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This may sound strange, but i am saying no, as a NON smoker. Mainly this is because it has already been made illegal for health reasons in indoor places, which is fair enough, But to ban it outright in public places would effectively cripple the economy, due to the fact that if a smoker was to go out, then if they wanted to smoke, they could no longer just "pop out the front", they would effectively have to go home, this would leed to people who smoke not going out, and judging by the ammount of people these days in smoking gardens, this would effectively shut down many clubs and clubs, and because everyone has a few friends who smoke, this would leed to more and more people not going out at all, shutting down restaraunts and even some shops, thus crippeling the economy, and not to mention, it is fair enough to ban it inside due to the health risks, but to effectively force people to quit would ammount to what could be interpreted as a breach of human rights.
As you may well know, archers have dominated the peach schnapps market for years, and for good reason.
Basically, Archers peach schnappes is a peach flavoured liquer, and it sits about the 23% alcohol by volume mark, which is not that strong, about the same as baileys or apple sours. one of the main drawing points to this drink is its sweetness, which enables various people who may not like the strong flavour of rum or vodka, even when they are mixed, to enjoy a drink with their friends without running the risk of getting too drunk or getting sick of the drink too early.
This drink has a very sugary taste, which may be to some peoples liking, but sadly not my own, as it can quickly become verrrry sickening when drank with a sweet mixer, so i suggest using either lemon and tonic, or soda and lime, as there cancel out the sweetness and provide a refreshing drink, especially on ice after a hot day. Another main drawing point to Archers is its versatility, as it is used in many of the more modern cocktails, and also in the old favourite, the sex on the beach. This usually consists of a measure of vodka, a measure of archers, topped up with orange juice and cranberry juice served on ice. This is a brilliant cocktail, as it is impossible to get wrong, because even if you mess up the measures, the OJ and the cranberry juice cancells it out almost perfectly. A good variation on this if you are not a big fan of the strong cocktails is to drop the measure of vodka, and replace it with another one of archers, or for an even sweeter, less alcoholic version, just drop the last shot of archers and put in small dash of grenadine, this is good, because if you know how to layer them it can look pretty cool to serve at a party.
On a final note, I would highly suggest Archers over other peach schnappes brands, even though they may be less expensive, for one main reason, and that is that archers ACTUALLY tastes like proper peaches. Other peach schnappes i have tried over the years in spain and tenerife and the like, tend to only resemble peach, and then just kill you with sugar.
All in all, good to have a bottle in case of an imprompteu party:)
I have been holding off writing a review for this phone, as I have recently came into a HTC desire, and as you may or may not know, this is the HTC desires little sister, so apologies if some of this review is done in comparison to it.
The first thing you will notice about this phone is the screen size, as the entire screen is pretty much screen, which is both a blassing and a hinderance, because if you are a phone purist like me you may feel a bit naked if you do not have even the basic operation buttons, which this phone does not as they are all included in the touchscreen interface. The tough screen itself is pretty sensitive, although the basic unlocking screen can sometimes unlock itself, as all it requires to unlock is a downward slide, and many times when i have been using this phone I have pulled it out of my pocket and it has been on the verge of ringing someone who i would rather not ring.
The screen also has a very good backlight, and it is easily visible in low light, although i think this may be prat of the reason this phone has such a lousy battery life ( about a day).
the phone runs on an android operating system, and as this is one of the more widely used operating systems, there is many apps and games that are available for download, most of these are a waste of money, but there are a few gems that you should look out for, namely Angry birds.
the camera on this phone is tolerable, but the only reason i say that is because the screen makes the image look good, due to the high screen resolution, but when you actually put the photo onto a computer and use some image software, you quickly find that it is only of medium-low quality. The flash is good, but the presets, I find, can sometimes put a bit too much flash on photos that do not need it, leading to a very white, 2D looking photo.
All in all, i will give this phone a middling review, as its perks just aboiut outweigh its minor faults.
It has been a while since i have written a review, but after watching this movie, i felt it was for the greater good of humanity that i come back and write a review, warning people NEVER to watch this movie.
The basic premise of this movie is simple, and the movie could have been made simple, but the producers had other ideas. The movie is based around a video game series of the same name, and focuses around a family who have an adoptive daughter. The daughter, it turns out, is from a town called silent hill, which was mysteriously burned down in an underground coal fire some years before. The young girl has nightmares, however, and frequently sleepwalks and calles out "silent hill", prompting the mother to inexplicably kidnap the daughter, and take her to silent hill, despite the warning of a police officer and her husband.
