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      09.07.2009 21:55
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      Great club with fab staff

      The Crows Nest Disco Pub is located in Cap Salou on the Costa Dorada. I was on holiday there in July 2008 with four friends and we found it quite by accident (stumbled past it drunk and decided to go in!) What we found was a really welcoming place which has both a chilled out bar and manic dancefloor so there is something for everyone. The bar is upstairs so you have to climb a very long set of stairs to get to the top which can be difficult to negotiate after having a few especially with Spanish measures of vodka. There is an open terrace with a lot of seating, all covered by parasols. There was an outside bar and a couple of pool tables and it had a very laid back atmosphere. Children were allowed in this area until midnight but could not go inside after 9pm and they were very strict about this which was good because there is not need for children to be in nightclubs. The inside again had another bar and a very large dance floor. The music ranged from the latest chart hits to country music and the DJ was brilliant, even downloading a very obscure song for us girls by an Irish country artist! The dancefloor was quite big and never felt overly crowded so you were able to bust a few moves without annoying other people. There were also pillars near the edge of the dancefloor where you could set your drinks and still keep an eye on them while dancing. The best bit about the club in my opinion was their shuttlebus. Every night their PR guy came to our hotel to see if we wanted to go to the club and arranged for us to get a lift there and back in their club minibus. This was free of charge and a great service especially as we were all girls and didn't want to walk home alone in a strange country (or in killer high heels!) The staff were all really friendly and chatted away to us and were genuinely interested in where we were from and how we were getting on. Because of this we went there nearly every night. They also ran great drinks promotions such as buy three bottles of Smirnoff Ice and get a free T-Shirt which we all availed of! You also got a complimentary shot on arrival. I would highly recommend this club to anyone going in the Salou direction! The only downside was that there were only two toilets in the girls bathroom and there was often a queue but apart from that it was fabulous!

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      21.06.2009 16:19
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      Wonderful hotel with wonderful service

