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I came to know about the existence of Littlewoods.com in 2007. I was quite in the dark about this kind of online shopping directories. I was tempted to apply for an account soon after I visited the site. The availability of a wide range of products that I like and the flexibility to pay made me open an account with Littlewoods.com. The very first day I ordered 2 mobile handsets. I was amazed to have received the deliveries so quickly, just the day after. I had to pay a little extra charge as far as I can recall for the express quick delivery. The next day I ordered a pair of shoes and a nice winter jacket that perfectly fitted me.
The initial credit that they gave me was £300, which was a good amount to spend online. It was easy to set up a direct debit payment to pay them. I chose to pay the minimum amount. It is great to be able to browse the many different categories of products that it has got. Choosing a product or item, adding them to the shopping cart, and finalise the purchases are very simple and straightforward. No technical knowledge is required for doing so.
It is a little or great help depending on the financial circumstances, to shop online on credits in the comfort of sitting in one's house browsing thousands of products at one's own convenience.
The downside is slight to moderate high prices on different items of products. But if I consider shopping online from home that is not a big issue.
I am not biased to admit that NatWest is the best bank in the UK when it comes to do safe online banking. I always enjoy doing online banking at its user-friendly and customised web pages. I opened my first ever bank account in the UK in December 2005 with NatWest. It was a student account and my joy was endless when I received my NatWest solo debit card a few days letter by post after opening the account in a branch office of the bank located in Central London. I was happy to be able to withdraw money with my debit card whenever I chose to, pay for goods and etc. However, soon I realised that it was not much convenient having a solo debit card. But I have to admit that this card has saved me hundreds of pounds too as it would not be accepted by certain sites online and at many high street stores.
NatWest has charged me on a few occasions for going overdrawn and it always turned down my requests to not apply fines. Yet, I have always felt at ease banking with NatWest. The bank strictly follows its rules and policies which I believe is a good thing. They do not offer overdraft facility and credit cards easily as most other top banks in the UK and credit card providers do. I have never had any problem with my money with this bank. I have bank accounts with all major UK banks and I have got Visa and Maestro debit cards with overdraft and check guarantee facilities. I have got credit cards from reputed banks. Yet banking with NatWest has always been a pleasure except a few disappointing experience. A customer service adviser once upgraded my current account without telling me that it would incur charges every month. I had to pay some £9 or so per month for a few months before I downgraded my account.
I have used my NatWest solo debit card successfully abroad many times and it was fast and quick to withdraw money. I think NatWest is not a great lender that is why I have not got any credit card from the bank. I am lucky though for not being able to get any credit facilities from them, after all it would not be my money eventually.
Jobcentreplus or Job Centre Plus is a UK government agency that assists public find work and claim benefits. They also process and issue the National Insurance (NI) Card by interviewing public after initial booking of an appointment over phone or mobile.
I have had mixed experience from various jobcentreplus offices. The first office I checked with was Lewisham Job Centre Plus on Lewisham High Street. The most visited jobcentreplus office is the one located on Denmark Street, 2 minitues away from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. I have to admit that while a lot of the employees of jobcentreplus as a whole are helpful and willing to give necessary information about jobs and other information, a great deal of them simply are not trained well to deliver relevant information.
I have come across a lot of arrogant jobcentreplus staff who seem to have got no interest in even talking to you, let alone providing any information. I have not claimed benefits ever, so I am not able to comment about how they deal with public on benefits issues. Nevertheless, I got my second job through a North London jobcentreplus office. I got invited for job interview on a few occasions and I was offered jobs eventually. Therefore, I have had very good luck with them. I believe that if anybody look for job diligently through jobcentreplus, pop in there from time to time and know how and where to look for jobs, they will become successful in their job hunting mission.
Now a few things about how to search for a job. There are many touch-screen machines in there which will allow you to choose your area, the job type you are interested in, and apply for them. However, there are unnecessarily a lot of clicks involved to apply for a job, which could be simplified. Apart from touch-screen machines, there might be job applications available through advertisers to fill out and apply in there. There are free phone services to call employers. They have an Internet version too where applying for jobs is easier, and chances of getting job interviews are greater.
