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This is the fifth game in the series which has been developed by Codemasters and focuses on the 2013 Formula 1 season. Its the official game for F1.
Released on the 4th October 2013 across all platforms (PS3, Xbox and PC), you get to race on 19 circuits and be one of the 22 drivers.
As a fan of F1 games, I have seen them come and go over the years from different developers. This current game has to be the best yet. However its worth remembering that this is not a "simulator" game, IE as realistic as it gets. Its aimed at everyone and someone who can just pick up a game pad and play for 20 minutes etc.
Lets be honest, abit like Fifa, each year you need to refresh the game and add something so the customers keep coming back. This year they have added a "classic" edition. This includes drivers, cars and circuits from the 1980s and 1990s, including the Williams FW07B, FW12, FW14B, FW18, Ferrari F399, F1/87/88C, Lotus 98T, and 100T. Additional circuits include Estoril, Imola, Brands Hatch and Jerez. I have played this maybe once or twice and no more. Its very unrealistic. Handling of cars, speed and grip is totally unrealistic. Its a shame as it could have been so much better. Certainly better for kids who just like to drive fast and turn corners quickly.
Options include just having a one off race, picking the circuit and the driver and how long you want to race for, right through to a full championship career. Do well and the top teams try to head hunt you to theirs. You can also do online play with a variety of options, from 3 lap sprint races with random online players to customized races where you pick weather conditions, laps, driving aids etc. There is something for everyone.
Like F1 last year, the game developers have worked on tire wear. So yes, no more than say 6 laps and the tyres just start to loose grip, stay out 1 more lap too much and you will have next to no grip. Work on your setup and drive smoothly and you can squeeze another lap out of the tyres. You also need to fuel manage during the race. So for the young ones, you can have quick races with no tear wear, and for the likes of me that wants a challenge, I set the races for longer distance.
Its not all great however, once Codemasters releases the game, it done approximately one update and stopped developing the game despite a number of bugs. Safety car bug, pit stop bugs to name just a few. The gameplay and feel is similar to there other spin off games like DIRT. Codemaster racing games start to look the same after a while.
As I say, F1 games have come along way, but I do fear for the future. Project Cars is due out this year and its pushed the boundaries of looks and attention to detail.
At the moment I am trying to find a decent multi purpose cleaner that is good value for money. Check out my other reviews for other cleaning products.
Back to the drawing board and this week, half price is Dettol Power & Fresh. First thoughts come to my mind that this kills bacteria and not so much of a cleaner that cuts through grime. I needed to check the packaging.
Label states on the fron "Removes tough staines 1st time". This already gains my interest. On the back it states "3x cleaning power - kitchen grease, burnt on food and bathroom dirt". It then lists all the things that Dettol can be used on/in. Kitchen surfaces, cooker hob, sink, draining board, bins, floors, shower screens, baths & taps, toilet seats.
The bottle is yellow in colour, although the liquid is clear. I guess they did it yellow because it has a slight lemon & lime fragrance. Its the usual pump action spray nozzle. You need to turn the at the front to "In" if you want use Dettol.
This product is not suitable for marble, wood, painted surfaces or gold plated fittings.
Result: I am generally happy with Dettol. I have used it on the shower enclosure and its cut through the grime. OK so it wasn''t heavy but that does not matter, its left the bathroom looking nice and clean and without any residue. There is little in the bathroom that it cannot clean. In the kitchen we struggle abit, not for cleaning, but with wood or marble surfaces, you are recommended not to clean it. You need to stick to the likes of your microwave, oven front etc. Everything that I have cleaned with this product has come up nice and clean.
Conclusion: Whilst not a name or brand that comes to mind, and maybe not the best on the market, this has done its job for every day cleaning and nothing to stubborn. I am happy with it. Its not over powering with smell.
Price at the moment is 1.30UKP and half price. Regular price is 2.60UKP.
Uncle Bens Rice Times are a fairly new idea from last year. A fairly simple invention. A pot of rice and ontop, another pot with a special mixture of spice and vegetables. Just put both pots in the microwave, cook and mix the two pots and eat.