Needless to say, she has a car crash and wakes up in a strange foggy palce, with no sign of her daughter. The police officer has also been inexplicably transported here, and as they try to walk back up the road, they find that there is no road at all now. heres where the movie now tries to live up to its so called "horror" genre, as the two women (the police officer turns out to be a petite blonde, how bout that) are attacked by what can only be described as a blob with a gimpy leg. the movie now loses all sense of reality, as the protagonist runs off searching for her daughter, and thinks she hears her down a dark abandoned staircase, and due to the laws of rubbish movies, has to go down, prompting an airraid siren, the walls peeling off, and then the whole thing reversing back to normal. The movie continues on this weird, quasi-scary tangent until the producers must have caught on that no-one knows what is going on, and have put in a completely random piece of dialogue by the "evil part" of the daughter, which has to literally follow through the entire story, explaining everything that has happened thusfar, with some of the worst child acting I have ever seen.
Even with a movie as bad as this, i still feel like a bad person when I give away an ending, so lets just say it is just as bad and pointless as the rest of this atrocious movie.
This book is an utter tour de force for the war genre, and is arguably one of the best warfare books i have ever read.
This book is written my a Brittish Army sergeant from the 1st Battalion, the Princess of Wales regiment, who goes by the name of Sgt. Dan Mills.
The book is written from the Perspective of Sgt. Mills throughout, and follows him and his squad of snipers as they get shipped out to Cimic house in Iraq, which was to become one of the fiercest battle grounds of the Iraq war. The book itself is interspaced with two picture sections, which depict some photographs of Sgt mills and his squad throughout their tour, and also incluse some action shots of Spooky gunships and mortar fire aswell.
You can tell with this book that, unlike many other modern warfare books, that the writer has actually has large ammounts of background knowledge and experience with warfare and the army, which comes through in his depiction of the battle scenes, as well as the crushing boredom and heat of the theatre of war that is Iraq. The book is very professionally written, which is rather surprising, as usually you find that for a very realistic perspective you sacrifice writing qualiity, but not so with this book.
All in all, i personally think this book is one to rival Bravo two zero, both in action and writing quality. If you like the war genre, i strongly suggest getting this book.
a game that can only be described as fantastic. The premise of this came is that you are a distant relative an assassin named Ezio, and that because of your ancestor in the previous game you have been kidnapped in order to access your genetic memories of this person. in this game you escape the facility and make it back to a hiding place, where it is revealed that you are at war with the templars, who are searching for "pieces of eden". The rest of the storyline, you can find out for yourself.
Gameplay in this game is outstanding, with almost any area in the game being explorable, through the "free running" system, where you are able to climb up buildings using windows and features as foot and handholds. This is brilliant for getting around, however climbing and going on the roofs does attract the guards attention. This system also lets the game put collectables and secrets almost anywhere, providing a very challenging activity to do between the missions, or after the game is finished. another interesting thing about this game is the bloody guards. the guards seem to find that whatever you do, be it walking or running, climbing or swimming, to be an offence, chasing you down and attacking you, following you onto the roof and just generally being a uicence. this is tolerable at the beginning of the game, but later, whenever the guards are getting more skilled, it actually becomes difficult to stay alive inbetween missions, collecting. escaping the guards, however, is almost too simple. instead f fighting, you can choose to run away and hide, with hiding places almost every five feet in this game. If you choose to fight the guards, however, the fighting system is very intuitive. the enemys seem to have a set way of fighting, where only one or two will attack you at a time, enabeling you to bounce about between enemys dealing small amounts of damage, or to easily attempt a counter-kill.
The story in this game is brilliant, not only because it is interesting, but because it lasts a rediculously long time compared to most other games on the market. there is also diffrent areas unlocked throughout the game, which means that you unlock new areas, therefore new collectables and explorable areas. another good thing about this game , is that the collectables are not just collectables, but they actually unlock gameplay bonuses, such as a game related movie or a new weapon.
all in all, this game is a killer. good in all the areas, although mabye it deserves a bit more than a 15 rating, due to the amount of violence, and some slight sexual suggestivemess.
eugh. i first got this game a few weeks after it had came out, as it had gotten a few good reviews, and i thought it would be a fun game, and i was proven utterly wrong.