      I travelled to this hotel in February 2009. I had booked it through teletext holidays and the total for the holiday for both flights and four nights all inclusive accommodation was £198. The hotel is advertised as a four star hotel but I have found that four star on mainland Spain is probably closer to what you would expect from a three star hotel ~First Impression~ The hotel is on a side street which runs parallel to the main road through the town. The road itself and the footpath in front of the hotel are quite rough so I would imagine someone with a disability or a pram would find it difficult to negotiate. The hotel steps and the area immediately outside are marble and there are two small fountains either side with a manicured lawn and hedges around it. The glass doors which you enter the hotel through are automatic and absolutely spotless. ~Reception~ The reception area is very spacious although the first thing that I noticed was the strong smell of cigarette smoke. There are three bars in the hotel and the downstairs bar is the designated smoking area which I found rather off-putting as it was impossible to avoid. The staff was very helpful and spoke fluent English. They gave us our key card in a pouch which had the room number and the restaurant opening times. They also gave us an information pack which again listed the restaurant opening times and gave details of the snack bar and the facilities that the hotel had to offer. It also gave very useful information about local buses and trips and a bus timetable in English with local fares which I thought was a very nice touch. ~Room~ The twin room was very spacious with two single beds, two bedside tables, a large built in wardrobe with sliding doors and a dressing table and seat. There was also a stand for a suitcase. The balcony had two chairs and a table although the view from our balcony was simply a brick wall although that did not bother me as it was too cold to sit on the balcony at night. There was also a wall mounted TV which had three English speaking channels although you did have to give in a twenty euro deposit for the remote control. The room was absolutely spotless as was the bathroom which had a toilet, sink set in a worktop, a bidet, a bath and an electric shower. The shower curtain was freshly laundered and the whole room smelt very fresh. I was pleased to note that the toilet had been disinfected and taped closed to show this. Also in the bathroom was a very large mirror with a hairdryer beside it although the hairdryer was not very powerful so I would recommend bringing your own. All in all I was very pleased with the room, especially the high level of cleanliness. ~Restaurant~ The restaurant was open every day for breakfast lunch and dinner. There is breakfast only, half board and all inclusive available and as such, passes are checked at lunch and dinner by a man at the door. He was very friendly and also very good at remembering the names of all the guests which was a nice touch. The restaurant is very spacious and there is a lot of room between the tables so you are not bumping into people when trying to get to a table. The food is served on a long buffet counter which can be accessed on both sides. -Breakfast At breakfast there was a large selection of cold meats, cheese, breads and jams and spreads. There was also hot food every morning which suited both continental visitors and British guests. There were always beans, scrambled and fried eggs, bacon and sausage as well as plain bread which could be toasted so a cooked breakfast was easy to get. There is also a massive fruit counter which had every sort of fruit imaginable! Certainly you were set up with a good meal for the day. A selection of cereals was available with chilled milk. There were also machines for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, hot milk and different fruit juices. My one complaint about the breakfast set up would be the toasters. They were situated very close to the main buffet queue and it was sometimes difficult to get past when the restaurant was busy. Apart from this, I could not fault the breakfast. -Lunch and Dinner I have grouped these together as they were very similar. The main difference in the restaurant at lunch and dinner was that there was a bar open. It was again free for those on the all inclusive option but the drinks range was limited to beer, wine, water and soft drinks- no spirits at all. The barmen were also very strict about the rule of only two drinks per card which helped to keep the wait to a minimum. The selection of food was once again varied. The chilled section had a variety of salad ingredients, cold meats and cheese. There was also a different soup available every day and a local dish such as paella. Warm meats were a different fish, some sort of chicken dish, beef, pork and then a fifth meat was added each day. There were always chips which were regularly replaced to keep the food fresh, pasta with various sauces and a different type of potato dish. There was also another dish each day such as lasagne, a pie or some sort of bake. There were vegetarian options offered and a lot of hot vegetables mixed together. You would definitely be able to make a full dinner which would be very satisfying. The food did get a bit repetitive after a while but only if you had a little bit of everything each night- if you only chose one dish each night you would be fine. Again there was a large selection of bread and fruit also desserts were added for lunch and dinner which were beautiful. For kids there was angel delight and jelly as well as little ice creams. All in all the food was quite good, slight repetition but still delicious. -Snack Bar When the restaurant is closed there is a snack bar open which serves chips, burgers, hotdogs and fruit. The food is left in hot holdings so you are not sure how long it has been there but it is good if you really can't wait on the next proper meal. It is also good if you get drunken munchies as it is open until half eleven. The service in the restaurant was top notch! The staff was quick to clean the tables, very pleasant and friendly and couldn't do enough to help you. The restaurant also has several large windows which I though looked into an aquarium but there are windows at the sides of one of the pools so you can see people in the pool while you are eating which is quite intriguing and I thought was a very unusual touch! Dinner hours do not start until seven o'clock so I would recommend eating a big or else late lunch. ~Bars~ There are three bars in the hotel although only two were open when I stayed as it was not peak time. The downstairs bar is the smokers bar and as neither I nor my mother smoked we did not go in to it. The upstairs bar was very spacious and again spotlessly clean. There was a clear queuing system in place which meant everyone got their turn and there were usually three or four barmen working so the wait was minimal. Again there was a strict rule of only two drinks per card but they were happy enough to give you extra drinks if you had other cards with you. The bar itself was very spacious and clean and air conditioned at night. ~Entertainment~ Every evening there was a mini disco followed by some form of quiz for everyone to join in wit. It was great fun and everyone really got involved. However the entertainment after this was very Spanish and catered more towards the older Spanish guests. Three nights of our break was a Spanish accordion group playing traditional Spanish music for couples to dance to. It really did not suit us but as the vast majority of guests were catered for we cannot really complain ~Pools~ The hotel has two pools which are both accessed through either of the two upstairs bars. One has a mushrooms fountain which comes on sporadically and two water jets at either side. As we were there in February the water was quite cold so I didn't go in but a few braver people did. The other pool is the one that can be seen from the dining room and has glass window along the sides of it. Both pools were spotlessly clean and have a separate shallow part for children. There were plenty of sun beds available and also patio tables and chairs for people to sit at. The staff came around regularly to clear cups and only plastic tumblers were allowed at the poolside for safety reasons. In peak times a lifeguard is also on duty. ~Other Facilities~ The hotel also has a gym, an indoor pool, jacuzzi and steam room. The indoor pool area is very, very warm! I was only able to stay in it for about ten minutes before I started to feel sick. The gym seemed to be well equipped and the steam room was lovely and once again, impeccably clean. ~Evaluation~ This hotel certainly earned its four star rating. The staff were pleasant and helpful, the rooms and facilities spotless and the food varied and delicious. One small criticism I would have would be the entertainment but apart from that I cannot recommend this hotel enough.