Each pot contains long grain rice, then ontop you can choose from spicy tikka masala, medium curry, mexican chilli, sweet & sour, Cantonese and korma. They are all low in fat, cook in 1min 30secs, suitable for vegetarians, no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Each serving: 399KCals, 6.9g Protein, 11.7g Fat, 1.3g Sat. Fat, 1.5g Salt, 65.1 Carbohydrates.
This pots do not need to be refrigerated and can sit in a cupboard. Your find them in the rice isle normally. Price of them normally are 1.99UKP but you can sometimes find them for 1UKP.
Lets take for example one of my favourites. Spicy Tikka Masala. Whats in the Tikka Masala? Onions, red & green peppers, cream, coconut, coriander, lemon juice, ginger, curry powder.
What you have to get out of your head is this does not contain chicken. Its like having a tikka masala but without the chicken. You keep taking a bite waiting for the chicken piece in your mouth.
My opinion is that they are a great and cheap way to have a snap. Rice does tend to fill me up and they just that. Ideal as a snack only. The ingredients are good quality and there is plenty of taste to be had. I struggle to fault these, although I would not pay the full 1.99UKP, so I stock up on them when they are reduced. My favourite is Spicy Tikka Masala. The combination of rice and the tikka masala means that you do not have a ton of rice and hardly any topping.
Joop! is a German company that was founded in 1986 and specialised in clothes. Like alot of brands they later went on to develop their own fragrance.
Joop! Homme was launched in 1989 and is still going strong today. I say strong, maybe I should not say that, its still on sale. Sales I am sure are consistent. It comes in a pink bottle, yes you read that right, and its for men. Even the spray is pink. Appealing to the feminine side of men?
Top notes: Bergamot, Cinnamon. Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Honeysuckle. Base notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Amber, Tonka Bean, Musk & Vanilla
The bottle is, to put it bluntly, boring. There is no shape to it, barely anything thought gone into it. From a distance and if you removed the name, you would put it down as a cheap brand.
The fragrance is quite strong and sweet. Initial thoughts is this might be best aimed for those getting into fragrance. Someone from the younger generation. With all the notes put together, you have a strong smell of Cherry Strawberries. Vanilla comes to the front aswell.
As mentioned that it was strong, it means that last-ability is good and you can expect to get close to 10 hours of fragrance.
Summing up then. I would recommend this for the younger generation due to the fruity smell. Its fairly cheap to purchase and colourful to look at. I suspect that if you got your 14-16yr old son to wear it, that the girls would find it attractive. As you get old, woman will go for the more masculine smell and this does not cater for that. The bottle is boring aswell. But it does last so you do not need to keep topping up.
I was at work yesterday, out and about and thought I would pop into Tesco to get myself a drink. I fancied something cold due to the hot weather. I did not fancy anything fizzy so I took a walk to the milk isle. I fancied an iced coffee.
Generally looking for anything that was on offer, and for 1 UKP, Frijj have produced the Coffee Caramel Latte.
I am a fan of Frijj anyway and thought I would give this a go. I will be honest and say that I did intially have second thoughts. Why? Because the size of the bottle. For 1UKP (normally 1.30UKP), you only get 220ml. I did not think it would quench my thirst.
Its pretty much like any Frijj bottle, but does not look "fat". It has the same style look and you could mistake it for a regular milkshake.
Ingredients: Made with coffee from the finest Colombian coffee beans. Caffeine content is 23.8mg per bottle. To put that in comparison, Red Bull is 80mg per can. On the bottle it states "Thick & Frothy Milkshake", so you do wonder if you have a milkshake with a small amount of coffee added. Rather than an iced coffee?
Per 100ml: 67kcal, 1g of fat, 10.8g carbohydrate of which 10.6g is sugar, 37g protein, 0.2g salt
The taste, yes it is very refreshing. Its nice and thick, which is what Frijj does. It tastes nicely of coffee, and really I cannot fault the taste of it. However its not all glowing. I feel abit hard done by. 1UKP for 220ml, why such a small amount? Its not high on caffeine, and given that you want a nice refreshing drink, its gone very quickly. Its almost like a shot. I do not understand it. I do not think I will be buying this again. As I mentioned in a previous Frijj, they are adjusting the sizes of their Frijj and your getting less for your money, and its not quenching your thirst as you feel abit short changed.
