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    • Theme Park World (PC) / PC Game / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      13.05.2009 22:41

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      The most addictive game you'll ever play. Brilliant.

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    • Theme Hospital (PC) / PC Game / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      13.05.2009 22:35

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      A truly awesome game! Very simple but highly addictive.

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    • Canon EOS 400D / Digital Camera / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      13.05.2009 22:14

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      Great entry level DSLR

      I bought this camera in October 2007. After almost 2 years of use I would definitely recommend it. It's an excellent entry into the world of the SLR.

      I had previously owned a few digital cameras, but after using a friend's DSLR I decided that I would like to take my photography step further. I did a lot of research, and eventually purchased the Canon 400d. It came with the 18-55 mm kit lens, and I also bought the 50mm 1.8 lens at the same time. This combination of camera and lenses was a perfect introduction into the worldof the SLR. The 50mm's depth of field gives you fantastic professional looking photos, and the kit lens allows more flexibility and can produce some very good and interesting shots.

      The 10 mpix sensor of the 400d is more than adequate for shots up to at least an A4 print, and the camera is very fast to start up with the camera being ready almost as soon as the switch is flicked to on. The step up from a compact is definitely noticeable. 3 fps shooting, and the different manual modes allow you much more control over your photography, but the auto mode also works well for when you don't want to think, and just want the camera to do all the work.

      Most cameras now have live-view, this camera doesn't, but that is not a disadvantage in my opinion, as anyone using an SLR should be using the viewfinder. that's the whole point of them!

      There are far too many other functions to list about the 400d. It's a well equipped camera, and unless you want photography to be your profession, then it should be more than adequate.

      Although this camera is now slightly dated it is still a fantastic camera,and definitely a great introduction to DSLRs

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    • Liz Earle Superbalm / Hand & Nail Care / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      13.05.2009 21:28

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      Great product for the winter months.

      The Superbalm is a lovely product. It smells great and has a wonderfully smooth texture when applied. It's true that it can be used for many thins - I've used it on dry skin, chapped lips and to tame slightly frizzy hair.

      The only downside to this product is that it can have a bitter taste if used as a lip balm. Also, because it is wax-based, it is somewhat bumpy in texture. When applied to dry skin, you don't notice this, but when it's somewhere as sensitive as your lips you do notice it.

      Given that, a quick rub with the fingers and the small lumps of wax disappear.

      All in all, this is a great little tub to carry round with you. It's multi purpose, smells lovely and can help with dry skin - particularly handy in the winter months.

      Liz Earle's products are all fantastic and this is no exception.

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      13.05.2009 21:12

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      A beautiful product.

      I've been using liz earle products for 10 years and this is the first liz earle product tha I ever ued. At the age of 14, I had typical teenagers' skin both on my face an my back. After using this for a week or so, there was a remarkable difference. I haven't looked back since and I now use the whole range regularly.

      Cleanse and Polish comes in a tidy pump bottle that looks great and fits in. It doesn't stick out in any bathroom really. The Polish has the ame texture as a luxurious, thick moisturiser. When you've applied it, leave it on and you'll see your skin drink it where it needs it. I even use it in he shower - it's so wonderfully thick that it doesn't move unless you remove it.

      It's also great for people with particularly sensiive skin or allergies. A reltive of mine has incredible sensitive skin and they use it with no problems.

      If you buy it from Liz Earle or QVC, you get muslin cloths with i that really help with exfoliation.

      It always leaves my skin very soft and wih a glow.

      I recommend this product with absolutely no hesitation.

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    • Apple iPod classic 160 GB / MP3 Player / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      13.05.2009 20:57
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      8/10

      The good: the memory on this ipod is impressive - it's a huge amount of storage. It's very well made and has withstodd several bashings over the last few months: impressively durable. The battery lasts for ages, even if you use it to watch movie clips (e.g. an episoe or 2 of family guy hardly affects it).

      The bad: the earphones aren't great and it does affect the quality of the sound coming through. I use Bang and Olufsenf earphones with my ipod because they're much better than the ones that you actually get when you buy the ipod classic. The screen is slightly too small for watching videos - you do sometimes get a little bit of a headache trying to focus on the images.

      In general, it's a very well made produt wih an impresive amount of storage and great battery life.

      If you want to watch videos, though, then go for something with a bigger screen. Also, it's well worth investing in a good set of earphones.

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      • Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2 / Camera Lens / 3 Readings / 1 Rating
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        13.05.2009 20:46
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        Great cheap lens - buy it

        I bought this lens at the sime time as my 400d, and they go very well together. I didn't take this lens off my camera for absolutely ages.

        Out of the box, the lens is very small in comparison to just about all others. It feels very light, and not particularly substantial. It does feel cheaply built and it does rattle slightly. It is definitely not a well engineered precision instrument like the L lenses. The focussing is noisy and quite slow, and also the focussing ring is very small and fiddly. This is not designed for manual focussing, but it is useable.

