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    • Car Boot Sales / Discussion / 58 Readings / 58 Ratings
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      17.08.2010 00:20
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      A great morning out.

      OK firstly we will deal with selling. Then buying, followed by a few comments and then the end of course! I have been to thousands, and have bought (model) cars and pairs of boots, but never an actual car boot!

      If selling, there are a few rules you have to stick to. You have to turn up early, otherwise you will end up with the worst pitch, and watch hundreds of people go from one stall to another by-passing you. You have to keep an eye on your car, and your table, and your wallet etc. because some people are just not honest. You will have to pay for the privilege of standing there, in the wind and the rain, (although some are indoors of course) while receiving insulting offers for your personal belongings. You will also have to be thick skinned,and be ready to fend off the experts as you get haggled before you even get unloaded.

      I may have made out that this is a Cattle Market, and I may be right, although as long as you have your wits about you, it can be a pleasing morning. You make your own rules of course, and if someone demands to know the prices for seven different objects as you are unloading, you can tell them a hugely inflated price, but it will be discounted as soon as you are set up. This deters the other stall holders after easy pickings.

      You will need more than one of you to man your stall, otherwise you will not be able to use the toilet (if there is one nearby). A second stall holder is also good for Moral Support, especially if this is your first one.

      At the end of the day, you will add up your takings, deduct your expenses (pitch fees, fuel etc.) then be left with what you consider to be your profit. Just remember that all your "stock" has been paid for by yourself. If you are willing to take it to the tip on the way home, and would have thrown it away anyway then it can be called profit. If on the other hand you are personally attached to some items, and will only let them go for a certain amount, then you are not likely to have a good day.

      Buying on the other hand, is very different. you can turn up whenever you like, although being first there to pick over the best stuff is recommended. You could also opt for the other end of the morning, go round as people are packing away, and will accept smaller amounts, because they don't want to cart everything home! As a buyer, most boot sales in my area allow free admittance, although you may have to pay parking charges. Try to be systematic, and you will go past every stall without missing anything. Have a look at every stall, plus underneath them. It is amazing what you will see amongst a pile of Ladies clothes.

      Feel free to haggle, it is part of the game to refuse to pay what is asked. If you see something which takes your fancy, get a price in your head, a price you are happy to pay, then don't go over it. Ask what they have got on this item, listen to what they say and how they say it, then ask what their best price is. At this point you will know if they are willing to come down as low as your price. If not, then say "No thanks" and walk away. If you think they will drop further, then make your offer, they can only refuse. Most of the time you will come away with whatever you like.

      Be aware that all the items you see are sold without any guarantee, and there will be wear and tear, plus probably some damage or missing parts, you will have to spot these before deciding on your price. You may see something you want, but it won't fit in your car. In this case you can always negotiate delivery, it may only be a mile or two out of the sellers way, and he does want to make the sale.

      If you have never been to a car boot sale (and I can't believe some people haven't) then I would recommend you try it, you are more likely to come away with something than not. Even if you have a bad one, you will have got some fresh air, met some interesting people, and probably had a coffee & an ice cream, and a giggle at some "adult" items.

      Give it a go!

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        11.08.2010 18:03
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        Well recommended.

        OK time for a review that will earn me loads of Dooyoo miles - or not in this case. This category is Food and Drink, something we will actually die without, so why do Dooyoo consider is to be so lowly a subject??? It is fine, like this review, I am not Bitter!

        Old Speckled Hen is a mainstay in my house, I have been drinking it for quite a number of years. One reason is that there is not too much gas. Far too many brews nowadays contain so much Co2 that they should be marketed in cylinders in stead of bottles.

        The taste of this drink is very good, it is Malty, but not too heavy, you can have several of these without feeling too bloated. I would consider this to be a Light Ale, suitable for drinking outside, at BBQs and parties, ideal for taking on those Summer picnics (not the driver of course).

        The bottle itself is a clear glass one, which we can recycle but probably don't, it holds some 500 of those pesky millilitres, or half a Litre. This equates to nearly a pint, and the contents will almost fill a pint glass without looking insulting to the person receiving it.

        The bottle has a nice label, giving you all the info you require, including the website and helpline. You can ring this number if you have any problems with any of your Morland drinks. Morland have been on the go since 1711, which is quite a heritage. Old Speckled Hen on the other hand, was only being produced from 1974, and it was actually produced to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the MG car factory. Perhaps this is why the label is octagonal. The brew was actually named after the car covered in rust spots, used as a factory runabout. This car was affectionately known as "THE OWLD SPECKLED 'UN". So now you know!