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        05.04.2009 23:26
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        Fab show with a fab bunch of people on it

        I have been an avid listener of the Chris Moyles Show since it first started and bar the school holidays when I didn't have to be up before 12 I never missed a show. I love the upbeat banter, the characters on the show and even the occassional good tune thrown in for good measure. The show is definitely more of a chat show than a music show- that means about 10-15 minutes of chat for every song played. Unlike most shows, Chris relies heavily on his colleagues to keep the show going. He can hold his own but the chat between him and his sidekick "Comedy" Dave Vitty, newsreader Dominic Byrne, sports reader Carrie Davis, producer Rachel and Aled whose job I'm not really sure of. The way the banter flows you almost feel like you know the people personally. We know what their insecurities are as Chris plays on them so well. Dominic hates the fact he is bald and is often called a slaphead and Aled is often ridiculed for his campness! The show also has some listener interaction with games such as Carpark Catchphrase which featured the legendary Roy Walker had two listeners sitting in their cars while they listened to a desription of a catchphrase. When they knew the answer they had to beep their horn. This has now been replaced with Chegger's Pop Quiz which features Keith Chegwin and two listeners answer questions. It isn't as funny as Carpark Catchphrase is but it is still a good feature. Also on Fridays they do the Chris Moyles Golden Hour where songs from a certain year are played and the listeners have to try and guess the year. It is a great feature as you get to actually hear some music and it will drive you crazy trying to remember what year that great tune came out in. Chris is known for his near the knuckle comedy and he frequently steps over the line and he gets his knuckles wrapped! But it is this sort of comedy that a lot of people like including myself. This is a great show and my only criticism would be that sometimes you do want him to shut up and play a tune. He definitely loves the sound of his own voice but what DJ doesn't? It's just that people can find his over confidence more arrogant. Brilliant show and definitely a better way to wake up than with Sir Terry!!

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          31.03.2009 00:19
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          Brilliant book with unexpected ending

          I came across this book by accident and must say it is one of the most moving I have ever read The book centres around Carrie Parker, an eight year old girl from North Carolina who lives with her mother, sister and her abusive stepfather. The book is written from the perspective of Carrie and her observations on the world around her. Carrie is living in relative poverty since her father was shot dead by robbers and the new man in her mother's life sees her as nothing but a nuisance. He is a violent, abusive drunk and Carrie often feels the full force of his anger while her mother seems to turn a blin eye. Carrie's only friend among all this is her sister Emma. They are as different as night and day in looks and while Carrie is protective of her sister, it is Emma who is the braver sister and who gets into fights at school when Carrie gets picked on. The sisterly bond between them is very strong and one of the main emotions which runs through the book. The ending is powerfully written and has such a twist in the tale that you will find yourself re-reading the book immediately to try and figure out how you missed it! This is a beautiful book and is so heart-warming. Although it is an entirely ficticious story, you completely empathise with Carrie and you could be forgiven for thinking that the story is describing a real story of child abuse. The book is written in the style of the accent which really helps to set the scene for you and you will hear the North Carolina accent in your head. My only criticism would be that some parts of the book are quite drawn out and add little to the story the first time round, it really takes a second read to understand the significance. Apart from that I would highly recommend this book, especially to readers who enjoy first person narrative books. Elizabeth Flock has done a great job of capturing the setting and presenting realistic characters that really captivate the reader

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          • New Look / Highstreet Shopping / 17 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            26.03.2009 18:43
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            New Look is one of the top high street stores for affordable fashion