Job Centre Plus is a great place to find a solution to unemployment, however, the employees working for it need to be more professional and dedicated to serve the public to their satisfactions.
I have to admit that in spite of frequent delays, shabby carriages, low-speed journeys I am a big admirer of the District Line of London Underground Network. It has probably the longest route than any other London Underground line, with a few branches, that serve areas outside London. The longest journeys I have ever made are from East Ham to Wimbledon, which has taken me from an hour to an hour and a half hours.
I have not had much trouble in finding a seat on this line. It appears that a lot of passengers are always getting off and getting on in between every station. I would say that it is a very active line but I just do not see the rushes in commuters; rather they all look quite relaxed as if they are on a holiday tour. The number of stations are just too many served by the line. I have used the district line at least once every day of the week from East Ham or Upton Park to White Chapel. It is quite crowded in the rush hours and getting a seat is not guaranteed, if you are not trying to get on the train from the far end of the platform.
What I like most about the district line is, it runs overground for quite a significant time allowing to breathe in fresh air. I have noticed that a great number of commuters on this line are Asians, especially from East London. It is the life line of East London in spite of having the good presence of Jubilee line, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and London Overground Network.
The only main disadvantage is partly suspension of services in between certain destinations due to maintenance work on weekends. Apart from this, the seats are worn out and dirty. The delays in services at times can be disappointing. Nevertheless, it is one of my favourite underground lines. Travelling on the district line is certainly a pleasant and funny experience in spite of the existence of a few drawbacks.
I visited London first time in December 2005. On a sunny afternoon in December 2005 I took a bus from London Bridge without knowing where it was heading for, to explore the city. I was still completely a stranger in London then. It is my nature to explore cities in this fashion. I just go here and there and in the process I get to know whereabouts of places. I was getting excited as I was coming across all the beautiful buildings (I did not know then) on both sides of the street while the bus was on the move towards its destination. My eyes were fixed on various statues (sculptures) when I caught sight of the beautiful roundabout. I realised that it must be one of the most important city centres. I got off the bus and when I saw the distant Big Ben I was sure that it must be a famous place since it is round the Big Ben and parliament house (I red and learned about it long ago, so knew it) but still would not know what this place is called. The trip of that day is still vivid in my memory.
Trafalgar Square is the heart of London. It is one of the most iconic places in London, famous and a must see place for any visitor. It becomes beautiful in the evenings and people from all over the world can be found in and around this place. They are busy chatting, taking pictures, singing, film-makers recording scenes etc all kinds of colourful activities take place there. It has such a strong impact on the minds of people as I can feel. The nearest underground station is Charing Cross Tube Station and Leicester Square Underground Station. The place is connected very well by London Buses. There are numerous buses that stop round the square at many different bus stops.
Trafalgar Square is used as a public place too. Film makers from around the globe, professional and amateur photographers, singers, and people from all walks can be seen here. Besides the beautiful and famous sculptures, it is such a beauty when the fountains glitter with the lights on in the evening and the Big Ben shines just a short distance away. Among other notable places round here are the National art Gallery, Canada House, the Big Ben and Parliament House(some distance away), Leicester Square to name a few.
People who do not like big crowds or intimidated by crowds may have some difficulty in enjoying their way here. Keep your belongings safely.
No tour to London is complete without visiting Trafalgar Square. There is so much so to do round this place really.
I was only 10 minutes away on foot from my home to a Tesco Metro in East London. Therefore, I did not have to shop at Tesco express quite often. I used a Tesco Express store for nearly 3 years on my way home from work. I would shop there mainly for bread, nutella chocolate spread, long life milk etc. I found difference in prices at many items in Tesco Express from Tesco Metro and Extra at the same items. Needless to say it is up. Being a small store, they obviously cannot stock as large a range of products as a main Tesco supermarket. However, they do have a good range of items, including daily essentials that you could pick up easily from there at late nights too.
