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    • Holiday Inn (Bristol) / Hotel National / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      27.02.2001 05:34
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      I recently planned an overnight stay in Bristol to visit Cribbs Causeway, the large out of town shopping centre. I originally planned to just stay in a Travellodge, but thought that I would flick through Teletext as a friend had told me there were some good offers on it. I did and too my surprise the Holiday Inn in Bristol had rooms going for £56 - that's for B&B for 2 people. That's less than a Travellodge once you pay for breakfast also. What is more the Holiday Inn is superb, a beautiful reception and lounge area. The rooms were large and spotlessly clean and breakfast was a large help yourself buffet, real fresh fruit salad(i.e. real cut pineapple not just out of a tin), loads of hot food choice, freshly squezzed juice ... needless to say I had seconds. The hotel itself is just 5 to 10 minutes walk from the centre and has ample car parking. So next time you go to Bristol check it out, especially if they have an offer on (your chances are good if you look on teletext and want to stay on a weekend, when there are no business people!). You great a great hotel (the best I've stayed in), great breakfast all for the price of a Travellodge! It even makes you feel posh!

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    • Britannia / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      27.02.2001 05:00
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      I joined Britannia at university, and there is no doubt the opening offer is good. Usually its the case of 5 CD's for the price of 1. But watch out, you are making a commitment, which at the start seems reasonable, but in the long run you'll regret it. You have to buy 6 CD's in your first 2 years of membership. But watch out for the following: (1) The CD's aren't cheap, on average a bit dearer than WHSmiths on the high street. (2) Don't forget the postage. You will be charged £1.26 for a single CD, £1.04 each for 2 ... this adds a lot to your order price. (3) Each month you get sent a card with a recommended recording which you will receive unless you cancel. If you send the card back thats another 20p postage a month. If you forget you get a CD through the post you didn't want. (4) You have to pay the return postage on unwanted CD's (5)Customer service is lousy, you have to repeatedly e-mail or write before they take notice. (6)They add charges to your account if you don't pay on time. I was refusing to pay outbound postage on a CD they sent me which I returned, as I hadn't order it. So they added another £1 admin charge. Take my advice, don't be tempted by the opening offer, you'll soon be paying over the odds. With the likes of Tescos selling Top 40 CD's for £9.99 and cheap interent retailers, you business is better kept away from Britannia. Thumbs down!

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        27.02.2001 04:44
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        When I first saw power bracelets, I thought that they were just a fashion statement, and a good looking one at that, ideal for men and women alike. Now I'm not the sort of person that easily believes in complementary medicine, the power of stones etc. However my fiancee recently started a crystal healing diploma (yes they actually do diplomas in that!), and I have to say it has had a positive impact on her. What is more different stones help her in different ways such as rose quartz for relaxation. She has now put together quite a collection of different crystals - some as power bracelets, some as necklaces and some as stones, and she believes in them and there power. What is more she is trying to convince me of the power of what is really a lump of rock. Arguements based on science and the use of crystals in radio transmitters and quartz watches have helped, but most of all I have seen her relaxed and energised by crystals. Whether it is all in her mind, and the crystal is just a passage for positive thought and belief it may be, or they may really have some power. Try a power bracelet, it could really help you, and even if it doesn't have power it is still a fashion item!

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      • Popstars / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        27.02.2001 04:33
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        What a pleasent surprise, a manufactured pop band that actually have some singing ability, and good for them. The Popstars series, which is still going on, has had me hooked. It just goes to show what sort of emotion people endure in trying to achieve a dream. Thats what Popstars offered. Just like the FA Cup it offerred everyone a chance to be a star. You saw emotion and effort and commitment and personality and ability, and the winning 5 had it all in abundence. Their debut single has finally been aired, and I believe it goes on sale from 12 March, and I'll be their to buy it. It is a pleasent change from the usual pop drone, and as anyone who saw the bands first press conference will know they can actually sing with no music backing and no snazzy equipment. The 5 popstars who will leave their dream deserve it completely. Good luck to them, and buy the record, you will be pleasently surprised!

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      • whsmith.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        27.02.2001 04:13
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        I used to be a loyal Amazon shopper, and I had no reason to change. I mean the service was good, and the prices were all well below the high street retailers. Then one time, I thought that I would surf around, and I tried WHSmith. I've always thought of them as a good, but dearer book seller. To my surprise the book I wanted was over £5 cheaper than Amazon, so I went for it. Having found this out, I compared prices again when I needed some books for my girlfriends course. I saved an additional £6 over Amazon, and now needless to say I am a loyal WHSmith shopper. There service is second to none, all my orders have been delivered to the time scale shown on screen. The site is also very easy to use, and appears very secure. Next time you need a book, give them a go - you'll be pleasently surprised!

