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    • Aussie Moist Shampoo / Hair Care / 72 Readings / 69 Ratings
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      It's lovely. Definitely worth trying at least once, especially if you have dry or damaged hair.

      Aussie Moist Shampoo is a really great hair care product available in very various sizes. It's aesthetically pleasing, in terms of both the shampoo bottle and the texture and feel of the shampoo itself, and has a really lovely aroma that stays on your hair for quite some time, which no doubt will lead to plenty of nice compliments for you. It doesn't smell girly, and it doesn't smell manly. It's a totally unisex fragrance.

      The standard 300ml bottle available for just above a quid in most supermarkets and drug stores will last about about a month if just one person is using it. It's ideal to have around your bathroom cabinet and in terms of style and price it's quite a middle of the road shampoo that actually has a great effect;

      It smooths and moistens yor hair really effectively and gives it a really nice body and shine that last for quite a while. It really is, as it says on the bottle, ideal for dry or damaged hair. It also lasts a long time and is a very reputable brand that's definitely never let me down before.

      The bottle itself is great and you can drop it in the water as long as you want while you're bathing and not a single drop of shampoo will escape. It's the subject of some really great design and is really easy to use and apply. It gets really deep into the scalp and offers long lasting moisture for all sorts of hair, but it really is effective for those with dry or damaged hair. Overall, Aussie Moist Shampoo is a great product. You get quality and quantity with this middle of the road shampoo that I'm sure is perfectly fine for most humanoids. It's great stuff. Get yourself some.

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    • Mozilla Firefox / Communication / 39 Readings / 36 Ratings
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      17.05.2010 11:43
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      Better than Internet Explorer.

      Firefox is a pretty fast internet explorer that comes with a lot of handy java plug ins for flash media. It's a really good browser, specifically because it's really fast and really reliable, by which I mean sites with even the most complicated HTML or other scripts always load very quickly with everything in the right place and nothing omitted. Downloads also go noticeably faster with Firefox, although the whole thing is still not quite as fast as Google Chrome.

      The interface is more or less the same as Internet Explorer apart from the fact that some of the functions have different names. Despite this though, Firefox is still really easy to get used to and is incredibly intuitive and customizable.

      Even better than this is the fact that it can be downloaded completely free from the Firefox website, unless you want to actually pay for the latest explorer model, but this is barely worth doing because they update it all the time and it doesn't really get much better, all things considered.

      This is a really good explorer, I can't stress that enough, and since 90 million people globally use it, perhaps it's worth giving a go. It also comes with a really wide variety of Internet Security features to ensure you can browse very safely, many of which are far superior, like all of Firefox's features, to Internet Explorer. I strongly recommend downloading and installing Mozilla Firefox.

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      • Rainymood.com / Internet Site / 42 Readings / 41 Ratings
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        12.05.2010 16:04
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        An interesting theme site.

        Rainymood.com is a gimmicky relaxation theme site. It consists merely of a background of condensated plastic and a thirty minute long mp3 of raindrops falling on the ground that is supposed to help you relax and get to sleep etc.

        The track is of a decent quality and sounds authentic, but it definitely feels like it could have been a little more immersive. It's ran in flash, which definitely doesn't help matters, although the loading time for a thirty minute audio file is exceptionally fast, and the loop never skips or jumps, even when it restarts it silently fades from end to beginning again.

        There's no adverts or spyware or malware of any kind on the site, and it's completely harmless, gimmicky and unoriginal as it might be.

        It's presumably good to play alongside music. The sort of thing one might imagine playing Rainymood.com's loop would be something like Mogwai, Sigur Ros or even a plethora of classical pieces, especially classical guitar.

        This is a good, functional site that serves its purpose and does exactly what it says on the tin. Nonetheless though, the whole thing does feel just that little bit uninspired and you get the impression that the audio quality could have been far, far better. I will concede though, that the gentle pitter and patter of raindrops is definitely relaxing. This site is well worth a quick look, but I'm sure it won't be long before you've exhausted its, let's say, less than endless practical applications.

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        • google.com / Internet Site / 33 Readings / 31 Ratings
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          06.05.2010 13:28
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          Its free, and its the best search engine around.

          Google is the best search engine around. Not only is it lightning fast, with the most relevant results every single time. It also has loads and loads of useful features that don't get in the way of straightforward searching. The map finder is brilliant, google images always comes up with far superior results than the competition like Yahoo, Bing or Ask Jeeves, and the Email Service and note making facilities are all absolutely superb.