            New Look is one of the best high street stores in my opinion for style and affordability. It boasts a large range including children's, teenage, men's, plus size and a tall range. Clothing There is a very large range from basics such as plain coloured tops and jeans to on trend fashion. Most items cost little in comparison to other high street stores such as top shop and river island. There range of basic jeans is excellent with many pairs costing only £10-£12 and they have leg lengths right up to 36 inches. Shoes New Look has one of the most extensive selections of shoes available outside of a shoe shop! They have literally hundreds of pairs and again they are all very affordable with most heels in the region of £20-£25. Boots are slightly dearer and pumps slightly cheaper. There is also a good range of sale shoes most of the year and there can be big reductions to have. Accessories Agains New Look excels here and there are many different styles and colours and items which have matching items such as necklaces and earrings are marked so that you know a matching item is available. Their handbags are varied and quite reasonable- usually in the range of £15-£25 Inspire This range is for size 16 and above and has a lot of items designed especially for curvier women. The range features many of the clothes from the main range and also other items which are exclusive to the range. Generation 915 This is the range specifically for girls up to the age of 15. It is very reasonable and has items which are bang on trend and always updated. Some items that feature popular characters at the time can be slightly dearer than normal but that is just people cashing in on crazes. Men's The men's range is relatively new to a lot of New Look's and in my opinion is not for the majority of men. It seems to cater for the "metrosexual" market and is not really for manly men. Also the sizing is quite small so men may have to buy up a size. Again very reasonable and the selection available is getting larger. New Look is a great high street store and I love it- especially as I get 10% off for being a student. There are also many great offers throughout the year and the card is good for receiving money off vouchers even if you don't use the card very often. There is something for everyone in New Look, whether you are old or you, slim or curvy, emo or girly or even boy or girl! Definitely one of the widest ranges at the most affordable prices.

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              26.03.2009 12:54
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              Brilliant Park, more rides to come

              Port Aventura is a theme park in the holiday resort of Salou. I have visited Salou four times and every time have gone back to Port Aventura- I love it! It is definitely one of the best theme parks in Europe. Cost: My last visit was in July 2008 and the cost was 42 euro and I then bought a fast pass which allowed me on several of the main rides without having to queue for hours. This was an extra 20 euro but considering the time of year it was well worth the extra cost. Park Layout The park is divided into five main areas all based around a different country. They are: Polynesia, Wild West, China, Mexico and Mediterranea Each part of the park is decorated to look authentic and they really did go all out in ensuring it was realistic. The shops and buildings are all designed to look like the native country and most of the restaurants serve traditional food from the country as well as the normal burgers, fries, sandwiches and ice cream. The rides are also based around the theme of the land and I will explain them in more detail now Mediterranea This is the main entrance of the park and until 2007 had no actual rides in it. That was until they build the Furious Baco. This is by far one of the best rides I have ever been on. It is based around a scientist and a monkey who are working in a wine making factory although the actual story is hard to follow as it is in Spanish. The ride goes from 0-83.9mph in just three seconds. This absolutely takes your breath away and the ride does not let up. Any women going I advise you to wear good support because as I found out the first time I rode it, you can and will "fall out"! Even better, there is a camera in the back of the seat in front of you which films you the whole way round so you can relive any embarrassment for only 15 euro (well worth it to protect my modesty!) The only downside to this ride is that the queues can take over an hour and there is not fast track available There is also a very large gift shop in Mediterrenea and a walk on boat where kids can look at the water. During the day there will be opportunities to have your picture taken with various character from Universal Studios and they will then give you a card with a number on it. There is a stand in this area where you can view your photo and then decide if you want to buy it which is nice because it means you don't have to carry it with you all day. Polynesia This is based heavily on Hawaiian influences and the main focus here is water. The big ride here is Tutuki Splash which is supposed to simulate being shot out of a volcano. A word of warning, you will get wet. Very wet. There is a bridge over part of the ride where people waiting in the queue can use water guns to shoot at you which is great fun Sea Odyssey is another ride in this area but the build up is in my opinion too long although the ride itself is very good. In this land the show is absolutely spectacular and the Hula dancers are breath-taking. I would highly recommend the show to anyone. China My favourite ride is in China- the Dragon Khan. I first rode it when I was 10 and have loved it ever since. It is scary and thrilling all at the same time with 8 loops and breath-taking views of the whole resort from the top. Even it's top speed of 65 mph is very good. The queue for this ride is long but moves quickly and there is a fast track available. The food here is brilliant and very authentic so if you like Chinese food, you will love this part of the park The Tea-Cups in China are also a great ride. We went on them for a joke but they really do go fast especially as you turn them yourself using the wheel in the middle so the top speed is only determined by your own strength. Beware, you will be very dizzy by the end Mexico There are two main attractions here The Hurakan Condor is thrilling and you will need to ride it twice to collect your stomach as you will leave it at the top. The ride takes you up a 330 ft pole and then drops you into a free fall. However, there is a twist in the tale as the cars are sometimes tipped forward at a 45 degree angle meaning you are looking down as you fall. The effect of having your legs dangling really intensifies the fear element on this ride and the photographs at the bottom always have some terrified expressions El Diablo is a relatively tame looking rollercoaster but it is nippy enough and the fact that it is wooden makes it seem much more rickety and scary. The first drop out of the station is enough to get most people screaming. A great ride The final area is the Wild West and is by far the most authentic looking. Every building and person working looks like they have come straight from a John Wayne spaghetti western movie and even the games stalls are all themed. The main rides here are: the Grand Canyon rapids which is a laid back, easy going ride that the whole family can enjoy The Silver River Flume- again you will get drenched as there are some massive drops Stampida: this is a racing rollercoaster and you have to pick blue or red and the two cars race each other. At times to heighten the fear it seems as though the two are going to collide. Amazing fun and just enough fear to get you going. The whole park is brilliantly put together and there is talk that it is extending which if true will make it better than ever. The park offers great value for money and the displays at night are fantastic. I cannot recommend this park highly enough and my only complaint is that it isn't open 24 hours!

