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    • Sky Sports News / TV Channel / 17 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      22.04.2010 23:39
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      Sky Sports News

      Sky Sports News is a channel that normally comes with a Sky package, however you can also access Sky Sports news via freeview.

      Sky sports news covers sporting news, yes you guessed it. It also gives you regular updates and scores, breaking news and transfers when relevant. The show runs mainly on hourly slots but does seem to revolve around football. Every hour the show starts with brief updates on breaking news and then goes into it on more depth.

      I would say that the channel covers 85% of football, the rest seems to be other sports such as golf, cricket, tennis, rugby and boxing. The show also shows upcoming fixtures and current league table positions.

      The show has several presenters who are all to a good standard, it also runds for 24 hours and is often watched by me (as a sports fan) when there is nothing else on.

      When there are live sport events running during the time sky sports is on they will give you updates of current scores, if it is a big game then they will also show a 'goal alert' which updates you straight away.

      Overall I would recommend Sky Sports News for football fans and give it a rating of 5/5, purely because I just cannot be without it!

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        22.04.2010 23:28
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        Worth a trip!

        The Riverside is the home ground of Middlesborough Football Club, it has a capacity of around 35,000 and is located in the North East. The average capacity normally doesn't meet the highest of 35,000, and I think averages around half due to the fact that the team have dropped a league.

        I visited The Riverside as an away fan watching Middlesborough vs Charlton, this was an FA Cup Quarter Final replay which Charlton unfortunately lost 4-2! It was a great game, and I have to say the stadium wasn't that bad either...even though it may have been in the middle of nowhere.

        I can't really comment on parking around the stadium as I took the train, the local station is around a 10-15 minute walk to the ground and there are also several shops along the way. Once you get to the final 5 minutes though there is nothing, and it seems pretty deserted around the ground.

        The food and drink in the ground is overpriced like most, there isn't much outside but you have your standard burger stand and programme stalls. If you walk around 5-10 minutes away from the ground you will find yourself a Mcdonalds though :) where we visited, there are also some pubs and restaurants further on.

        The seats inside the ground are comfortable enough and you have enough knee room not to be squashed in. The stadium is also very well designed and looks modern.

        The home support when I visited was not the best, I was expecting a Newcastle type atmosphere and didn't get it! I mean this was a game away from a semi final for goodness sake. Although the Charlton section were loud so maybe we drowned them out!

        Overall I enjoyed visiting Middlesborough's ground and the footballing day out, it was a long journey and seemed a bit deserted right outside the ground. However, the city not too far away seemed good for what you need.

        Overall 4/5 for a decent stadium, with a stadium like this Middlesborough need to be back in the Premier League :)

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        12.04.2010 21:53
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        Great fun, a must have

        I first came across this game on the app store where I noticed that it was number one. I had a look at the screen shots and I thought it was a game where you have to fly around shooting things, I then thought it didn't look that good due to that and left it.

        I then noticed again a few days later that the game was top, however this time the user rating had gone up from 4 and a half stars to 5. The game was 59p and I thought if people are giving it 5 stars, I have got to give it a go.

        The game was much better than my expectations. It basically involved a you as the little green alien (looks a bit like a hoover), and you have to jump your way up. As you automatically jump up you tilt the phone from side to side to ensure he does not fall off of the bottom. There are also aliens that try to kill you along the way and you have to tap the screen to shoot them with his shooter (looks like a hoover nozzle).

        An average game on doodlejump lasts around 30 seconds to a minute, but you will keep playing it because it's just so addictive!

        Overall I rate this game 5/5 because it's just so simple and addictive. A must have for 59p

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          12.04.2010 21:39
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          It's lovely ice cream, but just eat it in moderation.

          This flavour is a lot of peoples favourite in the ben and jerrys collection. It's not mine, but I did like it.

          Ben and Jerry's is a high standard and high priced ice cream created by two people, you guessed it...Ben and Jerry! There are several flavours which normally means that there is something for everyone.

