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I stumbled across Myvoice a few months ago and, at first, thought it would be similar to other 'surveys for rewards' sites that I have found on the net. However, I have been proved wrong. Yes, Myvoice works in a similar way to other sites, in that you get points for completing surveys, which Mypoint calls 'polls'. But, the polls are always short and simple and I have found them to be interesting. One of the features I like is being able to see the results of the polls after you've completed it. Basically the polls are laid out as a series of questions, eg a current survey is on National Cleavage Day and there are 12 parts with 1 part being 'Do you think celebrities like Jordan influence younger girls to want bigger breasts?' with the options being a. definately b. probably c. definately not d. probably not. All you do is click on the answer that suits you and thats it. The points you gain for polls varies, but I have found polls to be averaging out at 10 to 25 points each. You need at least 2000 points in your account before you can trade them in for money (2000 points = £20 voucher for stores such as HMV, Woolworths, Argos, to name a few). This sounds a lot of points that you have to accumulate before you reap the rewards, but I have found there to be new polls regularly available and I have built my points up to just under 600 at the moment. Another bonus is the fact you get an entry into a prize draw every time you enter a poll. These prize draws are held monthly and previous prizes have included holidays and cars. There is also a Messageboard Forum on the site which has very interesting topics for dicussion by members. Myvoice is definately one of the best rewards site I have stumbled across and is definately worth a look if online rewards is your thing. Happy polling!
I’ve been using this scanner for about 6 months now at work and have to say I am very content with its performance. It cost £187.99 from comet and has been worth every penny. One of the things I like best about it is its scanning speed – very fast. Its simple to operate – the screen that opens when you start the program on your PC is plain with only a few buttons and to begin a scan you simply hit the start scan button. This may seem very obvious, but I have had experiences with several scanners in the past and the basic operation of them has been confusing and not so straight forward. Another great feature that I have found VERY handy is the Editable Text (OCR) option. This means you can scan a text document in and when you select this option and then save it as a Rich Text File it converts the scan into an editable Word document allowing you to edit and save it etc. Just watch out though sometimes some of the text may be converted wrongly and misspelled and you’ll have to change it. This will depend a lot on the quality of the document being scanned – if it isn’t clear to begin with then the OCR function will struggle to detect the correct characters (OCR stands for optical character recognition). In addition to saving the image to your hard drive or a floppy disk, you can scan items directly to the printer, to a CD or directly to software packages. You get some programs along with the installation CD including Corel.com, ACDSee, HP Photoprinting, Acrobat Reader, Share to Web that you can muck about with. However, my desktop publishing package of choice is Photoshop and the scanner works very well with it. Other features that are pretty much standard on scanner are the ability to manipulate scanned images – colours etc, being able to rotate images and zoom in and out. The resolution output is 2400x2400 dpi which produces really good scans. It also comes with a transparency ada
pter which allows you to scan from negatives/films. Would definitely recommend this product to others.
As a self confessed competition & freebie addict, after getting a PC and going online, I soon had found myself several sites offering freebies to the people from the UK. Perhaps a bit naive at first, I couldnt believe that there were so many sites out there that trawled the web to find freebies for freebie nerds such as myself. However, this feeling of WOW was shortlived as I soon came to realise that the term 'there's no such thing as a free lunch' was applicable to most of them. Okay, perhaps thats a bit harsh, but the majority of sites either dwindled away, werent updated regularly or were full of freebies that were quite frankly not worth having - well in my opinion anyhow. Just4Fun, on the other hand, has proved to be a very reliable and sourceful freebie site. Updated every day, I often find valuable freebies such as numerous cinema ticket giveaways and have received items such as books and beauty products, to name a few, through the post. The site itself is a no-nonsense, uncluttered with adverts site, and gives a great description on all freebies on offer. I've often found freebies on Just4Fun that other sites seem to have missed. With the exception of a couple of other freebie sites on the net today, Just4Fun is definately worth a look, particularly for cinema tickets for previews taking place throughout the UK. At the moment, for example, there are 7 Preview Screening opportunities for several films due to be released and I can vouch that you do receive the tickets (providing you apply for them in time!). So I guess if you're a film lover this is a great site for you too.
