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According to their website miniclip.com is the world's largest online games website. They claim to have over 57 million game players & over 300 games combining a mixture of single player, multiplayer & massive multiplayer games.
They have loads of different types of games. Some are sports games. Some are puzlle games. Some are action games & some require a little more though. Even if I had played all 300 games, I wouldn't review them all, but here are three of my favourites.
Defend The Wicket. An action game based on cricket. You are a batsman who has to stay at the crease for as long as possible accumulating the best score you can. A 2d game viewed from the side with the wicket to the left & the batsman to the right. Control your bat by moving the mouse to his the balls. certain spots are worth different scores which will be 1, 2, 4, 6 or out. You keep scoring until you hit a ball out or 'till your wicket gets hit. Great for working on High Scores.
Mini Golf. A 2d isometric crazy golf. Control your aim & power with the mouse & then click to take the shot. Easy to learn but lots of practice to master. Most of the 18 hols offer at least one way to get a birdie if you can find it & the 17th hole is rock hard!
8 Ball Pool. An old fashioned 2d top down pool game with a twist. Solo play against a clock to pot as many balls as you can. Every time you pot a ball you get 9 seconds back although everytime you pot the white you lose 30! Score Multipliers on offer for stringing together succesive pots plus the pressure of the seconds ticking away. Great for chasing high scores again & real skill can be used.
I would recommend the website to anyone. After Dooyoo, this is my favourite website for my dinner times at work. Loads of fun. Surely a game for everyone & a lot to offer. Did I metion it's all free! Great Site.
Tesco sell a wide variety of tinned fruit which generally works out cheaper than buying fresh & also makes the meal you are preparing a lot easier preparation wise. They sell a few different tins of peaches including another own brand product for 54p which is the same size as this but is peaches in juice instead of syrup.
The value tin of peaches is priced at 24p per tin for 410 grams. Very good value for money. Inside the tin, is peeled & sliced peach. I don't know why it's so cheap. The peach inside the tin is a nice as any other tin of peaches that I've ever had. The fruit is soft but not squishy. It has a sublte flavour but is far from bland. The contents (including the syrup) are not too sweet either.
On the downside, occasionally with this value product, you get a slice of peach which still has a little of the stone attached or is a little harder on the stone side. This is never the whole tin though & only the odd slice. Bearing in mind the price you paid too, it's not too much of a hassle.
I am more than happy to recommend the product. The fruit is tasty, for the price you pay very good value & if you drain the syrup, reasonable healthy. I think that you should give it a try & if you don't like it, review it on here & get your money back.
Onken is part on the Dr. Oetker company that was founded in 1891. They are one of the leading suppliers of yoghurt in the UK with three different sites in the North of England.
This yoghurt is a fruit yoghurt which somes in a large but standard style pot. It has a foil lid & it also has a resealable plastic lid so you can have portions on different days & still keep the yoghurt fresh. According to their website it can be purchased in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Co-op, Waitrose, Ocado and Somerfield. In my local Tesco it costs around £1.00 per pack and must be popular as I don't ever remember seeing it on offer.
I like this yoghurt very much. It is very thick (although not set or even close). Very creamy with quite a lot of chunks of fruit which are soft & juicy. The Yoghurt is not at all sour & is not a chore to eat. It has a light sweetness about it. The flavours of the Mango, Papaya & Passion Fruit are all pleasant & subtle. This is not strongly flavoured. It is a very good fruit flavoured yoghurt.
I would recommend this to people who either like yoghurts or like Mango or tropical fruits. This is a very good quality & enjoyable product. The only fault I have with it is that they don't sell smaller single portion size packs.
Bid TV is a shopping channel which can be found on Freeviewn channel 23 & Sky channel 654 & broadcasts daily between 7:45am & 1:30am (it also has a sister channel known as price drop tv). They sell laods of items including Household Goods, Jewelry, Electronics & Toys
It originally had a bid system similar but slightly different to ebay where you would phone in & offer the highest price you would pay for the item on screen. You would buy one for you while ever your highest price was one of the top 50 bids if 50 items were up for auction. If you bid £25 & the on screen price was £5, you would pay £5 until there were 50 people willing to pay £6. Then the price would go up to £6. If 50 people phone in offering £27.00 or above then the items would be sold to eveyone at £27 even if they were prepared to pay more & because your bid was under the sell price you would have lost. This carried on until the auctioneer ended the sale.
