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    • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 59 Readings / 55 Ratings
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      17.05.2009 13:18
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      I love Amazon always found the best deals on there

      Amazon has been a good friend to me, he has been there for me through birthdays, babies being born, 18th, 21st, special occasions and that special loved one. All these events Amazon has been there supplying me with the perfect gift, of course its also been there for my self indulgence of buying DVDs and books in abundance.

      I have been using this site since 1996, that's good loyalty for over 13 years, in all my purchases I have never had a problem with them, and over the years I have spent thousands of pounds with them. Yes they are famous for selling DVDs and Books, but scratch the surface and you will find they a lot more. Baby clothes, perfume, children's toys, watches, DIY equipment the list is endless, so much so they are venturing in the world of food groceries.

      Layout
      The website is very clever, it remembers what you've bought and recommends things you might like, this of course is a clever marketing tool to tempt you to buy more stuff, but their matches to what you might like are usually pretty accurate. Everything is easy to find, you have everything broken down into areas of interest, also you have a search button where you can just type in a partial title of what you are looking for. If there a lot of similar items for you too look ie Blu-Ray players you can sort them into different orders like cheapest first or most relevant to your search. Finding the item you want you will get a good description of the item with at least one picture of the actual item.

      Also you can get personal reviews like this website where the general public can star and rate the item 1 being bad to 5 being the best, and also write comments about the item. At the bottom of each item you can see what people went on to buy after viewing or buying the item you are looking at, which is a great way of seeing stuff you didn't think of yourself. There's so much information on their item page you cant worry if you are missing anything, to long to list but some examples are, dimensions of the item, what sale ranking its reached in Amazon, sale price, items in stock, estimated delivery times.

      Price
      Simply very competitive, Amazon review their prices every hour, if you see the item and you like the price get the item then, if it drops during your purchase process they will actually refund you the difference, if It goes up they won't charge you extra. I've actually seen one item change prices 8 times in one day, they are that quick in changing it. They do have a lot of sales but its usually on a certain subject like TV box sets or children's hardback books, things like that.

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      I won't mention prices of postage and packaging for two reasons 1, there are too many combinations and 2, they do change the details and costs for promotional reasons. However for £50 you can join Amazon Prime and for the year you have unlimited purchases where you will get next day(where offered) free delivery. This would be no good for the occasional buyer, but if you shop regular on Amazon this can be a great cost effective offer. This offer does not apply to people who sell their items on there that you can buy from direct; you will still pay postage for these purchases.

      I love Amazon always found the best deals on there and their customer service is second to none, I recommend to all

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      • Castaway (DVD) / DVD / 25 Readings / 24 Ratings
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        A truly remarkable film that should of seen Tom Hanks get another Oscar for his acting.

        Tom Hanks is fat, and then he loses over two stone all in the art of acting. Yes the big makes some personal sacrifices in making Cast Away, including taking a year out of filming just so he can lose the weight and grow his hair and beard.

        The story follows Chuck (Tom Hanks) who works for FedEx, he is one of their main men and helps FedEx around the world improve their times on delivery. One night during Christmas party he is called out and has to leave his love of his life for his work, they exchange presents one which looks like an engagement ring, and promises he will back for New Year. During his flight over the Pacific the plane encounters extreme turbulence and crashes into the ocean. With Chuck being the only survivor, he is washed up on a deserted island, in only the clothes he wears and a few packages washed up from the plane crash. The film then follows his fight for survival and the ever important question of if he will ever escape the island.

        For me this is one of Tom Hanks better roles, you really do feel for his pain and suffering trying to imagine what it might feel like trapped on a desert island. The bare essential needs of food, shelter and water are all examined closely to show how much we take these simple things for granted. He really puts great emphasis on how his life has turned upside down and how slowly but surely he adapts to his new life. The desert island itself was perfect, they didn't choose a paradise island and instead a more hostile island that you would want to avoid yourself.

