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    • Ford Ka in general / Car / 24 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      26.04.2012 13:20
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      Good value, brilliant first car, not suitable for families

      For two years I've been the proud owner of a 2001 mint green Ka. Mine is the most basic model with no central locking, air conditioning or electric windows and only a tape player with just 3 radio station presets for entertainment- although all these things are inconvenient I see it as a fair sacrifice for a cheap car. And the Ka is cheap, with between 40 and 50 miles to the gallon, fuel consumption is very economic. You are, however, at risk of using more petrol if you try to get up to speed on an A road or motorway quickly- with my accelerator flat to the floor it still feels as if I'm crawling to 70mph whilst other cars whizz past. Once you get to 70 there is not much point in trying to be a bit cheeky and go any faster either as upon approaching 90mph the steering wheel shakes/ vibrates and it feels unsafe. Also, there is very little noise insulation so the road noise can be a little deafening when travelling at speed- I have found that putting old carpet in the boot helped with this. The brakes on Kas are notoriously not very good either, I have adopted a style of driving of starting breaking very early so I know it will stop in time. Having said that, the combination of gentle breaking and thin wheels made driving in the heavy snow earlier this year fairly painless whilst heavier, big wheeled cars were constantly skidding.
      The inside of the Ka is deceptively big considering its size, with ample leg room for all passengers and the driver. The only aspect that could be bigger is the boot.

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    • Blackberry Bold 9780 / Smartphone / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      25.04.2012 19:25

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      As close you can get to having a laptop for a phone. Good for business and leisure

      I have to admit, I'm a bit in love.. Having got on the Blackberry hype 2 years ago with the Blackberry Bold 9700 which sadly had a nasty accident and went to Blackberry heaven, I was curious to see what this Blackberry Bold 9780 my lovely insurers were sending me would have to offer; and I wasn't dissapointed. Blackberry 6 improved things with the convenience of tabbed browsing, the neatness of a homescreen where you can easily hide all the icons. The multitude of free apps include the standard Facebook, Twitter, weather forecast, loads of games and pretty themes. The 5 mega pixel camera with flash is as good as any digital camera, with the added extras if being able to upload the photos instantly to any form if social media and being able to use the flash as a torch. Occasionally when you are doing too many things at once the phone will freeze, but I have always been able to solve this by taking the battery out and restarting the phone. Keep yourself organized with calendar and reminders. BBM brilliant if you have a lot of friends with Blackberrys. Easily connect to WiFi.

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      25.04.2012 19:03

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      A good all rounder suitable for academic study

      With no need for a laptop with any attributes which would allow me to take up massive amounts of memory with gaming software or to run any programs that would take up huge amounts of RAM, I settled for the Toshiba Satellite Pro C650D-127. It has served me well in my studying towards an English degree, I regularly research with many tabs open in my browser and have never experienced any slowness. I happily watch DVDs or stream video on the large, clear 15.6" display. I often use all of the Microsoft office tools and have never encountered any problems of crashing or freezing as I have on other laptops. The battery lasts for over 3 hours, but the display for the amount of battery left isn't too accurate as it seems to run out faster towards the end. Large, flat keys and a sensitive touchpad make it easy to control.

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    • GHD IV Styler / Hair Straightener / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      25.04.2012 18:38
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      A hairstyler that works on all hair types effectively

      Having thick, course, not nicely curly or poker straight hair I've tried many different hair straightners, including Nicky Clarke's (which the woman in the shop reassured me worked perfectly on her daughter but had no effect on my hair) and Remington's (which worked on all of my friends' hair but I had to leave to heat up for at least 30 minutes before they had any effect on my hair). I was about to give up and resort to a life of scraping back my hair into a ponytail so I didn't look a complete mess, when my hairdresser bought some GHDs, it was like having a whole new head of hair! They heat up to such a high temperature that I've accidentally burnt my skin on them in the past; although this isn't good for the condition of your hair, its brilliant for creating lasting styles! GHDs quickly and easily straighten my hair, taking ten minutes where it would have taken over 30 before as they can effectively straighten large sections of hair at a time, the straightness tends to last all day too, as long as your hair isn't subject to any moisture. The round barrel and swivel cord also make it easy to create loose curls or ringlets that will last for several hours with hairspray.

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