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Having liked the old style Clios for quite some time now, it seemed inevitable that when my astra was stolen that this was the next obvious choice. To be honest I started by looking at Escorts, thinking they were cheaper and more affordable. But, after searching around a bit, I found that occasionally a Clio came up in the private sales sectors. Now as most people know you have to travel to find what you are looking for, so I took a day out one weekend, about four weeks ago to go looking at various second hand motors. Most cars that I saw that day were Escorts (which I hasten to add were mostly heaps) but, two out of the eight I had opted for were Clios, the first I saw had a lot wrong with it but for the price of £1100 didn't seem to bad, that was until of course I saw the car I now own. Okay admittedly I did have to travel about two hours from where I currently live to find it but it was perfect, immaculate condition throughout, this is one thing Renault seem to have mastered, the ability to fight the battle against rust. After test-driving the car, I found it to be surprisingly quick for a 1.4, especially when compared to my astra, also the insurance was cheaper for the Clio (group 4 compared with 6/7), Bonus!!! The ride is comfortable and the handling is very good. With PAS as standard on the RT models the steering is very responsive, plus with added extras such as electric windows, steering control stereo and central locking, this seemed like a brilliant buy, especially seeing as the guy only wanted £1200 for the car. Admittedly there were a few things wrong with the car but nothing of great expense a few quid here and there no more than 20-30 pounds, of which I managed to knock off the original price!! All round this little car is an excellent motor and with a very economic 40 mpg, I am very impressed and will not be going back to an Mk 2 Astra!!! One bad thing I can think of is that my model being a three door, although adding a s
porty look, it can be a bit of a pain when having passengers, lifting the seats every time to let someone in or out
After watching this programme for the first time about a year ago or so, I was encapsulated and when they removed it from the schedule, I was gutted!! Ok maybe not quite that bad, but it made lunchtime viewing quite dull I mean, replacing it with Keeping up appearances, what were the BBC thinking??? For those of you who dont know this show stars the infamous Dick van Dyke (star of the film Mary Poppins), anyway I am very pleased to see it is back on (but for how long??) it makes my lunch break that little bit more enjoyable!!! Don't ask me what it is about the programme that keeps you so entertained, because I couldn't say, it's not like the acting or story lines are particularly astounding!! But, for some reason the show is very addictive, and it has its comedy moments too, I guess it just has all the vital ingredients to keep a person sat in front of the T.V. Now dont get me wrong, this programme is not going to suit everyone, but hey, name one that does!!!! There is just one thing bad about this show and that is, when combining this with Neighbours it always pushes me over my allocated hour for lunch, Oh well I guess I will have to watch the Ozzie soap in the evenings instead!!!!
When digital T.V came out, we thought wow! What a smart idea, no more bad pictures or fuzzy signals...Oh how wrong we were. Living out of the cities we asked if this would be a problem, but were told no of course not, so after they fitted the system we were initially very pleased, until that is the weather got bad i.e. rain or even a slight breeze. This caused the picture to go bricky and to freeze, just totally stop!! Plus to get in touch with the engineers it cost an absolute fortune on the telephone Having previously owned the analogue system, we thought it only natural to upgrade to the new system, hoping for more movies, and all round decent television programmes. HA! we should have been so lucky, ok admittedly to begin with the new channels were novel and fun, but after about a month we found that the films were being repeated and the other channels had become dull. To be honest, there were maybe ten out of thirty odd channels that were actually watched with any interest, and most of these were kiddies channels. Now don’t get me wrong, sky T.V. is not a bad thing, the majority of the time it is very enjoyable, but after the novelty wears off you end up feeling bored and out of pocket by the £30 + a month they ask for. It is a shame that they do not do a package where the customer could choose the channels they would like to have, and get charged say, 'x' amount per channel as this would provide maximum satisfaction to the customer. We have now cancelled our Sky subscription as we thought it non beneficial to carry on paying the money when the channels were not being watched or enjoyed. As it actually turns out the free channels that are received by the box anyway when combined with normal terrestrial television are ample enough to keep you entertained.
