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I have owned Theme Hospital since it first came out in 1997 and I am still playing on it to this date! It is a very simple game but is really addictive! You play as the manager of your own hospital. You have to plan the layout of your hospital, set out your treatment rooms, waiting rooms etc and employ staff. You then have to keep staff morale up, cure as many patients as you can and keep your hospital ticking over and making money. There are a great number of levels and as yet I am yet to actually complete the game but I will get there soon! There are a lot of things that get thrown at you during the course of the game such as emergencies where patients are dropped off by helicopter and you have to have them all cured within a certain time to earn a cash bonus. The graphics aren't brilliant but this game is 12 years old what can you expect! It is definitely worth buying if you are after something simple to play but that you dont want to put down!
I bought Buzz! The Big Quiz after playing The Music Quiz and really enjoying it. This one is a bit harder. The questions are shown on the screen and read out and then depending on the round you buzz in to answer the question. The buzzers that come with the game are very simple to use and colour coded. The general knowledge questions are not so much general knowledge but really random. Im sure we had one asking how long it would take 8 monkeys to type up the bible on typewriters! As if anyone is going to know that! The best bit about this game is that you can now have eight players which makes it more of a party game. The set has been improved and there are more characters to choose from - I tend to be the Marilyn Monroe lookalike! The rounds take on the same format as that of the other Buzz games so if you are used to those you will have a headstart. My favourite is points stealer where you can take points from the person who is winning! It is very simple to use and you are instructed before each round as to how to use your buzzer. You can also choose the length of the game you wish to play so if your a bit strapped for time you can play a shorter game which just has less rounds. It definitely brings out the competitor in you though I am yet to win a game!
I bought this game as soon as it came out for the Playstation 2 and I was not disappointed. Every time we have a family or friends get together this game comes out and you soon find out how competetive everyone is! The music quiz has options so you can choose to be quizzed on old music, new music or all music which is a mixture of the two. It is definitely suitable for all ages. You are provided with 4 buzzers which you use throughout the game. Before each round it is clearly explained how to use your buzzers to play each round. There are rounds such as point builder, pass the bomb and look before you leap. I am rubbish at look before you leap but my boyfriend wins everytime! The game show is hosted by Jason Donovan and his assistant Rose and the graphics are brilliant, just pick your character, choose your outfit, select your buzzer and get playing!
Llandudno is a gorgeous costal town in North Wales. Can be arrived at from the A55 and is very easy to find. There are plenty of parking areas including along the sea front but this is sometimes more expensive than elsewhere. There are also car parks set about a 5 min walk from the sea front but they are much cheaper. The sea front at Llandudno is very clean, lots of places to sit and overlook the beach. There is also Llandudno pier which has the usual arcades, shops and attractions. The main street in Llandudno is great for shopping and there is a shopping centre and retail park with further shops. The main attraction in Llandudno is the Great Orme. At the top is a taboggoning and ski / snowboarding centre and whilst this is usually quite busy at peak times it is definitely worth the wait! Theres also a great small little cafe for the mums and dads to chill in whilst the kids enjoy the slopes. You can even have a go at crazy golf! Llandudno is definitely worth the visit and if you were going to stay for a week or so it is very close to the A55 which will take you almost anywhere else in North Wales! Definitely a fun place to stay!
Alton Towers is a great family day out in Staffordshire. There are hundreds of rides which will suit everybodys taste. My favourite is definitely the Oblivion which is a ride with a near vertical drop and you definitely shouldnt look down! I could stay on that ride all day! The other big rides and attractions are Rita Queen of Speed which is really fast, the Nemisis which is a rollercoaster where your legs dangle and Air which gives you the sensation that you are flying and you are face down the majority of the way round! There are a lot of rides for the younger members of the family and loads of places to eat and the parking is free! They do a lot of offers all year round for example buy one adults ticket and get one free and it is definitely worth going if you can get this offer! You will not be disappointed!
