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      16.05.2011 20:18

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      A great hotel

      The Queens Hotel first opened in 1860, where I stayed and I loved it. We travelled to the hotel by train which was very handy as the train station was right opposite so there are excellent travel links. The city centre is also only a 10 minute walk away, which has lots of shops, or there is a free bus if you'd prefer to be lazy.

      From the outside of the hotel it doesn't look very detailed, just quite large and white. There is private parking which is protected by a gate which has a code changed very regularly; however this costs £10 per night. The hotel room rates a re quite expensive, up to £300 but is expensive but is what a 4 star hotel would entail.

      From the inside of the hotel, again I loved it. There is so much decoration it makes it well worth the money. The hotel is decorated with the monarchy as a theme; part of a walkway contains different armour used in battle which was interesting to look out and read about.

      The rooms are very decorative and are nice and colourful. We stayed in a room which was red which felt very warm. The bed was king size and very comfy with more than enough pillows. There is also free wi-fi which is nice. The TV is a good size which adds to the luxury element of the hotel. 24 hour room service is also nice is needed.

      The hotel offers a free bar between 5pm-9pm to customers who have paid for bed and breakfast only. The sitting areas are large and there are quite a few, however they are quite dark but that's the theme of the rooms. The staff were all friendly and very helpful - I remember the receptionist saying it looked like we were staying for a month with all the luggage. The breakfast was served in a self serve way. This was good because it meant I could have as much of what I wanted and as it was a full English and I was on holiday, I filled the plate and it was all tasty, well cooked and fresh. I liked the way we were offered a range of tables so could sit were we wanted. However, the breakfast is not included and cost £20.

      I loved the hotel and we are going back this August and staying in the King Executive room which is more expensive but contains a bedroom, living room and a bathroom with a TV! It is only £20 a night more expensive so for what we get we thought we may as well have the best.

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    • Cult Clothing / Highstreet Shopping / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      15.05.2011 23:28

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      A nice shop

      The nearest Cult clothing store for me is the Bullring, Birmingham. The store sells mainly Superdry and compared to my local Superdry store, I prefer to visit Cult. The reason for this is because Superdry shops tend to be small and cramped whereas Cult in Birmingham is a very large shop. I like how the men's section is nearly as big as the women's, which is different to most other shops. The store has lots of men's Superdry which is better because you can see and try them on which saves having to send it back if I were to buy from Superdry online.
      The store also has large changing rooms, however I have been a few times and the men's changing rooms were closed because there was not enough staff. When the changing rooms have been open, they are very small and narrow.

      The few staff that were in the shop were very friendly and served me straight away which is good. The shop was also very tidy, however I do think is it packed of too many clothes; many of which were the same, just different colours.

      The clothes are a reasonable price, which doesn't make it too bad that Cult does not offer student discount. However, I'm sure more students would go there if they did.

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      14.05.2011 23:01
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      Better than expected

      I have just finished my first year doing and law degree at Wolverhampton uni, and despite what people say about it not being a very good place to study, in some cases I agree but in others I do not.

      A good point about the main campus, for me the location is good. I live at home and only have to leave the house half an hour before a class. It is also a modern campus with good facilities and lots of computers for IT based subject; however I don't thing they are very good but don't have much experience using them. For me I have to use lots of books and have preferred to buy my own books, which may be more expensive, but saves having to use books which in some cases are quite battered.

      The library is quite large, but there are not many tables on there own unless someone wants to sit in a room only about 3 feet wide for private study.

      The teaching on my subject is in most modules, quite informative. However, there was one teacher who hold had around 60 a week turn up for a lecture (out of about 250). The numbers speak for the quality of this teaching. However, my other subjects have barristers teaching and are the best teachers because they were informative, but not serious about the subject which took the pressure of the students.

      The one major disadvantage is that there are a lot of students who are only there to save getting a job and don't do any work. This would be bad in a subject for teamwork. However, if you work best on your own, this won't make a difference.