        I suppose I should mention that any drinking should be enjoyed in moderation, and this bottle contains some 2.6 UK units of Alcohol, the UK Chief Medical Officers recommendation for men being 3 to 4 units per day, and women just two to three units, this is not as I first thought, a target, but a Maximum!

        The bottles are fitted with crown corks, so remember your bottle opener. I can just imaging an old MGTD with a chrome luggage rack, with a wicker picnic basket strapped to it. Inside this is of course - several bottles of Old Speckled Hen, plus a couple of straight sided glasses, perfect! Right, that is the end of this review, now to watch the Dooyoo miles come flooding in - well, perhaps just a trickle then. :)

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        • USB Mug Warmer / Gadget / 106 Readings / 106 Ratings
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          07.08.2010 20:13
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          Not to be recommended.

          OK let's start off with a big "UP" for this gadget, it is a gadget so it has to be good. If you are the kind of person who lets your mug of "Rosie Lee" go cold on you, then you need one of these. It is highly acclaimed as one of the best gadgets of the 21st century - probably, (by the manufacturers at least).

          Back on Planet Earth, I would now like to give you my own unbiased opinion, one which you may not like. In answer to the hypothetical question "Is this gadget the best thing since sliced bread?" I must give you the honest answer - "No of course not" - it is a toy, a plaything, a gizmo that your Mother in Law would buy you because she has heard that it is "Something to do with Computers". This device is a complete waste of space.

          I will still give you Chapter & Verse in case you are intent on buying one, my sales pitch must be pretty good then! Here is the spec, plus a few pointers:-

          My own particular model is made by a company called Efracea, whom I have never heard of and hope not to. I am sure mine in made in China, although I have no proof of this. It comes with a piece of paper commonly known as an instruction manual, this was obviously translated from Chinese by some out of work Egyptian sweeper up, who was high on some Oriental Substance at the time. He may also have been suffering from a bad hangover, because the instructions were so bad, it was almst easier to read the Foreign version.

          Sorry - I digress, I will explain how this works. Every computer now has at least one USB port, and when not in use, thus can be used to power any small gadget of toy you wish, usually a mini vacuum cleaner, or a microscopic anglepoise light. In this case, the drinks warmer is used. It works simply by plugging in & switching on, no drivers are required, no complicated install required. The centre of the gizmo begins to get warm almost immediately, and within a couple of minutes it has reached it's optimum temperature. At this point it wall keep a hot drink hot, or at least almost hot, probably a degree or two under the ideal drinking temperature. In theory it should be between 50 and 60 degrees, but not in my case.

          Basically that is all there is to it, no need to use any fancy "unplugging software", just pull the plug out when you have finished, or leave it plugged in. I do have to say there are four little rubber covered feet on mine, which do a sterling job of stopping it skidding across the desk. There is also a light, presumably to warn you about the "Lava hot" temperatures, not the slightest hazard in my case!

          I will now say something in it's favour, and this is that it also acts as a double adapter , although it is actually a four way USB port. This is a useful idea, it allows you to use this gizmo, plus your digital camera, while also "Hoovering" your keyboard.

          I am sorry if anyone reading this is offended, I am just giving a light hearted view of my own opinion. This is a toy, and if you think it a good one, brilliant. Mine was apparently about £7, quite a bit too much in my opinion, but you may think it a bargain. I have seen them for less, and I have even seen them advertised for MORE!

          Either way, thanks for reading.

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            04.08.2010 10:19
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            Enjoy but be responsible.

            This brew does not come from Theakston, it is made in a little Market Town called Masham, and if you have ever been there you will remember it. The whole place reeks of the brewing industry (in a good way). There are "Hoppy" aromas, Malty smells, and you can almost see the by-products of fermentation in the air itself!

            Theakston advertise their Old Peculiar as a "Legendary Ale" and they are
            quite right to do so in my opinion. The company itself was founded in 19827, so have quite a heritage. Every bottle carries the "Seal of the Official of the Peculiar of Masham".

            As stated earlier, this is a Legendary brew, it is officially a strong Ale, and has no less than 5.6% Alcohol by Volume, (Dooyoo state 4.4% ABV, which is their mistake) this is plenty strong enough, any more Alcohol and it would virtually be a Spirit. It is many years since I have seen this sold through the pumps,but it is always available in bottles. These are roughly equivalent to pints, but actually hold half a Litre. The bottles are the traditional Amber glass, designed to keep the Sun's rays from degrading the tender contents. These bottles are fitted with the usual old Crown Corks, not the modern ones which can be opened by unscrewing, so remember your bottle opener.

