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      01.10.2009 10:48
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      On looks alone this is a good device, but the functionality doesn't quite live up to expectations

      I bought this car kit as it was easy to transfer it between my two cars - and, also, because it 'looks good'.

      I was quite impressed with the ease of setting the device up and the ease that I had in transferring my contacts from my phone, via Bluetooth, to the device. You are able to name your contact and then specify whether the number that you're transferring is their home, work or mobile number. So when you make a call you're using the address book on the device to call your contacts by using voice recognition. To make a call, you press the green button and specify the contact's name and then specify the 'tag' that you have assigned to their number - be it 'home', 'work' or 'mobile'.

      For those mobile phones that don't allow sending of contacts via Bluetooth, you can still use the device to connect to the voice recognition feature on your handset.

      The call quality is good, the person that you speak to can hear you, although on a couple of occassions I was asked if I was in a swimming pool! I didn't have any issue with hearing the person who I was speaking to.

      The downside of this device is that the knob, which controls the menu selection, is very sensitive - so, on occassion, I would find that when I was trying to set the volume, I accidentally changed the language which I wanted the device to recognise.

      Also, on a few occassions, when I was getting out of my car, I would hit my head on the knob of the device (as the device doesn't sit very 'flush' onto the sun visor) - until one day the knob fell off completely. I could still use the device, but I was then unable to alter any of the menu settings.

      I consequently gave up with the device when one day it stopped working. I thought that the battery had gone flat, so I recharged it fully, but the device wouldn't then switch on.

      I had the device for about 6 months and I gave up with it and bought a different make and model with which I am more than happy (and it was cheaper than this Parrot device!).

      On the whole, I would say that Parrot need to do a bit more work with this device in respects of reliability and, possibly, change the way that you can change the menu options - as the one 'knob' control isn't the easiest thing to use.

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      • Volvo 940/960 / Car / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        04.08.2009 14:05
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        Great workhorse, with lots of space, comfort and reliability

        I bought my Volvo 940 GL estate in December 2002 - it was first registered in September 1991, so when I bought it, it already had 170,000 miles on the clock.

        However, nearly 7 year's later and this old car is proving to be a great workhorse. OK, the mpg may not be great, but it continually gets through its MoTs with minimal expense (I obviously use a local garage and not the Volvo dealership!) - it now has 220,000 miles on the clock!

        The comfort of the seats is great - especially for long journeys and in Winter, when you can switch on the heated seats - lovely!

        The visibility all around the car is excellent - I've not had any problems manoeuvring out of some 'tight' spots!

        I'm able to take my wife, two young sons and our pet dog in great comfort when we go on holiday - the dog is in his cage and the necessary items for the holiday are packed round the cage and put on the floor behind the front two seats - so, space is not a problem with this car.

        When I have to take garden rubbish to the tip, I can lay all the back seats down and they lay flat, which provides loads of room to literally throw things into the back of the car and then unloading at the tip is very easy!

        The only downside of my particular model, is the engine size - I have the 2 litre version - which, on the odd occassion, can be a bit under-powered, especially when driving up steep hills with a full load.

        On the whole, though, I am a Volvo convert, as I would never dare touch one when I was younger.

        I don't plan on changing this car until it has to go to the great scrapyard 'in the sky' - so, if it's comfort, space and ease of manoeuvring that you're looking for, I would wholeheartedly recommend that you get a Volvo. (I've got my eye on a V70 estate, but that will have to wait for a few years just yet!)

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        • Cadbury Crunchie / Chocolate / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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          03.07.2009 11:31
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          Thank Crunchie it's Friday, Saturday, Sunday........

          Today's the day that I run out of the office at lunchtime, clutching my 50 pence piece, straight down to the nearest newsagent to buy myself a Cadbury's Crunchie bar.

          'Thank Crunchie, it's Friday!' (although that could be any day of the week for me!)

          Why has this been such an enduring chocolate bar for Cadbury?
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          As you can see, from the other reviews, it has been around in various guises since 1929. But I believe that its durability is down to the different 'experience' that each person gets from eating this odd mix of honeycomb centre (which in itself is a nice sweet treat) covered with milk chocolate.

