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      19.01.2009 12:29
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      Great hotel for a weekend break!

      I stayed in this hotel about 2 years ago and I would recommend it for a weekend break. It cost Euro90 per night then as it was fairly new but it seems to have gone up quite a bit and the average rate seems to be about Euro140 per night. Hotel Cram is centrally located from Placa Catalunya and Catalunya is the nearest Metro station. It is about a 10 minute walk, but it is a busy street so if you have heavy luggage I would advise grabbing a taxi. The area is lovely and on the way to and from Catalunya there are some lovely shops including Bershka and even a Topshop! Check in for us was very efficient and we were impressed when we got to our room. The rooms are a lovely size and have a 'boutique', trendy feel to them. There was a flat screen TV and a well stocked mini-bar, as well as lighting that could be set to reflect your mood. For example, there was a romantic setting, reading setting etc etc. The bathroom had a frosted glass door (not sure if this is still the case) so you would have to be fairly relaxed with your other half if you were sharing. Put it this way, I wouldn't stay there if it was my first romantic weekend with a new partner!!! However, we didn't mind and the shower more than made up for it! There was a sliding door into the shower and the shower head was massive, meaning that you could shower at the same time without one person being freezing. This is a fantastic idea and 2 people can get ready at the same time! Hotel Cram also has: *A cocktail bar - with lovely cocktails. I tried them!!! *A restaurant (didn't try it) *Free laptop computer service *Swimming pool - small but perfectly formed They also offer free films (new releases) in their rooms. We stayed there for 2 nights and found it to be a very clean and luxurious hotel. If we had a question it was answered promptly and for the most part we didn't need to have any interaction as everything was perfect. I would definitely recommend this to a friend if they were thinking about going to Barcelona for the weekend. I am not liking the new price hike but I suppose that is a testament to how popular it has become. Website: http://www.hotelcram.com/ Address: Carrer D'aribau 54, Barcelona 08011, Spain

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      14.01.2009 18:39
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      Too hit and miss for me. Don't open off-peak if you can't provide a decent service

      It's funny, if I had written this review a week ago it would have been very different but having stayed here last weekend (at off-peak) my opinion is different. I first stayed at the Port Sitges hotel in September 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is situated about a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Sitges in the beautiful port area of Aiguadolc. I returned last weekend (January 2009) to stay for 2 nights and I was really disappointed. This hotel is not geared up to cope with the winter months at all. We arrived around midnight and checked in. The receptionist was very charming and told us where our rooms where. As it happens we were staying in the exact same room as a year and a half ago! When we got into the room it was absolutely freezing, in fact it was like no-body had stayed there for about 2 months (and they probably hadn't). Anyway we just went to sleep as it was late and the port was dead. When we woke up the next morning I inspected the room properly. It is an apartment in a hotel so has a little kitchen and a balcony. The balcony overlooks the port and is a great size and perfect for enjoying a glass of Cava on a hot summer evening. The rooms were still freezing though and the problem was that when the key card is taken out of the slot the heating stops so it can't heat up when you are away. When we arrived back that night the rooms were freezing again so I had a bath to warm up. The bathroom was spotless but the grouting needs to be re-done and while the decor of the whole flat is fine (and clean) there is no character or homeliness to it. We went downstairs at 10.30pm to have a look at the restaurant menu (as it had good reviews on Tripadvisor). However, it was closed probably due to no-one being in it. That was fine, we just went somewhere else and it is to be expected in off peak season. When we came back we noticed that there was a leak on our floor but not near our room. They also have a computer with free internet access and it was out of service for the 2 nights we were there. I think they can't be bothered fixing it when it is off-peak. I then went to wash my teeth and there was absolutely no water. We reported this and were told that we would be moved the next morning if it hadn't come back on. We didn't use the pool as it is outside but the last time it was fine and the jacuzzi was okay (needed to be cleaned a bit though). Overall impression: Fine during the summer as more effort is put into the hotel. I would never go back there in off-peak season as it is miserable. We only paid Euro60 so that wasn't too bad, but I don't think I would pay anymore than that for high season either. http://www.portsitges.com/

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      • Home and Away / TV Programme / 28 Readings / 26 Ratings
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        28.11.2008 18:03
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        I wouldn't worry if I missed an episode