      Overall, I have enjoyed my first year at Wolverhampton University and are glad I decided to go there; even if I was disappointed when I first found out I happened got into my first choice.

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        14.05.2011 11:13

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        A good brush

        I used to use an electric toothbrush years ago, but never got on with it so stopped using it. However I recently saw an half price offer in boots and thought I may as well try if for the money. There are both good a bad things about an electric toothbrush. To start with the battery only lasts a week if used twice a day for the recommended two minutes. It also takes 18 hours to charge fully so if it is used twice within the day of charging, it would need and extra 5 hours on top of the 18. This is too long for a toothbrush. However, it does make cleaning easier and does whiten your teeth after a few uses.

        If there were anything I would change it would be the size of the brush; if it were a little large I would be happy. It also occasionally makes my gums bleed but that will stop in time, so the booklet says. The toothbrush is not the thinnest, which is good as it stops your hands feeling the vibrations so much.

        The toothbrush can be bought from Amazon for £29.99. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try a cheaper electric brush before getting on a little more expensive.

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      • Audi A3 1.6 5dr / Car / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        13.05.2011 13:00
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        A great car

        Audi is a car manufacturer that has always been known for its quality. I think they are certainly worth the extra money for the comfort and quality which the small A3 S line certainly has. From the outside the S3 is a cut about the lower models with lots of extra detail; I particularly like the large front bumper which makes the car look very sporty. The LED headlights and the indicators on the mirrors add to the feeling of getting what you pay for.

        From the inside, I love sitting in this car. The seats are part leather, part fabric which is good for in the summer because leather can get very hot. The seats are positioned very low on the floor to make the driver and front passenger feel like a part of the car which will add to comfort. The seats can be lowered or lifted if necessary. From the front seats there the window screen seems very but there is very good visibility. The seats also have extra material on the top corners to hold the passenger in position when going round corners.

        To get into the car, it can be a little awkward at times because the doors are quite small, and do not open in one smooth motion; they can be opened to three different positions. The steering wheel has the usual radio control which would be expected on this model.

        Sitting in the back of the car, there is not much room for tall people, which results in my head being very near to
        the roof. However, if the front seat if forward a little, I only have to slouch a little and it is ok.

        This model has a 1.6 petrol engine which can do at least 50-60 mpg on a run which is good for a petrol engine. The petrol tank is 55 litres which would cost around £70 to fill up depending on price.

        As a result of the high quality, Audi's hold there value which is good if you change your car every couple of years. I would certainly recommend this car to anyone who wants a small yet sports car, as long as they have a good pot of money to pay for it. However, there is an issue of how common the car is, which may put some people off.

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      • Vauxhall Corsa SXi 1.4i / Car / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        12.05.2011 18:24
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        Nice car

        For this review, I am referring to the new shape Corsa. For my first car I have to say, I do like it, but if I were to buy another, it would have to be brand new.

        Lets start with the styling. When the Corsa was first released, it was quite a small car, and now it so much bigger; I was so shocked when sitting in for the first time how much room there is in the front. I'm 6ft 3 and I don't even have to have the seat right back. From the outside, the Sxi has more detail than the other models like the breeze or club which is good as it is the more expensive model. I like the door handles being the same colour as the car, and not black plastic which the lower models have which makes it look a lot cheaper. From the front, the car has really nice lines, and I like the spot lights underneath for a sportier look. The sides of the car have the extra coloured plastic which other models don't have, which again adds to the detail and sporty look. From the back, I like the chunky lights which add to the shape of the car. The boots is also good not having to up the key to open it.

        The inside of the car feels a lot more upmarket in comparison to the older Corsa. There is a texture to the dash board which makes it less obvious it is plastic. The air vents have more detail and the numbers for the radio stations are easily accessible and can easily have the station changed.