          Personally for me, I savour that mix of milk chocolate and honeycomb centre just fusing together in my mouth which is quite sickly sweet in a tasty sort of way. There are not many chocolate bars that I savour, but this one is definitely the best for taking time over eating.

          One of my son's enjoys nibbling the chocolate off first, only then to be left with the honeycomb centre, which he then eats on its own - how's that for versatility in one chocolate bar?

          If you have a sweet tooth, and haven't tried a Crunchie bar, then what are you waiting for? This is definitely the bar for you.

          If you don't like sweet things then, I'm afraid to say, that this isn't for you - although you will be missing out on a treat!!

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            30.06.2009 15:18
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            To chat in your car, this is far better than some dearer alternatives

            What can I say about this product?

            I had used a couple of more expensive bluetooth car kits which just didn't function as well as they should have done, or should that be, as well as I expected them too?

            I, therefore, took a chance on buying the Nexxus Drivespeech PRO - which I had resisted as I was put-off by its apparent 'cheapness'.

            How wrong could I be?

            This is the best bluetooth car kit that I've ever used. I have charged it once and have been using it for about three months now and it hasn't been a problem.

            The instruction booklet that comes with the device is a bit 'basic', however, it provides all the information that you need to be able to use the device.

            I was able to pair my phone with the device very easily.

            If your phone supports this feature, you are able to transfer your contacts to the device for ease of voice-recognition dialling - you are able to specify whether the phone number of your contact is their home, work or mobile number.

            My phone doesn't allow me to transfer contacts by Bluetooth, however, I can still press one button on the device and that links through to the voice-recognition dialling on my handset.

            When you first turn on the device, it makes a noise to signal that it is switched on and a voice tells you that the 'power is on', the same voice informs you when the device is connected to your phone by telling you that the 'phone is ready for use'.

            If, for any reason, the connection between your phone and the device is 'broken', you can just press a button on the device and it will reconnect to your phone.

            I have never had any problem with call quality, or had complaints from people that I'm talking to that they 'cannot hear me'.

            When a call is received, the device will give you the name (if you have transferred your contacts to the device) or the number (if, like me, you cannot bluetooth your contacts to the device) of the caller so that you can either accept the call or reject it.

            To answer a call you press a button, and, to end a call, you press the same button - you will get a voice prompt that says 'end call' when you have finished.

            When you want to turn the device off, you press one button which, after pressing, you will hear the voice tell you that 'disconnect complete' (from your phone) and then, 'power off', to tell you that you've turned the device off.

            If, like me you can be a bit forgetful, the device will automatically shut itself off after 10 minutes if there has been no connection to a mobile phone - thus saving on the power of the device.

            The device will fit to most (I won't say 'all' as I'm not qualified to do so!) sun visors and is very streamline, so there won't be any issue of possibly hitting it with your head as you get in/out of your car.

            Overall I'm very impressed with this device and am regretting that I had chosen two more expensive options before I took the 'chance' with it!

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            Dimensions: L117 x W46 x H16mm
            * Talk time: upto 8 to 10 hours
            * Standby time: up to 500 hours
            * Charger voltage: DC5.0V 400mA

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              29.06.2009 13:16
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              A break from his usual style of music - a refreshing change perhaps?

              I bought this album trusting that JMJ would deliver the goods - as he usually does.

              However, I had to listen to this album two or three times before I could appreciate the fusion between Jarre's music and lyrics - I had expected something in the vain of his previous work - Oxygene, Equinoxe, Waiting for Cousteau, Chronologie, etc.

              The album is, after those initial 'listenings', quite catchy and the tracks that I particularly like are 'Hey Gagarin' and 'Give Me A Sign'.

              I would say that this is a departure from his usual work and more of an experiment with other artistes such as Natacha Atlas ('C'est La Vie') and Veronique Bossa ('Give me a Sign' and 'Millions of Stars').

              It would also be fair to say that this is an entry into the dance music genre for JMJ - as his music, thus far, has been targeted to a fairly 'niche' audience.

              If you've not liked his music before, then this album may be for you in that it is completely different from his previous offerings.

              If you're a fan of JMJ - then I would urge you to buy this album, as JMJ is definitely bringing in some new ideas and collaborations to his work.