          Ben and Jerry's can be purchased in most supermarkets and they also have their own shops in some shopping centres. Another place that Ben and Jerry's counters can be found is in the cinema, as the ice cream is very popular.

          Ben and Jerry's is probably the best ice cream out there, it tastes so nice and just unlike any other. This isn't my favourite because there are others that are just brilliant, but I do like this one! This flavour ice cream consists of vanilla ice cream mixed with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. It is quite rich but extremely tasty and isn't too sickly either, keep in mind though that it may be sickly if you have too much!

          A normal sized tub of this ice cream is around 500ml in size and doesn't last long, it normally costs around £4.00 from the supermarket but is on offer a lot of the time for around the £2-£2.50 mark. Purchasing the ice cream from one of their shops in the shopping centre or cinema will cost a lot more but is only meant for the use during your visit and not to take home.

          Overall I rate this ice cream 4/5 because it tastes so nice, the only problem though is that it costs so much. I would recommend this ice cream but only as a treat every now and again.

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            12.04.2010 21:09
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            Football Manager Handheld

            This game is the first edition of the Football Manager series on the PSP. i am the first one to admit that I have an addictive personality, but seriously this series of games really is addictive.

            I bought this game very cheap on ebay, I think it was about £4 all in and I loved it. If you like your football and even slightly like management games then I promise you will love this.

            You will find yourself getting really involved with the game and sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the next goal to go in. You will also learn all about buying players on a free at the end of their contract to then sell them on for a couple of million, this is vital if you choose a lower league team.

            There is one flaw to this game and it seems to be for every game in the series, it always appears that your first job is the toughest. I always seemed to get sacked by the first club I manage as they are so demanding but find I have great success at the second club. I managed to end up winning the premiership with AFC Wimbledon on this game, taking them all the way from the conference!

            One thing to be careful of if you buy this game is the 'big club release clause', this basically means that if you buy a player who has this clause in their contract then they can leave for a bigger team at any time, seriously. Your guy can be playing amazing for you and almost guarantee promotion, but then a higher team comes along and suddenly he has gone! One thing with this is though is that normally they do go for a much higher fee than their valuaton.

            This game represents real value for money and you will certainly get your moneys worth out of it. One thing to be careful of is that you can take your PSP anywhere, so you may never get off of it!

            5/5 for a game that is classic. If you don't mind the fact that's its not up to day, you could pick it up for £3 on ebay.

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          • Gamestation / Highstreet Shopping / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            12.04.2010 20:00
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            Worth a look, especially for retro games. They also have great titles in the sales!

            Gamestation is a company that sells computer games and accessories, they have their own shops which are placed all over the country and also have a rather large shopping website. Gamestation are probably the second biggest retail gamer in the country and are brilliant for retro gaming.

            Gamestation stock computer games for literally all consoles, old and new. The more up to date console you have the more software gamestation is likely to hold. Gamestation has a large selection of software for the PS3, XBOX360, NINTENDO WII, PSP and DS, these include brand new games and previously owed games. Previously owed games are normally also slightly cheaper.

            Gamestation are brilliant for older stuck as they have rare titles, however be aware that you wont get them dirt cheap. You will get some old classics from here though and you wouldn't somewhere else. Gamestation also sell consoles and a range of accessories for games, which are normally ok priced.

            Gamestation always have offers running for savings on their games, however the best deals I have ever found is through their website www.gamestation.co.uk, some of the deals that gamestation do seem to only be available from there website however. Another great thing to look for is their regular sales as they are quite good to.

            If you have several old games which you wish to trade in you can take them to gamestation and they will deduct them from your purchase, however I do feel that the price you get for your game is minimal and seems a rip off half of the time. I have found though that you will get a really good price for older games (such as NES or SNES games).

            I have always found gamestation to be very reliable, I have purchased several titles from there and never had a problem with them. When ordering online my item is always delivered quickly through their free postage service.

            When visiting the gamestation shops their staff are always friendly, helpful and polite. Gamestation also offer competitive prices and some real bargains in their sales.