        From the drivers seat, I do find that the pillars block a lot of view with the extra window in the side in front of the mirrors. This can be awkward when turning corners but it's not really anything important. The steering weal is leather which I was shocked about. I like how the radio station and the volume of the radio can be change without taking yours hands off the wheel. This is something you find in more up market cars.

        The petrol consumption is up to 50mpg for extra urban. However I have only managed to get 40 mpg but this will vary with driving style and speed. The fuel tank has a 45 litre capacity and costs around £50 to full up depending on petrol price.

        Overall I do like the car, and I would buy another, even if it is seen as a common boy racer car, but there's nothing wrong with having a little car that is surprisingly quick. They are also not too bad at holding their value if your looking to change your car regularly.

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      • Barclays Bank / Bank / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        06.09.2010 19:43
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        A good bank (so far)

        I began banking with Barclays just three months ago when I go my first job and so required a bank account. I did not really want to join Barclays as I was only doing so, because of my parent's experiences with them. But now, I am glad I have joined Barclays. There is a branch in my town centre which is the main reason I joined them so if I do have any problems, I can easily walk up and sort it out.

        I use online banking more than in branch, and I find it good but the PIN sensory machine supplied can be annoying; having to enter my pin number to be given a several digit number to access my account takes time. What happens if I lose the machine or the battery runs out?
        I have also opened another account which is just an online account as it offers more interest than my current savings account. I like the way the online system shows the user a list of their income and outgoings for a period of time; like an online bank statement.

        In branch the staff are very friendly and it was very easy to open my account. However, I find the staff calling you by your name annoying at times because they do not know you; but I know they have to try and be friendly.

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          06.09.2010 18:51
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          Good way to talk for free

          I first joined MSN after being moaned at during school to become a member, and it certainly gave me something to do during the cold winter nights when there was nothing else to do.

          MSN allows you to add 'friends' to a contact list with the use of their e-mail address. Hence the quote marks around friends, because a lot of people that have contacts on their MSN do not actually know each other, therefore defeating the object of being able to have conversations with people you know. However, some people like to talk to strangers who eventually become friends.

          There are also problems with systems such as msn such as bullying where people abuse someone. This is a particular problem for school children and young adults. However, conversations can be recorded under the contacts email address of the user's computer, so if parents feel the need to see what their child is talking about, it can easily be accessed. There is a useful tool that contacts can be deleted or blocked for a period of time which makes other contacts think the person is offline so they can not talk. This is good for unwanted 'friends'.
          Users can also post pictures of themselves on their picture ID's. However, who's to say the picture is the person you are talking to? Unless you know the person, you can't be certain of who your 'friends' are. This can be dangerous for younger people.

          Users can also add emoticons to their conversations which can create humour so users can have fun while talking to friends. The colour of their writing can also be changed to their tastes which can create individuality. Web chats can also take place for free with the use of MSN which is good for friends that may not see each other much.

          Overall, I would recommend msn to anyone that has IT experience and is sensible about who they are talking to.

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        • Virgin Trains / Transport National / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          01.08.2010 12:22

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          Cheap easy travel

          I always use Virgin trains when even I travel for things like holidays. I recently went to Chester for a few days and the train price was very good; £20 return for just over two hours of travelling in total. It was also good that the train station in Chester was over the road from our hotel. However I was slightly disappointed when travelling to Chester because I thought I'd be travelling on a Virgin train when it was actually an Arriva. On the plus side, the train on return was a Virgin train.

          I find the trains to be of a reasonable standard for the price. The one I travelled in was a little tatty with quite a lot of dirty seats and a lot of marks on the walls etc. I know this because most seats were empty because our travelling time was just after nine at night. This was also good because it meant our travelling could be peaceful with less stops at other stations making the journey time faster.

          Overall, I would recommend Virgin trains to anyone wanting a reasonable price train ticket as long as they don't mind the odd bit of untidiness.