            Upon opening the bottle, you will hear the excess gas escaping, although there should not be too much. The ale should be then carefully poured into a clear one pint glass, preferably with straight sides, and will settle almost immediately, it is now ready to taste. You will firstly notice the aroma, very malty, perhaps too malty for some people but I like it. When you take your first sip, there should be an instant recognition of an old ale, rather than the more usual "Hoppy" taste of modern beers. This should be slightly cooler than room temperature, not chilled. The head should be there when first poured, but will not last down to the bottom of the glass. If this is too strong for you, or if there seems just too much flavour, feel free to add lemonade.

            Theakston's are an old fashioned company, however they keep up with the times as they have a website:-
            www.theakstons.co.uk
            I have resisted the temptation to visit this site until I have posted the review. Too many people go on a website, and copy a few well written phrases from there to pad out there reviews. If you want to look at the website you can do so after reading this.
            They also have a customer careline, so if you are in any doubt about the quality of any of their products, give them a ring:-
            0845 840 0054

            The company also do a little sponsorship, at the moment it is sponsors of the Theakstons Old Peculiar crime writing festival at Harrogate.

            The labels are a very traditional type, being in black, and suiting this brew perfectly. They give you all the information you require, including "best before dates" although this information is subtle, not advertised as a splashed on multi-coloured logo.

            I enjoy this particular brew, but it is an acquired taste, and not everyone will like it, I do think it is worth trying.

            This is a drink for discerning drinkers, not for throwing down your neck, please drink responsibly. Cheers.

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            01.08.2010 21:21
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            Highly recommended.

            I am an Omega owner, I have had three of them, and hope mynext will be an Elite. Actually the original idea was to build a range of Vauxhall Omegas, and then have another model called the Vauxhall Elite. The company changed their minds and made the Elite the top spec Omega, and when I say top spec I mean it!

            The list of "toys" is endless, tinted windows, one touch electrically operated of course, front and rear. Cigarette lighter sockets for both front and rear passengers of course, and airbags both sides of the dash, plus depending on the year side airbags too. There is a trip computer to tell you everything, including trip mileage, MPG either as an average of instant. You can see the outside temperature, plus a host of other features.

            Air-con is standard of course, although I am doing the car an injustice here, because it is actually "climate control" which is far in excess of just air-con, because you can simply dial up what temp you require, and it will automatically keep it at that. You passengers have the option of a different temp if required too. The ventilation syatem is very good too, and depending on the year, you can have an electric sunroof as well as the climate control. This sunroof is tinted, has a blind, and can tilt as well as slide. If memory serves, you have a choice of 39 positions (Oooh errr Missus).

            I mentioned the blind on the sunroof, well there is also one fitted to the rear window, this is electric of course. You have head restraints fitted to all five seats, which are leather as standard, although you can opt for velour if you so desire. These seats are heated, and the front ones go forward and back, up and down, and also recline too. The front passenger backrest also folds flat, for transporting longer items. You will rarely need this however, as the boot is absolutely cavernous. The back seats also fold down, so you can bigger items in the boot (a full size adult bike for example).

            The car has a first class sound system, made by BOSE, and consisting of six speakers. There is a tuner plus either a four or six CD autochanger. The rear view mirror is a marvel, it tints when bright light shines on it, so you don't have to manually dip it! The door mirrors are heated, and can be adjusted electrically, they are also colour coded like most cars nowadays, but these have a "memory" like the electric seats, very good. You also get cruise control, headlamp washers, a spoiler, and a whole lot more besides.

            The usual engines in Elites are the three litre V6, although there are some 2.5 variants about, some are even fitted with the 2.5 straight six Turbo Diesel from the BMW. You are given the choice of a manual or fully automatic gearbox, and if you have the auto, you get a "sport" button, which holds the engine in a lower gear for longer. You also have the opposite, a button for getting you moving on slippery conditions. ABS is standard of course, as is traction control.

            You will benefit from High Intensity Discharge headlights, these are brilliant - literally! When they were introduced, the Police wanted them banned because they were to bright. Any car having these, has to be fitted with self levelling headlight adjusters, so you con't dazzle oncoming traffic.

            The car locks with a "plip" and has deadlocks and am immobiliser too. The windows will close themselves by using this plip too. These windows are child friendly too, if your youngster has his arm hanging out when the window closes, it will simply stop and reverse a few inches, nice touch. The back doors have child locks fitted, and the rear windows can be disabled by the driver.

            As for buying one, well most were bought as company cars, and the depreciation was massive! The advantage being that the first owner has already lost the money, which is good news for you and I. These cars are a very good bargain second hand. Make sure you get one with proven service history, and be sure the cambelt has been changed. Vauxhall recommend oil changes at a massive ten thousand miles, but most of us Omega owners do oil changes at five thousand, or even less.