            Overal 4/5 for a good online and instore service, just shop around first if you have the time.

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          • hmv.co.uk / Online Shop / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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            12.04.2010 19:52
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            Worth a look every now and again

            HMV is somewhere I have shopped for years, ranging from being a 14 year old boy buying in the store to now - a 24 year old man who uses their website as a bargain finder.

            www.hmv.co.uk is an online store that stocks everything you would get in your local HMV store and more. They sell DVDS, CD'S, Games and MP3's, there is also more such as Blu Rays and t-shirts but these are the main things that they sell.

            Hmv's website is a lot cheaper than the stores I have found and normally the discount ranges from 20-40% on average. The reason for this is due to the fact that you are cutting out the middle man who serves you in the shops and stacks the shelves! Don't forget the rent either.

            If you are a patient person who finds something they like in the HMV store I would recommend coming home and then checking out it's price on their website, due to the fact that it is normally cheaper. Delivery is also free so you're not going to find yourself getting stung that way.

            I have never had a problem with HMV and have always found their delivery times quite quick. Every product arrives in a new condition and not faulty.

            Overall 4/5 for a great site, stick to the online store as it's cheaper!

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          • Paper Toss / Apps / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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            06.04.2010 00:11
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            Definately worth downloading

            Paper Toss was the first application I was shown on one of my friends iPhones, it is simple but addictive and was one of the reasons why I wanted to purchase an iPhone of my own.

            The application is free from the apple application store and doesn't take long to download. The method of the game is also simple, throwing balls of paper into a bin. There is a fan present though that adds wind to the location you are throwing in, therefore when throwing the ball you have to keep this in mind.

            There are levels which range from easy to very difficult, easy being close to a bin in an office to hard being throwing into a bin in a large toilet room from one side to the other. The action of the game is also very simple as you just roll your finger upwards to throw the ball in the direction that you want and watch it go.

            The game unfortunately doesn't have a multiplayer function but there is an optional extra that you can purchase, I believe this is called Paper Toss world tour which enables you to unlock further locations to play the game in.

            Overall I would rate the game 4/5 as it's very easy to play and slightly addictive, a great addition to your iPhone.

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              05.04.2010 23:54
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              Great application that only costs 59p!

              Angry Birds is an application for the iPhone which has a full version and a light version available for download on the apple application store, the full version can be purchased for 59p and the lite version is basically a free demo of the game, which I would recommend downloading first.

              The game first became known to me due to the fact that both versions were number 1 on the app store, the lite version came first under the free apps and the full version came first under the paid apps. With this in mind I thought why not and gave the lite version a go, not before long the full version was downloaded to my iPhone.

              The game is about a selection of birds and basically runs on a destruction method, you control the angry birds and have to destroy the green opposition, which I think are frogs but am not sure. Angry Birds is very similar to the way that the game 'worms' is played, however the opposition does not fight back. You simply just have to attack and destroy them, however they will have barriers and objects blocking them that you have to get to.

              There are 5 varietys of birds that you don't get to chose, a small number of them are given to you automatically as ammo and they all work in different ways, it's very entertaining trying to find out how you will use which one and you will have to restart the levels a few times.

              The full game costs 59p and last for what seems forever and there are so many levels, I have become slightly addicted to it and have played for hours yet still I am yet to complete it.

              I would highly recommend this game to be added to your iPhone as it is great fun, if you're not sure then download the lite version first.

              5/5 for a great iPhone application.

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              02.04.2010 02:15
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              Avoid

              Firstly to be blunt - This ice cream let me down. Ben and Jerry's was on offer at the supermarket so I went to buy some, however this was unfortunately the only one left. As the ice cream was on offer and was from Ben and Jerry's I thought I would give it a try, this was a mistake.

              Ben and Jerry's is a high standard and high priced ice cream created by two people, you guessed it...Ben and Jerry! There are several flavours which normally means that there is something for everyone.

              Ben and Jerry's can be purchased in most supermarkets and they also have their own shops in some shopping centres. Another place that Ben and Jerry's counters can be found is in the cinema, as the ice cream is very popular.