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            • BT Response 75 / Archive Computer / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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              18.06.2009 12:33
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              Very reliable machine, just plugged it in and it was ready for use

              In these days of modern telecommunications, it is an 'easy' option to allow your telephone service provider to be responsible for taking your 'voicemail' calls - i.e. Provide you with an answering machine service.

              However, I worked out that at £1.75 a month that this was unnecessary, for a one-off payment of £20 to £30 you could have an answering machine that had better functionality than what my telephone service provider could offer and it has paid for itself in the 2 years, or so, that I have had the machine.

              So, what can I say about the BT Response 75?

              As soon as I get home, I know whether somebody has called me as the machine has an audible 'beep' alerting me to the fact that I have a message/messages. This function can be switched off, if you find the beep 'annoying'.

              The quality of the recordings is very good and I haven't misheard a message yet!

              The machine itself is very simple and intuitive to use, although it is worth having the quick guide to hand for some features that you may need to amend on the odd occassion - for example, how to turn the 'beep' alert on or off, how to take the machine out of answer mode so that you can answer the phone as and when you like, how to reset the number of rings of your phone before the machine answers the call, etc.

              A feature of this machine that I particularly like is that when I listen to the messages, the caller's number is given out at the end of the message, as well as the time of the call - even if a message hasn't been left, I am given the caller's number and the time that they called.

              Also, if you're away from home and you wish to access any messages on your BT Response 75, this is also possible by calling your home telephone number and by simply pressing a couple of buttons on your phone, and entering a security number, you will be able to access your messages. Coupled to this is that to save you paying for a call, i.e. waiting for the machine to 'kick-in' before you enter your security code, you can set the machine so that it will only ring twice if you have messages, but six times if you don't (i.e. you can hang up between ring 2 and 6!).

              Also, if you're unfortunate enough to experience a power-cut, the BT Response 75 has a battery (9v battery, one of the square ones, which you must purchase separately) which will keep your machine functioning until power is restored.

              I can honestly say that I haven't found/noticed any disadvantages to using the machine; but the best advantage is that I'm now saving £1.75 per month as the machine has paid for itself and I'm not paying my telephone service provider!

              And, I almost forgot to mention, that I had the machine up and running, with my own personalised message for callers, within half an hour of getting the machine out of it's box.

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              17.06.2009 14:29
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              Great place for all things Christmas

              Wizzard wished for it in the 70s and The Christmas Shop fulfilled that wish!!

              It is 'Christmas everyday' in Lechlade, Gloucestershire, and this little shop is a treasure trove for anything and everything that you need for the event.

              My wife and I started to go to the shop in 2004, assuming that if we went in November it wouldn't be too busy. How wrong we were - we had to wait outside for a bit of room so that we could squeeze in!

              We have taken to going to the shop earlier in the year as we can browse the traditional, wooden candle holders, the baubles, incense burners, lights, etc. in a bit more comfort - as, you'll soon discover, the shop is quite small.

              However, even though the shop is small, it makes it feel more like a Christmas grotto rather than a shop - which I believe enhances any visit.

              We now take our two sons every year so that we can purchase a 'new' decoration - as we tend to buy a more 'expensive' traditionally made decoration.

              So, if you value a 'traditional' Christmas, with all the decorations that go with it, this shop is a gem; go earlier in the year though as you should then have room to browse!

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              • UKTV Gold / TV Channel / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                15.06.2009 18:00
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                You'll love this channel for a few months, then tire of the endless 'repeats'

                G.O.L.D. (Go on Laugh Daily - seriously, this is what it stands for now!), was, as other reviewers have said, UKTV Gold.

                The trouble with this is that they've changed the name of the channel and they've changed the number I have to tap into my remote to watch it, but the content has remained the same.

                For some, it may be great to have 'The Royle Family', 'Only Fools and Horses', 'Open All Hours', 'The Vicar of Dibley', etc. on repeat ALL the time; which for the first six months to a year of receiving the channel was fine. However, it is now repeats and re-runs 'ad nauseum'.

                They often have a comedy film on a Friday evening, which can be a bit of a hit or miss affair, dependant upon your taste in comedy.