        Cast are as follows-
        Tom Hanks- Chuck Nolan
        Helen Hunt- Kelly Frears
        Nick Searcy- Stan
        Anne Bellamy- Anne Larson


        I have the two disc box set of the DVD which consists of the usual making off the movie features, a couple of trailers and a very informative audio commentary from Robert Zemeckis the director.

        A truly remarkable film that should of seen Tom Hanks get another Oscar for his acting.

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          14.05.2009 19:57
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          Repeat viewing I Promise you

          The West Wing is one of those American Drama's that quite frankly embarrass the UK on how to make a good solid drama. Aaron Sorkin who wrote the first half of the seven season hit, is an absolute genius in his writing skills, and lets the actor's put in Grammy award winning acting. I first watched this series when it used to play on Channel 4 up to series 5 and was always left wanting more, if you haven't seen this yet what are you playing at???

          The series follows the Democratic Party that has been elected into the White House, Martin Sheen who plays President Bartlett, is shown each episode trying his best to run a country where he didn't get the majority vote. You also follow his Senior Staff who work behind the scenes in trying to produce the best policies that will make America a better place.

          One of these senior staff is Deputy Communications officer Sam Seaborn who is played by Rob Lowe. There is no star billing in this show each character has equal billing and each is treated to very interesting and intricate storylines. My personal favourite is Martin Sheen, his comedy timing is perfect, with his interactions with his staff, and his unique ability to put people on the spot with his intelligent lines. Sorkin's writing is very wordy and in depth, but you don't need a degree in politics to understand what is actually happening. In fact I learnt most of my American politics from this show, because it's that accurate.

          The underlying story follows the President through his eight years in office, following election and also his final term, then looking forward to the next President. Each week you are faced with a new story, but a lot of the character's stories continue throughout the series developing well and making you feel for each of the characters. It can get a little American flag loving but if you're going to make a series in the White House you have to expect this.

          For the best series go straight to series 4, so much happens at breakneck speed you find yourself constantly pressing play for the next episode. Sadly this is the last series that Sorkin is involved and leaves before series 5 starts. You can tell something has changed by the style of writing in 5, however get through the first few episodes and you will rediscover some classic episodes as the writers find their feet again.

          The Box set is a brilliant value now a days for no more than £50 this can be picked up for at places like HMV and Amazon. The Box set itself is beautiful in a virtual cube shape with glossy pictures of the Whitehouse printed on it. Each series is in its individual box, and contains and average of 24 episodes per series. There is an eight disc set which contains the usual deleted scenes making offs and bloopers.

          If you have a taste for American drama and never tried this, then you are missing out, I guarantee a brilliantly written piece of work, which does make you come back for repeat viewings

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            05.05.2009 19:06
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            Very tasty treat

            I'm supposed to be watching what I eat since I gave my diet a health kick and I needed something that can be a treat, so I opted to try a few different Muller Crunch Corners. The first I tried was this one which is described as a 'creamy vanilla yogurt with milk chocolate coated biscuits', sounds perfect I thought and well they don't taste bad at all.

            For those not familiar with Muller Corner yogurts, they are built in such a way that you can decide how much of the "treat" you can have with the yogurt as its stored in one corner of the pot which you can scoop out and drop them into the yogurt. However as this isn't a healthy yogurt, don't con yourself into thinking you're being healthy by not eating the entire treat, as the main calories are in the yogurt itself.

            The taste test- The yogurt itself is very creamy but is very rich in sugary taste, perfect for a sweet tooth, if you're the kind who likes a more natural tasting yogurt then avoid this brand, sweet tooth's keep reading!!. The yogurt is very very thick and has an off yellow colouring, so its shows its not anyway near a natural yogurt, it has a very sweet taste and to be honest its very moreish. The Choco crunch biscuits consist of about 20 small pieces, these are pillow shaped digestive type biscuit covered in milk chocolate. When you add these to the yoghurt it adds are very tasty sweet treat. The biscuits are very light and have a very nice crunch, not soft at all.