            There is a lot I have not covered, but I could type all night long and still not cover everything. These cars are a luxury car, costing working man's wages to run. Spares are cheap and readily available, and they are fairly easy to work on. Economy is not good, but these weigh over a Tonne & a half, with three litres sucking the tank dry, so watch out for LPG models, although you will pay a high premium for them.

            All things considered, these are a fantastic car to own. It is a sad fact though, that they are no longer being produced.

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              24.07.2010 23:52
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              Well recommended

              OK a review on Shampoo, easy peesy. I firstly want to say the shampoo is suitable for all hair types, greasy, normal, dry, long, short, curly, the lot. It is also ideal on female hair, not quite sure why it is marketed as a "Shampoo for Men". I find it is also perfectly OK on kids hair, and can be mixed or diluted with any other shampoo.

              As for Dandruff, it does work, although like most other products, it is best you continue it's use, even after the Dandruff has cleared up, certainly for a few weeks at the very least.

              The cost is quite high, depending where you buy of course. I usually only buy this when I see it on a "buy one get one free" offer. It would be a very expensive thing to buy at the normal recommended retail price.

              I must say that the bottle, (Plastic) is very good, it is easy to hold, and the flip top can be operated with one hand, even when wet (like your hands usually are when washing your hair). Far too many bottles of shampoo are "Oval" and very smooth and slippery when you try to open them with soapy hands. The top is "captive" so there is no chance of dropping it, a good design all round in my book.

              The shampoo is easy to dispense, and a small quantity is enough for the average man's hair. It massages in easy enough, and lathers as well as any shampoo in my area, where the water is particularly hard. I have never had an adverse reaction, and can't imagine anyone getting a rash from using this shampoo.

              Unless my hair is very dirty, I don't normally bother with two washes, and with this product, one application is usually ample. It rinses out easily, and leaves my hair clean, smelling fresh, and with that "Squeeky" feel to it. In my case it clears Dandruff up a treat, and keeps it away. I like the shampoo for normal use, and even considering that most of the time I don't have Dandruff, I am still quite happy to use it.

              The bottle being plastic will do no damage if dropped, and is designed to be recycled, but to be honest, not many of us go to that much trouble. (or is it just me?)

              I can certainly recommend this product, it is made by the famous company of Procter & Gamble, who are based in Manchester. This firm are very keen on quality control. They do have a website, so you can look up any more information you may need (if you are having trouble getting off to sleep). :)

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                16.07.2010 17:40
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                I still recommend it

                I am going to do a review on cheap Lemonade, and if you don't like this stuff, then don't drink it! I personally drink it and I suppose I would prefer more expensive Lemonade, but at just 18 pence for 2 litres I am happy with it.

                The container is plastic (actually it is PET plastic) which can be re-cycled. I know this type of plastic is sent for re-cycling, but most of us simply throw them away. The bottles are clear, with a screw top. There is a label giving you all the information you will ever require. I am sure the calorie count will please anyone watching their weight, there are just EIGHT calories per two litre bottle!

                I am not a great lover of fizzy pop, but I do use this product for topping up Beer. I also drink small quantities with Lime Juice added, especially in the Summer. I do find that drinking lots of this Lemonade makes me feel uncomfortable, it is just too gassy. I actually enjoy it after it has given off some of it's Fizz. It does however, keep it's gassy nature for quite a long time.

                As for the taste, well there is not that much, it is rather like drinking very fizzy water, which can be refreshing. There seems little taste or even smell of Lemons. This pop is clear, not cloudy like some Lemonades.

                At eighteen pence, this is recommended by me, as a cheap Lemonade, nothing more, nothing less. If you like your soft drinks to be of better quality, or to have finer ingredients - then buy something else.

                I suppose I should add a little critique, well, OK the bottles are heavy and awkward to carry, but then they are designed to be put in a trolley. You can always transport them in a cardboard box.

                This Lemonade is part of the ASDA range, a well respected Supermarket chain, (ASDA is short for Associated Dairies) and they do some good product, and some cheap ones. This is one of the latter, but it still gets my vote.

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                • Continental / Summer Tyre / 77 Readings / 75 Ratings
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                  Well recommended.

                  I want to do a review on my Continental PremiumContact tyres. I have no idea why PremiumContact is one word, but that is how it is on the tryes. These are my second set of "Conti's, and the size is 225/55x16. 225 is the measurement of the width of the tread, 55 is the height of the side wall, measured as a percentage of the tread width, in this case 55%, and 16 is of course the rim diameter in inches. Other markings are "R" standing for Radial ply, and "95" which is the load index, this is the maximum weight the tyre can take. There is also the speed rating, in my case "V" meaning the tyre is safe up to 149 MPH.