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          11.07.2010 14:07
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          A great place to go

          The Eiffel Tower was built in 1887-1889 for 1889 Universal Exhibition and Centennial. It stands at near 1,000 feet tall and took from 23 January 1887 to March 1889 (2 years, 2 months,5 days) to build. During this time 300 steal workers were used; one of which died. The tower can change height up to 15cm depending on the air temperature. To reach the top of the tower, there are 1665 steps.

          Entrance to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor is every day 9.30 am - 11 pm. Prices are very reasonable at under 10 Euros to go to the top in the lift. But if you do go to the top, and the weather's not to warm, make sure you wear a number of layers as it can be very cold and windy; it was for me the beginning of May.

          The only thing I do not like about when I visited the Tower, was the number of people trying to sell things, from Eiffel Tower Models and scarf's.

          I would recommend going up the tower to anyone, but if your scared of heights, it would be better to go at night because its harder to judge the height.

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          • Nestle Cheerios / Breakfast / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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            05.07.2010 20:50
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            A good cereal

            Cheerios is a brand of breakfast cereal. Cheerios was first produced on June 19 1941, as the first oat based ready to eat cold cereal. They are produced by the cereal company Nestle. There are a number of different ranges of cheerios. Some of which are listed below;

            * Banana Nut Cheerios (2008)
            * Oat Cheerios (UK, only oat)
            * Chocolate Cheerios (2010)
            * Fruity Cheerios (2006) (Cheerios sweetened with real fruit juice.)
            * Oat Cluster Crunch Cheerios (2007) (sweetened Cheerios with oat clusters)

            Ingredients for cheerios is as follows;

            - Whole Grain Cereal Grains (77.8%)(Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Barley, Whole Grain Rice, Whole Grain Maize), Sugar, Partially Inverted Brown Sugar Syrup, Wheat Starch, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Colours: Carotene, Annatto and Caramel; Antioxidant: Tocopherols.

            Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid (Folacin), Vitamin B12, Calcium Carbonate and Iron.

            A 30g serving contains:

            - 110 calories (6%)
            - 6.4g sugar (7%)
            - 1.1g fat (2%)
            - 0.3g saturates (1%)
            - 0.4g salt (6%)

            Cheerio's are suitable for many age ranges. Personally, I am 18 and eat a lot of food. Generally I will have at least two bowls of Cheerio's and when I do this, they don't really fill me up for long. Other cereals can keep me sustained for a lot longer.

            Prices (from Tesco website)

            - 375g for £1
            - 600g for £2.48

            I would recommend cheerio's to anyone. They are also a goof price.

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            05.07.2010 20:18
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            A goof trainer

            I've had many variations of these Nike trainers and really like them. Compared to the rest of my trainers, they are the most comfortable trainers I have. This is because of the quality soles, however if I'm wearing them all day they do start to become uncomfortable, but this doesn't happen often.

            I play a lot of badminton, and these trainers are well suited to the sport with the good grip on the bottom. On the other hand, because the bottoms are flat, if walking over lose ground there is not much grip and I find my foot to slide round a little. Driving in these trainers is very easy because of a good amount of grip.

            The laces are quite long and run along a lot of the shoe, which is good for me as I have think feet and can easily make them tighter when running.

            The small details on the shoes add to the quality and the individuality. The trainers in this review have small blue parts, which is a good splash of colour. My other trainers have different colours such as red which is good as they will match other items of clothes such as a red t-shirt.

            The trainers are good quality, and can last me over a year. They are priced at close to £50, but can be found on offer for £35 if they are older versions.

            Would I recommend these trainers to anyone wanting comfy footwear, which can be used for a number of purposes.

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          • Tesco / Highstreet Shopping / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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            04.07.2010 16:59
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            Everything and anything for anyone

            Tesco began as a small market stall in East London in 1919 by Jack Cohen and T.E Stockwell. His first day profit was £1 and sales were £4. Tesco is an ever growing company that now operates all over the world, recently entering Asia and China.

