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    • Body Piercing / Archive Lifestyle / 0 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      I have had several body piercing over the years and have had no problems with them, well all bar one. I had my navel pierced first, and got a real thrill from it. (Well the adrenaline anyway!) I then had a few more done, all of these healed in record time with out any complications. these included my tongue and tragus ( I must stress never below the waist as I find all that a little scary and too painful to even contemplate. Anyway back to the reason I am writing this opinion! I knew I wanted a new piercing, but I had no idea where to have it. My husband suggested getting my nipple pierced (wonder why!) and although I wasn't 100% sure, I agreed. We went to the body pierce I had used for all my previous piercing, as I had found them to be very professional and they opened all the gloves, needles and body jewellery in of you, so you knew it was sterile. He talked my through what he was going to do and and popped a couple of dots either of my nipple and asked me if that was ok. I unfortunately can't tell you what happened next, and before you ask No I did not pass out, I just never watch my own piercing or I'd probably be sick! I will tell you now, that this piercing was the most painful one I have ever experienced. The body pierce informed us that it is usually men that pass out during this type of piercing as they need to go deeper than with a women's. Ouch! Once it was done there seemed to be very little bleeding and after being told how to keep it clean (I will explain this later) I paid and left. All seem ok for a few hours, and then all of a sudden I felt uncomfortable and when I checked my nipple, I noticed it had started to bleed. Well I wasn't to worried as I had expected some bleeding as I had just had a hole put in my body. An hour or so later the bleeding had soaked through the padding that the pierce had put on my nipple and also through my bra. I was getting a little worried by now,
      but as the shop was closed and we are always warned to speak to a pierce before the doctor (as they will normally recommended it to be removed). So I thought I would sleep on it and try them in the morning. I Bandaged myself up and went to bed. In the morning I awoke to find my bed soaked in blood. My husband then insisted that we go to A&I, I must admit I didn't argue. When we got there the doctor asked what was wrong and I told him I had just had my nipple pierced. He said " I suppose I had better have a look" and muttered something about how silly I was etc. I honestly think he thought I was worrying over some normal spotting or weeping, but he soon saw what I was going on about and his first words were "I think we'd better get the nurse in here!" I then started to panic after seeing the doctors expression and also I stupidly was worried about having to take out the piercing! The nurse started to remove the bandages and when she got to the final pad all the blood had set around my nipple ring like purple jelly. All I could think of was this is going to hurt, but luckily the nurse used some kind of spray to dissolve it all and within a few minutes I was free! It turned out the body pierce had gone through an artery or something like that (I was in no fit state to listen to the doctor) but I was able to keep my piercing and was informed the bleeding should stop on its own, which it did later that day. My nipple never did heal, it was always weeping and A couple of years later when I was pregnant I decided enough was enough and it came out! If anyone out there is thinking of having their nipple pierced, I would suggest you think about it carefully and please, please make sure you go to a registered body pierce. It is your body take care of it! As I said here is a guide to keeping your new nipple piercing clean. Nipple and navel piercings - healing time approximat
      ely 4 to 6 months. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing or the jewelry. Clean your piercing twice a day using a liquid anti-bacterial soap. The shower provides the best place to adequately lather and rinse piercings. Suggested name brands include: Provon (active ingredient: chloroxylenol/PCMX) Satin (active ingredient: chloroxylenol/PCMX) Softsoap (active ingredient: triclosan) Soaps containing PCMX have been tested to be more effective against a broader range of bacteria and yeast thean soaps containing triclosan. Over-cleaning can irritate the piercing so do not clean more often unless the piercing has been exposed to dirt, sweat, or bodily fluids. Saline solution may be used to remove dried discharge between cleanings. Wash and rinse your hands. Remove any dried discharge from the jewelry using a cotton swab and warm water before rotating the jewelry; do not use your fingernails. Apply the soap around the piercing and work it into a lather while rotating the jewelry for at least 15 seconds. Allow the lather to saturate the piercing for approximately 3 minutes. Rinse your piercing, jewelry, and the surrounding area thoroughly under running water. While rinsing rotate the jewelry several times. Do not use a washcloth or sponge to clean your piercing. Cloths and sponges trap and collect bacteria and mildew. Rinse your piercing and jewelry thoroughly with water after showering or bathing to remove soap residues. Dry the piercing using a tissue or cotton swabs. Bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments. The inside of the navel should be dried thoroughly using a cotton swab. Warm salt water soaks help remove dried discharge and lymph secretions and relieve itching. Use 1/4 teaspoon salt per 8 ounces of water. There is no need to clean your piercing after soaking in salt water; however, soaking should not replace cleaning. A disposable cup is s
      uggested. If you feel a stinging sensation or your piercing bleeds while soaking discontinue soaking until the piercing has begun to heal (usually 1-2 weeks). DO NOT use Betadine (povidone-iodine solution), isopropyl rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or Hibiclens to clean your piercing. DO NOT use antibiotic ointments. Antibiotic products are contraindicated for use in puncture wounds and for the extended period of time required for healing a piercing. These products do not clean the piercing. Bleeding, if there is any, should stop within 12 hours. In the case of women's nipple piercings, wear halved, unscented panty-liners on the inside of the bra cups to keep the piercing clean, keep the bra clean, and to provide some padding. Bras can exert pressure on the piercing, particularly if the bra is very tight or if you have large breasts. Too much pressure can contribute to prolonged healing, scarring, or can cause the piercing to migrate or reject. Depending on the shape of the breast, wearing the ring flipped up when wearing a bra often reduces pressure. Bras with seams across the nipple should be avoided; the seam can easily irritate the piercing. Most women find wearing an athletic bra more comfortable. Wearing open nursing bras or cutting out the center of the bra cups will eliminate pressure while providing support. The most frequent causes of infection is touching the piercing or jewelry with unwashed hands or contact with unclean items such as clothing and bedding. DO NOT allow your piercing to come in contact with another person's bodily fluids during the healing process. This includes saliva (of others and your own). Do not use laundry detergent containing stain-removing enzymes. After the healing process is complete you should continue to clean your piercing once a day as part of your bathing or showering routine to prevent a build-up of dirt and dead skin cells. I hope all this is of som
      e help to any of you out there thinking of getting one done.