                  These tyres are well know for their amount of grip, in both wet and dry conditions, but this is due to the fairly soft compound they are made from. Unfortunately this means they will wear out slightly quicker than many other tyres, but at least you have the peace of mind that they are hugging the road, especially on corners.

                  These tyres are non directional, meaning they can be fitted on either side of the vehicle. They do however have to be mounted on the wheel rim the right way round, and have "INSIDE" and "OUTSIDE" embossed into the tyre wall. The name for this type of tread, is Asymmetric tyres. As the name suggests, you will see a different pattern if you compare the outer edge of the tread with the inside, rather than a mirror image like a lot of tyres.

                  These tyres are fitted with "Tread wear indicators" like most other tyres nowadays, which give you an obvious indication that they are down to the minimum 1.6mm. Quite a lot of companies and individuals now change their tyres at two or even 3 mm for greater safety.

                  I have heard that these tyres generate a lot of noise, but I do not find this, perhaps it is due to the sound proofing in the car. As with most tyres, it is advised that you replace both tyres on the same axle at the same time. The tread on these tyres is quite an attractive one, although looks are not everything.

                  I will not go into prices, because they vary by so much. You can buy at your local tyre fitting centre, or perhaps get some online, just remember you will be paying p&p, and perhaps fitting charges too, and balancing, plus a new valve and the hidden charge to dispose of your old tyres.

                  I will just say something about "Part worn tyres", these can be a money saving idea, but remember that you will not know the history so there could be hidden damage. Also be aware that you may see these advertised as having say four mm of tread, a new tyre would have eight mm, so you may think you still have half the life left. This is not true because of course you can not use the last 1.6 mm. Instead of having four mm, you really have only 2.4 mm of useable tread.

                  Whatever tyres you have fitted, it is recommended you use a tyre dressing, this is used by car salesmen to make the tyres look newer, but it does actually protect the tyre walls from UV light, and stops them from crazing.

                  I can thoroughly recommend these tyres.

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                  • Woodpecker Cider / Beer / Cider / 78 Readings / 77 Ratings
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                    20.06.2010 21:12
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                    Well recommended to all.

                    Woodpecker, far better than that other stuff by Bulmers - BUT this IS made by Bulmers! Shame really, because the name Woodpecker is at the top of the tree when it comes to good names in the Cider circles.

                    They have been making this fermented Apple juice for a long time now, since 1987 actually! Originally made by the founders Fred & Percy Bulmer. This sweet cider, is sparkling, and very refreshing. It is light, and comes in cans containing 440 ml, plastic bottles holding some two litres, and of course the familiar glass bottles, which is of course the best way to enjoy drinking this cider. These bottles retain the original crown corks, which need a bottle opener, (or the edge of the worktop if the Missus isn't watching).

                    You may be lucky enough to find this cider on draught, and this is just as refreshing as the bottled variety. I think it is a shame that cider seems to be on the decline, perhaps because of the fact that it is seen as a young drunken tearaway's drink. Bulmer's are trying to encourage customers to "drink responsibly", and are active members of the "drink aware" campaign, who have a website you may want to look at:-
                    www.drinkaware.co.uk

                    I find this is best drunk cold, but not too cold, otherwise your taste buds will not register it. I am convinced that the average river is the perfect temperature to cool this drink. This cider is too good to waste, and mixing it with other fluids is just wrong!

                    I will not go into prices, because they vary so much, but on average this cider should be around average price in the average shop. The two litre plastic bottles are the mist economical way to buy, but this will not keep if not finished. The cans are also cheap, but who wants to drink from Aluminium? I would always use a glass if drinking canned stuff.

                    The apples used vary, from Cox's Orange Pippin, to Worcester (which nobody has heard of) but mainly Bramleys are used. There is nothing fresh about the ingredients, you would be amazed at the amount of solids that are filtered out before bottling. The filtration system is very good though, meaning that you bottle of cider will be as clean crisp and sparkling as a good Champagne! It is also rather a lot cheaper, and many people will not admit that they prefer the cider!

                    Woodpecker does have their own website of course, see it here:- www.woodpeckercider.co.uk/
                    You have to enter your date of birth before you are allowed access to this site, proving that you are over eighteen without a shadow of a doubt!!!

                    I will not go on rambling, thank you for reading this. If drinking, please be responsible for your actions.

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                      17.06.2010 23:20
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                      Highly recommended.