Evan Almighty is a great comedy follow up to Bruce Almighty which starred Jim Carrey. Evan Almighty stars Steve Carell who was also in Bruce Almighty and has also been in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Evan Almighty is about a congressman whos mission is to change the world. He is visited by God and asked to build an ark. At first he doesnt believe whats going on and thinks he is going mad! He starts seeing God everywhere and being followed around by animals in pairs! His hair grows really long and white and robes appear where his clothes were! He eventually realises he needs to do as he has been told and starts to build his ark being watched by the media and spectators who spend the days heckling him. He is told by God that the flood will come on 22nd September however Washington DC is in the middle of a drought so it seems very unlikely! September 22nd comes and just when it looks like he has wasted his time the dam breaks and the town is flooded. God speaks to Evan and tells him that the way to change the world is by one act of random kindness (ARK) every day! It is a really good film, very funny and Steve Carell is great alongside Morgan Freeman. Definitely recommended, especially if you enjoyed Bruce Almighty!
I have been with T Mobile on and off for a number of years and I would definitely recommend their network, especially if you are after a contract and want to be able to use the internet on your phone. I got the web and walk package for £7.50 and never went over my allowance and I used it all the time (unlike when I went with Orange and their equivalent and it cost me a fortune!). I get 750 mins and unlimited texts for £30 a month or just a bit less now the VAT has gone down and I have never spent over this either. The only things I have found that aren't included in your tariff are 0800 or 0845 numbers and photo messages but I dont use either of those much. They are very friendly and helpful on the phone and have always been willing to sort any problems that have arisen. I will be staying with T Mobile in the future!
The Manchester Arndale is a great shopping centre set out over two floors and has a multi storey car park attached. There are a large number of lifts and stairs and escalators for easy access around the centre. There are shops such as Dorothy Perkins, Disney Store, Jane Norman, Republic, Top Shop and loads more. Theres also a great shop on the second floor that sells donuts and ice creams with almost any topping you can think of! There are exits to the main shopping street of Manchester and the car park. One of the only problems is the price of the parking but if you can go on a Sunday its only £2.50 for the day! And if you park towards the top levels you can spend forever waiting for a lift! but if you want somewhere with all your shops in one place this is definitely one of the best places to go in the North West!
Gullivers world is a great day out if you have young kids. I took my two year old neice and my friend brought her children aged four and two and they absolutely loved it. It is also not that expensive! There are plenty of rides to choose from such as cars that you can drive round tracks, rollercoasters and spinning rides. There are also plenty of places to eat although as at normal theme parks it would definitely be cheaper taking a packed lunch - we did! We spent the whole day there in August and there were even rides that us adults could go on! There are plenty of gift shops to take home souveniers and all the staff are very helpful and friendly. I wouldnt take kids any older than maybe 7 or 8 as the rides for this age group are quite sparce - they would be better at alton towers! but for young children I would definitely recommend it!
I have been to Warrington many times shopping and over the years it has gone from having a small shopping centre in the middle of town to a huge shopping complex. Recently Warringtons Golden Square shopping centre has introduced shops such as H&M, Debenhams, Jane Norman, Zara and many others! It has also introduced a number of new food chains so there are now plenty of places to eat! It is very similar to Manchesters Arndale centre except it is only over one level and the Arndale is over two. There are also a number of retail parks in Warrington. Alban Retail park has a Holiday Hypermarket, a PC World, Currys, Hobbycraft, Mothercase and some carpet shops etc along with a KFC and a Pizza Hut. Riverside Retail park has a Sainsburys Homebase, Borders, Next, Laura Ashley. Gemini Retail Park has a Toys R Us, Next, Marks and Spencers, Ikea and many more! They are all within I would say a 5-10 minute drive of each other so there are plenty of places to shop in Warrington! It has very easy access off the M6 and M62 so you will find it very easily!
I currently drive a 2003 Toyota Corolla and I have not been disappointed. I drive the 1.6 T Spirit 5 door version and the space inside the car is brilliant there is adequate leg room whether you are sitting in the front or in the back and even when the car is full. The boot space is fantastic too you would have no problems fitting all of your shopping in there even if you have a buggy to cart around as well! I used to own a Toyota Yaris 1.0 and compared to that the fuel economy is awful but I really dont think I spend that much in fuel in my Corolla. I do approximately 130 miles a week and it costs me £40 to fill my car up weekly. It has been a very reliable car so far and I have not had any problems with it. I would definitely recommend it if you have a small family or if you just want a car with a bit more space!