          It's aesthetically pleasing, incredibly user friendly and fast, reliable and no alternative is any other match for it. All of the programs associated with it are customizable and helpful in your browsing. You can use Google to find information on pretty much everything. It's the biggest, most committed and most advanced company that runs it, so you know you're getting the best stuff.

          Search filters can also be utilized which is great for people with kids who want to minimize the amount of naughty content their kids see on the internet, and the advanced search tool can be fiddled about with quite a lot so you can really make it your own. There's an awful lot you can do with Google, and it's all really well conceived, original and superior. It seems they just make the best, most practical software available. If you use anything but Google, you should switch. End of.

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        • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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          06.05.2010 13:15
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          A good shop.

          Primark is an incredibly good value retail store that does well because of its very cheap clothes. Everyone's been in, you can pick up shirts and jeans for about a fiver each and all of them are in keeping, at least to some extent, with what people are currently wearing. It's brilliant value and the stores are big and have a reasonably large selection, although I do have one or two grievances with Primark;

          Firstly, the changing rooms are cramped and always located at the bottom end of the store which makes reaching them difficult. Secondly, the staff seem largely disinterested and can never really help you with anything. Thirdly, the music they pump in is contemporary childish nonsense which makes it really difficult to decide what you want and it's too loud, which can only be bad for business. The queue to the checkout is always incredibly big, and the stores themselves tend to be packed with people, no matter what unusual time you go there at. It's obviously very popular, despite being overheated, overcrowded, uncomfortable and awkward to get around in, and having a criminal lack of mirrors!

          Yeah pretty much all of the clothes are made by tiny children in sweatshops too, but if that bothers you, you probably wouldn't be going in anyway. Primark does rely on incredibly cheap overseas labour to procure its well-tailored and well-chosen range of good quality merchandise, but at these prices, who can say no?! :D

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            06.05.2010 13:05
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            A really delicious ice cream.

            The Cornetto strawberry is a delicious, very sweet, though very fattening coned ice cream. The packaging is a foil envelope that covers the cone and looks incredibly posh and expensive, even though these things can be picked up pretty cheap.

            A delicacy among the working class, the strawberry cornetto is a lovely, thick and crispy waffle coned, chocolate interred vanilla ice cream with delicious cool hazelnuts on the top of it and a big dome of really posh, really sweet tasty ice cream surrounded by strawberry fondant.

            Although it's incredibly bad for you, there are few ice creams that taste better, and it works really well as a nice cool snack, or something to help you cool down on a hot summers day. They even last a long time because the ice cream is so creamy (rather than icy) that it takes quite a bit of time to actually melt.

            It's not messy, it doesn't melt, and its delicious, the only problem is that is it exceptionally bad for you. They come in backs of six and are very, very reasonably priced. With these you definitely get your value for money, and I'm talking about in terms of both quality and quantity. Buying a multi pack is definitely in your best interests and will surely be a good addition to your freezer. It looks delicious and tastes delicious. It's just lovely. Yum.

            Nutritional information: (Per cone)

            Energy - 160 kcal
            Protein - 1.5g
            Carbohydrate - 23.0g
            of which sugars - 18.0g
            Fat - 7.0g
            of which saturates - 5.0g
            Fibre - 0.6g
            Sodium - 0.05g
            Salt - 0.13g

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            • hotmail.com / Internet Site / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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              06.05.2010 12:24
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              Not great.

              I have some mixed feelings about hotmail.com. One the one hand I appreciate that it is free and you can keep an awful lot of space in your inbox and sending things is always very fast and reliable, but on the other hand I hate all of the advertising that surrounds it, all the spam that you end up getting, the links to your Facebook profile and MSN address, and also the tens and tens of features that it tries to get you to sign up for.

              After you log in to your account, you are instantly bombarded with all kinds of nonsense about your MSN and your network and "What's new with all your friends over the past seven days" and who has a new display picture and who changed their Messenger name - Completely unnecessary. Nonetheless, I can't argue for a second that it's not speedy, efficient and useful.

              I don't want to pay extra for a bigger account, I don't want to use Windows Live all the time, I don't want to look at people's "Live profiles" and I definitely don't want to use my email address as some kind of social networking service.