The story revolves around Alex mercer, a guy with a disease which seemingly comes out of nowhere, and instead of making him sick, gives him the ability to make him self weapons out of his hands and armour and do area attacks and the like. "how could this possibly be a bad game?" i hear you ask. well, here are but a few reasons. First of all, the plot is hopelessly thin and repetitive, where you either have to break into a military base for info, which is like putting on a hat and walking into the NSA because the AI is so bad, or you have to fight off the infected mutants, and defeat a supermutant in the end, which later in the game becomes as boring as bejesus.
point two, is that the graphics are hopeless. the rendering is ok, and i suppose it would have to be for the amount of helpless civilians you have to kill to travel around, but the detail is woeful. the sheer mass of civilians i suppose has made it so that a person is just a glorified ragdoll with 3 colours, who dies at the slightest nudge.
thirdly, and finally, is the length. although the missions are endlessly boring, after you fight the final boss, you start to think, is this it? the final boss fights almost identically to the other end of level bosses, and is over dissapointingly quickly.
the attack system on this game is one of its main redeeming features, although even that needs some work. the basic attacks are easy to operate, and the more complex combos that are unlocked fairly early have awesome names and are devastatingly powerful. however, whenever you lock some of the end of game combos, creating one of the huge chains of hits required to pull it off is hard, as one knock send you off.
collectables in this game are fairly worthwhile, unlike in othergames, they unlock more of the back story of the people who origionally found and worked on the virus/viruses
all in all, a rubbish game dressed up as a blockbuster.
throughout the years, Amazon has always been the leader in online shopping. i first stumbled on to this site a few years back, just as i was starting to use the internet. i was looking for a book, and for a good while after, all i di on amazon was buy books and the occasionl CD.
About last year, however, which may make me look like a loser to some of the more internettier of you, i discovered that it could be a good shopping site for many other products.
my first foray into amazon purchases was to buy some home-brewing equipment. i was pleasently surprised by the way the results where displayed, as previously, whilst searching for books, i had known that the book would be the first answer up and therefore had no real need to scroll down througn the rest of the results. the best thing about the reslults system is the clear way in which the price and name is displayed.
the best thing is, that all the products on amazon are not necessarily form the one seller. Amzon displays the best price, but you are free to choose from any number of alternate sellers, selling both new and used articles. the sellers will give a clear and consice description of the products if they are used, and the reputation of most sellers on amazon is high.
the ordering system is easy, and does not have to be done on a third party website if it is an outside seller. some objects over a certain price can be eligable for what amazon calls "super saver delivery" which is in fact just a free delivery option that takes royal mail standard 1st class time to arrive.
the site is easy to navigate, with dedicated scrolldown tabs, and a wide collection of sub-categorys. the searchbar is easy to use also, where you can search particular niches with ease.
all in all, a very useful site for all your shopping needs, with a wide diversity of sellers and niche objects.
ooh boy do i love this stuff.
i first ran into this stuff in tescos while i was out buying some hand cream, and a recent bout of dry skin persuaded me to give something new a try. i was first attracted by the metal effect on the outside, and although it is cliche, it was because it made me feel a bit more manly than buying some cream-tubed unisex moisturiser. Not much to say on the packaging, deep blue with a metal effect front and white writing. the instructions on the bck are, on reading them again, quite funny, for example, "FOR MEN who want moisture and protection." now, is it just me, or do the capitals seem a bit over the top?
the cream itself is very good, and although it says using the Nivea deep cleansing face scrub before use provides better results, in the name of market research i have tried both a few times, and have honestly not noticed any diffrence to my skin after applying the moisturiser after both the nivea scrub and just regular soap. the moisturiser itself does not require very much to cover your face, a pea sized ammount should suffice. it does feel oily t first when it goes on, but this also dissappears in a very short time, and the cream is absorbed very quickly by your skin. weather this is due to my sligtly drier than usual skin, or just the cream itself, i cannot tell.
The creams effects are very quick to feel and see, my dry skin around my neck cleared up within about 3 days, and much of the tightness around my skin had dissapeared. the handy 75ml tube lasts alot longer than expected, and with one use a day, my tube lasted around 6 weeks.