              Ben and Jerry's is probably the best ice cream out there. It tastes so nice and just unlike any other. I must admit that I didn't like this flavour, however it was unique.

              This flavour ice cream consists of caramel ice cream mixed with caramel and chocolate covered caramel chunks. It is quite rich and in my opinion is also too sickly. The caramel is very thick and tastes very tangy.

              A normal sized tub of this ice cream is around 500ml in size and doesn't last long, it normally costs around £4.00 from the supermarket but is on offer a lot of the time for around the £2-£2.50 mark. Purchasing the ice cream from one of their shops in the shopping centre or cinema will cost a lot more but is only meant for the use during your visit and not to take home.

              Overall I rate this ice cream 2/5 because it tastes nothing like the other incredible flavours and lets the name of Ben and Jerrry down, the price is also very expensive and just not worth it for this flavour.

              I highly recommend Ben and Jerry's Phish food and Chocolate fudge brownie, please use your money for one of them flavours and not waste it on this one!

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              • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                Amazon is great, I would definately recommend using it.

                Amazon offer a wide range of products with very competitive prices, competitive doesn't really do them justice actually as they are normally the best or at least equal to the best.

                I found amazon a few years ago through a friend and have made several purchases over the years, I have got to know and love the site and find it extremely reliable. I do use the website mainly for books, dvds, cd's and games however.

                The website sells near enough every electronical product you are looking for with several other categories, you can buy anything form a book to a shaver. It also sells a lot of gadgets, jewellery and MP3's. For a further range of products its worth checking the site out as you will get a good bargain.

                If you are buying a product online I would always recommend checking Amazon first, as there is a good chance they will be one of the best in terms of pricing. Amazon and Play.com always seem to be around the same prices but I tend to check both with also a few others.

                Amazon are also very reliable, I have never purchased an item which has not been delivered and they always arrive very quickly. Amazon also seem to be quicker than most electrical websites at delivering.

                I would strongely recommend using play Amazon from my previous experience, I also know a lot of people who have used the site and trust it. 5/5 for a great website, which has decent prices. I would definately recommend the service.

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              • Game / Highstreet Shopping / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                Keep an eye out for the sales, for a decent price game is worth using

                Game is a company that sells computer games (bet that shocked you), they have their own shops which are placed all over the country and also have a rather large shopping website. Game are probably the biggest retail gamer in the country and have been running for a long time now (must be around a decade).

                Game stock computer games for all consoles, however not all of the real older ones. The more up to date console you have the more software game is likely to hold. Game has a large selection of software for the PS3, XBOX360, NINTENDO WII, PSP and DS, these include brand new games and previously owed games. Previously owed games are normally also slightly cheaper.

                Game also sell consoles and accessories for games, which are normally ok priced.

                Game always have offers running for savings on their games, however the best deals I have ever found is through their website www.game.co.uk, some of the deals that game do seem to only be available from there website however. Another great thing to look for is their regular sales as they are quite good to.

                If you have several old games which you wish to trade in you can take them to game and they will deduct them from your purchase, however I do feel that the price you get for your game is minimal and seems a rip off half of the time.

                I have always found game to be very reliable, I have purchased several titles from there and never had a problem with them. When ordering online my item is always delivered quickly through their free postage service.

                When visiting the game shops their staff are always friendly, helpful and polite. I would recommend shopping with game but looking around first if you have the time, as a lot of titles can be found cheaper elsewhere. Game are able to charge as much as they do because they are such a high profile company.

                Overal 4/5 for a good online and instore service, just shop around first if you have the time.

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              • ebay.co.uk / Auction / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                Worth a look and for unique items, shame about the fees though!

                Ebay is an online auctioning site that is also used for online shopping, as you have the option to either buy something or bid on it. Ebay is known to me as one thing really and that it reminds me of - an online boot sale.

                Ebay has been going for several years now and allows the user to basically buy or sell anything anyone wants to purchase or wants to sell. For example, if you typed in a super nintendo game released around 14/15 years ago you are likely to find a copy on their, likewise if you are selling there is a good chance you will get a sale.