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              • Aer Lingus / Airline / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                26.03.2009 12:23
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                Aer Lingus flying high in my opinions

                I recently flew from Belfast to Barcelona with Aer Lingus and would recommend them very highly. We booked through a travel agent so I was quoted a total price for the flights rather than searching myself and having the charges added on so I was not too disappointed. Baggage Aer Lingus only allows for 15kgs of luggage although in both airports we found the check in assistants were not very strict even though both mine and my partner's cases were nearly 20kg. They also state that only one piece of hand luggage could be carried on but I had two with no questions asked. Check-In Check-in staff were pleasant at both sides but I did find in Barcelona they were very strict about times and we were not allowed to check-in until exactly two and a half hours before the flight was due to leave despite there being people attending the desk. Security was also more lax in Barcelona as the attendant did not ask any of the usual questions about packing the bag yourself etc. Onboard I found that there was quite a lot of leg room in comparison to other airlines and the seats were very comfortable. There is a mouldable headrest which gives much better support to the neck and allows for a more comfortable nap en route. The staff were very friendly and attentive and were more than happy to serve food and drinks after they had finished with the trolley. They were also very helpful to passengers who needed assistance with bags. Overall I really enjoyed my flight with Aer Lingus and have booked two more flights with them since. They certainly have a satisfied customer here. After booking the recent flights myself I found that they do have a lot of hidden charges and the baggage fees are especially high! Still a high recommendation from me.

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                • Ryanair / Airline / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                  Good service but wouldn't rush back

                  I travelled with Ryanair on their first flight from Belfast to Glasgow Prestwick. In my experience the flight was pleasant enough, it is the hassle you have before you get on the plane that bothered me Baggage This is a very confusing part of the booking process. At the time airlines were just starting to charge for checked baggage and so many people like myselves were caught out. Unlike most domestic airlines, Ryanair only offer 15kgs of checked luggage if you choose this option and they are quite stringent about weighing hand luggage. As a result I was charged another £11.00 for additional baggage. If you want to avoid the charges, I would suggest that you pay for extra baggage before you go if you have even a sneaking suspicion that you may be over. The £11.00 I mentioned was for just 2kgs over! Booking Booking is easy enough, although the hidden charges which are added on after the initial booking can soon make a bargain anything but that! I would prefer if they would set out the compulsory charges such as tax, fuel surcharge and third party taxes from the offset in a similar way to Easyjet and then add optional charges such as baggage afterwards. This would give the booker a much clearer picture much earlier on Check-In I found the check-in to be quite painless other than the fact that my luggage was too heavy but the staff were very helpful Onboard Staff again were very friendly although the decor onboard is very garish! The bright yellow is very overpowering. Also the new plans to charge passengers to use the toilet onboard has not gone down very well with me as there really is a monopoly onboard and desperate passengers will have no option but to spend a pound to spend a penny! The service for drinks and snacks was efficient and quick and the food was quite pleasant. All in all my experience with ryanair was quite good although I would be put off flying with them again due to the hidden charges and new inititiatives they are planning to make even more money from us! Their range of destinations are also more limited and you can find yourself quite far from where you actually want to be

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                    18.03.2009 21:16
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                    Buzz: The Music Quiz doesn't hit the right note