I owned a Toyota Yaris for two years until I recently upsized to a Toyota Corolla. I went with a Toyota as I had learned to drive in a Yaris and liked the look and style of the car, but also because I had been told great stories about their reliability! I had the three door option in red. There was plenty of room in the front of the car and in the back. The boot space wasnt massive but would fit a buggy in their when I took my neice out. The rear seats also slid forward so if you needed more boot space and there was no one in the back you could do this and your boot would almost double in size! I also loved the digital speedo and the trip computer in the car which would let you know exactly how many miles to the gallon you were doing. It was very economical on fuel which was just what I needed as I was driving down the motorway everyday to work. During the time I had a Yaris it failed its first ever MOT on a leaky shock absorber, the clutch was replaced, the brake master cylinder was replaced and the engine blew up costing me a few thousand pounds. I dont know if I was just unlucky with the Yaris I bought but I do know someone else I worked with whos engine also blew up in exactly the same way! I wonder if it more common than people realise?! After two years I have upsized to a Corolla as I wanted a 5 door car and I havent so far had any problems with this. I would say if you are going to look at buying a Yaris get it properly checked out first!
Tunisia is a fantastic country! We stayed in Port El Kantaoui which is a gorgeous tourist area at the centre of which is a large marina with yachts and boats which is beautiful to walk round. There are a lot of open air restaurants and shops to wander around and it is also very close to the beach which is amazing - it goes on for miles! Whilst in Tunisia we also visited Sousse which was an experience! We were caught out by a "helpful" man who wanted to show us the way to the only government run shop in Sousse but actually took us to his fathers leather and carpet shop which was very scary as they do not take no for an answer! Once we had gotten out of the shop we went straight back to the hotel and only went back to Sousse once we made sure that the taxi driver had dropped us off outside the door of the shop we wanted! We also went to Tunis for the day whilst we were there which was a really long trip and there wasnt really much to do when you got there. If you are good at haggling in the Medinas it may be worth going but thats not really our thing! We also went out for a Berber night which was a meal in a Berber tent with traditional food, music, dancing and strong man acts. Outside there were fire eaters and horse riders doing stunts - that was a really good night! Thankfully we were sat at the back so weren't called up as volunteers! Tunisia was a brilliant holiday, I first went in February and the weather was gorgeous! It must have topped 28 degrees? I have also been back in July and we were told the temperature had gone over 34! I would definitely recommend Tunisia as a place to go, especially with the current problems with the pound and euro! Tunisia has its own currency which cannot be taken in or out of the country so is very strong.
I went to this resort in Feb 07 and had chosen to go to Tunisia because we had never been before and it was more exotic than Spain! We also got a very good deal on the holiday so the price was also a factor in our decision. After we had booked it I began to read reviews of the hotel on holiday review websites and started to dread the fact that we were going to this hotel which hardly had any good reviews. When we got there we had dropped people off the coach to all these huge hotels with massive driveways that looked gorgeous, we pulled up to ours at the side of the road! We were worried about traffic noise as our room overlooked the road but it really wasnt that bad. It was nice to watch everyday life in Tunisia go by! The food was also brilliant, I lived off the gorgeous pancakes for every meal! There was also a great selection of foods, meat dishes, and veggie dishes too. The pool area was brilliant too, very clean and drinks available from your sunbeds! With it being February the water was a bit too cold to swim in but there were people using the huge waterslide! The resort of Port El Kantaoui is an excellent place to spend time with a lot of open air restaurants and shops which are a short taxi ride from the hotel which wasnt dear. We did not go to the beach straight from the hotel we got onto the beach at Port El Kantaoui and just found a quiet part! All in all I would ignore the reviews on the normal holiday review websites. The staff in the hotel are very helpful and friendly and we had a great week for our first holiday in Tunisia!
I went to Benidorm in February 08 and was really quite surprised! I before I went people had told me that it was like Blackpool but with sun but it is so much nicer than Blackpool! The week we arrived Benidorm had had lovely weather for a couple of weeks but this changed when we got there, it wasnt cold but it was very windy and grey. Despite this we did manage to get a few days on the gorgeous Levante beach which has play areas on for children and is very close to a MacDonalds amongst other restaurants and the beach goes on for miles! We stayed in the Levante Club hotel and the rooms there are fantastic and the view over the mountains is amazing! The only thing about this hotel was that the food selection was not fantastic so despite being full board we did eat out a lot of the time. We also had a night out at the Benidorm Palace to watch a show and this was good but if we went back we would not go again. All in all the holiday was good it was just a shame about the weather! (then again thats what you get for going in February!)