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      • Alfa Romeo Alfasud / Car / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        05.07.2002 22:49
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        It was 1990, my 1979 AlfaGTV had been destroyed by a truck, (OK, so it only cost me £300 a few months earlier, and the looming MOT meant she was to visit the scrap yard soon) and I had £600 in my sweaty palm to find another car. A quick look through the local gossip rag's motor section revealed an advert for an "Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint Veloce 1.5". I bought the car, and she was a beauty, with no rust (the whole front end having been swapped for fibre glass) and typical Alfa running gear that goes on for ever. About 3 days later a drunk pulled out in front of me, the result being a short wheel-base Alfasud sprint, and thankfully no-one was injured, a credit to the strength of the car in days before airbags and side impact beams! So with having made two Alfas into collectors? items within a matter of months, I didn?t buy another until.... I was browsing the Autotrader web-site, and as a flight of fancy I searched for Alfa Romeos and nothing in my price bracket appeared within a 30 mile radius, and then I tried 50 miles, and there was a shiny red Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti, 3 door, 1983, in red and two words that made my heart jump - "no rust". Within five minutes of seeing the ad' I had an appointment to view the car the next morning at 10am (it was a Sunday and about an hours drive away or I would have been there earlier!). It was all my other half could do to stop me falling out of our car throwing crisp £20 notes at the owner, but I held my decorum and even managed to force myself to haggle £100 off the asking price! The chap I bought the car off had owned the Alfa for the last 17 years and the stack of history was unbelievable and going back to 1987, and the car was garaged and maintained by good Alfa-friendly folks! The "no rust" line was a small discrepancy as there was some bubbles in the usual places (see below under body), but nothing major worth worrying about. What
        a joy she is to own. I have owned her now for about 4 or 5 months, and Alfa lust has been rekindled by the sweet chassis, beautiful lines and a wonderful engine, all made into a combination that gives more grins per mile than any other car I have owned. Even the exhaust note is a joy to listen too, and best put into words by a friend who said "You don?t need the radio on in this car - you have Alfa FM - why listen to anything else". Engine 1.3 unit pushing out around 86bhp and can push her along comfortable at the (ahem) speed limit, but comes into her own with the precisely geared box that gives pull anywhere above 2000rpm, and to be honest, you cant go below that. Typical Alfa engines giving that sweet exhaust note ('Alfa FM'). Only problem is electrics - older Alfas suffer terribly with dodgy electrics, and in the rain she stutters on occasion. I am yet to clean all the contacts, earths and terminals, but sure it is nothing that a few hours can?t sort. Chassis A wonderful design, that only Lotus or Ferrari could equal and gives great handling in wet or dry. Front wheel drive is unusual for an older Alfa, but works well. The brakes are a little unorthodox with the handbrake being connected to the front brakes, which are inboard (not on the wheel end but next to the gearbox), and a little complicated to work on, but are as sharp and precise as the handling. The suspension on mine was lowered by the last owner and it has had no adverse affects whatsoever, and gives the 'corners like its on rails' sensation! All in all this car comes alive when you take it into the twisty stuff, and in South Somerset there is plenty of that! Body Oh dear, oh dear, the brown Alfa-eater (RUST!) is always a worry for Sud owners, to the extent that I have found a garage to store her in over the winter, and I will buy a banger to scrap come April n
        ext year when the Sud comes out of her hibernation. Places to watch for rust: windscreen surround (I have just had mine sorted there for less than £200 at a good body shop), bottom of the doors, front of the rear arches and also check for leaks that come in via the door surrounds if the rubbers are not sealing properly (floorpan). Sum up A wonderful car to drive, but I am now paranoid about rust so as said earlier, she will be stored over winter, and enjoyed next year. If you can find one - buy it, but beware of rust, and for that reason, they are harder and harder to find. Fun to drive, and still turns heads!! Oh, and I can get the kid and shopping in it!