            Now for the bad side here are some of the main nutritional information-

            This is per 100g and the Pot is 150g
            Energy- 142Kcal
            Fat- 5.0g
            Saturate - 2.9g
            Sugars- 16.5g
            Calcium- 125mg which 23% of your recommended Daily Allowance

            The pack also likes to confirm it's free of artificial colours and preservatives. It also says it free from artificial sweeteners which is a good job with 16g of sugar it doesn't need any. Also I got these from ASDA as a multipack for £1.99 for 8, not sure if they sell them singular might be little harder to track them down.

            A very enjoyable snack that will pile on the pounds if you get to attached to them, keep them occasional and you won't have to feel any guilt

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            • The Uninvited (DVD) / DVD / 34 Readings / 29 Ratings
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              Very enjoyable horror fest

              The Uninvited is the new kid on the block for the 2009 horror fest and for once this is quite an intellectual horror, it has all the right twists and surprise endings you would want. Some of the ideas can be looked and feel they have been borrowed from other films, the ending in particular.

              However I cannot name the film you can compare it as this would really spoil the ending. Taking this aside (most films borrow an idea at some point), you can sit back and be pleasantly surprised with this film.

              The film is based on two sisters and their close bonding, one sister has been in a mental home for over a year, as her disabled mother was killed in a house fire that she- Anna never got over. Anna is then released and moves back in with her father and sister to help her recover. To her horror her dad is now with Rachel, who was Anna's mothers nurse before she died, with visits and flashbacks from her past things start to take a turn for the worst. With Anna and her sister plotting against Rachel who they believe is an impostor and may even be planning to kill the sisters. No more I will say on this as I don't want to spoil the ending.

              The film is are make of an original south Korean horror, A Tale of Two sisters, which personally for me this was far better, but I am a FAN of Asian horror, so I can be biased towards these American remakes, but this is a good remake. It was only late last year that they had to change the film title from A Tale of Two sisters to The Uninvited.

              The main cast as follows

              Emily Browning - Anna
              Arielle Kebbel - Alex
              David Strathairn - Steven
              Elizabeth Banks - Rachel Summers

              All in all this is a very good horror, it has decent scares and makes you think a little for once. When you see the ending you definitely will want to watch again to see if they got it right. Not too gory, and places in the film that make you jump.

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                02.05.2009 16:16
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                My second fav film off all time

                Empire Strikes Back is the second part of the original Star wars trilogy and is deemed by most and including myself as the best one of the three. I'm This review is based on the movie itself, as there so many different DVD versions out there it wouldn't be fair to mention what mine has in extra's and your version doesn't.

                A quick breakdown for those who haven't seen it, following on from the events of Star Wars. The Empire has been scattered around the Galaxy and is banding to once again try and finish off the Rebel alliance, which are hiding on the planet Hoth. From the rebels escape and some the hero's being captured we see the struggle between Good and Evil tipping towards evil wining. Darth Vader is on a mission to capture Luke Skywalker, and his presence on screen is a lot darker and more menacing. In all this film has no happy ending but does have one of the biggest shocks in cinema history.

                A breakdown of my thoughts as follows-

                Acting- The actors are definitely are more comfortable with their character roles, acting seems more relaxed and a small sense that some came up with ideas of their own were used. Lando is a new black character that brings a welcome expansion on the characters involved.

                Picture and Sound-One of the reasons this is the best of the three, this has the best soundtrack by far, with the use of Vader's theme tune heavily used. The quality of the effects have got better nothing wrong with Star Wars effects but these are a massive improvement. Model effects have always been a personal favourite where special effects are concerned, although CGI can be unbeatable, you know how much time and labouring of love these effects have taken.

                Cast
                Mark Hamill- Luke skywalker
                Harrison Ford- Han Solo
                Carrie Fisher- Princess Leia
                Billy Dee Williams- Lando
                Anthony Daniels- C3PO

                One little unknown fact this film was the highest grossing film for 1980, however it was the only Star Wars film that didn't gross above $300 million domestically. I like useless facts!!

                All in all this is the best Star Wars film even has a little romance for the ladies. Before I sign off, George Lucas did not direct this one, and when he doesn't direct you know you're going to get a better film-see the new Star wars films if you don't believe me!!!