                    This was the first Buzz game that I owned and I have to say that while I was impressed with the concept of the game, it really was only for hardcore music fans. Some members of my family who are not really into music found that they could answer very few questions and therefore didn't really enjoy the game as much. I feel it would have been better to release the Big Quiz version first and then have version such as music, movies, sport and so on. However, personally I did enjoy the game. The option to choose between old and new music or a mixture of the two meant that all age groups can play and parents who don't know much about today's music are normally the first to buzz in with the answer to any Elvis questions. The game is easy enough to play and each round is explained clearly before starting and then more importantly there is the option for more seasoned players to skip the explanations. The Buzz character can be quite annoying after a while but this is only a minor criticism. The worst part of the game had to be the controllers. They are very hard to store without them getting tangled and players then have to sit very close together during the game which means moving furniture about or people sitting on the floor. A better option would perhaps have been for two set of two provided instead of one set of four. Still a good game but really only for proper music fans- nine times out of ten my family will pick the Big Quiz over this version and it can end up lying dormant for months at a time.

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                  • The Sims 2 (PC) / PC Game / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                    18.03.2009 21:15
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                    The Sims 2 is going to be a hard one to beat

                    The Sims was always one of my favourite games on the PC and the Sims 2 surpassed all my expectations. This game was much more fun with more features and better game play and that is before you even think about buying an expansion pack. One of the best things about the game is the neighbourhood which are already created. Most of them have stories which are already started and it is great to be able to follow the stories which have been mapped out by the creators or to go against the grain and cause havoc. Also the fact that you can design, build and inhabit an entire neighbourhood of your own is brilliant improvement. The create a sim feature is amazingly intricate and the detail that can be put into the Sims you create is unbelievable at times. In this part you also find that two new life stages have been created: toddler and teenager. This makes the entire game play more realistic and much more "human". You can also play with genetics and create two Sims and then create a child from the two of them which has a mixture of their features. There is a much larger choice of clothing and you can choose swimwear, pyjamas, underwear and formalwear whereas before these were automatically selected in the game. The game play itself is noticeable different from the start. The most obvious difference is the camera angles- rather than having four fixed angles to rotate through as in the original Sims, the camera is freestanding and can be rotated to any angle and height. There are literally hundreds of wallpapers, flooring and items to choose from when designing your house and you can also choose to have several storeys on the house instead of just the two that you are limited to in the original. The game is more realistic and the aspiration element gives the game more focus rather than just playing aimlessly. Jobs have a proper title and witty remarks written when there are promotions given. There are also days off, holidays and maternity leave when a child is born and services including a nanny and gardener so that parents can return to work when they are ready. This game really is faultless in my opinion. I could write all day about the wonders of it and I cannot see what EA Games are going to do to improve on it when they bring out The Sims 3 this year! If I was nitpicking I would say that sometimes it can take a while for the game to lead but it is worth the wait! Absolutely fabulous!

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                    18.03.2009 21:13
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                    Buzz PS3: Best Buzz yet!!

                    I loved Buzz when it first came out for the PS2 and this version is even bigger and better. It still has most of the old features but is definitely more improved. One of the biggest advantages this version has is the wireless buzzers. It means that everyone can play in their own seat without having to move the furniture about or getting tangled up. Also in my house it means you can distance yourself from your competitors to avoid cheating! The format is similar to that of the previous buzz series. You pick a player, pick a costume, pick a wacky buzzer and get ready to play. The first round eases you into the game gently and first time buzz players are not overwhelmed. You get the chance to work with the buzzer and pick the right answer in your own time. In this round there is no penalty for getting the question wrong. The following rounds are all pretty similar format to the previous games. Instead of shooting people in the fastest finger round, you now throw pies at whichever player you wish and the animation of this is second to none. In all successive scenes in that round when Buzz is talking you can still see the pies on the player and the players continue to interact which is a nice touch I feel. The final round is also a new addition with players being elevated onto platforms with the higher scoring players getting more height to start. As the questions are asked, the platforms rapidly drop: get the question wrong and you are bumped down further, get it right and you get a little bump up. This is much better than the previous versions as it really is anyone's game right up to the last round. This is a really enjoyable game and great for playing in a group. My only criticism would be that the questions can be quite repetitive and those that play it quite often can get to be very knowledgeable. Still highly recommended and a brilliant game!