As searched for this product on dooyoo, I was abit surprised to see that people have wrote reviews on this since at least 2012. I thought this was a relatively new product on the market, how wrong I was.
It reads on the back "Thanks to its effervescent Lift-Action technology, it quickly fizzes and removes food spillages in the kitchen and light limescale, soap, toothpaste, makeup residues in the bathroom, leaving your surfaces beautifully shiny."
I am not sure I quite like the word "light limescale". Whats light? A weeks worth left on the shower door? No matter, something that says that doesn''t hold me in much hope. I expect these days something to really cut through alot of deep limescale.
So this cleaner I would say is a basic cleaner that will clean your oven hob, or sink worktop, but nothing major. To be fair, it does this. Its a reasonable cleaner.
The fizz action, you can hear it fizz, but not sure it does anything. It tells you to wipe away after a couple of seconds. It smells fresh due to its Lemon scent. This I think is always a must with cleaning products and just add a nice fragrance to your kitchen or bathroom.
A word of warning, this cannot be used on marble or natural stone or enamel.
It comes in a yellow 750ml bottle with a spray nozzle. A good quality bottle.
The results from this actifizz product do the job, but if you want something that is powerful, I would recommend something else. This is good for a general purpose, keeping things clean. But if you have stubborn stains or limescale then get something else.
Actifizz was half price at Tesco when purchased. 1.30UKP
I went on holiday last week via Heathrow airport. Popped into Duty Free with my wife to see if there was any offers. Quite surprised actually as there was, and the brands were good aswell. Hugo Boss caught my eye and this one, "Hugo". Just over 30UKP and came in a 125ml bottle. So for the money, this was great value.
So the scent, it was formed in 1995. It has been around for a good number of years now. I guess if something is successful then there is little point in changing it. The brand itself as not a young brand and your not likely to see teens walking around with it on.
The bottle: A fairly boring looking glass bottle. Nothing special to look at really, but then Hugo Boss is not the type of brand that does have outrageous bottles. The cap at the top is a screw cap which is attached via a piece of material, so you will not loose it.
So the smell is made up of various notes. Top notes are: Grapefruit, Green Apple, Pine Needles, Thyme, Spearmint, Basil, Cedar Leaves and Rum. Middle notes: Jasmine, Sage, Cloves, Lavender, Cedarwood and Geranium Leaves. Base notes: Moss, Fir Balsam, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Suede.
The scent itself, as I said earlier, its not for the young, so I find the scent is quite sophisticated. On my skin the rum and green apple pops out. I would describe it as fresh, watery, cool, citrusy and a stylish scent.
Duration: Always difficult to judge something when you buy it. Could be a strong smell but just simply would not last. Hugo I have found is not great but not bad at the same time. You would be looking at approximately 5hrs before it starts to wear off.
Overall for the money, I am happy with my purchase. My wife likes it aswell and gets her approval.