                      Right, a review on the Omega, simple enough, I have owned three of them. My history of Vauxhall ownership goes back to the HA Vivas, and again, I have owned the saloons, estates, and even a couple of vans.

                      I will try to stay focused on the Omega, let me know if I digress.
                      Starting with the body, this is a saloon, although they do an estate version, but the cavernous boot is enough for anyone. If you need to move longer items, you can drop the back seat down, and even better, is the fact that the backrest of the front passenger seat also drops!

                      The body is very solid, and much of it is galvanised. The front wings are bolted on, and the sills are plastic. There are four doors, and five comfortable seats. Depending on the spec, front and/or rear sears can be heated. These will be either velour or leather. There are central armrests in the front and rear. The front seats can be adjusted for height (electrically) fore and aft travel, and also the backrest can be angled. These have head restraints of course.

                      The level of trim inside the cabin is second to none, with a decent stereo, plus a cassette and/or CD player depending on the spec. There are no less than eight speakers fitted. The radio station selected is shown on the multi-function display.

                      This display also shows you instant fuel consumption as well as average, outside temperature, average speed, trip fuel consumed, time, stopwatch, and more functions than I can remember.

                      You have either air-conditioning or proper "climate control", this is a dual system where the driver can choose a different temperature to the passengers. The door mirrors are of course colour coded, and are operated electrically, plus they are heated of course.

                      You may have an electric rear blind, the CDX models upwards get these, a very nice "toy" indeed! If you get one with a sunroof you will be well pleased with it, this can tilt as well as slide, and has some 39 different positions!

                      As for the engine, the V6 "burble" sounds lovely, and with 2.5 Litres of power, it is no slouch, considering that this car weighs up to 1.7 Tonnes!
                      You have the option of a five speed manual gearbox, or you could treat yourself to the fully automatic version. The steering wheel on all models comes clad in real leather, and is adjustable on most models.

                      Leg room is very good front and back, and even with three in the back, it is still comfortable. The rear passengers have heater ducts under the front seats, plus a cigarette lighter socket. They also have several pouches and pockets for all the usual rubbish back seat drivers require!

                      The Omega was introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the Carlton and Senator range. In August of 1999 the model was facelifted, this was often referred to as the Omega C, although officially it was still the Omega B just like the pre-facelift version. There was a V8 version shown at the Geneva motor show in 2000, but the idea was cancelled for some reason, this is a great shame. I seem to remember reading that the Omega was the fastest depreciating car in the World, if this is true, than it makes it a real bargain, because most of the money has already been lost by the first owner!

                      The roadholding is very good for a big car, and the economy is fair with the V6, but better with the Turbo Diesel. If you do have the V6, you must change the cambelt when required, because if it snaps, it will cost you a new engine! Breathers should be cleaned out every service, otherwise your cam cover gaskets will leak oil. Never leave an oil change, it is recommended this should be done every five thousand miles, although Vauxhall say 10,000!

                      If looked after, you Omega will be a cheap luxury car, which can be run as cheaply as a small hatch. Spares are widely available, in motor factors, scrapyards, or via the internet. Many jobs on these cars are suited to the DIY mechanic, with few specialist tools.

                      I have given you a slight taste of the Omega, if you are thinking of buying one, read up on the incredible spec list. These cars were widely used as Taxis, Police pursuit vehicles, and diplomatic protection and also for Hearses, all of which required very reliable motors indeed.

                      For a big car, these are a doddle to park, and are a pleasure to drive at any speed. They were built at Russelsheim in Germany, and are designed for the high speed Autobahns. They were made to "eat up" the miles with no driver fatigue.

                      I can thoroughly recommend them.

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                      • Budweiser Lager / Beer / Cider / 72 Readings / 72 Ratings
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                        Well recommended.

                        Budweiser lager, everyone in the World has heard of it, and probably tried it too. The container it is usually found in, is the glass bottle (which you should recycle of course). The bottle fits perfectly in the hand, and is light enough to carry all night long (unlike Pints).

                        I find this is the perfect way to drink it, no glasses for me.
                        The bottles hold the standard 330 ml, and are made from amber glass. The crown cork needs a bottle opener to remove, unlike some more modern ones which have a lazy thread, so can be opened with your hand.

                        The labels are very well thought out, with the red "Budweiser" one on the neck making the bottle stand out. The main one on the front is an advertisement for the Beer, it gives rather a lot of information too, like listing the ingredients it is made from. These include best Barley, Hops of course, and unusually Rice!

                        The amount of alcohol is 5%, this is alcohol by volume of course, and one of these bottles equates to 1.7 UK units. The label also proclaims it is the "King of Beers" which is quite a claim indeed!