Now they tend to do what the sister channel Price Drop started. An Item is put on screen with a quantity up for sale. If you're happy to pay the price, you phone in & buy it. You are then guaranteed the item at that price. However, the price falls until every single unit has sold. If you buy at £25.00 & then the price goes down to £23.00, you actually pay the cheaper price.
I have bought a couple of things from the TV channel & was happy with them. They were well packed, as described & came in good time. I would be happy to buy from them again.
What sets this channel apart from the other shopping channels for me is the enthusiasm & energy of the Presenters. They always seem to be up for it, permenently hyper & actually make watching someone trying to sell you something pretty entertaining.
I would recommend the channel. It makes for OK viewing when there isn't anything better on & sometimes they do have really good bargains. You can even go on their website, look for a specific item like say a camera & then it will tell you when the next auction is broadcast & even allow you to buy the item at the start price on a price drop auction. A novel way to buy things.
I have Sky HD and have down for over a year now so I do try to get use out of the HD Channels. In case you didn't know, a TV works by displaying a number of horizontal & vertical lines that make up your picture. High Definition makes the picture clearer, crisper & more detailed by displaying up to twice as many lines at once.
BBC HD is responsible for showing any & all the the High Definition programming the the BBC provide. It is fre to air so it won't cost you anything to watch. I will however require that you have either Sky HD or Freesat HD which are the two ways of watching HD programming in the UK at the moment and a HD ready or Full HD television set.
On BBC HD you will find a mix of programmes. Hustle, Strictly Come Dancing, 6 Nations Rugby. You will also however find that for vast swathes of the day there is not a single programme on this channel. Bearing in mind that the beeb have over 4 channels broadcasting 24 hours a day 7 days a week, you'd think that they'd be able to find something to put on in HD at all times. You'd be wrong. Around 6 hours of TV is broadcast in HD every day. Some of their most popular programmes (such as Eastenders) are not broadcast in HD.
When there is something on, the picture & sound quality are as you would expect from a HD television channel. The programmes are exactly the same as if you watched them in single definition just with the added HD bells & whistles.
I'm happy to recommend the channel. If you're watching a BBC programme & you have the HD gadgets, you might as well watch it on this channel. I'm afraid though that the lack of content really lets it down. They need to get more programming on here. 3 stars from me (with an eye on the World Cup in HD)
I'm not a big fan of fresh fruit. I don't like having to muck around preparing it. It's expensive. When it's a fresh Pineapple you waste loads of it & lets be honest. If you didn't grow it & pick it, how do you know how fresh it is? I do however like tinned fruit very much. No preparation, cheaper & I can even eat it straight out of the tin at work.
Tinned Pineapple is one of the fruits that I buy tinned regularly to have at work. It costs around 57p per tin of 432 grams (although it was on offer this Sunday at 2 for £1.00). You can get it sliced as well for the same price & in my Tesco at the moment that even comes with an easy open lid. The Chunks tin doesn't yet. Half a tin (216 grams) contains 110 calories, 26.4 grams of sugar & a trace of fat.
Inside are loads of chunks (which have been cut from Pineapple rings) & are about 1 inch inside. The Pineapple is Soft, Juicy & Sweet. Occasionally you will get a tin in which the fruit will be a little harder than usual, but the majority of the time the fruit will be just right. The chunks are in Pineapple juice (which has been made from concentrate) which helps to keep them soft & juicy & also tastes pretty good too. The contents in most tins are very good.
I am always happy to recommend tinned fruit as long as the contents taste good & this product is no exception. If you want some Pineapple & haven't got the time, space or will to actually chop down a fresh one, then I would give this product a try. One of Tesco's many, good, own brand products.
Tunnock's were founded by Thomas Tunnock in 1890 & are still based in Uddingston, Scotland where Thomas originally bought his first bakery. Today the company is known as Thomas Tunnock Ltd & employs 550 people.
The Chocolate Teacake is probably their most famous line. It is a round shortbread biscuit underneath a mound of very soft marshamllow (made from a whipped egg white mixture) wrapped in a thin layer of chocolate.
They come packed in boxes of 6 or 10 biscuits all of which are individually wrapped in foil inside the box. A box of ten tends to cost around £1.00 with a box of 6 costing around 70p. Each biscuit contains 106 calories with 8.6 grams of sugar & 4.6 grams of fat. I'd like to say whether or not they use artificial flavours or colours however their website doesn't have ingredients listed.