I went to Gumbet in the summer of 2000, and having been to Turkey before I was aware of what things could be like, so the baron countryside, steep cliff edges and the way in which the tarmac roads suddenly become dirt tracks were of no shock to me. To the other ten lads that I had gone with, it was a fairly new experience. After the fairly short flight we arrived in Turkey at about 2 o clock in the morning, and were due for about another two hours by coach to Gumbet itself. It was at this point we were glad they had decided to do this particular journey at night, so as not see the dangerous cliff edges to the right of the bus! This aside the trip so far was going good, after finally arriving in Gumbet, and being stuck on a coach combined with the fact that there was 11 twenty-one yr old students, gasping for a beer the first thing to be done, (after ditching the luggage) was to find a bar. Luckily, the bars/clubs stay open until pretty late out there, although it was nearing closing times when we had finally gotten out. But after a few minutes searching we had found a Jim Bowen lookalike, manager of a bar, who said he'd have us all in for a lock-in. Excellent!! So, after a fair few beers and bacon sandwiches we returned to our hotel to pass out for a few hours. We had only been there for five hours, and already it felt like a second home. This hospitality continued throughout our stay, not just from 'Jim' but also from several other bars we entered (this may have been because there was a group of us, &/or the fact that we had special (bright yellow) shirts made up for this lads holiday) but because of this we had a really good time. The food and drink was reasonably priced, so excessive money spending was not too much of a problem, the hotel we stayed at was very nice (although I cant actually remember its name, sorry!), however I can tell you it had a pool and a bar, and with the weather we had we really couldn’t have asked for more!
(Plus being students, it was all we were really interested in (except maybe the women?!). The night life was good enough to keep the eleven of us entertained for a week although, if you did become bored of Gumbet, Bodrum was just a stones throw away and very cheap on the local bus system. We travelled there for a day trip, visited various bars and beaches, and then were invited back to one place for the evening, (where we seemed to take over the bar, and run it ourselves) thank goodness we had already made pals with the owner, he didn’t seem to mind at all. If you are looking for the more relaxed holiday then the beaches are a perfect place to go, either out in the sun or lazing about in the beachfront cafes. I would also recommend a turkish bath, very nice!!! Also a turkish shave, trust me you will never have another so close! Although most of the tukish are up for having a bit of a laugh with the english, there love of football becomes war with us, and I can pretty mich guarantee that a group of enhlish lads will inevitably be challenged to a game.(unfortunately such games occur usually at 2a.m, not good after a night on the town!!) Overall, a very, very good holiday, maybe it was because I was with my mates, but I think it was that and everything else that made it what it was, and for a relatively cheap price too, for seven nights flying with Airtours.
After reading an opinion about icq 2000, that basically tore it to pieces. I thought it was time to defend the software, icq is an amazing idea that allows people to chat to eachother via the net. The opinion I read said it was slow and outdated, well I can honestly say I havn't experienced any such problems. Having both an older version on my university account, and the 2000b version on my home computer, they both run superbly and are ideal for quick messages to your pals who are online! Plus the new version has SMS capabilities, so now you can send text messages to your mates aswell. Also, this service is faster than some (which I wont name). The messages are sent almost instantaneously, another bonus? You can search the net at the same time as talking to someone. Ok, all software has its drawbacks icq's is the fact that if you're logged on to the computer trying to do some work, it won't happen, sending messages is so addictive! The only drawback for icq is you will need a good internet server to run it, slow servers = slow messaging, you may end up getting frustrated as posting a letter could have been faster. updated: about 2 minutes after initial comment was written I thought of a bad thing about icq, there are some annoying people who some how manage to send you web addresses, even if you have the authorisation function in place. (these websites can be rather...how can we say? Naughty? if you catch my drift.) Not what one would particularly wish to be receiving via icq. As of yet I have found no way of barring such messages.
This phone is one of the best I have bought, after having three others before this. These included the Nokia 5110, and two Panasonic phones, the 450 & the 500. Ericsson have combined features and functions with a size that is pretty much perfect, not too bulky but at the same time not so small that you could easily lose it. The functions include vibrating alert, which is perfect when you’re down the pub with your mates, watching the footie and the noise is so loud that you cant hear your handset when it rings. Other functions include making your own ring tunes, just perfect as the selection that came as standard are pretty poor. As much as I like the T10 there are a couple of drawbacks that I have found, one is the screen size most new phones now have a larger screen, great for picture messages the Ericsson is not able to cope with a lot of these, also the clip that holds the battery is rather flimsy and on mine is actually nearly broken, so the phone keeps cutting out. Other than that I really can’t fault this phone a great little all rounder.
Well after searching for the best model for my new cd player a friend of mine recommended this branch and told me they'd never be beaten. So, thinking I was going to walk into a dodgy knock off shop I was a bit wary to start with, but once there I could see that they dealt with only the finest goods, all top notch gear, and at affordable prices. At first I thought, this can't be right? They must be seconds but no!! it was all new stock. The staff were very helpful, making you feel at ease and offering all the advice one could ever ask for, an added bonus is that they also have a sound proof room for you to test any of the products you wish to buy. I must have been in the store for about half an hour and I left with not only a better model than I was initially going to buy, (I ended up buying a Sony CDP-XE20 that cost me £90 down from £140). This ended up being about twenty pounds cheaper than the Technics separate that I was initially looking at, so I left the store knowing that I had not only just purchased a very good cd separate but that I had just saved myself a fortune.