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        • learndirect.co.uk / Internet Site / 3 Readings / 14 Ratings
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          Learndirect are run by the UK government's company UFI (University for Industry), and has several main arms, as outlined below. If you visit the Learndirect site you are greeted by options from which to choose: 1) Learndirect 2) Learndirect, National Learning Advice 3) Learndirect Business, and finally 4) Learndirect Corporate Most users like you or I would only ever make use of the first two options, which I will go into detail on in a moment. Before I do, I will give brief details on the latter two. But this opinion is mainly centred on the Leardirect courses and how they are offered. Learndirect 'Business' and 'Corporate' are, as the titles suggest aimed at businesses and corporations based in the UK. Corporate is targetted at larger businesses where courses are for the high levels of staffing and the training requirements that would go hand in hand with operations of that size. The 'business' section is very similar to the online courses offered in the first option (plain old 'Learndirect' - see below), but enables small to medium sized enterprises to sign up themselves or employees on courses directly without having to go via centre. In the common with the flow of this opinion(working backwards through my list) I now come on to the Learndirect National Learning Advice. This is the part of Learndirect you are likely to have seen before with their massive TV and newspaper advertising campaign. Most memorable (or could be recent one) is the chap dress up as a spanner on a bus muttering "0800 100 900" over and over, looking for a telephone, and then eventually he spots one, falls off the bus, and calls the number looking for advice on a change of career. This is mostly true about the Learndirect National Learning Advice service, as via the website or phone line you can contact them about advice on any course running in the U
          K. It is kind of like the careers advice you got when you got near the end of your school days, but a bit more of asking what you want to be able to do, rather than telling you! The main part of Learndirect that I have experience of (and that I assume is their main thing) is their own courses (the first part on the list of 4). The search facility on the site to look through their list of courses is not the best in the world by a long shot, but there are over 600 courses to choose from, but you really do feel that as such a key element of the site it really could have been better. With courses ranging from basic introduction to word processing or Windows to Expert spreadsheets or databases and web-design using XML. But not all the courses are I.T. based - check out some of these for diversity: Environmental Management Solutions Toolkit Fork Lift Truck Operation in a Warehouse Environment - The Theory Helping deaf and hard of hearing customers 7 Tools: Tally Charts, Bar Charts and Histograms Leadership Skills And that was just a few I spotted in a couple of minutes looking around the site (using the lists and not the search!!) My recommendation would be, have a look around the list of courses and if you want to enroll avoid the ones marked (NETg) - they are complicated and hard to follow, but if you look around you will see there are many courses marked (EP) - these are far better and have just a wide range of courses. There is more than just online courses, there are also books and CD-ROM based courses too! The biggest advantage (and perhaps drawback) to Learndirect is that you study at a time, place and pace that suits you. Great if you need flexibility and are good at managing your own time, not so great if you have a habit of putting things off!!! But if set yourself a certain target amount of studying each week or month and stick to it you will do fine, and it doesn'
          ;t matter going at the pace of the slowest person in the class - because you are the only person in the class!!! If you can, don't enroll via the site, but call into one of the Learndirect centres or access points, where they can talk to you and provide help and support. Just because you enroll in a centre or access point doesn't mean you have to go there every time to study, you can still work from home, the library or any other place with internet access. To study an online course from home you will need a fairly recent PC (almost anything 5 or 6 years old and newer is OK), internet connection and also various browser plug-ins like Macromedia Flash, Authorware etc... but these are free, so just a few minutes downloading them is all you need to do. If you want to study from home, without going into a centre, find the course you want, and then when you "find a Learndirect centre" tick the box for "virtual learning centre". There are a lot of these centres that will do the course for you for free, but as with all centres they can charge up to £10 per course admin fee, and the Virtual Centres frequently do. Whichever way you learn, via a centre or a virtual centre, you have support from them in the form of a contact email address or in person if you are in the centre itself. There is also a 0800 freephone number that is available 24/7 for help and support on the courses, so you really are not dumped in front of a screen and told to get on with it, FAR FROM IT! One very important thing to note about the Learndirect courses is that whilst they do NOT award you with a qualification at the end, you can use what you study to count towards a qualification elsewhere. But you do get the knowledge that you want, which is very important!