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                • Coca-Cola / Soft Drink / 61 Readings / 59 Ratings
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                  29.04.2009 19:56
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                  Taste it Get Hooked

                  Coca Cola are the taste off it. For me I have limited my Coke intake too much is bad for you, but wow it tastes just as good every time.

                  When I was in Ibiza last year there was a guy on the beach selling it, he walked up and down the beach all day just constantly saying Coca Cola, coca cola tsh tsh(tsh means the sound it makes as you open a can, hard to write a sound word, but you get my meaning). I tell this little story because Coke is so universal like football wherever you go you can buy it, that's why I love it so much, its better than water. Anyway the bottle ones I enjoy so much are much more refreshing than the can version. So much so, my brain tells me that it taste's better in the bottle than it does in the can. I'm sure this isn't true but drop the cans and move to bottles and then try and correct me if I'm wrong. The only reason I can think of, you can stop it going flat in the bottle than you can with a can, so that might be the reason.

                  No need to describe the bottle to much, it has the world famous Coke label in red, and the bottle itself has bobbles imprinted on it so it feels like bubbles (clever marketing eh!).

                  The bottle is 500ml in size and has to be serve cold, do not dare try drinking warm, it can put you off for life. In regards to nutrition here are a few of the basic facts, as I said earlier it isn't a healthy drink so you should only have a s a treat not a regular source of liquid.

                  Calories- 105Kcal
                  Sugars- 26.5g (29% of your daily recommended intake)
                  Fat- 0g(yes one good thing if you ignore the sugar)
                  Salt-0g

                  I bought mine in ASDA for 85p, this is about the average price some places can offer two for a pound but be careful I've seen a single bottle sell up to £1.50, if you can find a place to buy it, you really must live in the middle of no where.

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                    28.04.2009 20:05
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                    This film is and will always be part of my Top 10 movies

                    Star Wars changed the face of cinema re invented the Sci-Fi genre, like it or hate it, it's still very much a part of our own Pop culture. Darth Vader is a more recognisable character than any President or Prime Minister, it still lists as one of Top 20 films of all time, Star Wars will never go. This review is based on the movie itself, as there so many different DVD versions out there it wouldn't be fair to mention what mine has in extra's and your version doesn't.

                    For the very few people who don't know the plot this is a Space saga good versus evil, the Empire are looking finally to crush the rebels and finally rule the galaxy with no resistance. A small rebel force containing a Princess Leia has secret plans on the mystery Death Star which has been built by the Empire to destroy planets. They are captured and the plans are secretly stored with two droids who escape to a desert planet, in turn the robots are captured and sold to a Luke Skywalker. Luke is thrown into a battle against time to rescue the Princess and save the Rebel force, on his travels he meets his mentor Obi-Won Kenobi, the cocky Han Solo and his sidekick Chewbacca. I want reveal the whole story as believe it or not there are still people on Earth who have never seen this.

                    I saw this film when I was seven years old and like a fine wine, this film has mature very well with age. Even after 30 years it still hasn't dated as a lot of film did from the 1970's. I will do my usual review breakdown into bite size to give you my best judgement.

                    Acting- This was the film that made Harrison Ford the star he is today, even he recognises what Star Wars did for him, considering he started off as a carpenter. However as for the other actors, they didn't hit the heights of an A-List star and went on to do middle of the road films. The acting in the film are not Oscar winners, but for the genre of the film it's perfect, never ever feels wooden.

                    Film content, just a brilliant farm boy becomes hero, saving a Princess, Good v Evil, all stories you can enjoy as an adult real escapism.

                    Sound- John Williams wrote a fantastic score for this film, very famous to people who haven't even seen star Wars. The sound effects used in the film add a better dimension to the film that only when you loo back on you realise how good they were.

                    Special Effects- ILM was invented by George Lucas just to handle the effects for this movie; virtually everything done was created from nothing. Everything you seen in films today can be linked back to this film.

                    This film is and will always be part of my Top 10 movies, over 200 viewings and still not bored of it.