              It's an incredibly impersonal and mundane item. I just want to send an Email now and again. Also the interface isn't that great. There are plenty of things that you just can't do on hotmail, like looking at all the messages from a particular sender or customizing certain functions or ordering folders effectively. There are simply better Email clients out there I'm afraid, and I would argue that Gmail is the far superior platform.

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            • Matalan / Highstreet Shopping / 10 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              06.05.2010 12:14
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              Worth walking in, just about.

              I've got to admit I have some pretty mixed feelings about Matalan. Although the clothes in the national chain shop are very cheap, the choice of items of clothing available is incredibly Spartan, and there isn't really much differentiation in styles, especially in the menswear section, which seems to consist of a couple of different types of jeans, in hardly any varying sizes, and a few shirts with juvenile sex or beer related slogans on them.


              The changing rooms are uncomfortable and the staff seem wholly disinterested. Worse still is the Home section where you can buy cheap tacky and positively gaudy furniture at really extortionate prices. The places are cramped and too hot, and there's always some terrible music on the sound system, which just makes the whole experience that little bit more rubbish.

              Jewellery is ridiculously overpriced as are the cheap looking "designer" sunglasses which I can't imagine anyone actually paying good money for, and you also need to register for a Matalan card to take advantage of offers, which kind of sucks but is worth doing in the long run.

              Nonetheless though, it can't be argued that the prices are great on standard items of clothing like shirts, t-shirts, sportswear and jeans, and although the clothes are mostly the same, you're occasionally likely to find something you like. The suits and formalwear are especially good if, again a little samey, and are very reasonably priced indeed. This is a good shop but it's really not without its flaws ,of which there are many.

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            • ciao.co.uk / Internet Site / 72 Readings / 36 Ratings
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              06.05.2010 11:52
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              Not really worth it.

              Ciao is a website not unlike Dooyoo, where the users are paid for reviews of commercial products. Unlike Dooyoo, however, the site gives out mere peanuts, and nothing is given for the actual uploading of a review, rather, points are awarded for how many people look at the review, and you have to rate reviews to get people to do that.

              It's not a good site. The design is ugly as sin and incredibly difficult to navigate. The reviews on there are generally of quite low quality and the catalogue really isn't that extensive at all. It's mostly just a read and click fest that doesn't pay well at all. Points are awarded seemingly at random on occasion, and I find if you check back once every few months you might just have a couple of quid waiting for you, which you can get sent to your bank. This takes forever and is barely worth doing, as the whole registration and interface processes are incredibly frustrating to use and difficult to look at.

              Half of the reviewers barely speak English or just fill a review with 500 of the same word, and the other half are incredibly arrogant. There's not much moderation or quality control and the whole site just looks lazily thrown together. There's very little point in visiting it, unless you have a load of old Dooyoo reviews that you don't mind copying and pasting to Ciao. (they don't mind cross-posting.) In summary, you're better off just sticking with Dooyoo.

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                06.05.2010 11:42
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                A great chocolate.

                Although very common and really ubiquitious, large blocks of Dairy Milk chocolate are, in my opinion, pretty underrated now I think about it. They're very milky, swirly and sweet and have a lovely texture and aroma. Dairy Milk also makes great toppings and mixtures for many different desserts, and with the easy to portion out squares of chocolate in which they are available, they can be pretty damn easy to know how much to add.

                They're cheap for the quality, and they're definitely a really good mix of quantity and quality, that is to say, you get a lot for your money, and it's really good stuff. Dairy Milk releases a great deal of serotonin and is utterly delicious. I prefer the old standard to the fruit and nut variety because I think that the bars were really much better before they started fiddling about with things like mint flavour and whole nut.

                The wrapping is really attractive, and shows that you've definitely gone the extra mile, even though its not all that expensive, it certainly looks it, and the tinfoil really helps to keep it fresh. I especially like it out of the fridge so that its nice and chilled, hard and pleasant to eat. It has a really great taste, smell and look, the packaging and the chocolate itself, and it's a really superb chocolate blend and a classic recipe that has been a favourite of the nation for years, and no doubt will be for years to come.

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                  05.05.2010 14:38
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                  Rubbish.

                  I really don't like the Wii remote at all. I think it's ugly, gimmicky and ill inspired. It's incredibly impractical for playing all but the most inane of Wii games, but sadly it's a necessity to own if you want to play most of the content available on the console itself.

