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I signed up to Ciao surveys and it has turned out to be a very frustrating experience. The site is easy to use, when you sign up, you will be given a password. Make sure you keep it safe, because it is not easy to remember. The surveys itself are very frequent and you will almost certainly get at least one every day. The problem is you can either be quickly screened out for it, or you can be 10 minutes in and are then screened out. The payment reward is varied and you can receive your money via Paypal or bank account. I have probably made about £10 so far.
The surveys themselves can vary greatly. You can be offered 10p for a 30 minuted survey one day and £2.50 for a 10 minute survey the next. I have found that even if you complete the survey, you don't always get the reward and can be entered into a draw instead. My advice is keep a close eye on your survey history if you decide to join, but I would not offer my recommendation
After the end of the fifth series, I was delighted when I heard Larry David as returning for a sixth series. In this series, Larry reluctantly agrees to take on a family who have been displaced by a hurricane. This is when we meet the family called the Blacks, who it turns out are also black, something which Larry points out. It was a very good idea to introduce this family, particularly older brother Leon who was a very useful addition. Larry goes from one disaster to another, upsetting his friend Richard Lewis, Ted Danson and guest star John McEnroe. Larry does take things to far as his wife Cheryl leaves him. To Larry, speaking to Cheryl who is distressed and concerned her plane will crash, is second to having the tv repair man visit. This is the final straw for Cheryl and watch for the excellent "The Therapists" episode when Larry takes some poor advice from his therapist, played by Steve Coogan and the lengths he will go, to get his wife back. Larry does what he does best and messes everything up.
An offer to good to refuse, as car salesman Boycie and Abdul offer Del Boy £15,000 for a mission which carries great risk. It is too big an offer to turn down for Del and he soon ropes younger brother Rodney and Uncle Albert. However, things go wrong from the beginning when Del learns his arch nemesis Chief Inspector Slater is on the case and he knows of Boycie and Abdul's involvement. After meeting Abdul and Boycie in the back of their old friend Denzil's lorry, Del receives his final instructions, but Slater is fast approaching and nearly catches Del in the lorry. Denzil returns and drives off, dropping off his load in Hull with Del in the back. Luckily for Del, Rodney follows behind and picks up Del. As they are about to set off, Del comes up with the idea to sail their own boat across to Amsterdam and enlists the old seaman uncle Albert to take control. However, Albert soon proves completely incapable but after finally reaching Amsterdam by luck, and returning back to Hull by luck, Del, Boycie and Abdul are caught in the act with the evidence. Slater it turns out is behind the plot with his partner in crime Van Kleefe in Amsterdam. Despite all the mayhem, it's Del Boy who comes out of it all smelling of roses. This is a fantastic feature length episode of the programme
Have I got News for you is a terrific comedy quiz show, based predominantly on politics and the previous weeks news. Originally, it was hosted by Angus Deayton who I thought was actually very good, and delivered his lines brilliantly. Deayton was replaced following allegations about his own private life and since then, the show has had guest hosts every week. The captains have remained the same throughout with Ian Hislop and Paul Merton. Each team has a guest each week, usually a comedian, actor or journalist. They have rounds which are well structured, and it does challenge you as a viewer, but also notes how much notice the teams have paid to the news in between shows. There is some very funny and witty moments on every show and if you want straight humour, Paul Merton is your man and if you want very hilarious political cynicism, then Ian Hislop is your man. In fact, if you want to see politicians get their comeuppance, than this is the show to watch.