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                    • loquax.co.uk / Internet Site / 33 Readings / 28 Ratings
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                      27.04.2009 21:15
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                      Great site and win plenty of prizes

                      You have to be in it to win it. That is person's philosophy that enters competitions as a hobby, if it's not then you aren't going to win a lot. This is where this website earns its weight in gold, I have been with this site since 2001 and have won so many prizes that it would like I'm showing off. Just to give you a taster this last two months I have won £1500 in cash, and Playstation 3, a Sony Bravia TV and 10 Blu-Ray movies.

                      You honestly, honestly can win prizes you don't have to think of someone you know being really lucky winning something and you think that you never are that lucky. Loquax is basically a window to access thousands of competitions that are currently being run all over the UK. Virtually every company run competitions to promote themselves and Loquax helps you get to these competitions. You don't have to pay to be a member so there's no sign up fee and the website itself is very discreet on outside advertising it has to help fund itself.

                      The people who run are very professional and very helpful, so if you do join you can always seek advice and be happy that you will get the answer you're looking for. In terms of the competitions themselves, they lay out the format to suit you with various ways of viewing the competitions. You can keep track of every comp you enter so you have no fear of entering the same comp twice. You can also decide on hat types of comps you are wanting to enter.
                      So be it, MP3 players, cash, computers, holidays etc, you can choose. Also you can set it up so you can enter ones that are due to close soon, or ones that have just come online. People can rate, similar to this site, every company's competitions to give a good idea how good they are in winning from, what people have won, and express any concerns like a website is a con or they were slow in sending your prize.

                      The other section worth noting is their forum. The people on there are amazing in how they can help you, so much so they will give you the answers to the very same comps you are entering. So ones you see in the likes of Take a Break or Real People for example, someone will have worked out the answers and then posts them on the forum. Although there's nothing stopping you doing that if you enter any you want to share. They also have sections for people who have won a prize they don't want and are happy to run a mini comp for someone else to win it. See I told you they were very helpful!

                      Other sections on the forum cover, general chitchat, help with a hard competition question, people who post what they have won, winners lists to check if you have won anything, and another good one people who finds good offers like free cinema tickets so you can get the freebies yourself.

                      Like I said at the beginning if you keep it as a hobby and not a chore, you can win prizes it might only be say a DVD, but the excited feeling you get when the postman has a parcel for you, is similar to that Christmas feeling. Go on give it a try you just never know what you might win.

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                        Still a really good game besides its let downs

                        Grand Theft Auto 4 it was the game that was supposed to be 360s revolution and it nearly was. I'm a huge GTA fan and followed this since GTA 1 back on its humble PC days. I was there queuing at 12pm the day this was release last year, I was so desperate for a copy that I drove 30 miles to get it, and I was so glad I did. Every review site gave this game a near 100% for positive reviews and in my first few weeks so did I. Now a year later with hindsight (yes I know it's a wonderful thing hindsight) I can reflect a little why this game lost its way for me.

                        A brief overview of the story is that you play a character called Niko who comes to Liberty City because his cousin Roman has promised him to get away from his past and enjoy the high life that Roman is enjoying. When Niko catches up with his cousin he soon realises his cousin was lying and is a poor man running a cab firm with delusions of grandeur. Thus the adventure starts where you need to make your own way in the bright lights of Liberty City, running through all kinds of missions and making many enemies on the way. I don't want to include more into the plot as it's to easy to give away key spoilers, but I will say you do come across both typecast and off the wall characters.

                        Breaking the game down is a hard thing to do as there are so many aspects, but here we go

                        Graphics-5 out of 5, they are stunning so beautifully stunning, the city is really alive you can feel and almost tastes the New York twin that parts have been copied from. By day and by night the city looks so different, the graphics have no problem handing the far draw distances that you can see, in fact anything you can see you can go to. The people on the streets are very real, all living their own lives, try following one and listening to the random stuff they come out with. I followed one for ten minutes who was on her mobile who clearly was having an affair; it was getting very interesting until she was killed by a fire truck. Ah well that's Liberty City for you.