        Well, as I have already reviewed Neighbours I decided I should review my other Aussie soap 'Home and Away'. Home and Away in Summer Bay, which is meant to be just outside Sydney, Australia. It first appeared in 1988 and I have watched it on and off over the years. When I was a teenager I used to be so jealous of the uniforms they had, but when I look at them now, I'm glad I didn't have one like that! When Home and Away first began it centred around the Caravan Park and Tom and Pippa Fletcher, who were foster parents. These days it centres around the Caravan Park (lol!!!), the diner, the beach and the school. The main characters/families at the moment are: Alf Stewart, his sister Morag and her family, his niece Martha and her husband jack Irene and her foster children Belle, Annie and Geoff Miles (caravan park owner) and Kirsty, kirsty's son Ollie and Miles' foster children Jai and Melody. Roman and his daughter and Aden (who is staying for a while) Actually, the thought has just occurred to me that there are a disproportionate number of children fostered in the Bay! At the moment, there is a storyline centred around Alzheimer's, illegal dumping of waste and of course the Belle/Aden will they/won't they romance! A gripe I have with Australian soaps is that the storylines move at a ridiculous rate. For example, Ross was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 2 weeks ago and there were maybe 2 days of lead up symptoms. His illness has deteriorated loads since then. If you compare that to the fantastic storyline in Coronation Street in which Mike Baldwin's deterioration into Alzheimer's was so sensitively, there is such a difference in the quality of the storylines. However, Home and Away does have some good storylines in it. When I was in Sydney this year I made it to the beach where it is filmed. Sadly, they weren't filming that day (I was dying to see the legend Alf) but it was a good trip and nice to swim on the beach. A lot of famous people started off in Home and Away, such as Heath Ledger, Isla Fisher, Danni Minogue, Naomi Watts and Julian McMahon. Home and Away is on Monday-Friday at 2.15pm-2.45pm, 6pm-6.30pm on Five and you can watch First Chance Home and Away on Fiver at 6.30pm at weekdays.

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        • Neighbours / TV Programme / 22 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          28.11.2008 12:53
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          Nice soap to watch in my lunch break

          I love Neighbours and have been watching it since it first aired in 1985. I remember it used to be on at 5.30pm on BBC1 and I would be out playing as a 7 year old and then all of us would be called in for our dinner and we would watch Neighbours as well. It is now a bit of a cult show for students and children of the 70s and 80s and appears to be more popular in the UK than it is in Australia. Neighbours used to be on BBC1 but it is now on Five from Monday to Friday 1.45pm-2.15pm and 5.30pm - 6pm. Neighbours is set in Ramsay Street in Melbourne, Australia and at the moment the main people that are living there are: Karl and Susan Kennedy, Zeek, Rachel and Ringo Miranda, Steve, Didge and Lou Carpenter Paul and Elle Robinson Toady, Nicola and Dan Fizgerald Libby and Steph (with their 2 children) Over the years they all seem to swap homes, for example Toady lived with Karl and Susan when he was in school. Lou used to live with Harold and now he lives with Miranda and Steve. The main storylines at the moment are centred around Karl (the doctor) and Nicola (nurse, flatmate of Toady and sister of Miranda). Nicola's ex-boyfriend (who is a thug) ended up in hospital and jabbed Nicola with a needle when she was attending to him. He told Nicola that he had HIV (but he wasn't really sure). Nicola took an unauthorised blood test to find out and blamed it on Karl, so he has been suspended from work. As well as this, Nicola confessed her undying love for her sister's husband Steve and caused them to split up for a while. There are always smaller sideline stories going on as well, such as Libby's love triangle with Dan and his brother Lucas. When I was younger I was enthralled by the Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue) story and was so excited when she walked down the aisle to 'Suddenly'. Neighbours has spawned a lot of stars, including Kylie, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce, Natalie Imbuglia, Holly Valance and Deltra Goodrem. I watch Neighbours in my lunch break or when I am finished work and I have to admit I really like it.