                They also have back to back shows of, for example, 'Fawlty Towers', on a Saturday, so, if you want to catch a whole series in one sitting, then this is the channel for you.

                One final drawback with this channel, is that they try to re-package the same programmes as something new - for example, they had Saturday Stacks - which in reality was 'Only Fools and Horses' again!

                The main advantage of this channel is that you know that it's safe to watch and that the comedy is good - as long as you don't mind the repeats.

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              • Tefal TT744115 / Toaster / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                15.06.2009 17:32
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                Great toaster which makes breakfast a lot easier than it used to be.

                This toaster is the best.

                Shame I have to write more, but that essentially is it.

                OK, the detail:

                My family and I eat lots of toasted products for breakfast and, consequently, we needed a good four slot toaster. Unfortunately, before we found this one, we tried inferior products which kept on breaking.

                This toaster has the added advantage of having the extra wide slots, which allows you to cut your bread as thick or as thin as you like or toast your baguel without having that 'force it into the toaster' feeling and then watch it burn.

                Also, to avoid burning your fingers, or using a knife to get your toast out of it, this toaster has extra levers (those two in the middle on the front of it) to lift the toast higher so that you can take it out.

                There has been much thought given to the design of this toaster - i.e. the slots slope at a slight angle, so that your toast can pop up nicely.

                There are independent browning controls for the two pairs of slots and a 'toast from frozen' button which we also find extremely useful - especially when our youngest wants jam on toast and we've only got bread in the freezer!!

                Do I work for Tefal? No.

                Would I recommend this toaster? Most definitely, yes.

                Have been asked to clarify a couple of points:

                1. Price - I paid between £40-£50 for this (however, I know it's cheaper than this now)

                2. Size - it is quite a large toaster and does occupy quite a bit of space - dimensions are: 24.5x30x28 (H/W/D) cm

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                • Philips VOIP3211S / VoIP Phone / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                  15.06.2009 16:37
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                  Good product, very easy to use and it is recommended for the price

                  The Philips VOIP3211S seemed like a bargain when I bought it six months ago and, in all honesty, it WAS!!

                  I was able to set up the phone and get connected using Skype very quickly and efficiently.

                  The only problem that I encountered was a conflict between my PC's speakers and using the handset to hear the person on the other end of the line. This was quickly remedied by Skype's voluminous help files.

                  Two major features of this phone are that it has a very clear screen and the buttons are large for people, like me, with rather large fingers!

                  The call quality is very good, however, when calling mobiles from this phone, using Skype, the quality can suffer a little (i.e. a bit of hissing and crackling on the line).

                  Unfortunately, I cannot comment on how this phone fairs when using it for 'normal' landline calls. However, I would suggest that if it works as well as it does for making calls over the Internet, then, for the price, it's a good quality product.

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                  11.06.2009 18:05
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                  A good phone overall - as it is a phone. The other 'toys' enhance the phone experience

                  As an alternative to the iPhone, Nokia have hit the mark with the 5800 XpressMusic.

                  The phone is more compact than the iPhone and is easier to handle, especially with one hand!

                  The main, selling point of this phone, is it's media capability - and I can assure you that you won't be disappointed by the sound quality of your music or the quality of video that you can view on the 3.2 inch screen. Coupled to that: the BBC iPlayer is preloaded as an app on the phone and I can assure you that it brightens up many a dull train journey!

                  The touchscreen technology is smooth and very responsive - although it may take a while for you to remember to use the stylus rather than your finger on the screen, as the only issue here is that the screen does get covered with greasy fingerprints.

                  The pre-loaded GPS is brilliant (be warned though: you may have to pay an extra fee for a license to use it - i.e. on top of your contract price!)

                  The applications are great for this phone - register for the Nokia OVI store and you'll be amazed at what you can do with the phone.

                  The 3.2 megapixel camera is very good if the lighting conditions are OK and you're not relying on the zoom functionality of the camera - as I've found that pictures using the flash and/or zoom can appear 'grainy' once transferred to a PC.

                  Having said all this, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is a phone. The call quality of the phone is excellent, the battery life is good and would I recommend this phone to you? Well, yes, I would!!

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