I would never class myself as a regular air traveller and I suppose that this review might be abit tough on Virgin, but to be honest, competition is hot out there. Virgin I have always felt to be abit of a class above the likes of British Airways. I think it''s how they present and advertise themselves. Come across as classy and cater for those in economy almost like your in upper class. The route is London to Dubai. Virgin, BA and Emirates all offer direct daily flights. All similar priced, although some months your find it chops and changes with who are the lowest. In June however it was Virgin that were cheapest, and I picked them for that. Flight was approximately 350UKP per person. You can check in at Heathrow using just your passport via there machines. No need for a person. Fairly convenient to use, although you then need to drop your baggage off at a desk with a staff member, which almost makes you wonder about checking in at a computer, when you still need their staff. I''ll try to keep this as brief as possible. Plane on the way out had come to the end of its life, not my words, the air hostess. Why did she say that? Because she was passing cups of water to those using the toilets at the back as the flush was not working. Inflight entertainment is basic. I am used to Emirates and over 1000 programmes, but this felt years behind. Screen quality poor and when someone moved the seat in front of you, your screen was nearly impossible to see, food, again seemed lacking and it was. A bread roll, desert, salad and a main course. All of small portions. Other airlines will throw in cheese and biscuits and a chocolate and portions are a lot bigger. You eat this all with a plastic knife and fork. No water with the dinner, that is served afterwards! On the way back, again, although different plane, an A340, it felt old and out of date. Same dire entertainment system. Food marks on the window aswell as deep condensation so I was unable to see out of the window. Food was slightly better in that we got a ice cream mars bar on top of the regular food. Also a packet of love hearts towards the end of the flight. However, say at the back meant that they ran out of main dishes and had to resort to vegetarian ones. Drinks. A cheap and cost cutting way is to serve you drinks from a main bottle. I like to have a whiskey but will ask for it and then drink it maybe an hour or so later. Virgin pour it from a main bottle, so your have to drink it there and then. Only beer and soft drinks are canned, the rest from a large bottle. Oh and coffee is served by handing you a cup and then just dropping random sugar sachets and milk sachets onto your fold down table. Not professional. Staff don''t appear as well turned out as in the adverts either. Top buttons undone and a variety of different makeup, including some very orange cabin crew. To sum up, entertainment and food is poor, drinks are not individual. Planes feel old and not looked after. On the positives, they were the cheapest at the time and departure and landings were on time. Would I fly with them again? No not really. With route to Dubai being competitive, I expected quality from Virgin but they cannot live upto the name. I will look to fly with BA or Emirates next time. If going to America, will look at AA or United.
You can''t help but notice Koppaberg coming up quickly in the cider market. Stocked in most supermarkets and pubs now, even some of the pub furniture has the Koppaberg branding.
History: Koppaberg is produced in the town of Koppaberg in Sweden and was established in 1882. Not till 2007 did Cider start to take off, and the brand came to the UK with Apple and Pear. They now produce Pear, Apple, Mixed Fruit, Strawberry & Lime, Elderflower & Lime, Naked Apple.
Mixed Fruits: This was purchase from Tesco for 1.75UKP and comes in a 500ml dark brown glass bottle. Note that some ciders like Bulmers and Magners are 568ml. Alcohol level is 4.0%. From taking the cap off, you get a really nice fruity smell of berries. These berries being raspberry''s and blackcurrants. So not quite "mixed". As in only two kinds. The taste? Honestly, it tastes very similar to fizzy vimto. There isn''t much in it to be honest, yet you have paid a small fortune for it.
My verdict is that I feel abit let down. Its not my most favourite one from the Kopparberg range, that is Strawberry & Lime. But I do not think I will find myself buying this in the future as its just to "soft drink" kind of taste for my liking. There are other brands that do the mixed fruits better, and this includes Brothers. Kopparberg is still a quality brand and they use quality products, if it was the only cider on the menu, I would still drink it, but just not my first choice.
Screwfix started out in 1979 and sold screws (who would think it). Moving on many years, the company that owns B&Q then bought the company in 1999. It still remained mail order.
In 2005 they opened their first store, since then, they are sprouting up all over the place. By 2012 they had 200 stores.
In brief: Screwfix is abit like B&Q but minus the things like wood, stone, flowers etc. Its designed that if you need a screwdriver, a tap, a hose, plaster or any tool to help with your DIY project, or a tradesman, they will have it.
Ordering: Many ways this can be done. Like Argos, just visit the store, look through the large magazine, write down what you want, hand it to the counter and pay. Someone out the back then picks your order. You can order online and then pick up the order from the store. Order available within 5 minutes. Or you can phone/order online and have it delivered to your business/home. Delivery is free next day if it over 50UKP.
My experience: Screwfix has never failed to deliver. I have done the click and collect, aswell as order inside the store. Products have always been in stock. Price has always been competitive. I have used their own brand items, and they have always been reliable. I am a DIY man, and do not feel out of place here. My dad is an electrician and uses this place on a regular basis. The service provided has been second to none.