                        Soundtrack-4 out of 5. Not quite as good as vice City's 80's theme, it does have a wide range to suit all tastes, including the likes of Queen, Heavy Rock Vie never heard off, Smashing Pumpkins to name a couple. The comedy on the chat shows and the adverts are still there and they are just as funny, not helpful when you're in a high speed chase better to switch the car radio off, way to distracting.

                        Gameplay-3.5 out of 5. The style is in third person, where you follow your character from behind. You can run, swim and drive any of the vehicles you see, plenty of the action is you causing mayhem shooting and running people over. This is where the game lost itself and over long term play became a little tedious unlike San Andreas and Vice City. To put it simply they took away a lot of the fun that you associated with GTA. A lot of the missions were go there, kill someone, go to another point in the map, and kill someone else. over and over again. Very few missions were unique and soon wore you down and made you wish for a different kind of mission. Then with all the side missions were watered down you found yourself in a big bright beautiful city with not a lot to do. No more parachuting of buildings, no more planes or attack helicopters, no more BMX's buying businesses, or wide selection of clothes, and where were all the unique vehicles that made this series so great.
                        A lot of people will tell you it was a lot more realistic, but that's not the point of GTA, it was escapism a violent one yes, but the ridiculous side is what made it a big toys playground. Sorry Rockstar but this is were you dropped the ball for me and that's a big one considering it's the main chunk of the game.

                        Multiplayer-4 out of 5. I personally would of give it five however the masses of gamers soon left the online gaming so it was only a couple of months before the lobbies got quieter, which was a big shame. It does have many online game modes, the usual death matches and team matches are there to enjoy as well as just free roaming the city with your friends. Another exciting one was Cops n robbers, this consisted of two rounds which you play one as cops and one as the robbers.
                        To put it simply the robbers had to get their boss to the getaway vehicles, the cops had to stop it happening. This was the multiplayer game for me, if you have a good clan you can really set the tone with this mode, communicating plans and exciting them well to defeat the other clan.
                        The game does have one downloadable content called Lost and the Damned, not played so can't comment on this and Rockstar are signed to produce one more sometime this year.

                        So in summary yes this game is worth its weight in gold, I do put it down in parts but that because I wanted so much more being a GTA geek fan, so it was hard not to feel disappointed in parts. I still play occasionally so after a year that isn't bad return for a £40.00 game. You can pick this up for under £20.00 at GAME, and second hand copies can be as cheap as £10.00.

                        If you've never played this type of game before then do give it a try, if it's your first GTA title then yes I admit you will love it.

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                        • Walkers Quavers / Snacks / 19 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                          27.04.2009 18:52
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                          Very tasty snack

                          Quavers Cheese flavour I would say are one of my favourite crisps on the market, so I thought it would be time to branch out and try the Prawn Cocktail flavour. Now let me start by saying these are not the same in taste as normal Prawn Cocktail crisps you may find on the market for example the Walkers brand.

                          What I love about Quavers is the melt in your mouth aspect, and this flavour has not changed the formula, the texture is exactly the same. Each crisp is curl shaped, and the flavour is only a light dusting, not heavily coated as you find with some crisp brands. I find the flavour more of an after taste rather than full on, which is the right way to produce a flavoured crisp.

                          Content wise always feels like you might be getting less per crisp compare to say a Walkers standard crisp pack, I think this is more due to the weight of the crisps as per crisp they are actually lighter in weight. This can be a downfall because I find them so moreish; it makes you reach for another pack. Now if you're a crisp fiend like myself I eat quavers because they average nearly half the calories of an average pack of crisps, but hen it make's you want to eat another pack this sort of defeats the objective of less calories.

                          Health wise, yes I know crisps are bad for you, but hey we all have our sins, and as I said earlier these at least have a lower calorie count. Quavers also claim that 50% less salt is used than back in 2005. Also 80% less saturated fat than they had in 2006, which can only be a good thing. A few of the facts are as follows

                          88Kcal per pack
                          5.1g Fat per pack
                          0.4g Saturated Fat per pack
                          0.4g Salt per pack
                          0.3g Sugar per pack

                          Some general information, Quavers are produced by Walkers, they use Sunseed oil to produce their Quavers. Pack is red and pink and quavers wording is yellow, so not hard to spot. However sometimes they can be hard to find as individual packs, and more commonly found in mutlipacks, I did find these single packs in ASDA for 40 pence and the Texaco garage for 50 pence.