                        The rear label is a little different to most Beer bottles, it has a "best before date" just like all the others, but the unique bit is that it also has a "born on date"! This date is relevant because the makers recommend drinking this within 110 days for the Beer to have it's freshest taste.

                        Once opened, there is a rush of bubbles, this is reduced if the bottle is chilled. I do recommend drinking this from the 'fridge, but if it is too cold, you do lose a lot of the taste. I must say there is rather a lot of "Fizz" in Budweiser. When you pour this brew into your mouth, you are rewarded by a fresh, sparkling taste, not unlike Champagne. The true taste of the Lager then is released, making the drink enjoyable down to the last sip.

                        The taste is just what you would expect from an American Beer, brewed in the U.S. of A, Oh, actually it is the Stag Brewery in London! No matter, I still recommend it quite a lot. The Beer is brewed and distributed by Inbev, this is the company who does Boddington's amongst others.

                        If you really want to know even more information, you could always try the Budweiser website:-
                        www.budweiser.co.uk
                        I will also list the consumer helpline, this is in case you have a "bad v
                        bottle" which would be quite a rarity. 0870 24 111 24

                        Budweiser has been drunk for a long time now, (1876 actually) and has also "spawned" some brilliant adverts for the TV.

                        I suspect you have guessed that this gets my approval, especially with the Summer on it's way - hopefully!

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                        • Kellogg's Frosties / Breakfast / 68 Readings / 66 Ratings
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                          Well recommended

                          Kellogg's Frosties, starring Tony the Tiger, brilliant stuff, and a lot less boring than the story of how the company started. We all know it was William Keith Kellogg, together with his Brother Doctor John Kellogg,who incorporated this company into his own, and thus the Kellogg's empire was born, the rest of course, is History.

                          Kellogg's have a factory on the Trafford Park in Manchester, actually there seems to be miles & miles of it. The products like Corn Flakes, and Frosties too, are actually manufactured in Germany, and shipped here for distribution. They are send out by the Tonne of course, which is a lot as they weigh very little! Actually the weight of the cardboard boxes that house them, is more than the product itself!

                          Sorry, I have digressed again, I was talking about Frosties. Wonderful idea, basically these are bog standard Corn Flakes, which have a sugar coating on them. This makes them ideal for all sorts of occasions, camping, office snacks, even a healthy alternative for eating in the car, far better than the usual crisps and Mars bars, simply take a disposable bowl, plastic spoon, and long life milk, for a simple snack you can eat in a lay-by. No washing up either!

                          The packaging may weigh more than the product, but it is still green, cardboard is biodegradable, and the small amount of plastic is required to keep the Frosties fresh. There is a good choice of box sizes, right down to the "variety pack" size, perfect for one serving.

                          I have been eating this cereal all my life, and there have been imitations, but none as good. You have the choice of what milk to use, and of course you may decide to add some fruit, Strawberries perhaps, Peaches, Pears, or simply Banana slices, the list goes on.

                          The advertising department have come up with the Tony character, who has been a success for many years, making some very good adverts. I keep getting his voice in my head saying "They're grrrreat". I think he may well be correct.

                          Frosties are packed with carbohydrates, and just one serving per day gives you half your "recommended daily allowance" of three "B" vitamins. The pack gives you all the other nutritional information you need, and also gives you contact details should you need them. The website is a good one, have a look for yourselves:-
                          www.kelloggs.co.uk

                          I suppose I should declare that I am recommending these, but I do suspect you may have already guessed that!

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                            Recommend the brewery.

                            The drink I have just sampled, is called "Golden Glory" which is made by Badgers. I do normally drink anything this company makes, but this particular drink is rather - well - flowery! It is a strange taste, which I will not even begin to describe. Try it it yourself, you may like it.

                            The bottles themselves are the new fangled 1/2 litre ones, or 500 ml, this is just less than a pint, but a pint glass is still perfectly suitable for drinking it. The bottles are pretty much the traditional amber ones, with the familiar crown cork, which needs a bottle opener.

                            The bottles have labels front & back, which tell you something about the contents, plus of course other information, like the "Best before date". It also gives you the strength, in this case 4.5% Alcohol by volume. It also tells you that the drink is 2.3 UK units.

                            The brew contains malted Barley, (no surprise there then) and it tastes malty of course. This also has a refreshing fizz, this tends to open up the taste buds, making the drink more enjoyable. I did find that the head was rather poor, probably because us Northern lads expect a decent head with all our beers and ales.