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          • Bargain Hunt / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            What can I say about this program that hasn?t been said already! I adore Bargain Hunt and it?s host Mr. David Dickinson. Before Bargain Hunt I was interested in antiques, but not to the extent I am now. The rules behind the game are quite simple. There are two teams, the red team and the blue team. Each team consists of twp people and one expert, to help advise on the items they might buy. The teams are given two hundred pounds each and only one hour to find their bargains. They then have a week to do what they want to them to try and increase the value of the item. Like screwing lids back on, painting, fixing. They then get placed in a real auction and they try to make a profit not a loss on all the items. It is great fun guessing what will or wont make a profit, and at the end of the day it all depends on the people at the auction. They had a live bargain hunt, which was great fun, as you could phone in with your guess of who would win. On the website you could vote which items would make a profit or loss and if guessed them right you were in with a chance of wining a prize selected by David himself. Unfortunately I work mornings so I now miss this great show, but if I get the chance I watch the reruns on the digital channels.

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              I think that MSN is really quite good. I use it daily to keep in contact with family members, Friends and even to nag my husband whilst he's at work, as it is free to use so saves me a fortune on my phone bill. You can add people to your friends list, if you know their ID's or they can request that you authorize them, and it will tell you when they are online or available to chat. There are also several different groups that you can sort your contacts into, such as friends, Family, work or whatever you want to name them. You can chat one on one with your friends or you can have group chats by inviting people to join in. Also there are facilities to Voice chat although there is a slight delay. White board . You can also play with the fonts you are using, the size and colour. You do need to have a MSN ID, but as I already had a Hotmail account (or passport as they call it) I didn't need to go through this process, so I can't comment on how easy or complicated this is. You can use Emotions (little smiley faces) at the end of your comments, which lets people know what you mean. It also tells you if someone is typing which I find really handy. Basically it is a really fun and easy way to keep in contact with people and I would recommend this to all.