                          All in all a very tasty snack.

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                        • Xbox.com / Internet Site / 26 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                          26.04.2009 21:55
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                          Best XBOX site ever has everything you need

                          Xbox.com is a site that every 360 user should be using. I've had my XBOX 360 since 2006 and this website has been a resource goldmine for everything I've needed.

                          Firstly the forum this is a hug part of the website, and you look around even if you're not a member, if you have XBOX Live you can sign into the forum with your gamer tag and start talking on the forum. Most of the forum users are very friendly and very knowledgeable, and is only spoilt by a few who go on there to spoil it for others with what they call "smack talk". When this happens though most people ignore them and they soon go away.

                          The forum itself is divided into many sections mainly every game that has ever been produced by XBOX, either on the original XBOX, the XBOX 360 or the live arcade. This is really handy if you have a specific game you want to rave about, damn a game to hell or see what other people think of it before you buy it. The other sections are divided up into countries so you go to your "native people" and chats to locals make new friends.

                          Making friends is a great way to find new people to play online with especially if your real life friends are not gamers like mine. I'm 36 and have found loads of people my own age who like to game so the site isn't full of kids in case that puts you off. I'm not saying kids are bad thing, but some are not as mature as you like when you play online!

                          One other thing to say about the forums is that people are rated with community levels, so they start community level 1 and go up in number. So anyone with a higher number can be a more trusted user, as XBOX rate people on how helpful they are not how many posts they have logged, like most forums. I'm on there and on XBOX live my gamer tag is PSF MR BLACK if you ever want any further help with the forums.

                          Also the Xbox forum has sections to help with any related with your XBOX experience, I will list a few with a description, this list isn't exhaustive but just gives you an idea of some of the other amazing features.

                          Check whose online- You can see what all your friends are up to, are they playing games, watching a video or not logged on. You can send them an email, or compare your gamer score with theirs.
                          News- All of XBOX's latest news on up and coming game releases, new downloads and new events Microsoft are planning.

                          Manage your account- Don't need to just use your XBOX, online you can buy Microsoft points(money for downloading games) actually download games, update your bio, this side is quiet endless what you can do.

                          Accessories- A breakdown of every accessory available for your XBOX
                          Support-how to contact XBOX even by phone or on email, they have FAQ pages for various problems you may encounter, like broken console, abuse online etc. Also great family setting advice to keep your kids protected which is very important.

                          As I said before this is a preview of what you can expect from the website, some of the stuff I have never used myself so would not be fair to comment on those sections. What I have tried to do is give you an overall view of what to expect.

                          I use this website every day, I think it's the perfect site if you're an XBOX owner, or planning to buy one in the future. All in all a definite 5 out of 5 for me.

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                          • Ferris Bueller's Day Off (DVD) / DVD / 68 Readings / 64 Ratings
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                            24.04.2009 19:57
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                            It's a coming of age funfest movie

                            I know there's already a load of reviews on here for this film; however it would be criminal if I didn't review my greatest film off all time. I grew up with this I know for a fact I've watched it over 500 times; I know the lines inside out. This film was my comfort blanket when I was feeling low when I was younger, and it was the film that made me wish I was an American high school kid (not anymore).

                            For me this is John Hughes greatest achievement, he is a master of teen movies, some would argue that The Breakfast Club is his best outing, ad yes that film is very clever and funny, but for me Ferris wins hands down.
                            A day off school before moving onto to college this is all Ferris wants, well what Ferris wants he normally gets. He's slick, cool headed and loves with his best friend Cameron and girlfriend.

                            All he wants is to give his neurotic best friend the day off his life and takes him and his girlfriend on a tour de force around Chicago. While this happening he has to stay one step ahead of Rooney (not Wayne) his Principal who's life goal is to bring down Ferris.