I really love these. I'll start with the shortbread. I don't like shortbread. It's normally very dry, hard like a crunchy biscuit & not very sweet. This shortbread is so much better. Soft, flakey, sweet without being sickly. The best shortbread I've ever eaten. The marshmallow-esque filling tastes really great. It's very thick & really soft. It has a smooth & silky texture. A splendid filling. The chocolate is nice too. It is a thin layer & possibly could be thicker but it works really well with the filling & the shortbread. Also, because it's quite thin is doesn't tend to bread that much other than where you take a bite, which would be a downside of having thicker chocolate.
I'm more than happy to recommend them. They taste really great. They make a good snack or a nice treat. They even go well in lunch boxes & picknick baskets for days out. I'm looking forward to my next one already.
I bought a packet of these with my wife the last time we were in Tesco. They were on offer & as we do tend to like things like Nutri-Grain Bars I thought that we would give them a try.
The packet was priced at 75p which was half the normal price of £1.49 for a pack of 6 individually wrapped bars. Each bar is around 3 inches long by around an inch wide. They are a crunchy cereal bar than are actually more filling than they look.
I thought that the bar tasted good. The chocolate was Cadbury's Dairy milk chocolate which tastes as good as ever. The raisins were juicy & sweet & went well with the chocolate & all the cereal added a crunch that suited the other textures well. None of the flavours were paticularly strong & overpowering the rest, but all the flavours together meant that the bar was far from bland.
The bar I had contained 115 calories, 6.2 grams of sugar plus 6.1 grams of fat. This doesn't make them the healthiest item bearing in mind it only weighed 23 grams in total (having around 36% fat).
I would be happy to recommend them. They are tasty. Pretty Filling & not that expensive even at full price. Although I think people watching their diet might not be as impressed.
Freddy Vs Jason was released in 2003 & directed by Ronny Yu. It features two of the most Iconic villains from the Horror Movie genre. On the order in which they were released it is the 8th film in the Nightmare on Elm Street Series & The 11th film in the Friday The 13th series (although set before Jason X).
The film begins with Jason killing a victim. It turns out the Jason is dreaming. While Jason is dreaming he is visited by his Mother (who is actually Freddy). She tells him to awake from his sleep & go to Elm Street to punish the children there. Krueger reveals that he is trapped in hell. The children of Elm Street have forgotten about him. Thus taking away his power to enter their dreams. So he sent Jason to remind them what Fear feels like.
The plan works & Freddy is enable to enter the childrens dreams once more. However his plan backfires as Jason carries on killing which enrages Freddy & puts the two on a collision course!
I think that this is a good addition to both franchises. It is entertaining, has a decent plot that works quite well & results in the obvious, obligatory & climactic battle between the two leads at the end of the film. Freddy is a mixture of menace & humour (a cross between his original form & the more comedic sequels). Jason is as deliberate, brutal & merciless as he ever was & makes a good foil for Freddy's more animated antics. The acting is fine with no one standing out as a real duffer who you wish wasn't in the movie. It is quite well paced with no sections seeming to drag. Also the final battle is very good & will not dissapoint.
There are some downsides. Freddy appears as this caterpillar-esque thing at one stage which is a little poor. He then also takes possesion of one of the teens. A power that he has only exhibited once previously & that I don't like to see. Also, I think that Jason seems to make considerably more kills than freddy which I think could have done with evening out a bit. Some may not like the ending as it is ambiguous but I don't mind it as you couldn't really offer a clear winner without upsetting a lot of loyal fans.
I would more than recommend the film. If you like Horror films, then I'm certain that you will like this. If you like action films this has a couple of realyl good & memorable scenes that will entertain you. The only people I wouldn't recommend it for is people who really don't like Horror films. But that was obvious.
I bought some of these from Tesco Yesterday as they were on offer & looked quite appetizing. They were priced at a reduced £0.73 for a pack of 6 down from £1.49.
The doughnuts are a standard plain ring doughnut, with nothing inside, topped with chocolate which has been covered in loads of broken up smarties hard candy shells (similar to what you would find in a Smarties Mcflurry but smaller). They look very colourful & appealing to children & come in a plastic box that is sealed by a ring of card wrapped around it.
When I was eating the doughnuts, I thought that they were OK. But I have eaten nicer doughnuts. I found the dough a little dry & also not quite as soft as I'm used too. The topping did taste nice, although I must admit that I prefer the chocolate icing that you can find on the Tesco own brand ones that they sell (the doughnut is nicer in those too). Plus because it was solid chocolate, it did nothing to help overcome the fact they were a little dry.
I wouldn't buy them again at full price. I would consider buying them for the reduced price, although I would prefer Tesco's other doughnuts & would buy those over these. They're not bad, but in my opinion, they're not very good either.