I joined Ipsos last year and became a panel member after looking into survey sites. After receiving my first survey, I discovered you get points per survey which you then redeem for vouchers. I have had points range from 25 up to 300 for surveys, with the higher rewards linked to longer surveys. I chose to claim Amazon vouchers, with the £5 one costing 750 points and a £10 one costing you 1380 points. If you select their gift area, you will have a range of rewards to choose from. I found that I could go a month without receiving a survey, then all of a sudden receive 5 in a week. You can also be screened out of a survey and you must complete it before the deadline, although what I like is if it's a lengthy survey, you can do some of it and come back later on to complete it. In the last couple of months, Ipsos have redesigned their site and have made a number of changes. Perhaps the most noticeable change is that it now takes longer to receive your rewards, typically between 5 and 8 weeks, as well as a loyalty points system whereby you receive bonus points for completing a certain number of surveys
I am a newcomer to Lightspeed after reading suggestions that it is one of the best internet market research survey sites. To begin with, I was advised that surveys may pay well (in points), but they may be infrequent. Within a few days of signing up, I was invited to about 9 surveys which was a pleasant suprise. The surveys ranged from about 15 to 25 minutes in length and the points could be redeemed for a number of options, such as vouchers or in my case a payment to my paypal account. The surveys are very similar to what you find on other sites. The screening out process can be frustrating, I believe I have been screened out to 50% of them. The rewards are paid relatively quickly with my Paypal payment coming through within the week. If you have good patience then you will reap the benefits of Lightspeed. I am hoping that the surveys remain consistent as they have so far and I continue to accumulate points.
As someone who has always used pay as you go mobile phones, I wanted to change my network and I found the Tesco mobile SIM which you can order free online. This SIM provided great value for money and the offer that attracted my attention was the triple credit, whereby if you top up £10, you would get double that added on in credit. So £10 credit becomes £30 credit. The free credit has to be used up within the one month time period, so beware of that. Another big positive for me is the half price calls and text messages for 5 numbers of your choice. Seeing as I normally contact 5 numbers more often then othrs, this was great value for money. I found the ordinary flat rates for calls to any UK network to be very good and you call at 20p a minute and pay 10p for each text message. For value, the Tesco mobile SIM is one of the best on the market for Pay as you go mobiles.
Onepoll is an online market research company and I think it was of the better ones. The media and other organisations use onepoll to get a wide range of opinions. Most recently, the general election and the upcoming World Cup have produced many surveys. It is very easy to register at onepoll and when you do, you receive an immediate £2.50 towards your £40 target before you can receive payment. Onepoll states that it pays between 5p and £1 per survey, but in my experience so far, 5p to 30p is the more realistic. You earn 50p for each friend you refer, with a maximum of 10 friends. What is good about Onepoll is the surveys are frequent, I think about 8 on average a weekeday, with the odd one on a weekend. These surveys don't take long at all to complete, but because onepoll doesn't usually notify you of any new surveys, it is worth looking in several times a day to maximise your cash opportunites.
Even today, 27 years after it's release, Trading Places remains a brilliant comedy with great characters and a very good plot. The Duke Brothers, Randolph and Mortimer are very wealthy commodity brokers and they employ a very successful Louis Winthorpe to run the business. Winthorpe has it all, the money, the girl and the success. Soon though, his world is about to change completely as the Duke Brothers plan a little bet which also drags in Billy Ray Valentine, a poor beggar played by Eddie Murphy. The bet involves switching the lives around so Winthorpe is set up for a crime and loses everyt, and Billy Ray is elevated out of poverty and into the job of Winthorpe. The bet in the name of "science" is to see if Valentine becomes good and Winthorpe descends into a life of crime. The theory is does your background really influence your future. The characters are brilliant, and with the help of a prostitute named Opheilia and butler Coleman, Winthorpe and Valentine turn the tables on the Duke Brothers.