            Tesco employees around 250,000 people in the UK, has profits of £3 billion with sales reaching £1 billion in a single week. The company has nearly 2.500 stores in the UK. So, no matter where you go there is going to be a Tesco in some shape or form. From where I live, within around 5 miles I can recall six or seven stores, compared to only about five competitors in total.

            Tesco is always under criticism for buying locations to stop competitors from building there, which increases their land bank. They are also criticised for the number of stores and the amount of different stores they have such as Tesco Extra and Tesco Express etc, as well as their normal supermarkets.

            Tesco offers any service to anyone, from home insurance to pet insurance, from carrots to cabbages and from TV's to illness tablets. The range means that Tesco takes so much custom from other businesses, and has resulted in a lot of small family run businesses closing down.
            I tend to find that Tesco offers some products that a cheaper than the competitors, and others are more expensive. But the difference is not really significant. I find Tesco to sell good quality good, and their own brand products are also very cheap.

            Customer service is always very good and as there are a lot of staff
            working at any one time, it is easy to find someone to ask where a product is. They are always friendly and approachable.

            I would rate Tesco 7 out of 10. The reason behind this is because I think their product select is very good. On the downside, I do not like the way they are taking over every where.

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            04.07.2010 15:56
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            Not the best Windows

            Windows is one of the major computer software brands that compete with the likes of apple with their Mac's. I find Windows to be more so for office work where lots of work processing is done, and Apple's for the more design savvy people such as architects. Windows Vista was released Jan 2007, as the newer version of Windows following Windows XP.

            * 800 megahertz (MHz) processor and 512 MB of system memory
            * 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
            * Support for Super VGA graphics

            I find that most people prefer Windows XP to Windows Vista, and I am
            one of those people. Windows XP had quite a long life span in terms of how long it was on the market before a newer version was released, unlike Vista, which has now had a newer version of Windows 7 released too.

            Windows Vista runs quite slowly on start up. My laptop which has a 250GB hard drive and 3GB takes two and a half minutes to load, compared to a new windows 7 installed laptop that only takes 20 seconds. Vista also takes a lot of processing and software space, which will lead to a n increase in electricity consumption.

            Advantages of Vista:

            - A new GUI (Graphical User Interface) including the appearance of windows, the start button, the start menu and taskbars etc. When windows are minimized, if the mouse is over the bar at the bottom of the page, it will appear as a small screen. The start menu no longer has the word 'start'; simply a small windows icon.

            - The latest version of Windows Media Player is included in the Vista package.

            - Date and time from around the world can be displayed at the same time as where the user is.

            - An in built program called Photo Gallery. Previews of movies can also be shown whereas they could not on XP.

            Disadvantages of Vista:

            - High software requirements - minimum of 128 MB graphics card. For better performance, graphics memory must be of 256 MB. 20 GB space on the hard drive needed.

            - Some people don't like the difference between XP and Vista

            Overall, most people would chose XP over vista, and I am one of them. I am not looking to upgrade from Vista to the new Windows 7 as I have never liked this. I would give Vista 6 out of 10 and would not really recommend it.

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            • Fruit in General / Recipe / 14 Readings / 12 Ratings
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              03.07.2010 15:58
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              Good product for a good price

              I bought strawberries from Sainsbury's the other day as there were also some other brand strawberries for sale and these looked better. They were also half the price. A 250g box cost only £1, but this is on offer. I am unsure of the full price as it was not shown. A 400g box of other brand cost £3. There are around 20-25 strawberries in the 250g box, and for a £1 I think this is a good number.

              There were a few strawberries that were a little dark, out of shape of a little sour, but 80% of the box were sweet and a good quality. There is also the advantage they were English Strawberries, grown in Staffordshire.

              The packaging is a simple re-sealable clear plastic box, which is good for taking a few and putting back in the fridge.

              This product is not something I buy a lot of, only occasionally during the summer. However, I would buy these again at this price and quality, but it would depend on the full price if the offer is taken off.

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