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            23.11.2008 21:13
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            Great site

            How did you discover dooyoo?-- I found out about dooyoo from other people on the 'Up your Income' forum on Money Saving Expert. --Why did you join?-- I joined because I often write reviews on hotels on Tripadvisor so I thought I may as well get paid for reviews. I think being part of dooyoo also makes me a more observant person in general. --What was your first opinion on dooyoo?-- Not too good as I got a nasty and aggressive email from a well established member accusing me of revenge rating her. It upset me but I emailed dooyoo and they dealt with the situation in an excellent and professional manner. --Did you find it easy to get the hang of dooyoo?-- Yes. I think the site is really well laid out and I found it quite easy to navigate. No complaints there at all! --Did you read other opinions before you posted your first?-- No, I just got stuck into it and then after started reading other reviews to get an idea about how to structure my reviews. I have learnt a lot on here. --Do you write/no/some/many comment's?-- I probably write 1 comment for every review I rate. I have to be really impressed or interested in what the person has written. --When you click on newest reviews, do you read your friend's review's no matter what it is about?-- I always read the other persons review if they have taken the time to rate mine (well I try to anyway!). I do go through the reviews that the people in my circle write, but I always look at reviews from new people also. >>Do you write your opinion's in one sitting?<< Yes, I have to write it all at once. Sometimes I write stuff when I am in the 'reviewer' mood and then copy and paste it in later. >>Do you use a spell check?<< Yes, mostly. Sometimes I have a quick look and just press submit but other times I use the spell check. --Do you think you can improve your chances of a crown if you suck up to a guide?-- No. I think the guides will nominate someone if they genuinely feel they deserve it. I don't really know any of the guides that well so it definitely doesn't apply to me! --Are you a member of a forum or chat room?-- Yes, I am a member of Moneysavingexpert forum. It is very supportive and I get a lot of money saving tips and ideas. --Does it get to you when member's praise you or condemn you?-- I think I take constructive criticism very well and will make amendments if I feel they are justified. I love when someone comments on my review and makes a positive comment. It gives me a lift! --What did you do with your spare time before dooyoo?-- AQA, moneysavingexpert, Facebook, watching TV, learning Spanish! --What do you wish for the future?-- To be debt free and to redeem my dooyoo vouchers for things that I want rather than to use as presents for other people.

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            • What Happens In Vegas... (DVD) / DVD / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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              23.11.2008 16:32
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              Nice pleasant film, wouldn't watch again

              I got this film out because I wanted to watch a chick flick and not have to think too much, and this film fulfilled the purpose. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The film is about Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) and Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher). Joy is a career woman and is very serious about her job and life. Jack works for his Dad and is a bit of a slob. They both end up in Vegas after Joy is dumped in a really humiliating way by her Fiance and she uses the tickets she bought for herself and her fiance, to bring a friend to Vegas. Jack is fired by his father and decides to go to Vegas with his friend. Their paths cross and they end up getting married when they are drunk but they must stay together for 6 months as they both end up winning the lottery together. I don't want to give any more away, but the ending is fairly predictable. There are some really funny moments throughout the film and Diaz wears some amazing clothes throughout (yes I am a woman and love clothes!). The roles Diaz and Kutcher take on are fairly similar to a lot of characters they play in other films so you have a fair idea what the film will be like. I do like the storyline and it is something pleasant to watch on a Saturday night with a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn. For anyone that wants a deep and meaningful film, avoid at all costs, but then I'm sure if you have gotten this far in the review you know this anyway! Main Cast: Joy McNally - Cameron Diaz Jack Fuller - Ashton Kutcher Hater - Rob Corddry (Jacks best friend and wannabee lawyer) Tipper - Lake Bell (Joy's best friend) The film runs for 99 minutes

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                22.11.2008 19:08
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                Great budget hotel with boutique fittings

                I stayed in this hotel in Birmingham a few months ago and thought it was far superior to the pod style EasyJet hotel that I stayed in a year ago. The Nite Nite hotel is located just behind the big Mailbox complex in Birmingham, so it is about a 5 minute walk from Birmingham New Street train station. There are directions on the website and they are very clear and accurate. When I entered reception I got a pleasant surprise as the hotel is bright and airy. I was checked in quickly and went up to my room. I found it hard to work my key (but I am not the best with keys for some reason!) but another guest was passing by and showed me how to work it. And then into my room. Yes, they are tiny but they are really well done up, and only cost £50 for the night. There are no windows but the big flat screen TV was on and it shows views of Birmingham (from a camera). However, if you are claustrophobic I wouldn't advise staying here. Included in the room are: *Climate control (found it hard to get my head around this) *Full size double bed & it was very comfy *Control panel with mood lighting *42" Plasma TV *Ensuite wet room There are no hairdryers or ironing boards in the room, but they can be requested from reception. I thought the ensuite wet room was quite spacious and very funky looking. There is also free WIFI in all of the hotel and guest PC's dotted around the hotel. There is a bar and a restaurant also, although the restaurant wasn't open when I was there and I imagine it is a great addition. It isn't too much of a problem though, as the mailbox has plenty of places to choose from and also has a Tesco Metro. There is a special on at the moment for January and rooms cost from £29.95, which is amazing value. Nite Nite are planning on opening hotels in London, Manchester, Bristol, New York, Berlin and Frankfurt. I for one, will definitely be looking forward to the London one. I think this is a great hotel for 1-2 nights and I think you could squeeze 2 people in, as long as you get on pretty well! NiteNite Birmingham 18 Holliday Street Birmingham B1 1TB Tel: 08458909099 http://www.nitenite.com/