                            I find this to be a nice enough drink, not too strong, very refreshing, and suitable for sunny outdoor drinking. Unfortunately it has this taste of what smells like Elderflowers, which personally I can not accept. I can recommend the brewery to you, and even the bottle, but as for the contents, sorry but I don't like this particular one, sorry Badger. I have no idea about the price.

                            I could have looked it up, but prices vary by so much, especially when it comes to bottled beers. This is brewed at a small brewery in Dorset, one with a good name. According to the label, it has a "delicate floral Peach and Melon aroma".

                            Sorry Badger, can't give you a well recommended or a highly delighted.

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                              Nescafe is one of my favourite companies, they make the number one Coffee, and also do a very nice chocolate drink. This particular product combines them both of course, and the fact that is it "instant" makes it all the better.

                              One sachet contains 23 grammes of a fine powder, this is added to a mug (never a cup, always a mug) and half a pint of hot water is added, the mixture dissolves very quickly, and after a swift stir, gives you a ready to drink Double Choca Mocha. There is no need to add more milk.

                              I must admit that I don't actually like this drink, I enjoy coffee by the Gallon, and Chocolate too, but a combination of the two seems - well - just wrong somehow. I am putting aside my objections for the purposes of this review, and giving you just the facts.

                              The quality of the ingredients is without question, I have been to the factory, and drunk most of Nestles products, (free in the vending machines) so have sampled quite a few. The packaging is perfect, mostly cardboard so fairly Green. It also seems to be good at keeping in the freshness. and if you take the time to read the box, you will see all the information you could ever need.

                              I forget what the price is, but obviously it varies by quite a lot depending where you shop. Many places now are offering this as a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) because the Summer is here, so less people are wanting a nice warming Winter drink.

                              I should point out that this drink contains Lactose, or Milk Sugar, I mention it because there are quite a number of people who are Lactose intolerant these days. It also has a few E numbers, so if you need to know what else it contains, please read the box.

                              Mixed as per the instructions, this is a nice drink for bedtime, but of course you can always add a sprinkle of chocolate powder, or a dash of cream, perhaps even a small Marshmallow of two. The choice is yours, or perhaps you think it is "Sickly" enough?

                              I have tried to rate this product fairly, but as someone who prefers their coffee "straight", I would still recommend it, even though I do tend to avoid it.

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                            • Tetleys Bitter / Beer / Cider / 66 Readings / 65 Ratings
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                              I am not bitter.

                              Right, a review on Tetley's Bitter, this should be a doddle because I have drunk the stuff for many years. I do like my Bitter, and Tetley's is a favourite where I live.

                              You will find a decent variety under the Tetley's name. They do a rather good cask conditioned ale, full bodied and with a generous amount of hops. I am drinking this in cans at he moment. Even being restricted to cans, you still have choices, you may opt for the cheaper and rather more lively original bitter, my own preference however, is Smoothflow.

                              Tetley's Smoothflow in 440 ml cans is the ultimate in canned beer. All the information you need is on the can, including serving instructions. It is recommended that you serve this cool, pull the tab, listen to the surge, then pour down the side of a Tetley glass in one smooth single movement. You can then watch and admire as the superfine bubbles ascend to the top of the glass, to form a perfect creamy head.

                              There is the usual reminder on the can, of how many units we should drink each day, men 3- to 4 units, and women 2 to 3 units per day. This is a maximum and, not a target! One 440 ml can contains 1.6 UK units. The strength of this brew is 3.6% Alcohol by volume.

                              I have been pondering (as you do) as to whether or not to include some history of this company, and have decided to add just a snippet.
                              The brewery opened in 1822, by the original Joshua Tetley. The brewery has been alongside the River Air in Leeds, but not for long. Next year, the owners (Carlsberg) are closing down the brewery, (Probably the best Brewery in the World) and moving production to Northampton.

                              Right, I will now try to add some more info on Tetley's, they started in 1822 delivering the beer on Drays pulled by traditional Shire Horses, and still maintain them, actually being used not only for shows and demonstrations, but to transport product to the nearest Tetley houses closest to the brewery. Stop Press! I have now discovered the Horses have now been retired as being "No longer viable"! Very sad, I have fed them sugar and just expected them to he here forever.

                              OK I will finish with one interesting fact, something that will not get you weeping into your beer. In 1911 Harry Houdini was set a challenge, to escape from a metal padlocked cask. He accepted of course, only to regret it, as he had to be rescued. Tetley - 1 Houdini Nil.

                              As you might expect, I thoroughly recommend this brew, and am rather saddened by the news that they are relocating, and I also have to say, the famous Shire Horses will be sadly missed.

                              I should not be bitter - but I am.

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