                            I don't know what it is about this film that makes it so special, I will try and list a few of choice reasons, but there is some hidden formula that makes it work so well.

                            The acting- Matthew Broderick makes Ferris his own character and the free reign he was given is clear on how he carries the actor, his comedy timing, his natural charisma, and for some of females was very good looking at the time, oh yes his cockiness is never going to irritate you, more like inspire you to imitate. The banter he creates his delivery of lines are all near perfect. The other actors like mia Sara all perform just as outstanding, and work so well with Matthew's character.

                            The comedy-all in all yes it's a typical teen school comedy, but it has such memorable lines, it is edge of the seat for your first time, in a will he won't he get caught. 500 plus viewings trust it still makes me smile.

                            The soundtrack, it was never released as an album as John Hughes did not think it would sell due to it being so diverse, well he was wrong, the tracks are diverse but they are so good, Beatles, Big Audio Dynamite, Yello and the theme Bewitched (I dream of Jeanie) just perfect mix for the Ipod, yes you will have to build the album yourself.

                            All this needs is a full Directors Cut DVD, there's rumoured up to 20 minutes of extra footage, and on current DVDs released these have never been shown. The current DVD that carry the directors commentary is a brilliant insight on the filming, hiring and the relationships and even marriage between cast members.

                            Remember this comedy has landing on many official top 100 lists, if you still haven't seen this film, I'm quiet happy to come round to your house and force you to, at the end of the day you are committing a crime against cinema by choosing to ignore this Golden Nugget.

                            Summary More than a 5 Star Comedy, it's a coming of age funfest movie

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                            • Eragon (Xbox 360) / Xbox 360 Game / 38 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                              22.04.2009 21:39
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                              Poor Poor Poor

                              Oh dear, oh dear what a mess of a game, this game certainly could make it into the Game of the Year- yes you got it WORSE Game of the Year. Luckily this was a rented game and if its Gamerpoints you are after, you should have 900 points within a couple of nights, but it means you would have to play the game twice. This is where you have to be strong if you really want the Gamerpoints then go for it, i personally couldn't face two playing sessions because its that bad a game.
                              360 games have never really produced a decent direct movie tie-in game, to be fair the history of games, bar Goldeneye, have never had a good record with movie tie-ins. I haven't seen the film, but if the game reflects the film the film must be just as shockingly bad.
                              Don't even know where to start, graphics are last generation, poor linear levels that have no appeal to look at, controls work when they want to work. It tries to dazzle you with loads of special moves, trust me when I SAY two moves are only needed, jump and hit with sword that will see you through the whole game. Sound effects are like banging your own teeth with a cold metal spoon.
                              The only good thing I can say about this game is while i rented it, I prevented someone else from renting it and thus saving them a few nights of pain.
                              Summary Top Ten of worst games gets in at number 1

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                              • Diary Of The Dead (DVD) / DVD / 29 Readings / 27 Ratings
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                                22.04.2009 20:53
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                                Nice and gory does exactly what it says on the tin

                                George Romero reaches his 5th outing, where he brings us back full circle in his zombie world. Diary is a new concept for George with his quirky hand held camera filming; think a cross between Cloverfield and the Blair witch Project. Following the characters as if they are filming Doomsday around them, we find ourselves at the start of the film, where the students are filming their own horror film in the woods (no better place than the woods I guess). When they hear on the radio that the world is falling apart this is where their adventure begins.
                                Romero hasn't surpassed Dawn of the Dead, and I don't think he ever will however this film is a far betting outing than Land of the Dead ever was. He has set up some really genuine scares and his special trademark kills are there too. One includes one zombie + bottle of acid smashed on head = a real disgusting mess. He can still carry those stand out black humour moments my favourite involves a deaf and dumb Amish man who has an ample supply of dynamite. I won't spoil the ending but its not a let down if you like Romero films, it carries all the dark tones that you would expect.
                                The social commentary that GR is famous for is very blatant, our self need and reliance on technology and desire for the next viral information download, and it's there in your face.
                                In summary this film works on many levels it's dark, gory, and packed full of very hungry brain eating Zombies.

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