If you ever want to do a DIY project, other than building something with concrete or wood, then visit Screwfix. Stock range is vast.
I guess that Sports Direct may come across as abit of a cheapy store, kind of like Primark. Everything appears to be cheap.
Enter a store (which is in most towns nowadays) and the just seem to have a sale on. The price tag will show the RRP price and then their price. Its one of those things where you wonder if they ever sold the product at the RRP, or is it just a marketing tool to think your getting a discount. Either way, it entices you in.
Nearly all the brands that are for sale in these stores, are owned by Sports Direct. Remember Kangool, Slazenger, Dunlop and Everlast? Well they are now owned by Sports Direct, hence why they offer you very good prices on stock.
So how about online? Well the stock is massive, far greater than any store. They have over 1000+ types of tshirts to choose from. Some stock level can sell out quickly in popular items and sizes, but generally most items are available. Postage is always a talking matter when buying online. Unfortunately its not free, and if you are not happy with the item, its not free to return. So here are the delivery options: Free delivery over 100UKP, standard delivery is 3.99UKP, next day delivery is 5.99UKP and delivery on Saturday is 6.99UKP.
Sports Direct sounds like it just sells football shirts, jogging bottoms etc. But it also sells casual clothing aswell, like socks, normal looking t-shirts, chinos etc.
A few bits of information on the company. Its first store opened in 1982. It has a share in JD Sports, and bought out JJB Sports. 2000 staff members were given 70,000ukp as part of a company bonus scheme. They now have 470 stores and these can be found in Ireland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Portugal.
Only problem I have is that their Kangool sizes are slightly different. I need to get one size up from my normal size.
I stock up on alot of holiday gear. T-shirts, chinos, shorts, flip flops etc.
Its that time of year that the weather gets better, and the garden needs to be sorted for the summer. In my case, due the excess rain this winter, our grass has alot of moss. Weeds are not to bad, but its full of moss.
I purchased this product due to its 4 in 1 mixture.
1) A deeper green colour for the grass
2) Kills weeds
3) Kills moss
4) Improves water absorption
It looks like bird seed when you spread it over the grass. Bear in mind that his is not used to grow grass.
So how are the result?
Green colour: Within days, it was clear to see the grass had become alot greener. I tested this by leaving a patch untreated, and it was clear to see the difference in colour.
Kills weeds: Lets be honest, this is not a liquid, so this is going to take weeks to kill them off. My garden however does remain weed free at the moment.
Kills moss: About three days after spreading, the moss was black. It killed it off, and was so easy to rake out. It kills it down to the root. It does not damage the grass.
Improve water absorption: Difficult to tell but I have to say that I have noticed over the weeks that the strands of grass are alot thicker and are growing fast. Ok so we have had a good mix of rain and heat, but the strands are thicker.
Evergreen does not work over night, and you have to be patient, but plant it early, ready for the summer and your have a great looking garden.
It is available at most DIY stores aswell as alot of supermarkets now. I picked mine up at Amazon and choose to get it in the plastic can. It has a nice nozzle at the end which allows you to spread the seeds evenly.
If you do plan to buy this, get it very soon. You need for it to work so it has done it stuff by the summer, allowing you to enjoy your garden.
It was not an emergency, we had the washing upto date but we needed a washing machine within the next 4 days or so. Onto the internet then to look at what I can pick up and at what prices. I looked at Argos, Currys and having remembered the ao.com TV adverts, thought I would check them out. I had tried them in the past but didn''t think their prices were that great.
Appliances Online, or ao.com as they are known now have come along way over the years. I had heard good things about them and their delivery. Checking out their website, its pretty good. Quick and easy to navigate. The amount of products available are excellent. When I mean products however, I refer to white good. IE. Washing machines, dishwashers, fridge freezers, ovens etc. They sell or the big names including Beko, Samsung, Whirlpool, Hotpoint, AEG and Bosch.