The best thing about Tesco Express is it is just round somewhere nearby when someone needs to buy something which is not available elsewhere or needs to shop at late nights. The ones I have done shopping at always have a great selection for fruit and vegetables, readymade food, baby food, soft drinks, juices and this is always fresh. One thing that I have noticed is that they do not offer cheap brand items. Also promotional offers are not available often. They accept Tesco Clubcard, so you can build up points.
I have been also happy with the friendly and helpful behavior by their staff. It really is a great convenient shop for me. They are convenient and offer enough choice to be able to gather most essentials for your daily needs.
The things that I can say are disadvantages are extra costs, congested aisles and of course the little amount of parking spaces. Even though there are many corner shops, convenient stores and nicer shops around, It has a great range of essential items stored nicely despite being a small store.
I was in need of a credit card badly as my Barclaycard limit would not be increased. I used to do a lot of transactions online and finding no other alternative I applied for a vanquish credit card and 2 days later I got a phone call from card department. After giving them some required information they told me that a complete application package would be sent to my address and that I would have to send it back to them. As instructed I sent the application after doing a little paper work, and few days later received my nice blue looking vanquish credit card in 2007. I have held the card ever since. I wanted to use it as a tool to improve my credit score to be able to apply for more credit cards.
I used it quite a few times a month at retail stores. However, after a few months I stopped using the card. I was given a credit limit of £250, which stated static for more than a year. It helped my Equifax credit rating go up and I was able to obtain an abbey current account with a visa debit card that also gave me £200 overdraft.
I have found the customer services agents always friendly. The card is accepted widely and the online facility for checking balances, making purchases, making payments, updating personal details etc is just excellent. The main disadvantage is the high interest rates.
Overall, it is a great card to start with experiencing a credit card for beginners. It is also a good option when in need of cash badly. I would recommend to anyone vanquish credit card who can manage their finances well to avoid extra charges from this high interest charging card.
I traveled first time by Biman Bangladesh in 1999 which was a pleasant experience. It was a long gap in between when I traveled second time in 2007 from London to Dhaka via Dubai. There is no denying the fact that Biman Bangladesh is not up to world class standard when it comes to maintain flight schedule, cleanliness and hygiene. The comfort level is below good in my personal experience. However, the food is just superb, the best I have had on any flight by other carriers.
The biggest problem is the discomfort while traveling by Biman Bangladesh. The seats are not very clean and looks pretty shabby. The toilets are not clean. Apart from these, I have found everything just excellent with this national carrier of Bangladesh. The flight attendants are very helpful and always ready to help passengers. The food is very tasty and include Bangladeshi delicious items as well as western and continental items. However, choice is limited when it comes to drink juices. On long route food are served a few times, which are adequate.
Another big advantage is its direct flight that many reputed airlines do not provide. I would also like to mention that Bangladesh Biman has an excellent reputation of maintaining safety records or scores. The pilots are very efficient and experienced, in my opinion among the best in the world the way they run old aircrafts so well.
I will recommend to travel by Biman Bangladesh if you want safety, good food and to travel without stopovers.
I got this excellent looking solidly constructed laptop in January 2011 as a gift. It has a very soft touch key board with a giant 17'' screen which is appropriate for using at home and office. What I like most about its external features is the proportionately built size, both width and length. It has a plain but useful and helpful looking keyboard and screen. There is an in-built 2 mp webcam which is more than enough to conduct video activities online and offline. It takes up a bit of space because of its relatively large size, yet it is more convenient for doing writing and research work as well as work related to graphic design.
It has a huge 325 GB hard disk and lots of RAM (2 GB). The processor is very fast. I have run both XP Service Pack 3 and Windows 7 Ultimate Operating Systems and my experience is just superb. Windows 7 Ultimate, however, works like magic and I am very satisfied the way my laptop responds.
I would recommend to take out the cable after your battery has been fully charged, it will give the battery more longevity to perform well. Another important think to remember is, keep it in a cool place, do not let multiple hands operate it.