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My dad bought this for us in the Christmas sales and I'd heard a lot about Humax so I was expecting great things. To start with the setup was straightforward - plug it in and off it (loudly) went.
The Image quality was excellent and we had no issues with reception. However, we did have problems when started we tried to queue up the recording schedule. It isn't a very user friendly machine and the manual is very complicated.
The EPG doesn't extend beyond seven days which could be an issue if you were going away for more than a week and wanted to schedule recordings beyond that (as we are a couple of times a year). However, we loved that fact that recording times are governed by an external source, so if the program timings change the machine automatically alters the record time.
All in all, this is a decent PVR with few extra (all be they; complicated) bells and whistles. The user guide demands serious reading and after using apple products seems a very outdated way of using electronics. We will be keeping it, but I think when we come to switch we'll look around and read some reviews first.
I actually wouldn't have known about this website unless I'd seen an advert for it on DooYoo.
It certainly doesn't have the high profile presence the BIG price comparison sites have (as they try to wear us into submission with their relentless and annoying advertising), but that doesn't mean it's any less good.
compareandsave.com offers price comparison services for finance products (like savings, loans, credit cards etc) and given this remit the site is well laid out and easy to navigate. It doesn't necessarily have the board range of products that the likes of MoneySupermarket try to have (Travel, Mobile Phones, Voucher etc) - Seemingly focusing more on the actual money products. However, if money products are the raison d'être of the site, the they seem to be doing reasonably well. They certainly have a number of deals that aren't available on other bigger (and noisier) sites - At least in the Prepaid Card section where I was mainly looking - I actually got an Orange prepaid card there for my eldest for free (rather than £5.00 everywhere else for the same card) so I was well happy.
Other than cards and loans they have a section on utilities/broadband - presumably like uSwitch etc (I wisely fixed prices a while ago - so no need for that) and insurance (including Directline - to my surprise).
In terms of the ownership (which I am always careful about since being told the Meerkat and Confused were actually owned by the insurance companies), they seem to be owned by the US comparison website creditcards.com (although I get redirect to the UK every time I try to look on there - Sorry).
Overall (and bearing in mind they can't be very exciting) this is a great tiny site and I would (in fact I have) certainly recommend it to a friend.
Firstly, If you're looking for a book that details all the ins and outs of property investment then this is not it - but it doesn't have to be. It an inspirational book rather than a how-to guide and as inspirational books go it's actually pretty good.
It would be hard to say it's GREAT because the book is so down to earth, but then that's also part of the charm. It terms of inspiring reads; it's great because you think, "Yeah! I could do that" or "Yeah, that makes sense, I could apply that in the 'real' world". Neil Mansell also follows up great examples with tips on further reading are invaluable given the number of books available on this subject.
If you want to get into Property Investment then this is probably the best stepping stone you could ever have, and I would urge anyone who wants practical, professional property investment advice to get this book now!
I have the misfortune to own a Renault Megane and I can't warn people off enough.
I got it 6 years ago and can't sell because there's always something wrong with it (windows, internal lights, locks at the moment!).
I bought it because my Dad was banging on about the safety features. He and my mum owned a Laguna and they were forever going on about how safe it was - so against my better judgement I bought a Renault.
The first few months were all plain sailing (although I was moving house and the car not moving with the boot open was annoying - I've since found out how to turn this feature off), but my parents car started to go seriously wrong during this time!
The air pressure sensor told my mum that all the tires were fully inflated for about 10 miles on a motorway while she was trying to figure out why the ride was soooo bumpy. If something like a sensor isn't working surely the default should be to alert a problem, rather than assume everything's ok?
My mum and dad were lucky enough to ditch their car just after that (switching to a boring & reliable Ford), leaving me with the curse that is the Megane! First the interal locks stopped working. In to Renault to fix - which they sort of did.
3 months later the cover for the key (it's keyless entry) started coming off - probably due to the fix they'd done on the other locks. Kerching to Renault!
Next the engine blows on the Motorway! £3000 - Kerching. The windows stop working (they do every couple of months) - Kerching. The sunroof - Kerching, The internal lights (new battery at £120 before they figured that one out!) - Kerching, Kerching, Kerching!!!
NEVER EVER AGAIN!
I must say I'm really surprised at the bad reviews here.
I only came to have a look in the smug belief that everyone who agree with me (that Direct Line are excellent), but that seems not the case.
My own experience of them is based on a very positive experience I had last year. I when to Munich with my (then) boyfriend for the beer festival. I never go without insurance and got what I thought was a great product with Virgin from MoneySupermarket a few days before I went.
Obviously, like 99% of people, I didn't read the small print so when my week old iPhone was nicked I went to claim, only to be told that I wasn't covered! Ouch. +£600 worth of phone and a 24month contract still to pay.
It was only when I got home and told my mum (shrewd old fox that she is) that she pointed out I might be covered on my household policy.
I've always got Direct Line, because although they tend to cost more my mum and dad had a good experience with them during the storms years ago.
Well...they came good again! £600 cheque in post within a week and a very happy Fi!
Yes they cost more, but you do (in my experience) get what you pay for!
I first tried Ghost 3 years ago when my sister badgered me into getting her some for Christmas (we alway get each other perfume at Christmas so we have the one we like for the coming year).
I'd see it before at Duty Free, but I can't say it ever stood out. Maybe because I tend to get over excited in the Duty Free and come out smelling like a whores-handbag!
Anyway little sis was raving about it so I had a cheeky sniff when I went to buy it....WOW!
It's sweet, It's musty, It's floral...It's amazing! Needless-to-say I quickly changed last years order with my Sis (much to her disgust!).
Since I've been wearing it (literally as I spray it on my clothes rather than my skin, due to allergies) I have had maybe 30 people comment on it - which is the important thing. Yes, the packaging is pretty (as it ought to be if the rumors of it costing more than the perfume are true), but for me if other people (mainly men) like it (and I don't have to keep re-applying) then it's a winner.
Any bad points?
I guess so...I've nearly finished the Christmas bottle, I'm shopping around for more, but it seems to be at Christmas prices for the whole year! Ouch. My friends keeping nicking it every time they come around my house. My little sis has the hump with me for smelling the same as her (all is fair in love, war and perfume!)
Overall a great (as perfume can be) buy! My order for next year is already in!