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              • Sawdust / Discussion / 1 Reading / 13 Ratings
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                We have just gone out and bought some Fancy rats to keep our two year old daughter entertained. After researching on the internet about these rodents and their needs, I came across something I never knew. Rats must not be kept on wood shavings or sawdust as this can cause dust allergies and breathing difficulties, which they are prone to anyway. Pine and cedar shavings: There is scientific evidence that show that wood shavings made from pine or cedar wood are not safe to use as a bedding. These wood shavings give off aromas that are toxic. The oils found in these woods what give it the scent are toxic. When the animal is exposed to these oils the toxins are absorbed into the body through the lungs into the blood stream. Studies show that this causes elevated levels of liver enzymes, which in turn make the body work harder to eliminate toxins. This can result in a depressed immune system in the rat, making them more likely to develop other health problems. The average life span of a rat is currently 2-3 years, using such wood shavings could be shortening this. If you still want to use wood shavings as a bedding, then hardwood varieties are still safe, but not so popular in pet stores. Symptoms of Sawdust or Litter Allergies Symptoms are presented in different ways, sometimes the dust affects the skin, making the rat itchy causing soreness. Or the rat may show signs of wheezing, due to breathing the dust particles in. Treatment for this: If the rat is wheezing, you should first have the symptoms checked by a vet, to make sure that it isn't respiratory infections or heart problems. It is a good idea to change the litter used to a less dusty product, like finely chopped straw or cat litter (paper based only). Itchy rats can be bathed in either clear warm water or a bath in a mild tea tree oil shampoo can work wonders. I am worried about one of our rats already, as unfortunately the pet shop we bought the
                m from used shavings as bedding for them (cheap I guess) and he now sneezes an awful lot. So I may be taking a trip to the vets, which could have been avoided if the store had used an alternative bedding! So if you have rats avoid using this form of bedding and try paper based cat litter instead, it is cheaper and safer for them!

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                • David Coulthard / Discussion / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                  I have been a David Coulthard fan for as long as I can remember, and will continue to be for a long time to come. This season I felt he has been let down by the car and its poor reliability, but he is still in with a chance of doing well in the Drivers Championship, but unless a huge miracle happened winning it is out the window. One of the best things about DC is his determination. I know people knock him and think that McLaren should drop him, but no matter what happens he always does his job to the best of his ability, just as a true racing driver should.(something some of the others good do with learning!) His career is as follows This bit is brief as I don't know alot about the early years! in 1983-1985 David was Scottish Junior Kart Champion In 1986-1988 he was Scottish Open Kart Champion and British Super Kart 1 Champion. In 1989 David moved into Formula Ford racing. He took not only the Dunlop/Autosport Championship but also the P&O Ferries Junior Championship. This culminated in his receiving the prestigious McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. Coulthard tben went and joined Paul Stewart Racing in 1990 to race in Formula Vauxhall Lotus and the GM Lotus Euroseries. In 1991 he moved to British Formula 3 and in 1992 drove in Formula 3000 with Paul Stewart Racing. His last full season in F3000 was in 1993, again with Paul Stewart Racing. That year he also raced for Jaguar in the GT Class of the Le Mans 24 Hour race. Rothmans Williams Renault team 1994-1995. After the death of Ayrton Senna, at Imola David was promoted to the No. 2 race driver position, where he was to partner, fellow Brit Damon Hill. During the rest of the '94 season, David was sharing his racing seat, with ex world champion Nigel Mansell. David did enough during this season, to convince Frank Williams that he was capable of driving a full Formula one season. In 1995 David s
                  et 5 pole postions, beating double world champion, Michael Schumacher and team mate Damon Hill. It was just a matter of time until he got his first Formula One Race victory. He was cruelly deprived of wins by several technical failures on his Williams car, as was Damon Hill. He also made a few mistakes, which could have cost him victory. At Silverstone he, after the departure of Schumacher and Hill, Johnny Herbert was leading, but David made a fabulous move and passed him. He was then given a ten second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. He span out on one formation lap, I'm not sure which race, after setting a fantastic pole position time, which was a lot faster than anyone else. He eventually got his first and only victory (for Williams) at Estoril, Portugal. He led from start to finish and fended off Schumacher and Hill. The end of the 1995 season was a mistake for Coulthard, He was leading the Australian Grand Prix, when he made his final pit stop he crashed heavily into the pit wall, resulting in him retiring from the race. It was then announced that he would be driving for McLaren the following year. David Coulthard got a full season placement with Rothmans Williams Renault team in 1995, he partnered his previous year team mate, Damon Hill. The only time that I have known a team to comprise of two British Drivers!!. until Jaguar this year! Marlborough McLaren team 1996-present. David joined the Marlborough McLaren team in 1996. He was to partner McLaren's lead driver Mika Hakkinen. Which I believe to be one of the longest team partnerships. David had a strong season, making some excellent starts, on average he gained 6 places off the grid from his start alone! Enough of looking at the past and now we should be looking towards the future! After a unlucky last race (European GP), Cheers Monty! I am hoping that DC shows us what he is made of and wins his
                  home GP. I'll have everything crossed for him.