        When the lens is connected to your camera and you press the shutter the magic happens! The bokeh when wide open is lovely, and the sharpness of the lens is very good at all apertures. The wide aperture enables this lens to be used in low light situations, and is great for indoor portraits. The fact that this lens is a prime means that you "zoom with your feet" and does focus your mind on your composition.

        Pros
        - Cheap as Chips
        - Very Sharp
        - Lovely Bokeh
        - Small and lightweight

        Cons
        - Noisy and slow
        - Low build quality
        - Small focussing ring

        Summary
        This little lens is a beauy. The image quality per pound is unbeatable. It feels cheap, but that's because it is! Buy this lens.

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      • Sony Walkman SRF-M607 / Portable Radio / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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        13.05.2009 17:48

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        A cracking buy

        I've had this radio for 3 years. It's doing incredibly well, particularly given that I've taken it round several countries travelling and it still works.

        The good: it's incredibly lightweight and it doesn't take up much space in your pockets and / or bags. Another thing is that the battery lasts for aaages. When it comes to setting the stations, it's really easy. When I was travelling, I reset the stations pretty frequently (probably every few weeks), and I did it without fuss and without the radio dying on me, which I've had happen before with other radios.

        The bad: the aeriel is in the headphones. So, if you lose your heads phones (which I have done plenty of times!) you can't just borrow your friends and expect it to work. It does have a setting that will improve the quality of the recepion with someone else's earphones, but it isn't great.

        In short, this is a fab radio if you're good at keeping the earphones with the radio! The battery usage is incredible and it's really user friendly.

        All in all, an excellent product.

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      • Rico Clarinet Reeds / Wind Instrument / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        13.05.2009 17:31

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        Great for beginners

        I recently picked my clarinet back up again after 5 years and had to buy some reeds. I went for Rico because of the reasonable price, and I'm glad I did. The packaging is small and the box fits into my case no problem (I currently have a box of ten in with my clarinet, a cleaning rag and a small tub or petrleum jelly - I was surprised that the reeds fitted in as well). I opted for the 1.5 reeds and they're a pleasure to play with. I've lost a lot of my knowledge over the last 4 years, but the Rico reed has made it much easier to pick it up and play again.

        A downside is that they don't last particularly long compared to other makes I have used in the past. If you're a learner then these reeds are perfect. If you play daily at a professional level, I guess you'd want something a bit more robust!

        All in all, they're great value for money and a real pleasure to play with.

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      • Blackberry Curve 8300 / Smartphone / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        13.05.2009 15:40
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        Overall a good phone

        I've had this phone for about 3 months. It's the first blackberry I've owned and I wouldn't go back to my old phone now (a Samsung).

        The good points: great internet connection in most places (95% of the time, I'd say). The calendar is really easy to use and great for reminding you of those little things. This is the first phone where I've actually bothered to use this function, and I think this is primarily down to how easy it is to use. The qwerty keyboard is great as opposed to regular mobile phone typing set-ups. It took me a while at first to get used to it, particularly the punctuation side of thing. Once you've got the hang of it, it's really not an issue at all.

        The phone comes with a USB charger, which is great for the office. There's no need to take your charger to work with you, which is sometimes a pain. This has happened to me before, and I think the USB charger is a briliant solution to this problem.

        The bad points: the phone is sometimes quite slow. Mine has frozen on 2 or 3 occassions at pretty important times (once in a meeting when I needed to access quite an important number). There's a little egg time that comes up on the screen and refuses to budge. This is frustrating. I've had to reset the phone a couple of times by taking the back off and removing the battery.

        A minor bad point: the lack of games! If you want a phone with a good selection of games on it without having to download/pay for them, then this phone could be a problem. It has 1 proper game. If you spend long amounts of time on trains and planes (like I do), then you'll get bored quickly!

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        13.05.2009 14:13

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        A great product overall

        The ipod touch is excellent. The battery lasts longer than any other ipod I have had in the past, and I do so much more with it: check emails, use the mapetc. The touch screen is excellent and very easy to use, and the option to shuffle a playlist is something I really like that I havn't been able to do with any other ipod.

        On the downside, because of the touchscreen, it's difficult to change tracks with the ipod in your pocket. I used to do this all the time on the train/bus so that I didn't have to get my ipod out and show it off to potetial muggers, but now I have no choice but to get it out when I want to change a track. The older models with the raised wheel meant you could change track discreetly and quickly. This is something I would probably change about the ipod touch.

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      • Bang & Olufsen Earphones / Headphones / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        13.05.2009 14:03

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        A well-made product that will last for ages.

        The sound quality from these headphones is great. They're very well made - I've had my pair for 4 years now with no problems at all, and I throw them around. A lot.

        They're great to wear when you go out for a jog. The shape of them and the fact that they hug your ears so well means that you forget that you're wearing them. I've had issues in the past with earphones falling out when I go for a run.

        One slightly negative thing is that the metal of the ear piece rubs the top, inside of my ears a bit. It sounds quite minor, but can be a distraction. Then again, I've had them for 4 years and haven't replaced them, which I guess highlights the fact that I still love them , even though they can sometimes be slightly uncomfortable.

        All in all, a great investment.

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