I kept a pair of Lovebirds for 3 years & had much enjoyment out of them. However, the same feeling was not had from my partner and father due to the racket they would make early in the morning. They make a piercing squawking sound which can become irritable. In saying that, in my opinion, this disadvantage far outweighs the good things about Lovebirds. Here's some info: 1. They are very cheap to keep - you can buy a pre-made bird mix from most pet shops and also treats and supplements. You can add your own fruit, vegetables and nuts to their feeding tray which they will enjoy. My birds loved a bit of salty popcorn too and milk and egg were also favourites. 2. They are VERY cute - and as their name suggests they are very affectionate towards each other and normally sit cuddled up beside each other. Although my male and female often took things a lot further than just a cuddle! Infact at one point it seems as though they 'were at it' 24/7! 3. Mine loved to be let out of their cage in my bedroom to fly about. But be warned that they have VERY strong beaks and love nothing more than to peck into things - so keep all valuables and dangerous items out of reach. You will find that you will be able to teach them to return to your cage when you want them back in. Infact, if you percivere you will be able to teach your lovebirds small tricks and they will eventually become quite tame. Mine had no problem with hopping onto my hand or flying through the air to catch popcorn. They also learned to immitate whistles. At when you attempt to handle them I'd advise wearing sturdy gloves - I aint exagerrating when I say they have VERY strong beaks & until they get used to you they will test your hand out - ouch! 4. Make sure you place their cage in a relatively warm and draughtproof area in the house and at night place a blanket or some sort of cover over their cage - both to keep them warm and also to quiet th
em. 5. Mine loved to use their birdbath but equally enjoyed their cage being placed under the shower and lukewarm water turned on. 6. In the summer they will love to be taken in their cage outside. If you do this remember to keep their cage placed high so no dogs or cats can get to it. 7. Cleaning their cage is relatively painess too - I did this at least once a week. I used old toothbrushes to scrub the base. Apart from the noise and their tendency to bite into things lovebirds do make really good pets especially if you give them a good bit of your time and they become tame and affectionate towards you.
Got a HP Jornada 525 colour pocket PC as a gift at Christmas and am now wondering how I ever did without it. I was always one for working between a few diaries and writing things down all the time so this has made my life a lot easier. I use it daily mainly to keep note of my appointments, to 'tap in' tasks and notes and to look up telephone numbers. However, the 525 comes complete with Word and Excel installed - and surprisingly it is VERY easy to use the stylus (plastic pen type thing u tap screen with) - if you already have keyboarding skills then you will find it a doddle to work your way roung the screenbased keyboard with the stylus. One of the key features I like is the fact that you can create Word/Excel documents on the 525 and easily upload it to your main PC for viewing/editing etc through a special cable that comes with it - again this is very easy and straightforward. You can set it to alert you when an appointment is forthcoming which if you're like me is a VERY handy feature! It has a built in microphone too and can record short sound clips if required. Another of my favourite features is the Windows Media Player software that comes with it allowing you to play music files in format MP3, WMAs or WAV. However, at the moment I have still to upgrade the memory and purchase a smartcard & just the one track MP3 that I uploaded used up almost half the available space - so it would be advisable to invest in a smartcard. MP3's can easily be uploaded from your main PC to the 525 easily, again through a special cable. You can surf the web with the 525 too, although I havent tried this yet. When you purchase the 525 you'll find a CD-Rom which contains loads of additional programs you can use with it like Yahoo Messenger. Again, you will probably need to purchase a smartcard before you start installing loads of programs. I'm pretty content with the actual design o
f the 525 aswell - its nice and basic, compact and light and the main screen is large and easy to navigate through. It has a built in rechargeable battery too which can be charged by simply plugging it into another cable which is supplied. All in all I would definately recommend this product to those with busy lives & schedules and would say you dont have to be an expert on computers to be able to operate it - it really is nice and straightforward. I found the following websites most helpful aswell when I first started using it: www.pocketpcs.com www.hp.com/jornada/solutions You'll find tips and advice, user guides and additional programs here.