The results are very good with this cream, and although its comparatively high pricetag compared to other basic brands from the leading supermarkets, i would strongly suggest it as a quick and continuing way to help relieve dry skin and tightness. the only problem is, the fix is not lasting. after a few days of not using it, your skin will revert back to its old, dry ways.
All in all, a brilliant cream for a quick fix for dry skin.
first impressions of the currys website are alright, although the "top offers" section does not necessarily tell you the best offers, for example it could offer you a reduced price 32in TV, although if you go and look on the TV tab, you may find a cheaper TV of similar size and specs, the only diffrence being that it may not be a premium brand.
overall site navigation is easy enough , with the tabs at the top being very clear, and offering a quick-menu for all the most common categorys. Clicking on a tab or option on a rundown menu takes you to a page where it displays either tabs to further subcategorys, or a product list.
the lists are easy to navigate, with diffrent filtering and sorting options, such as best sellers, price low to high and price high to low.
ordering off the site is simple also, with the expected ordering pages, which are very clearly laid out and easy to navigate. once you have ordered, it is possible to track your order through processing to delivery. delivery is very quick for small orders, and it is also free, which is a big boost in comparison to the other sites you could use. delivery is on average 3-5 days, which is fantastic because it also applys to northern ireland and very few sites actually deliver freely and quickly to me, which is usually a major pain, not so with this site.
good site overall, with a nice clear layout and easy ordering.
i had recently purchased the billy bookcase from ikea, and quickly ran out of space for my DVDs. i havent got the space for a separate bookcase for the DVDs, so i decided to get 2 CD towers. Due to the genious that is ikea, all the bookcase and cd tower bits and pieces come in the same variety of colours and sizes, so i was therefore able to get one the exact same height and colour, although they come in a great variety of colours, such as red, oak, pine and others. unfortunately, unlike the bookcases which can come in a variety of patterns, the CD towers can only come in the aformentioned colours, which makes matching the patterned bookcases a nightmare.
the assembly is pretty straight forward, with simple instructions included, complete with pictures, because of course, being ikea, everything is flatpack. you do, however, need some basic tools to complete the assembly, such as a hammer, a star headed screwdriver and a flat headed screwdriver. for the assembly, the instructions are easy to do, until it comes to the backboard, which is just as hard to work as its bookcase counterpart. some of the assembly may require the help of a friend, as some heavy lifting and stability while hammering and screwing will help. When you have the CD tower assembled, i would strongly suggest putting the wall bracket on the wall to hold it in place, as although it is of strong build, its centre of gravity is quite high, so it will topple quite easily if you do not. placing the bracket will require powertools.
all in all, another cracker from ikea, which will match pretty much any other thing in ikea, because they all come in the same basic variety of colours.
i first got this whenever i was having a little confidance crisis with my teeth, because it was sitting on the isle in tescos marked "whitening aids". perhaps not the best reason for getting a toothpaste, but whatever.
first impressions where good, it promises on the box to brighten your teeth by two shades in two weeks, perfect for the quick fix most people are looking for. the packet itself is the most awkward shape devisable for a packet of toothpaste. because it sits on its lid, presumably you are supposed to place the toothpaste on your toothbrush and then somehow put the top back on the tube to enable it to stand up without the toothpaste running out, whilst holding the toothbrush, because you can't set it down due to the aformentioned runniness.
after you have gotten past the initial predicament of getting it on your brush, it pretty much feels just like a normal toothpaste. after, however, your teeth feel uncannily clean, like they have just been polished. your teeth also feel strange in the fact that they feel that they feel scraped clean, which i have been informed is because of the high silica content of the toothpaste, which in effect scrapes the top thin layer off your teeth, hence the warning on the packet not to use it for more than two weeks in a row.