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                    01.07.2002 19:59
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                    Here is an easy and quick way to clean mirrors, TV and computer screens, windows and anything Glass. First of all, spray a little glass cleaner on the surface that you are cleaning. Next get an old newspaper and tear out a sheet. Scrunch it up and then use this to wipe the cleaner off the surface. Hey presto in a few moments it is clean and sparkling. I can?t take the credit for coming up with this. A cleaner at work told me about it, as I have horrid Glass tiles in my bathroom and they used to take forever to clean. Well thanks to this method, they don?t any longer!

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                      I have to confess that I borrowed my neighbors children so I could go and see this at the cinema! I was too embarrassed to go on my own and watch it, but we all loved it to bits! The story was the same as I remembered from my Disney books as a child, so I new it was going to be a good film. The animations would really good and the puppy?s were just so cute. The actors and actresses were great also. Cruella DeVil played by Glenn Close was amazing ,She was maybe a little too scary!!! Roger played by Jeff Daniels and Anita played by Joely Richardson were also very good and did the characters they played justice(well as I remember them anyway) Overall this film was really good and I would recommend anybody of any age to watch it as it is a great family film!

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                    • halifax-online.co.uk / Bank / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                      I have banked with the Halifax for at least six years now, and I have always found them easy to use. Now that the internet banking has arrived, I find it even easier to bank with them. You can watch your account at the click of a mouse, and it was so easy to register and to start using the services. The screen is easy enough for anyone no matter what their internet experience to navigate around, and if you do have any problems there is the usual help links. If you need little more help than that or have an queries, you can email them and they DO reply within 48 hours.( I have found this out from my own experience using it!) They do also state ? If a customer is a victim of online fraud we guarantee that they won't lose any money on their account and will always be reimbursed in full.? This gives you that added Peace of mind whilst using their online services. It is not just limited to your account, you can find out about other services. These include Mortgages, Share dealing, Insurance, Savings, Loans and Credit cards. You can even get the Theme from the TV advert as a ring tone for your mobile.

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                      • Halifax / Bank / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                        I have banked with the Halifax for at least six years now, and I have always found them easy to use. The main problems I have encountered with them during the time I have been banking with them is their phone banking system, God forbid if you ever want to speak to a human being! I found this out when I lost my cash card recently and I needed to get a new one sent out to me, but as I was in the process of moving I needed to change my address. I spoke to the lost and stolen card line and they stopped the card but I had to change my address in the main branch. I went into the branch and asked at the same time for a new card to be sent. Two weeks later still no card, now came the fun bit, as my card had all the help line numbers on it, I tried the local phone book for a general customer service number. I tried this number only to find it was an automated one and there were no options for what I wanted!! I tried several times but no joy, so in the end I rang the Lost and stolen number again and they had to transfer me. I had to go through this three or four times before I got my replacement card. That all said, I have had no further problems and I have had a pretty much hassle free banking with them. The staff I have had contact with have all been polite and courteous. I do not regret choosing to bank with them.

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                          • "takes attention from the road and puts it on the speedo"