If there is one comedy that is unique, it is Fawlty Towers. John Cleese based his character (Basil Fawlty) on a genuine hotel owner in Torquay were he was staying at the time. Fawlty Towers is brilliantly written and the comedy is provided by Basil, Manuel the Spanish waiter and the many different personalities of hotel guests. His relationship with Basil his wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), who bosses (organises) him about also provides some great comedy moments. It is a remarkably short series considering it's popularity and you can guarantee that the episode featuring German guests, will form any part of a Fawlty Towers discussion. Of course, this sort of thing would not be allowed these days. My favourite episode was "Basil the rat" in which Manuel has unwittingly been sold a rat, which he was told is a "Siberian hamster". Of course, he has chosen to name the rat Basil after his boss. Basil Fawlty, only discovers the rat when the heath inspector returns, and when the rat escapes in the hotel, Basil's nerves are completely shot. Overall, I would say this is one of Britains great comedies
Opinionworld.co.uk is an online surveys site in which organisations try to find out your views regarding their products. Sometimes. your opinions are sought for products not yet on the market. I have mixed views on this site. Firstly, you have to hit the 1000 points threshold before you can claim your reward. 1000 points is equal to £10 and can be claimed through Paypal, which to be fair, they pay straight away. Having said that, you must keep an eye on surveys that carry points, because not all of them do. Many times you will get an invitation for a draw, with the only rewards a certain number of prize entry draws for one of three charities (these do change). I think it's a good idea to involves charities, but when you have to do a survey for 30 minutes, is it that rewarding? I have seen individual surveys range from 50-350 points and you can be screened out of them. The length of time between surveys has ranged from 5-45 minutes in length. This survey site certainly does divide opinion.
I signed up to Valued Opinions six months ago on the recommendation of a few people. It is a market research site which offers surveys for cash payments. I have received 10p as the lowest value for a survey, and £6.70 for the highest valued survey. The surveys are straightforward and first you have to pass a screening test, to see if you are eligible. The survey lengths are reasonable, I would say ranging between 5 and 30 minutes, but about 15 minutes on average. I reached the £10 threshold within about 6 weeks (some may take longer) at which point I claimed my £10 Amazon voucher, but there are many others you can choose. Whilst you won't qualify for every survey, some days you may get a few surveys in a day, other times you may get 1 a week. As far as survey sites go, Valued Opinions does offer good value.
I watched Father Ted from the beginning and I became a fan straight away. The programme is based around three priests, Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, and Father Jack Hackett. It's important to mention their housekeeper Mrs Doyle, a very pushy woman when it comes to a cup of tea, but she also keeps the house going. Father Ted is the more responsible one, but he has ended up on Craggy Island for his financial impropriety, often mentioned throughout the series. Dougal is the very simple priest and Jack is an alcoholic who loves bad language and women. Throughout the series, we encounter many different priests with different personalities, many of whom are very funny. I would suggest the best moments arise when the boss, Bishop Brennan is in town, a man who dislikes the three priests on Craggy Island and only visits when a serious situation occurs. For the three priests of Craggy Island, that happens quite often.
I am someone who has benefited from OU study, and I think in an era of high fees, is a great idea and represents tremendous value. You can choose from a long list of subjects, participate in residential schools and meet new people through study groups. You can also obtain qualifications from a certificate, to PHD study. What I liked was the high responsibility it places upon the student. Help is there if you need it, but should you not do the work, you will not pass. I was very pleased to have such good tutors who were always on hand to help. Being able to submit assignments electronically was also useful, as was the feedback left by the tutor. To me personally, it was a great challenge, which required dedication and motivation and happily, I succeeded. What I liked most was the range of ages of people who studied with the OU. If you are considering further study, put the OU at the top of your list
I decided to sign up for Yougov after reading about the polls they conduct and having a keen interest in politics. Firstly, if you are after quick money, you will be disappointed. I still am only halfway to reaching the target of 5000 points in 18 months, with each survey earning you 50-75 points, but many others entering you in a prize draw (I have yet to win on it) Fortunately, I have greater patience because I am often keen on having the opportunity to voice my opinions, which during the recent election, allowed me to take part in instant polls for credit. What I think is useful is that the surveys don't take long to do at all, which I suppose is some consolation for the lack of cash opportunities. My advice is to stick at it and keep topping up your points and eventually you will get there.