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              • Come Dine With Me / TV Programme / 26 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                21.11.2008 14:39
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                Great entertainment on a Friday night/Sunday afternoon!

                I love Come Dine With Me. I first discovered it on a Sunday afternoon when I was hungover and needed some light TV. It is repeated on More 4 on a Sunday. It used to be daytime TV but it got so popular that it is on Channel 4 now and has just moved to 8pm on a Friday (premium viewing!). The format has changed as well. It used be set over 5 nights (with 5 contestants), and the programme was on for 1/2 an hour a day. This has changed to a one hour slot and it is over 4 nights with 4 contestants. I preferred the older format as you got to see a lot more of the preparatory work and this could be hilarious. Each contestant has to cook a meal each night and the other contestants rate them out of 10. At the end of the week, the person with the highest vote wins £1000. The reason I like it so much is because they usually seem to match or mis-match people, so you usually get a reserved person, a loud person etc etc, and that means that they usually clash. When the guests arrive they also get a chance to snoop around the other persons house and see what hidden secrets they have. On one show, a woman kept a car bonnet in her bathroom! Some people have immaculate houses and other people, well their house is a complete shambles! I have seen episodes where the guests were asked to dress up and a woman came in her wedding dress as it was the only thing she had. There was also another show where the lady got the restaurant across the road to cook the food and they were passing it through the window while the other unsuspecting guests were about 10 feet away! Come Dine With Me is a great opportunity to delve into the lives and homes of the British public and to see what happens when a piece of beef burns, or when someone gets drunk and starts having a go at another contestant. It is great psychology!

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                • Royal Brunei Airlines / Airline / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                  11.11.2008 17:02
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                  Not for me, even if they halved the flights!

                  I was really disappointed with Royal Brunei. I travelled with them in October 2006 when I was going on my honeymoon to Borneo. We booked with Responsible Travel and they recommended this airline as the cheapest and best way to get there. The flights cost £750 each, which was quite expensive, as we had gotten to Sydney for cheaper on Emirates 9 months previous and it was at Christmas time too! We were flying from Heathrow so we stayed there the night before and got to the airport in plenty of time. There was a huge queue when we got there and it was only then we found out that the plane was stopping in Dubai on the way over. It hadn't even mentioned this when we were booking online and it looked like a direct flight. They checked us in no problem but we had to run to the gates as they obviously were understaffed and we were there 3 hours before the time. Nevermind, I thought as I boarded the plane, I can watch a film, have a glass of wine and enjoy the flight! I don't think so! There was no individual screen and instead a big screen that you had to crane you neck to try and see what was on. It didn't really matter though as the only entertainment was the film 'The Mask' and a 'Tiger Woods' documentary. I thought that this was ridiculous, especially because we had paid so much! It was only then that I found out that no alcohol was served on the flight either because it is a Muslim company. Well, that completely finished me off! I am quite a nervous flier and like to have a few glasses of wine to settle me when I am on a long haul flight. To the defence of Royal Brunei, technically there was nothing wrong with the flight but the seats were worn and uncomfortable, the food was rotten, the entertainment was rubbish and there was no alcohol to soften the blow. Yes, I would expect that on a cheap charter flight but not for the price we paid. While we were in Borneo most other people had flown to Kuala Lumpur with Emirates and then taken another flight to Borneo. I wish that is what we had done, as Emirates are amazing. With Royal Brunei we only got as far as Brunei and had to take another flight anyway. Verdict: I would never travel with them again. I have travelled to Oz twice with Emirates and once with Singapore Airlines and they are pure comfort!

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                • The X Factor / TV Programme / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                  09.11.2008 14:48
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                  Great entertainment for a usually dull Saturday night!