Prices have improved alot and I really did struggle to find the choosen washing machine at a better price. I would be looking at another 30-50GBP or more from other companies. You also do not need to think about delivery charges aswell as that is included. Currently you can get next day delivery for free. Same day is available for 19.99GBP.
Delivery then. You will get a phone call on the day of your delivery and it will be from the driver stating what time he will be with you. They give you a 4hr delivery slot. The idea is that you do not have to remain in all day. However, if like mine, my delivery slot was between 10-2, which mean''t that I had to wait in all day. Delivery is done by a logistics company. They arrived within the 4hr slot. They ask where they need to leave the appliance and leave it there. No damage to any part of the house, so all good.
You need to pay for packaging to be taken away, for installation and for them to remove your old appliance. I did not need this done so I am unable to comment on these services.
Thats it I thought then. Got my appliance, I installed it and it worked fine. Money taken, nothing more needs to be done. Oh, just one last thing. You will get a phone call later that day from ao.com. A call centre will ask you if your happy with the service provided and that there was no damage etc. Nice I thought, until I realised that they are trying to sell you a guarantee.
As part of a recent order for Yankee candles, in order to get free postage, I needed to find an item for £1. Wax Tarts do the job. I wanted something completely different, moving away from Spice fragrance and onto fruit. Strawberry Buttercream just sounded something that was too good to be true.
The great thing about the fragrance is that you know what your getting. When you burn it, both the Strawberry and the buttercream smells are strong and work very well together. Its just like having a cupcake flavour. It fills up the room nice. I lit last night in the bedroom and this morning I can still smell it within the air.
Burn time is excellent. I normally split the tart which should give me 4hrs of fragrance. I get more than this, I would be getting close to 6hours. So in total 12hours.
It only takes 10minutes before the wax is burnt to an oil.
* Excellent burn time with consistent smelling oil
* Strong smelling Strawberry and Buttercream
* Fills any room with the fragrance and stays in the air for hours after
This fragrance now features in my top 3 fragrances of all time. I will now invest in the large yankee jar version.
The tarts retail for approximately £1 and once burning, will last for between 6-10 hours, depending on the type of fragrance you have. They burn into an oil which gives off the fragrance. You simply burn them by putting them into a wax tart holder (available from Yankee or on ebay), place a tea light candle underneath which then in turn melts the wax down. Simple.
Listerine is one of the biggest brands for mouth wash. I am not normally a mouth wash person but saw that Tesco had a sale on mouth wash products. I picked up this Listerine Cool Mint 500ml for £2.
In the past I have used Dentyl, and the reason for that is that I could see the contents of my mouth when spitting out. I guess I saw the bits and thought it was working.
It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black cap. The cap is used to measure the amount of liquid and also stops little kiddies getting hold of it. Just squeeze both sides of the cap to then unscrew the cap.
It states on the front "Reduces Plaque and Removes upto 97% of Germs Left Behind After Brushing".
On the back it states that you should use the product twice a day. Pour 20ml (fill the cap) with the product and rinse it around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting out.
Aqua, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Saccharin, Eucalyptol, Aroma, Methyl Salicylate, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium Benzoate, CI 42053.
(Your guess is as good as mine to what most/if not all those are!)
What is the best way to describe this mouth wash then? Well for smell, take obas oil (that stuff that you rub on your chest when you have a cold). That is exactly what it smells like.
Brush your teeth has per normal. Then take a cap full, well don't. I do not think you need a cap full of this stuff. If you can swirl this around your mouth well, you only need half a cap. It also saves on money aswell.
Due to the alcohol content, the mouth starts to burn before you get close to 30seconds. I normally survive about 20seconds of swirling before the burning starts to becoming annoying. There is also a funny sensation in the mouth like you feel its drying out. Weird sensation when you have the liquid in your mouth.
When you spit out the liquid, it will not show any remains (like Dentyl). What is also noticeable is that your breath is not overpowering with mint as I would have expected.
It freshens my breath so that is a positive, I would guess that it kills germs, but have no way of proving it. Its not the most delightful product to have in your mouth, but its worth the slight discomfort.
Normal price is £3.30 for 500ml.