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                    17.03.2009 17:51
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                    Good game but not enough variety

                    The Sims 2 University was one of the first expansion packs I got for the Sims 2 and I wasn't disappointed. It is a great add-on and provides lots of new items and features Idea The game adds a new age level to the sims life- young adult. When a teenager becomes a young adult they have the option to go away to one of the universities and live away from their parents. While away they can live in a dorm with other students, in a house with others or on their own depending on the financial situation. While at university they have to attend class, do assignments, can get a job to supplement their party lifestyle and most importantly- PARTY! This game is quite good as you can switch between the university life and the normal family mode but I do find that the university mode really isn't that different. It is just the same idea but based around a university and there aren't enought new features. A good attempt at an expansion but not different enough to justify the expension of another game

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                  • The Sims 2: Pets / PC Game / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                    17.03.2009 17:19
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                    Sims 2 Pets is one of the best expansion packs

                    I am a huge fan of the entire Sims series and had always thought that pets were missing from the games so my prayers were answered when this game came along. The basics of the game are that you adopt, buy or create pets and then welcome them into your sims' homes. You then feed them, care for them or let them run riot. You can train your pets, breed them and then sell the puppies or kittens to your neighbours. The expansion pack also gives a lot of new items specifically for the pets but there are also new items for the house that can be used by the sims suchas wallpaper, flooring and seating. This is a great exapansion pack, much better than bon voyage or the university but it does have some drawbacks. The animals can take a long time to train so you need to nearly devote one sim just to the training of the animals. It's also very time consuming if you have a lot of other sims in the house. There is also a limit to the number of sims and animals you can have so if you want lots of kids you will be limited to only two pets This is still one of the best expansion packs and I love designing the pets and making my own breed of dog! Definitely one for sims fans

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                  • Seat Ibiza 1.4 5-door / Car / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                    17.03.2009 17:11
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                    Great car for a run around

                    This was my first car when I passed my driving test and after a short time driving a Ford Focus I ended up back in my little Ibiza. I know very little about the mechanical side of the car but I do know that it is very reliable. Model The car is a 1999 1.4 litre petrol engine in a bluey purple colour. It is very nippy with acceleration and quite economical with fuel. From a fuel tank which costs about £33 I get 350 miles so work out the miles per gallon if you want! I figured out about 8p per mile. Interior The seat are all fabric upholstered in a grey colour with blue design in the middle of the front seats. The dashboard is dark grey and the glove box is quite spacious- I can fit a large can of deicer, a cover for my front seat, a dashboard polisher as well as a few essential girly items. There is quite a lot of room in the back seat as I frequently have three children in the back and can fit two car seats at either door without the child in the middle being uncomfortable. There is enough room for three adults to sit in the back but I wouldn't fancy doing a long drive. Features The model I have came with a 6 cd changer which is placed in the boot but controlled from the main dash, there is also an FM radio and a tape deck. The boot itself is very roomy and there is plenty of room for a weeks shop in the boot as well as a ful size childrens pram. Driving As I said the handling on the car is very good and it can accelerate quite easily. The power steering is very responsive the the ABS is very good. Apart from this these technical things I have nothing else to say apart from the car is a pleasure to drive This car is a great car, especially for a little run around. It is economical and has cost me very little over the last 3 years to maintain. The road tax for one year is £120 and it is in a low insurance group.

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                  • Harry Hill s TV Burp / TV Programme / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                    17.03.2009 01:05
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                    Harry Hill is human marmite and I'm a lover

                    Harry Hill is one of those comedians that divides people into two camps- those that love him and those that hate him. I fall into the first camp and absolutely love his TV Burp. The basic premise of the show is that he takes the mickey out of the previous weeks' television with particular emphasis on the soaps. He spots things which may not seem obvious on first glance but usually have a double entendre meaning or resemble something else unintended. One of my favourite parts of the show is the segment before the advert break when he pits two ridiculous things against each other in a fight to see which is better. FIGHT!!! One of the highlights has to be a dog in the womb versus a cat in the womb. His "cameo" roles in the soaps he is often laughing at are also hilarious with lookalike actors being used to stand in for the real characters. I also love the fact that members of the public are happy to humiliate themselves by singing at the end This is a great show and you would have to be a right miserable sod not to laugh at least once but again there are people that detest the show but im my opinion its one of the best things on TV.

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