                  I have to admit I love the X Factor and if I don't get to see it on a Saturday night then I always sit down to watch it on a Sunday. The X Factor is usually on around 7.30pm every Saturday night on ITV1, it is then followed by Xtra Factor on ITV2, followed by X factor: The Results and lastly followed by Xtra Factor: The Results. For anyone that loves this show it is great because your whole Saturday night is taken up with this! The X Factor is a singing contest and it works on the basis that every contestant sings and then the judges comment on their performance. The public get to phone in or text their vote and then the 2 people with the lowest amount of votes have to participate in a sing-off. After the 2 people sing the judges then decide who they want to let through. If it goes to deadlock (ie. 2-2, as there are 4 judges) then whoever got the lowest amount of votes from the public gets kicked off. The winner of X Factor gets a recording contract. My verdict on the remaining contestants is: Ruth - she is definitely in my top 2. The Spanish Senorita just belts them out every week and she is so passionate with her songs. She also appears to be immensely grateful for being there. I hope she goes further as she was in the bottom 2 last night. I suspect that this is because she doesn't have a county or region voting for her. Diana - the other singer in my top 2. She is so young and yet has such a different, amazing voice. She didn't sing last night because of a laryngitis but she is allowed to go through to next week. She is very quirky and versatile and her songs are raw. Alexandra - fantastic voice and has a great career ahead of her but for some reason she just doesn't connect with me? Daniel - I feel sorry for him because he gets an awful time from the judges but he should have gone instead of Laura last night. He has a great personality but for me he doesn't have the 'x' factor. Eoghan - he has a good enough voice but I don't think he realises how lucky he is to be going through every week. It may be that he is overwhelmed because he is so young but it can come across as arrogant JLS - great voices and there is a niche in the market for a boy band but they don't do anything for me personally Rachel - fantastic voice but her song choices always seem to be wrong and she needs to have a style makeover. She also has a bit of an attititude. And now my verdict on the judges: Simon - honest and usually right with what he says Louis - inconsistent, but quite funny. Can be very nasty to the contestants though Danni - gives good advice, I think she is being bullied this year and I feel sorry for her Cheryl - has a heart of gold and can give criticism without being nasty. Fiercly protective of her group So that's it. For me it is either Ruth or Diana to win!

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                  • The Jeremy Kyle Show / TV Programme / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                    06.11.2008 21:48
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                    Not really my cup of tea

                    Jeremy Kyle is on at 9.30am Monday - Fridays on ITV1 and then it is shown from 2.30-4.30pm on ITV2 plus ITV2+1. I think 'hate' is too strong a word to describe how I feel about Jeremy Kyle, but he does come across as smug and someone who knows it all. He gets a variety of guest ranging from: *People wanting a DNA Test *People wanting their partner to undergo a lie detector test *Alcoholics * Drug addicts I get the impression that for 1/2 the guests they are delighted to come on the show because they are put up in a hotel the nigh t before and given a food allowance. They seem to view as a couple of nights away. On the show Jeremy usually speaks to one person first and then a few more people. Most people tend to be very immature and won't listen to each other. Others are living with quite dangerous and volatile partners and that is quite disturbing. Mostly though, I feel sorry for the children of these people because the children seem to be forgotten about in all of this. Jeremy has a habit of shouting at his guests, which is disrespectful and annoying. It's not going to make much of a difference anyway as most of them don't want to listen. Guests usually get the option to speak to Graham (counsellor and psychologist) after the show. Graham appears to be quite professional but it does make me cringe when Jeremy says stuff like 'Graham, the best man in the world' etc etc. Just realised, this review makes me sound like I watch it every day. I don't, I was stuck home ill last year and overdosed on it then!

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                      05.11.2008 16:31
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                      Fantastic off-beat way to see in the New Year!