There is no initial visible differance to the teeth, but after the alloted two weeks i noticed a small diffrence, although not nearly as much as i had first hoped. it turns out the two shades difference they where talking about on the packet where infact nearly the same colour, and the good work done by the toothpaste was easily undone by one or two cups of coffee.
all in all, an ok whitener, but i think you would be better off with a whitening kit, because at least then there is more of a noticable result, although it is signifigantly more expensive.
yet another victory for ikea. this lovely bookcase comes in a variety of colours, not just the advertised wood effect, but also red, white, oak, pine and even a few patterned designs, although i thoight the patterned ones where slightly feminine, so i stayed away from those.
they come flat packed, so therefore it is necessary to have a few basic tools, such as a hammer and a flat headed and a star headed screwdriver. the assembley instructions where straight-forward, although it is advisable to have someone assist you, as there is some lifting involved, and it would also be helpful in some of the stages for someone to stabalise the parts while you screw them in. one of the most difficult parts about the assembly was actually sliding the backboard into the bookcase, as it keeps falling out of the guide grooves, and it took me quite a few tries to get it in right, which got on my nerves a bit.
the bookshelf itself is very usefull, as most of the shelves are complelely changeable or removable altogheather, except the middle one which is there for structurl support. this enables you to do a great many things with the bookshelf, for example on mine i have made a rather large space just above the middle, and placed a TV in it, and the overall effect looks quite well.
The bookcase is very structurally secure, i have banged into mine many times and not once has a shelf came loose or the bookcase toppled. this may be in part due to the wall brackets which come as standard with the bookcase, which enable you to firmy secure it to the wall, if you hve the appropriate powertools for drilling into your wall.
Another good thing about this bookcase is that it is not just a one off, and as it is part of a wider range at ikea, you can easily find other matching items, in exactly the same colour and height.
at first people critisized me for buying this MP3, when the new ipods had just came out. And now, after a few months of ownership, i'm thinking they where right.
First off, the screen size is just silly, other small-size mp3 players get away with it due to the bar shape of their screens, but the circle shape of this screen means that inorder to fit a whole word on the screen, it has to write it so small that you need glasses just to see it. the menu is easy enoug to navigate, but by no means the most intuitive menu i have ever seen.
The buttons on the Stone do, however, make the player extremely easy to use, as they are big and sturdy, and i found no difficulty in being able to recognise and push the next button without looking, or even through my jeans when it was in my pocket. you will, however, sometimes find yourself nudging the microphone slider, interupting your song in mid flow. not the most helpful feature, the microphone provides grainy low-quality recordings, which is only to be expected from a budget mp3 player.
the weight of this player is another defining feature, as it weighs about the same as a pen, and its compact size also helps in keeping unsightly bulges protruding from your pockets, and unlike my old mp3, it wont pull your trousers down if you decide to run for a while.
the sound quality is tolerable, but it severely deminishes as the volume increases, especially when heard through the flimsy creative headphones that you get with them. the earphones are also not the most comfortable, and i frequently find myself with sore ears after about half an hour of listening. if you like your music and your comfort, i strongly suggest getting a separate pair of headphones.
the battery life is commendable, although i was a bit dissappointed that there was no way to charge it but with the tiny computer lead supplied, unless you want to buy a usb charger plug separate, which i would reccomend for long journeys in a car.
the memory of 2GB is perfect for the size of this MP3, as it was obviously only intended for use as a lightweight easy listening MP3. therefore, about 1000 songs should keep you happy for a long time on this little thing, a good lightweight alternative to the bigger brands, if you can stick its display
the mother of all student calculators. i first seen this model when my friend borrowed it off his dad, and the first thing i was drawn to was the integration button. although it only solves definate and rational integration, it is still a massive boost to any maths or physics students arsenal, shaving you from wasted minutes in an exam using your basic on-paper method. one problem, however, is that they have placed the new integration button where the old magnitude button used to be on the older casio models. this makes the calculator more favoured towards the pure maths and statistics area, rather than the physics and mechanics students, to whom the magnitude button is a necessity.
Aside from the integration button, it behaves like a normal casio. As always, this casio provides a very easy to use and navigate statistics option, with the ability to call up an F(x) table t the touch of a button, and also has a variety of useful formulas that can be applied to the table, such as variance and SD to name a few. the natural display is much easier to work with than the old linear disply, as now you can enter formulae just as they appear on the page, and it is all displayed infront of you, with no unnecessary scrolling back and front to find that one misplaced symbol. Getting off the complicated stuff on to the basics, the solar panel provides reliable battery life, so no worrying about it dying in the middle of an exam, and the ergonomic shape fits perfectly into your hand. the sliding cover is useful also, as on the inside it contins some basic instructions about how to access specific functions on the calculator, in a simple button by button way. the silver look is also a bonus in my books, because the other casios are all some drab blue colour, and this way people know you've bought the upgrade model;)