority of even basic stereos out there, and this is noticable. Until we put new speakers into his car the sound through the standard speakers was quite quiet, and when turned up just distorted, the new speakers are better, but still not great and this is due to the lack of power from the stereo.

                            After taking everything into account, I think that considering it only costs £250 it represents excellent value for money and could be essential for lorry drivers when on an overnight stop. It does look good and the screen is great, much better than expected for the price. I personally wouldnt buy one as I would put the money towards a stereo of a better quality that doesnt have DVD as I have no use for it, but can see that for somebody looking for this feature, it is definatly something to consider.

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