A Nightmare on Elm was released in 1984 & was directed and written by Wes Craven. It is an iconic Horror Film that spawned a franchise of 8 films, a TV series & a remake to be released this year.
It begins with a girl named Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) having a nightmare about a mencacing & badly burned man in a Red & Green striped sweater & with glove comprising of razor knives on his fingers worn on his right hand. After telling her best friend Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) about the Nightmare, she asks Nancy to spend the night with her as her Mother is out of town. That night whilst asleep in her dream, Tina is attacked & murdered by the menace who is later revealed to be the spirit of a dead child murderer named Fred Krueger (Robert Englund). The film follows Nancy & her friends efforts to both survive & defeat Freddy, who seems intent on killing them all while they sleep.
I have always been a fan of this film & think that it is one of the greatest Horror films ever made. I watched it yesterday with my wife (but had my Dooyoo critical head on), so here are both the good & bad points.
The Plot: This is engaging, entertaining, well paced & holds your interest throughout the film. The idea of a villian attacking you in your sleep was an original idea at the time & is still a pretty unique method of attack when compared against most slasher flicks around.
The Effects: Some films from the 80's look really dated & the effects are a real let down. The Terminator has one scene that looks terrible by today's standards & could do with a digital update. Nightmare still looks more than adequate. Freddy's make up doesn't look phoney. The scene where a victim is dragged up to the ceiling doesn't have anything showing that shouldn't be. Great for the time & still good.
The Villain: A great bad guy always makes a film. Freddy is the driving force behind all the movies. Some times he is fiercer than others & sometimes he is funnier. In this film he is sinister, menacing & revels in the killing of others. When this film was released an instant icon was born
The Ending: One niggle that lets the plot down is the final scare. Is Nancy awake? Is she asleep & dreaming? There are other questions too. It's very ambiguous & I've always wished it was a little more definitive. The sequels probably confirm my suspicions, but I won't spoil it for the one person who reads this review who hasn't seen the film.
The Acting: To be fair, the vast majority of the acting is OK to good. However I feel that one key character lets it down. Nancy's Mother Marge (Ronee Blakley) is not good. Somtimes she seems to be hamming it up. Sometimes she seems to be too slow. I know she's portraying an alocoholic single mother which is not easy, but still. If you can't do the part justice, don't accept it. She's a real weak link.
Would I recommend the film? Yes I would. I still think that it is a great film. One of the best examples of the Horror Genre & a classic film. I'm such a fan that I'm not sure a modern remake is necessary or will make the film any better. If you haven't seen it, then I think that you really should give it a go. If you scare easily, you might want to buy a crucifix or a tonne of coffee first.
Pokemon Satdium 2 was released in Europe on the 19th of October 2001. It was the second game to allow you to port your Pokemon from your Game Boy up to your Nintendo 64 & was the first one to feature all 151 Pokemon from the first game (as it only featured around 40 of the Pokemon & more than half were missing) along with the new Pokemon from Gold, Silver & Crystal totalling all 251 Pokemon up to that date.
There were predominatly three things that you could do with the game. The first was battle. You could battle with any Pokemon that you had caught on your Gameboy on you Nintendo 64. There were multiplayer & tournament options available but to be fair, they were all basically the same game & for all the great graphics the game played no differently than if you were playing it through your Game Boy.
The second was the Pokemon Emulator which allowed you to play your Game Boy version through your TV. Not a bad idea & OK, but it didn't improve the graphics or gameplay & was only really useful for if the batteries ran out so you couldn't play on your Game Boy.
The third way was to play the mini games. There are twelve on offer & they were lots of fun especially for four players simultaneously & formed a great party game in their own right.
The game was good, but only if you were a fan of Pokemon, had at least one Game Boy copy of the game (preferably one of the first three & one of the second three) & had a collection of Pokemon strong enough to challange the game. If you didn't have this (or if you don't have them now) then it wasn't really worth the £50 asking price at the time. For fans it was great. Great graphics, the chance to win tournaments & obtain elusive, rare or legendary pokemon & download them to your cartridge. Plus the mini games are great fun too. At the time I would've recommended the game, but only to fans or to people who love mini games. Now I can only recommend it for one of either two reasons. A: If you are still playing 1 of the 6 original game boy games & want to battle on the big screen (and if you are, why aren't you playing Diamond, Pearl or Platinum?). B: If you like mini games & have 3 friends who come around to your house regularly. If you fall into either of these two, then I think you would enjoy a copy if you can find one on the cheap. If you don't fall into either A or B I would recommend staying away & looking to the more recent Pokemon games for your Battling & Collecting.