                      I first came across this festival when I was living in Edinburgh. I had gone to the infamous Edinburgh Street Party for Hogmanay and fancied something a bit different and more low key. The Fire-throwing festival involves people marching up and down the High Street in the Old Town from the Mercat Cross at the east end of the street near the harbour, to the Cannon embedded nose down at the west end. They swing fireballs around their heads and are egged on by the crowd. The verdict: The Fireball Festival is amazing and it was one of the best New Year's Eve's I have ever had. Stonehaven is a pretty village that is worth visiting in Summer or Winter but it was obviously bitter cold when we went to wrap up warm if you go. Stonehaven is located on the main Edinburgh to Aberdeen train route and I reckon that is probably the easiest and most cost effective ways to get there. It takes just over 2 hours to get there and the scenery on the train journey makes it worth the while. We arrived there around 2pm on New Years Eve and checked into our B&B. We went for a big meal and went back to get ready. When I say get ready for New Year, it wasn't so much put on the lippy and the nice girlie shoes. No, I mean put on the wooliest jumper, warmest boots, gloves, hat and scarf!!! There is no room for vanity at this festival, the weather dictates that! There are a few pubs in Stonehaven and we spent the evening going around them. Then at about 11.40pm we went out onto the street to see the fire throwers. They start up at about 12.25am. It was amazing. They estimate that around 3000 watch the throwers but it seemed like way more to me. The atmosphere is really good and everyone is clapping and cheering. The fire really lights up the sky and it is magical. After the fire throwers had marched away we danced around the main square where there is a stand and some music. There are also catering vans selling Aberdeen Angus burgers which are very tasty after a few beers. So what if we were all dying with the flu a few days later. It was well worth it and I would go back in a heart beat! http://www.stonehavenfireballs.co.uk/

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                        03.11.2008 23:57
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                        Great review website for getting your point across

                        Well, I think as I have written 52 reviews and this is my 53rd I am going to review Dooyoo. I joined Dooyoo in July 2008 and I have really enjoyed writing reviews. It is a very easy site to join up to. You just register and 'go'!!! One thing that I would recommend to new people is that they have a good read of everything before they start writing reviews as there are some really good hints and tips. When I started off my aim was to make some money and also to write as good a review as I could. It drives me mad when you see people 'churning' out 7-10 reviews per day as they are obviously only doing it for the money. Another thing I am not that fond of is reviews that are way too long. Don't get me wrong, some things need to be long and the way they are described are amazing, but 1000 word reviews on a biscuit is a bit excessive! One thing I have found really good are the dooyoo team themselves. I had a very nasty email from a member when I had just started asking me to justify a rating. They were quite aggressive and childish and I had to report them to Dooyoo. A member of the Dooyoo team emailed me back immediately and assured me that they would deal with it, and they did, so I was very impressed. The Dooyoo community seems to be very supportive (apart from that one person) and very fair when it comes to rating people and giving constructive criticism. Overall, I think it is a great review website and I am delighted to be a member!

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                          02.11.2008 21:42
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                          Fab hotel that I would stay in time and time again (if I had the money!!!)

                          I stayed in this hotel a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. We got a last minute deal for a double room for £120 for a Saturday night. Tower Hill and Aldgate are the closest tube stations to the hotel (about 5 minutes walk). We found the hotel very easily and check in was quick and efficient. The hotel is situated in a lovely area right beside London Bridge and there are a few restaurants and bars around. When we checked in we went up to the room straight away and we were very happy with what we found. The rooms are very modern but cosy at the same time. It is obvious that the Apex chain used an excellent interior designer as the hotel looks swish, from the reception, to the bar and up to the rooms. Our room was spacious and had a flat screen tv, a desk, a massive king-size bed accessorised with cushions and a runner. The bathroom had a bath and a separate walk in shower. There was a funky pink rubber duck that you could take home with you, courtesy of the hotel! The toiletries were a blend put together from the hotel and were very luxurious. There was shower gel, shampoo and body lotion (all 250ml). Everything was spotless as well and the bathtub is really deep and I had such a nice relaxing bath! There was a fridge (which could be stocked if you want) and I found this handy as we stocked it with some water and Lucozade, in preparation for the hangover of the next day! You could order room service if you want but we opted to have dinner in the bar downstairs. There were 3 of us and the meal came to £81.00 which was excellent value, especially as the meal was delicious. I had mushroom soup for starters and it was unreal that was followed by steak and chips and then for dessert- strawberry cheesecake with basil sorbet. Yes, basil sorbet and it went so well with the cheesecake. We checked out at 12 noon the following day (after snacking on the choc chip Belgian cookies and tea in the room). Check out was friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again. There are other Apex hotels in Edinburgh and Dundee and plans to open more in London. Apex City of London Hotel No 1 Seething Lane London EC3N 4AX England Tel: 02077022020 http://www.apexhotels.co.uk/hotels/city-of-london/

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