I've had my two female pet rats for a year. When I brought it up that I was going to buy a pair my little sister vowed to move out! She had images of grotesque smelly rodents. How far from the truth could this be! Contrary to popular belief pet rats are very very clean. This is only one benefit out of many of keeping rats as pets. Here's some info from my experience: Rats NEED attention from their owners - a happy rat is one that is socialised and has time spent with it -they require plenty of exercise and love to explore outwith their cage - but be warned, they chew EVERYTHING, so keep anything dangerous (wires etc) and valuables out of reach and make sure they are supervised if you want your sofa/curtains etc to remain intact. If you spend time with your rats they will become very tame and interactive with you - mine dont hesitate to fall asleep on my lap getting stroked and they frequently start licking my hand in appreciation. The key to taming and socialising your rats is to gently handle them often after they have settled in their new home (allow them to get used to their new environment for about a week)- b4 long they will trust you and be very happy to be picked up and walked about on your shoulder. As I've said they are VERY clean animals - it didnt take me long to litter train them - u can buy a litter tray from any pet shop and just place it in the corner of their cage and put any droppings in there - b4 long thats where they will do their business - mine actually wake up and wander over to their litter tray still half asleep - I never find a dropping anywhere but there. They'll spend loads of their time washing themselves - which is very cute - but you should bathe them aswell. But make sure your arms are well covered as they dont like baths too much and will scramble like mad to escape the water resulting in scratching. You can buy special shampoo for them from larger pet shops. Rats are nocturnal pets and spend most of the day sleeping and most of the night playing about - but they will make time for you during the day. When i arrive home from work they are normally jumping about their cage in excitement waiting for a treat and its the same in the morning when I get out of bed. On to feeding - rats are very cheap to keep foodwise - you can buy premixed rat food from most pet shops for a couple of quid, but accompany this with fruit, veg and titbits in the form of, well everything really! They will enjoy a little of most foods that you eat. Mine particularly love cheese (only give a tiny bit of this due to it being fattening), potatoes, dried and cooked pasta, brocolli, cooked cabbage, sprouts, banana, brown bread, egg, milk... the list is endless. You'll find it amusing how they love to 'stash' foods for a later time. However,as much as your rats will adore chocolate and sweet things refrain from feeding them this as they cant digest foods such as chocolate - you can buy special treats from petshops like chocolate & yoghurt drops to satisfy their sweet tooth. Cleaning their cage is hassle-free too - its recommended to do this at least once a week. I layer their cage with compressed wood shavings that u buy from pet shops - to clean it I scoop my hand into a plastic shopping bag and scoop all the shavings out into another then simply put clean shavings in. However, you should properly clean their cage every now and again with special animal proof disinfectant - again u can buy this at larger pet stores. All in all you will fall in love with your pet rats if you treat them as they deserve and will have endless hours of amusement at their antics - they are VERY intelligent, inquisitive and loyal - I often comment that they behave just like a cat or dog. They will learn tricks and will recognise their name after time and will show you lots of affection. It really is a pity that the general l
ifespan of rats is only 2-3 years. Females, in particular, commonly contract tumours typically after about 18months when they have hormonal changes. A friend of mine who has kept rats for several years has experienced many a visit to the vet to have benign tunours removed - which can be costly and upsetting for both rats and owner. Malignent tumours are very common too. However, since I have had my rats there has been no health complications wotsoever and they havent been ill at all. Hope for anyone who is considering having rats for pets will do so - you wont regret it.
When I go shopping, in Glasgow's City Centre, I often pop into River Island. I really like the designs and styles on sale. However, I have yet to take a pair of trousers or jeans into the changing rooms to try them on and find them to fit!!! Now, my weight doesnt fluctuate that much and I always fit nicely into a size 12 or a 10 at times. But, in River Island a size 12 feels to me as though I am trying to squeeze my frame into an 8! Quite depressing really when I'm feeling a little fat! I actually overheard a changing room attendant tell a customer that she normally wears a 12, yet she has to up her size to a 14 or even a 16 on occasions! Now, perhaps its psychological, but I really dont want to have to buy size 14s when I'm no where near that size! For one, perhaps the waist line will fit, but the rest of the trouser looks out of proportion! So now, to be honest, I dont bother trying on bottoms! Other than this problem I've found, I like other aspects of River Island, like their shoe collection and accessories. In the past, I have had no problem in returning goods. However, in my opinion the prices are on the steep side for some of their regular clothing. I've always found their staff to be helpful and not too pushy.