                          My husband is a maintence engineer for a large computer company, and as such he racks up over 200 miles a day around Somerset and Dorset, and it is his opinion that follows (he doesn't have his own Dooyoo account - we share). Drivers are easy targets for government, and police. Fuel prices go up, speed cameras appear everywhere, clamp down on this/that/everything and the motorist keeps quiet. ---We are all guilty--- We all like to think of ourselves as good citizens who never break the law. Think back to the past week, how many times have you gone over 30mph (even 1 or 2mph) in a 30 zone, been distracted for a second, had a sip from a drink whilst stopped at traffic lights or in traffic? Each of these are time you have broken the law. I stick to the limits in built up areas, purely because I do not want to be the one to kill a child, but we all occasionaly exceed the limit whether by accident or we are in a rush, and when we get caught we pay the fines. However new "zero-tolerance" attitudes towards speed cannot work. This is due to the fact that your speedometer is NOT reliable - it reads 30, you are more likely to be doing 33mph, it reads 70, you are likely to really be doing 65mph. This is not a guess this is a proven fact, even in cars you would expect to have a high accuracy rate. How would you feel being pulled over for doing 32mph, when you are certain you where doing 30? Pretty bloody annoyed, but this has not happened to me yet, thank goodness! Nothing scares me more than roads full of motorists driving around watching their speedo closer than they pay attention to the road in front of them. ---Deterant or cash generator?--- Speed cameras are supposed to be a deterant, their job is to slow traffic in trouble spots, and if this is the case - why are they grey??? There is one camera in the south west of England that is painted with illuminous strips. The perfect i
                          dea - visable for a long way off, and the perfect deterant. I bet it is rarely even loaded with film too! But everyone slows down. If cameras are true deterants, they should be bright colours, if they are there to generate revenue, then leave them grey, but please - stop conning us for the reason they exist. ---Those blue poles--- Those blue poles you see by the road side with little boxes facing either way and and aerial on top. They are NOT speed cameras, they are part of the Trafficmaster network, and this is how they get their traffic information for the little gizmos that you can have fitted in your car. It reads a portion of your number plate, and reads it again, works out your speed, and if there is slow traffic it shows up on their system. The police did ask Trafficmaster about using their technology some time ago, and they said no. You are not at risk from these blue poles. ---Motorways--- Motorways where designed many years ago, and the speed limits where introducted before the Cortina was cutting edge technology, and we now have ABS, more efficiant brakes, and better handling cars, surely on a dry day, on a relatively quiet motorway, 70mph is not as safe as 70mph in the pouring rain, in heavy traffic. No, of course it isn't. 80mph in clear dry conditions, 60mph in the wet - it works in France, why not here? ---Summary--- In built up areas stick to low speeds, be more aware, more importantly, at all times - be safe. Anyone who answers the question "Do you ever drive above the speed limit?" with a No is a liar, this issue effects us all. You may not do it intentionally, but your speed has crept over the limit at least once for everyone.

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                          • Condor Ferries / Transport International / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                            20.05.2001 16:55
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                            Condor Ferries are a company I had never heard of until my Grand Parents moved to Weymouth, and whenever my husband would go to Le Mans, they would always say "Why don't you take the Condor?" So we looked into it. As it turned out we didn't use Condor to go to France because to go to Le Mans we sail to Caen, and Condor sail to Cherbourg & St Malo, however, we did get a chance to try them out on a day trip to Guernsey. ---Booking--- You have several options to book your crossing. Firstly the old fashioned way of walking into their booking office, which is located in Weymouth by the dock for the ferry, and therefore easily found because of the sign posting for the ferry as soon as you get near the town itself. Parking is easy - right outside the door (pay and display), and the whole process takes a matter of minutes, and I didn't have to queue. They also have a booking option on their website, which appears to be very simple and secure, offering bookings on any of their routes, and also you can book any promotions or offers online too, which some companies fail to incorperate in their service. ---Pricing--- Whilst you would expect to pay more for a high speed crossing, prices are very competative, (in May) £218 for example will buy you a 5 day return to the Channel Islands for Car, 2 adults and upto 3 children. Whereas if you want to travel to France £154 will take a car and two adults on a 5 day return in May. Very reasonable. We took advantage of one of their special offers, a day trip to Guernsey, at the end of March, which cost £9.95 per person as a foot passenger, and we got some 5 hours ashore to do a little tax free shopping. These special offers are always advertised on their site, and they are very much worth looking out for! ---Facilities--- The ferry we travelled on (high speed), is very impressive when you first see it, stunning infact, with its sharp lines a
                            nd steeply angled bow, it oozes speed. Once checked in a boarded (a very simple and quick operation) you arrive on board, which is deceptively small. There is a first class lounge, which leads past a soft childrens play area (with TV) into the lounge for us 'normal' travellers. In the middle of this lounge is a sweeping staircase rising to the bar and more seating on the higher deck, but that is it, apart from a small outside area (the only place on board you can smoke) at the stern (back!) of the ship. There is quite a low capacity on board, and all passengers are allocated seat numbers so you know exactly where you will be sat, so no charging to get the best seat when you get on board. Seating in total, I beleive is for around 200, and the area is well designed with efficancy in mind (i.e. some seats feel cramped (by the stairs), and others feel great (any with table)), but there is plenty of room to wander around, and get to the DUTY FREE SHOP - YES! Believe it, Duty Free still exisits when travelling to the Channel Islands as they are a seperate state, and not part of the EU, so buy cheap cigarettes, booze and goodies on your trip! We bought 400 B&H for £25!!! Work out the saving - more than paid for the fare for us. If you get hungry on your short trip there is a limited menu (3 meals) available from the Cafe, and cakes, crisps, tea/coffee (go for the bottomless cup) and usual range of sweets. We tried two of the meals, which where nothing to write home about, but they are alright, have all the right bits on the plate, but lacked that certain something to make it a proper meal. The bar is a typical ferry affair, and reasonably priced and stocked. In keeping with all of the crew and staff of Condor that we met, they are all friendly, efficiant and seem to go out of their way to make you feel welcome, something very much appreciated. There is no cinema, swimming pools, casinos, clubs, but you dont really notic
                            e in the short time onboard! ---Speed--- The high speed ferry travels at around 40 knots which is fast for a ferry, and the trip to Guernsey was a short 2 hour hop, not quite long enough to get board, but enough time to check out the Duty Free, get a bite to eat and relax ---Other Deals--- Condor also offer as well as day trips and standard crossings, weekend breaks, holidays, hotel booking, and car hire which all can be extremely useful to book all at the same place. ---Recommendation--- Depending on where you need to go to, use Condor. I enjoyed my experience with them, and would travel again. They are my prefered method to get to Guernsey, and Jersey, and pick up some duty free along the way too! The prices are good, staff professional, and you feel welcome on board, not part of a cattle market as you do on some ferries.

