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      06.04.2010 09:57
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      Get a smaller price tag for the same quality.

      I recieved this MP3 player as a birthday gift to take on my travels to Australia and New Zealand. Mine is purple which is a great colour, very attractive and inscripted I believe for free when bought direct from Apple.

      Using the Ipod is really easy; the round touch menu is very user friendly and allows you to view your music in categories; by artist, album, song etc. You can also use it to store videos, images and games. The iPod came with a few games that involve a lot of movement (eg physically tipping the iPod to move a ball around a maze) which I find very entertaining on long journeys! The speaker volume goes up nice and loud, and you can buy an adaptor so that you can use it in your car.

      Now, this is all well and good but I think the iPod is quite hard to set up if you're not at all used to computers; I had to have a friend who has already got an iPod to help me. You need to register it and download iTunes before you can start putting music onto it. It also charges through your computer. I had to set mine up so that everything you plug it in it doesn't "sync" with your computer - for example, if you put your music into iTunes (and therefore have it sitting on your hard disk) and then wipe the music off your computer, the next time you plug your iPod in it syncs with iTunes and wipes all your music off your iPod too. Not useful when you've spent a long time uploading music from CDs!

      Took me awhile to get rid of that annoying little kink!

      It has gotten stuck/frozen a few times, but this is easily fixed by a reset (again had to ask my friend how to do it!) by holding down a few of the buttons. It also says that the iPod is "scratch resistant" which isn't completely accurate; mine has plenty of scratches from being used while travelling.

      Overall I like the design of the iPod, but I think you can probably get something of similar quality with regards to playback for a smaller price tag.

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    • Singapore Airlines / Airline / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      26.03.2010 23:41

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      Fine to fly with, but don't expect better than average.

      I flew with Singapore Airlines in 2009 to New Zealand from the United Kingdom (27 hours) and from Australia back to the United Kingdom (26 hours).

      I had heard very good things about Singapore Airlines, perhaps it was too hyped up for me, hence why I felt a little disappointed. There was nothing wrong with the service; I was offered a newspaper, a hot towel, meals and in-flight entertainment. My seat was a little cramped (and I, by no fault of the airline, enjoyed my 26 hour flight with a child kicking me in the leg) and I found the in-flight entertainment system tempramental at best. It was very difficult to sleep even though I was exhausted due to the temperature being so cold.

      When I did manage to drift off to sleep, the hostess would wake me up despite me being asleep; this was rather annoying since I was rather upset to be leaving Australia and really just wanted to sleep through the entire experience of coming home.

      I think I would probably try another airline next time I travel to Australia/New Zealand, perhaps Quantas or Air New Zealand. I think Singapore Airlines have an over-hyped reputation and while the experience wasn't terrible, it wasn't what it had been made out to be.

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    • Tampax Compak Regular / Sexual Health / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      26.03.2010 23:32
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      Use them!!

      Ever since I got my period in my pre-teens, I was always a little afraid of trying tampons. My mother tried to scare me away from them by using the TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome), however as I got a little older I became curious.

      Tampax Compak are brilliant; they are small, discreet and very easy to use. There are detailed instructions inside the box for new users such as I was which are comprehensive. The applicator is made of plastic (hurrah!) which I love as the cardboard ones are very difficult to push together.

      I find them very good value for money; a box of 32 is about £4, but if you're anything like me the box will last a good 3-4 months before you have to replenish it. Tampax Compak make things convenient, easy, comfortable and I certainly feel a lot cleaner and more hygenic using these than pads. I would highly recommend them!

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    • Renault Clio 1.2 3-door / Car / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      25.03.2010 00:27
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      I love my Clio :)

      I bought my 1.2 Renault Clio four years ago; she was and is my first car. She's old but she's tough as old boots and hasn't quit on me just yet!

      My Clio has been pretty reliable, though I have had a few problems with her (more to do with age than anything else). I have the base model Clio, which isn't the easiest on the eye but certainly helped me in my first few months of driving out on my own (particularly when I scraped a wall and marked the plastic bumper, rather than a painted panel!)

      The fuel consumption is pretty good; I do around 600 miles a month for work and only have to fill the tank twice, which I consider rather good for a small car. My model doesn't have power steering but I personally like it that way as I feel more in control of the movement of the car without it.

      The engine is very quiet, the dash is very easy to read and the dials are very easy to use. The heater gets very hot in the winter and very cool in the summer.

      The things I would watch out for when buying one of these are, for starters, deterioration around the sunroof. Mine was very leaky when I bought it and I had to have the sunroof re-sealed. I got the tape deck replaced with a CD player at my own expense, though you could of course buy an MP3 adaptor. The features are obviously not as up to date as a modern car, however I find it a very reliable runaround and it was certainly an ideal first car for me.

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    • Dell Inspiron 1545 / Laptop / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      25.03.2010 00:11
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      Fab for general laptop use

      I purchased this laptop from PC-World as a replacement for my clunky old one and it doesn't disappoint. I use my laptop for a range of different things; watching movies, playing music, charging my ipod, talking to friends via webcam, using the internet and creating documents. This laptop is fast enough to handle it all. I found my old laptop incapable of handling a movie all the way through without overheating, but this one handles it without any problems at all.

      The physical elements of the laptop are great! The keyboard is standard and it's comfortable to reach all the soft-touch keys, though I find the mouse sometimes will not click when I want it to. On the interior there is a stretch of shiny surface where fingerprints and marks show easily, but as long as you clean it properly this isn't an issue. The speakers underneath the laptop produce a great volume.

      I love that the laptops come in different colours which gives it a little of a personal touch. I find Windows 7 Home Premium very easy to use (though it does have some annoying little additions that you can customise, such as a toolbar at the top of the screen that gets in the way everytime you try and enlarge a webpage!) and if you have used windows before then Windows 7 is not a problem.

      The laptop is very quiet when it's up and running, though the battery life isn't that good (mine lasts 2.5-3 hours tops). It has a lot of storage space and there are plenty of ports for gadgets to be plugged into.

      Overall I find it's a very good all-round laptop. If you're looking for a hardcore gaming laptop, I wouldn't choose this one, however if you use it for a bit of everything it is ideal for typical home use.

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