For anyone fortunate enough to be visiting the wonderful city of Glasgow, or for those already living in the city and surrounding areas, if you havent already done so, then definately visit the Barra's. It is, however, only open at weekends. Situated within easy reach of the bustling City Centre, a visit to the Barra's would enlighten any visitor and give them the opportunity to see all the different Glasgwegian cultures in the same place. An interesting day can be made, by leisurely walking round the numerous stalls, holding a diverse selection of goods, and ofcourse, as any Glaswegian will tell you, at the Barra's you are never short of hearing true Glaswegian Banter bellowing out! Yes, there are numerous bootleg stalls which are notoriously known and used by the people of Glasgow and surrounding areas. There is a true sense of community spirit at the Barras, and a real buzzing atmosphere can be felt, especially at Christmas time, although it can get overcrowded at this time. There is also plenty of food places, both inside the market and in the surrounding area of the Gallowgate. The pubs, however, are based very much on Celtic Football Club and should perhaps be avoided wearing Rangers colours on a match day, as the pubs get stowed out, and like every other city, Glasgow has its fair share of trouble makers. The Barras is situated very near to Argyle Street which is one of the best shopping streets in the City if you want to shop at department stores aswell. Definately worth a visit... infact it is almost a Glasgow landmark!
After years of frustratingly searching for a colouring product which worked well with my red hair to no avail, I have finally found it in the Wella Viva On/Off System. Fellow redheads will know how annoying it is to be faced with product upon product mentioning no suitability at all to red heads. I have been told countless of times by hairdressers that 'red hair is the hardest to lift with colouring' After deciding to try the on/off system, I chose the mahogany colour and went for it. After a surprisingly easy application with no mess, I couldnt believe the end results. The finished colour was lovely and really suited me, it wasnt too dark and the coverage was even. Although admittedly it wasnt the same colour as the model on the box - it was lighter! Another noticeable feature was the nice smell the lotion had, very nice in comparison to some of the other colouring products on the market. Although semi-permanent, this product works wonders for redheads and can be removed very easily without any damage to hair. I did, however, try a lighter shade and the results werent as good - infact I didnt notice much of a difference at all. So if your a redhead and want to darken your natural colour, I would recommend this product.
Since purchasing my first pair of Acupunctures about 2 years ago (the same ones as illustrated, except in grey), I've bought 4 more pairs. My first pair are still in great condition considering how often I've worn them (at first I never had them off!!). I can vouch for their excellent comfort and durability. They dont feel like regular trainers, as in they are very sturdy and supportive. I didnt find them to stretch, which I have found to be the case with 'normal' trainers! Although the pair of Acu's in the illustration shows a very chunky sole, not all pairs are like this. I own a couple which have much slimmer and 'feminine' soles, but they are definately just as comfortable. Many Acu's come with really original designs (I have a pair which has a subtle dragon on it and another pair with a chinese motif) You'll find a good range of Acu's in Schuh and prices vary. You can pick up the pair in the illustration for about 50 quid now. Freemans, the catalogue, also stock Acu's - watch out for their sale brochures which I have found to contain last seasons Acu's dirt cheap! Acupuncture, based in Soho London, are also online at www.acupuncturefootwear.com where you can view all their designs and have a chance of winning a pair of your choice! Here you will find stockists and distributors also. Unfortunately, you cant purchase online, which would be great, as you'll find stockist tend NOT to stock any where near all the designs! But, in all honestly I would say Acupunctures have been one of my best value for money when it comes to purchasing wearables!
Before I tell you why I have an inclination that this site is a con, I'll explain what the site is all about. Unlike some other loyality scheme sites on the net, trocamania seems to have plenty of opportunities to gain rewards: - You can earn "trocass' by - - Surfing websites, by clicking on links and visiting them; you can visit the same site each month once and get trocas each time - normally you'll earn 1 - 5 trocas depending on which site you visit. - Answering short questions called troca questions, a new one every few days - great thing about this is if you havent visited in a while you can still answer the questions you missed and still get points for it. You get 5 points for answering the current question and 2 points for each question you've missed. - Referring friends to the site - Purchasing/signing up for items/offers on the net - There's also a survey section which hasnt become operational yet. You can redeem the trocias earned on gifts/vouchers etc picked from tons of companies. Okay, now to my doubts... after gaining enough trocas for a 10USD Amazon gift voucher (800 trocas) - this option disappeared within days and I now have to save enough trocas for a 50USD voucher! Coincidence? Hmm In addition to this, I no longer have the option to answer the Troca questions - there is no option to do so under 'earn' anymore, meaning I will find it very difficult to gain trocas unless I purchase items from sites! I am very suspicious indeed about this and it would be interesting to know if this has happened to anyone else!