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          27.02.2001 04:05
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          The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is nothing short of brilliant. (Although I do come from Conrwall, so Londons may be less impressed by the scale!) The Mall has easy access just off J17 off the M5, and a very large free car park. The Mall itself is all undercover with a wide range of shops from M&S and John Lewis, to Gap and River Island to Dr Herbs (a chinese doctor) and other smaller shops. Basically there is everything you could want under one roof. What is more it is spotlessly clean, well laid out, with a large indoor fountain which puts on displays regularly. There is also a range of takeaways, all around a central seating area. So if you want a jacket potato or a Burger King for lunch and your partner wants a chinese you can have both. The Mall is just part of the Cribbs Causeway retail area, which also has separate stores and warehouses including a cinema, ASDA, Currys, Toys r Us ... I also recommend Cribbs Causeway as an alternative to stopping at a motorway service station if you are travelling the M5. It is literatly 1/2 mile off the motorway. There is an ADSA petrol station serving 24 hour fuel at a much lower price than the closest motorway services. The ASDA store is also open late, and when a meal in their restaurant or a sandwich off the shelf is half the price of Welcome Break and Granada, it's a much better stop!

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        • Somerfields / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          27.02.2001 03:50
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          Somerfield Megadeals have just been expanded since they stopped giving away Argos Premier Points. And I have to admit they are megadeals Coca Cola 59p for a 2 litre bottle, Mullerlights 17p ... all sounds great, and so does their colourful literature popping through everyones door. Unfortunately they are repeatedly out of stock. The following is a list of my visits and the products on offer that I wanted to get: Tues afternoon: Wanted 4 x Coca Cola 2 litre - none in stock "no we've run out, hopefully get some more tomorrow" Thurs evening: Wanted 4 x Coca Cola 2 litre - one bottle left on the shelf at the back corner. Wanted 1 x Fairy Liquid 1 litre - none left. "no we've only got what's on the shelf" (that's none left then!) Following Thurs evening: Wanted 4 x Mullerlights - none at all of any flavour. Tues evening (main shop for the week): Wanted 1 x Virgin Olive Oil - none left. Wanted Richmonds Bacon - 1 left on shelf (not much of a buy 1 get 1 free offer!) Wanted 1 x McVities Chocolate Digestive - none left. Wanted Sliced Ham from the deli counter - "no we've sold out of the ham on offer, but you can have this one (but not at a "mega price") Wanted 4 x Mullerlights - only ones left were in a fridge that had been turned to defrost and was not at all cold. (Rather not risk those then!) So what's my conclusion then? The mega deals are great if you don't work full time and can go in the early morning. Unfortunately that's not most of us. Limiting stocks of the great offers so they are repeatedly out of stock is only going to do one thing for me ... make me travel the extra couple of miles to Asda. Thumbs down Somerfield!!

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          • Egg Card / Credit Card / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            22.01.2001 03:43
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            I have had an Egg Credit Card for over a year now and would recommend it to everyone. It was quick and easy to apply online, I was accepted in minutes and given my credit limit online. I have set it up so they take my full balance every month by direct debit, that saves loads of time and not to mention a stamp every month! I can look at my statements and balance online at any time, and easily update any personal details. Although I choose to pay it off in full each month, I believe the interest rate is very competitive and beats a lot of normal personal loans. Whats more there is cash back of 1%. It is surprising how it adds up. I use my card for all my car expenses, going out, insurance, food etc and I got over £50 cash back last year, for doing pretty much nothing! To top it all off the card is very distinctive and snazzy looking - green on both sides, including the magnetic strip and a microchip on the front. Several cashiers have commented how unusual it is! Thumbs up to Egg!

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            • Erin Brockovich (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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              15.01.2001 03:22
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              If you only rent one film a year then this is the one. Quite simply its the story of an unqualified woman that takes up a lawsuit against a large American Corporation and wins. However there is much more to the story than that. It is dramatic, compelling and gives you that motivated feeling inside once you have watched it. There are also some great comments that raise a big smile, not least the blow job one. But you'll have to watch the film for that! (Don't worry its a clean film!) What's more its based on a true story, and the real Erin even makes a guest appearance as a waitress in the film. (Unfortunately, I did not realise this until the credits at the end - if only I had watched more carefully!) My only criticism, is that according to WHSmiths its only available on DVD at the moment, and I don't have one!

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              15.01.2001 03:05

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              After 3 years at Exeter Uni I have nothing but praise for the University and the city. The Uni has loads of accomodation, you can even stay in halls for all 3 years (if you want!). The campus is beautifully landscaped and self contained. The academic standards are excellent, and future employers even agree with its high reputation. Whats more Exeter is a great city. Large enough to have all that you want, and small enough that you can quickly be in the countryside or on the beach. If your applying for universities Exeter is a must.

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            • Asda / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 1 Rating
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              15.01.2001 02:51

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              I recently called into my local Asda store to pick up a film for my camera. Since I has spent a few minutes deciding which film to get I remembered the price. At the till I was charge 80p more, but as I thought I may have picked up the wrong item, I paid and went back to check. The price was indeed 80p lower on the shelf, so I went to customer services to ask for the difference. They apologised and happily gave me the 80p difference back ... and then to my surprise 2 £1 Gift Vouchers on top. It makes a pleasent change to get good customer service, and a little extra on top leaves a warm feeling. Well done ASDA, your competitors could learn a thing or two!!!

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