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                            20.05.2001 04:59
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                            I have used Dooyoo for almost a year now, and at first my husband and I thought that it would be one of these .com fads that would appear, promise all sorts of wonderful things and disappear without a trace owing money/voucher/whatever offered, but we are very please to be part of one of the best communities on the net!! Dooyoo is extablished, reliable and friendly with a great sense of community. Firstly choose a username that describes you, what you are or do, or just simply your name (like I have!). Be honest with all your details - this helps Dooyoo get your miles to you and ensure that you get the best from the service. Secondly spend time reading other opinions, looking at members profiles to get some idea of the standard that is the norm' on Dooyoo. This is also a good way of seeing what opinions are read more frequently by members, earning you those all vital Dooyoo miles, when you write your own. Next ensure that the subject you choose to write about are something that you know about, but more importantly have an opinion that other will find useful when concidering when buying that product, visiting that site or going to that town or country. You can never write too much, but you can waffle on, be sure not to repeat yourself or wander off the topic for the subject you are giving your opinion on. Short opinions tend to get lower ratings because they don't contain as much information, and are mainly done just to rack up the miles. But these sort of members rarely last in Dooyoo. Remeber you can go back and amend your opinion, and this is best done if you have a change of heart on a subject, or the subject has changed in anyway. I tend to leave my original opinion and write the new section with a heading of "Update". Next, keep going back to your opinios and checking the comments. These are always good to read, sometimes fun, sometime offering tips on your style of opinion,
                            and the best ones (in my opinion!!) are the ones offering praise. Finally, READ THE FAQ, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS that Dooyoo give, they are not there just to fill space on a page or to look pretty, beleive me when I say they helped me through my first few opinions.

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                              20.05.2001 04:37
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                              I had run out of baby wipes for my 18 month old daughter, and being so close to pay day had little money spare. I went to my local Tesco’s and bought a tub of their blue and white stripped value wipes. I was not expecting great things from these wipes as we only paid 49p for them, but later when changing Morgans nappy I noticed big red blotches on her bottom and thought maybe it was nappy rash, so put on some cream and thought little of it. The next day we went to collect her from the childminders, who told us that she had tried to use the wipes on Morgan’s face to clean her up after a messy lunch. Only for her to come out with red blotches all over the areas which had been cleaned with the wipes! Morgan hasn’t had any reaction to anything we have used so far on her skin, and these wipes are something that we will not ever use again. Not only did we get this adverse reaction, but they do not clean up messy nappies easily, and you feel like everything is getting spread about rather than cleaned up (sorry to be so graphic). All in all, spend the extra £1 and go for anything but the “value” line of products, especially where a baby is concerned!

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