If I said this game didn't catch me I'd be lying, it combines playability with graphics and sounds that will just blow your mind. Having had the game itself for quite some time now, and because I am at University at the moment, I havn't been able to play it for a while. The game itself is qutie difficult and can be frustrating at times and as I had never fully completed it, I was determined to do so this time. Yet I still have not finished it, the idea is that you, a.k.a Leroy (the main character)have to search the police station, where he is supposed to start his new job. However, there has been a deadly virus released into the city that turns people into flesh eating zombies. It is Leroys job to find any survivors and to get them to safety, this has been bit of a problem as now I have to figure out all of the different puzzles and rooms all over again. The game itself keeps you entertained for hours, and will have you glued to your chair trying to get just that little bit further every time you play it. Plus just when you think you have finished, it turns out that you have to do the whole thing again but this time with a different character (known as Clare who is looking for her boyfriend), frustrating in a way but very good for levels of playability. Overall an excellent game and one that the software company should be proud of!!!!!!!
Well what can I say about Leicester University, I have been studying here for nearly four years now and Uni life is just excellent!!! Being my last year here I am going to be very sad to leave, the social side of Leicester is such that you may never be bored again. Okay, so that might be pushing it a little but trust me, the union nights of Reagans or Mega along with others such as Lollypop or Bubblelove, will keep you entertained throughout your Uni life. Plus you also have the added bonus of clubs and pubs in the city itself, and if you bet bored of pubbing it you can always catch a local rugby match with the Tigers or a footie game with Leicester. To the actual University itself being set in the midst of a park it gives a soothing feel, (great for in the summer when its warm and you have that free period), the courses are recognised amongst the best in the country, and lads in 1998 we were rated fourth in the country for top tottie!! Can’t be bad! so i tell you I've enjoyed myself immensely here and I am sure people still will in years to come.
Being a huge fan of the playstation is going to be a huge influence on my opinion about this console. I’ve had a playstation for about four years now and I think it is probably the best all round console I have ever played combining good graphics, with speed and a playability that will keep you going back for more every time. Don’t get me wrong the playstation does have faults, not in the console itself, more in the software that Sony provide. E.g. when comparing a game like tomorrow never dies, to the first Bond game (made by Nintendo), the graphics are very good and the game itself is not bad but it doesn’t have the same playability as the N64 game. However the playstation does win hands down when it comes to racing/car games, I have yet to find a racing game for the N64 that will beat any I have played on Sony’s console. All that is left for me to say is I can't wait to play on the PS2, although i feel they are to highly priced!!
After seeing this movie on the weekend, I just had to come and tell everyone that if they were thinking of seeing it, make sure that they do. The film caters for all watchers, combining action, comedy, fast cars, even faster women in such a way that it keeps everyone interested. And if you're a guy well I'm sure you won't mind a few shots of Cameron and Drew's naked flesh. Ok so my opinion may be slightly biased, being a fan of Miss Barrymore and all, but that aside the film itself is very good. I can not help but feel however that some parts are just a little too similar to others, e.g. one of the fighting scenes is scarily similar to the matrix!! but this does not affect the fact that the movie as a whole is a success.
I have a Mk 2 '89 Astra, and I can honestly say it is the second best car I've had (out of the two that I have owned, and the five I've co-owned. The astra provides a comfort that I have yet to match in any car. It is like driving an armchair, I only have the 1.3 model but the speed is surprisingly good especially as the car weighs so much in the first place. The simpleness of the car, combined with its similarity to the SRi and GTE models allows it to be modified & improved cheaply without really affecting insurance quotes. I have already put GTE bumpers front and back, after spraying them myself, and it cost me less than a hundred quid. I have also modified the mirrors and am now looking into fitting a digital dash from the GTE. Now, I know it sounds like I think there is nothing wrong with this car however all cars have faults, the astra is prone to rust and if not caught quickly enough the car will soon resemble a colander. The main areas prone to this are the front wings and the rear wheel arches, if it has started here you will find it very difficult to stop, I know, cause I couldn't. However it is very easy to get replacement wings for the front and relatively cheap also (I think I paid eighteen for mine). The only snag is you have to paint it!! and unless you have the equipment yourself it can become rather expensive. Another fault with them is the carburretors, well to be honest it is actually the automatic chokes that are the problem, they seem to fail after a time, and to find a decent replacement is an absolute nightmare. Updated 19/02/01 : since writing this my car has been stolen it seems the astra is a little too easy to break into. Oh well easy come, easy go!!!!