                To shop on ebay you can either bid on an item via the auction or 'but it now', if you chose 'buy it now' it's very straight forward. You know the price and the postage, you pay and then you wait for delivery. If you select to bid on an item, you place the maximum big you will stretch to and wait to see if your bid is the winner, if it is you then pay and wait for your item to be delivered. Selling works exactly the same but is the other way round that you have to post the item etc.

                If you are selling on Ebay you do incur a fee, therefore with postage and paypal you are looking at losing around 10-15% of the final value of the item. It might be worth keeping this in mind and selecting a price which is the lowest you will accept for the item, which can be done on Ebay.

                As Ebay is pure user interaction you do have problems now and again, such as items or funds not received. Ebay do have rules for this and are worth reading so that you know where you stand, It's hard to review the problems you can have as every individual persons problem is normally different.

                I don't use ebay to buy items which I can in the shops. This is due to the fact that they are normally more expensive as people buy them due to it being easier and due to the fact that it will boost their ratings.

                You will receive ratings (feedback) based on how reliable you are, it is important that Ebay users complete this feedback when buying or selling as it gives a better picture of what the person is like before you enter business with them.

                Overall Ebay is great for looking for a unique item, however I would not recommend buying items that can be found easily in the shops or online as for some strange reason they seem to be priced higher.

                4/5 for a good site when buying and especially for getting rid of your old items and earning a few quid. The only thing that lets the website down are it's fees, however they have to make money somehow!

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              • hotmail.com / Internet Site / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                29.03.2010 22:48
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                Get an email account from Hotmail if you need one

                I have used Hotmail.com and Hotmail.co.uk for years now, around 9 to be a little more exact. I first started using Hotmail when I was around 15 years old and at school, purely for the fact that it was fun to communicate with friends and it also meant that I could use MSN messenger with the account details. I have sinced used Hotmail as my personal email address and also for a bit of business.

                On the business side of hotmail I use it for any job applications or any slightly professional emails that I need to send, you can also add your signature to the bottom of the email that appears every time, which is very useful.

                On a personal note the Hotmail account is very useful, you can add your friends email addresses and also attach photos and files to your messages. Hotmail allows a decent amount of space for you to attach files into your emails, which normally doesn't cause me a problem.

                Hotmail also provide you with a decent amount of storage space for your inbox, which means that you don't have to keep deleting emails to allow new ones to be received. I hardly ever clean up my emails, which isn't a great idea but just shows how good the storage space is.

                Overall I would recommend Hotmail for registering an email address, 5/5 for a free service which is very useful.

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              • very.co.uk / Online Shop / 11 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                Worth checking back on for sales and definately worth a first purchase with a discount voucher

                Very is one of them online clothes shops that can be so annoying, ever had product that looks so nice in a catalogue or on an internet page that shows up looking or fitting nothing like it? This can be the case at very sometimes, although they also have some nice stuff too.

                I have ordered around 4 items at very and sent 2 back. The items did come looking like the ones on the website but they just didn't seem to be a very good fit. I am a large male and the size guides aren't a problem, it's just the fit on some products could be explained better. For example Lacoste sport comes up smaller, therefore they should explain this I feel to save hassle.

                There is a huge and very good selection at very, you are certain to find what you are looking for in some way or another. There are also various vouchers which fly around online that entitle you to a certain amount deducted from your first purchase, definately worth looking out for as I saved £25 by using one of them.

                The delivery times through very are exceptional, you do have to pay for delivery but your item arrives really fast via courier. There is also a great option for returns where you can take your parcel or package to a local corner shop and it gets picked up from there. I have used this and it was very easy and worked fine, you can also check the shops that participate online.

                Very have some great sales but in general can be a bit pricey, so I would advise keep checking back on it and try to hit a sale, as I do!

                Overall 3/5 for a decent clothes site, though I prefer to try mine on without having the inconvenience of getting them returned.

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