Clover is made by the Dairy Crest company in Crudgington near Telford. It is a type of margarine that tries to be as much like butter as like margarine. It is made from Vegetable Oil & Buttermilk to help give it a more buttery taste.
A 500 gram tub costs around the £1.50 mark although most supermarkets with have it on offer periodically at around £1.00 per tub or in BOGOF deals.
When it comes to margarine, neither me (nor my wife, who does a little more shopping then me) are very brand loyal. We are willing to try other things & regularly buy items that are on offer. While this is true, Clover is one the the brands that we prefer to buy. If it is on offer or nothing else is, then this is one of the 3 favourites that we will pick between.
It is a warmer & more yellow colour than most margarines. It is also harder than them due to the buttermilk content. It isn't hard to spreas, but can sometimes pull at the bread if you've got a massive amount of it on your bread. Like real butter it's best to spread in small amounts & if you like lots, put on two layers. It does taste a lot like butter. It is creamy with a smooth texture, doesn't melt or go runny too easily & is flavoured with salt which adds to the taste but doesn't dominate the pallete.
I would happily recommend this product. It is healthier than butter. Tastier than a lot of margarines on the shelf & still reasonably priced. A good quality & tasty spread that I would be suprised if anyone didn't like.
I looked forward to this game coming out & was eager to buy it when it did as I was a big fan of the original Pokemon Red & Blue (I had blue & still play Diamond). This allowed you to upload your Pokemon onto your Nintendo 64 & Battle them on screen in full 3D & glorious 64 Bit graphics.
The actual meat of this game & the reason why you would buy it, worked OK but was far from perfect. Out of 151 Pokemon, only around 40 actually had a version of them included in the game. You could play as the others, but they didn't resemble what they looked like. This was the major downside. The game did do what it was supposed to, however it was basically an upscaled version of your pokemon Red & Blue & did nothing new to the game. The only really good thing about the main section of the game was that you could win trophies which would allow you to download a rare Pokemon (like one of the startes or Hitmonlee / Hitmonchan of which there was a choice in game between the two). Very useful for helping fill your pokedex especially for solo players but not really worth the £50 asking price at the time.
What made the game so memorable for me & what gave me & my friends hours of entertainment was the mini games in the "Kids Club". There were not loads of party games on the market in the late 1990's however the mini games on this broke the mould & were truly great. With 4 pads, up to 4 people could compete against each other simultaneously in mini games. The games all had a different theme. Some were button mashing. Some were based on mashing buttons in time with a specific object. Some invovled spinning the joystick around & some were memory games based on repeating on screen instructions over & over again. Everyone always seemed to be good at least one or two events out of the 9 & we used to play tournaments where the event was picked at random & the first to so many wins triumphed. You had to be a real all rounder & get lucky with your best events to win at this game.
I would certainly recommend the game now (and it's sequel). If you have an N64 & still play it, then this is both a lot of fun & possibly quite cheap to pick up. Just don't pay a lot for it.
Only Fools & Horses is a long running & well loved British Sit-Com from the writer John Sullivan. There were seven series produced & broadcast between 1981 & 1991 by the BBC. There have also been numerous Christmas specials, the last of which being in 2003.
The show follows two main characters. Derek "Del-Boy" Trotter (David Jason) & Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst). They are two brothers (Del being the older) living in a flat in Peckham, London. The two brothers run their own small market based business called Trotter's Independant Traders & support themselves, their Grandfather (who dies & is replaced by Uncle Albert) & eventually their own wifes and children. The comedy follows them in their efforts to become rich & wealthy with a catchphrase from Del Boy being "this time next year, we'll be millionaires".
I find the show very entertaining. Highly amusing & also genuinly moving in places. When you spend 7 series with characters it's hard not to grow attached to them. The show can appear very formulaic in it's plot lines (something which can be said about many 80's programmes). The average show with have Del-Boy coming up with some hairbrained scheme to make money. The show will follow Del's & Rodney's attempts to get the plan to come off, which in 99% of the cases doesn't resulting in high comedy & on a lot of occasions loosing more money than they actually made in the first place.
The show is well written. The acting is very good. Neither completely over the top nor too understated with great comedic timing & class & dignity when required.
I find it hard not to recommend the programme. It has many merits, few faults & is a snapshot in time (albeit slightly cartoonish) of the 1980's London. Very Good.