Okay, it was only 50p for matching 3 numbers, but hey you've got a fresh chance everyday! I received my 50p cheque a few weeks after winning. This site used to offer you 3 chances per day to win, but has recently cut this down to one. As the other reviews will tell you, you can choose your 6 numbers and a banana number (like the bonus ball in the national)yourself, or alternatively let the site pick you a random selection. After selecting your numbers you have to hit a banner to register your numbers for the draw - this is how they can afford to do it, through advertisers. Advertisers are companies such as Channel 5. It really is completely free and with a chance to win a million its daft not to participate! Although, I do forget to enter every day! The draws take place at 5.30pm each day and you receive an email confirming the numbers you have chosen and another giving you the results of the draw - outlining how many of your numbers matched. It only takes a minute to do with no messing about! In addition to the lotto game, you can get the chance of winning various prizes by recommending the site to a friend - at the moment (Jan 01) it is silver earrings that are on offer. For the free chance to win cash you'd be bananas to miss out! However, on the downside, I've found the site to be slow at loading images.
I've been popping on to www.competitions-online.co.uk regularly now for about 8 months. One of the first things that attracted me to keep going back to this site, was the fact that it is updated every single day without fail. If you check the site 1 minute after midnight, the new additions will be there, ready for you to enter. On average, there's about 30 - 50 new additions each day. The layout and design of the site is simple, yet effective - in the past I have been put off with 'overcrowded' competition sites full of banners and advertisements. This site simply has links down the left hand side categorising prizes, ie entertainment, fashion, etc. The 'new additions' link takes you to sub-links from the past 7 days where all new competitions are listed with links, detailing the prize you can win, what you have to do to enter, ie register at site, answer questions, enter details, etc. I have won varous prizes in the past from this site including videos, holiday vouchers and cds. I would advise, however, if you are going to enter a lot of competitions to perhaps set up another email account, eg through Hotmail, to enter as your email address, as a lot of companies offering competitions use entrants email addresses for sending them newsletters and 'junk' mail - alternatively, keep your eye open for a box to tick stating you do not wish to receive regular info.
After attending the Tunnel in Glagsow's Mitchell Lane for the first time acouple of months ago, I was impressed with the club, especially the blasting sound system. The dress code for The Tunnel on a Saturday includes a request for 'lots of effort', which results in a smart and up for it crowd. On a Friday, drinks promotions run including £1 per drink until 1am. On a Saturday, the music ranges from trance to hard house in the main room. Entry to the club is approximately £7 - £10, depending on what night you attend. The Tunnel plays host to some of the worlds top class DJs, previous guests have included Paul Van Dyke and Judge Jules. You'll also notice an area holding Playstation game consoles as you enter the club! All in all The Tunnel comes across as a smart club and delivers the good to clubbers. It is also in a good location - its very near to Glasgow Central Station, main bus routes and a black hackney taxi rank.
If you are into clubbing then Inside Out at The Arches is a must go!!! Firstly, The Arches as a club isnt your typical venue. Its based under Glasgow Central Station and has a real underground feel to it! Inside Out is held on the last Saturday of every month and hosts some of the world top DJs like Judge Jules, Mauro Picotto, Lisa Loud, to name a few, in addition to the fantastic residents Simon Foy and Alan Belshaw! One of the great things about IO is the wide range of people who attend from different backgrounds, all with one thing on their mind - to have a banging night! There isnt a dress code as such at IO, if you fancy wearing your trainers for dancing all nite then thats fine! You'll see the odd cyber dressed clubber aswell! There is a main arch and a smaller one with several seating areas in between and two bars. The music ranges from trance to hard house to techno to funky beats - you name it and its catered for! Tickets are usually priced around the 20 quid mark - but book them well in advance. This month (Jan 01) the tickets sold out in 5 days! The venue holds around 1800 clubbers and is based centrally near to a main bus route, obviously a train station, the underground, and a black hackney rank is near by. Inside Out is fast becoming a Superclub and Judge Jules quoted it as being the hidden Stealth Superclub - he recently announced his residency there! Doors open around 10pm till 4pm. The atmosphere, as everyone who goes says, is second to none! So, if you love your clubbing, then Inside Out is must go! You'll not be dissappointed!