                  It's tricky to hold, it's boring, and there aren't enough buttons to play classic games like Resident Evil Zero or Sonic or any of the stuff on the virtual console. The buttons are hard to press, especially the arrows which are far too small for anyone but an infant to use, and the trigger which is in a ridiculous place.

                  Using the remote hurts your arms and its also incredibly dangerous. The amount of people who inadvertently punch their wives in the face is on the rise, even with those silly rubber jackets, and the remotes are likely to just fly out of your hand too, smashing your TV or window to tiny pieces.

                  Although it has a cheap infra red laser attached to it, it's incredibly expensive. It's not even that reliable without paying for a ridiculously overpriced accessory (WiiMotion Plus) and even then its barely noticable, because half of the games made don't even utilize that accessory! Grrr!!

                  The whole console is uninspired, but this just takes the cake. This is perhaps the worst example of design I've seen in gaming in a long time. This remote sucks in every way. I only ever play anything on the Wii with the classic controller. Do not get one of these if you can avoid it.

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                  • Haribo Maoam Stripes / Sweets / 21 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                    04.05.2010 20:00
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                    Delicious little chews.

                    There was a big controversy about these candies a few years back, when someone complained to a newspaper about the fact that the personified fruits on the wrapper appear to be locked in a carnal embrace, which, by the way, they are, but let me get back to what I was going to say.

                    Maoam are a delicious soft fruit candy that have an incredible citrus taste. They are fun to eat and aesthetically pleasing, without being sticky or easy to drop. Produced in Germany, they are an efficient, straightforward, functional sweet that are, put quite simply, a white block of fruit flavoured rubbery nougat. They are wonderfully chewy and come in a variety of flavours. One of the best things about Maoam is that that although they're incredibly moreish, they aren't actually that bad for you in the least. They taste lovely and can be kept easily in pockets or handbags without the risk of them being squashed or melting. They also last a long time before they go hard and start to go off, so It can always pay to have some of these lying around your house, in case you have a visit from some relatives with children. Maoam are very popular among children, and because they're so chewy they're likely to keep their mouths shut for a bit.

                    I recommend Maoam. Everything about Maoam is fun, from the unintentionally hilarious wrapper, to chewing the actual sweets, to just saying the word itself. "Maoam... Maoam....Maaoooam."
                    Oh yeah they're also great for sharing.

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                    • Google Chrome / Communication / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                      Lightning fast browser.

                      This is definitely the fastest browser available, and earlier versions of it (which are, in my opinion, not even noticeably inferior to the later editions) are available completely free online from Google.

                      It's fast, reliable, very user friendly and organized and comes with all the latest flash and java plug ins so you don't have to risk messing up your computer by downloading all kinds of media clients that you don't really understand or trust. It's much more customizable, and looks an awful lot swankier and futuristic than Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari all put together.

                      Video streaming appears faster, and response times just generally feel cleaner. The DPI ratio and resolution is pleasant and you never run into difficulties when it comes to refresh rates and scrolling like you can with Internet Explorer. All of the toolbars work really well as does the site search function and you can run multiple tabs simultaneously without any slowdown whatsoever.

                      Google Chrome is very up to date, trustworthy and simplistic. It hasn't got a lot of bells and whistles attached but you really can customize it an awful lot, both aesthetically and functionally. My favourite thing about Google Chrome is the fact that the toolbars don't take up much of the screen, so your actually field of view when it comes to exploring pages is greatly enhanced, and any graphical presets are fully accommodated by Google Chrome. This is the best search engine available. Get it now.

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                        A good boxed curried readymeal thats easy to prepare and good for you.

                        At this price, anybody, and I mean anybody would be forgiven for not expecting a great deal, but in terms of both quantity and quality, this curry is actually really good, not just for the money, but generally. The ratio of meat to sauce is very reasonable. You definitely get your moneys worth with this one, and the sauce itself is well seasoned and delicious. Although the packaging appears a little generic, the quality of this curry is so good that you could probably even convince someone its not out of a box. The rice is really good and holds up its integrity too.

                        Although a little mild and not particularly exciting, this is definitely worth having in your freezer because it lasts a long time and goes with a number of different kinds of side dishes well. I find that it helps matters to add a little chilli and black pepper to the sauce for the sake of taste, but that's just personal preference because I find it a little bit underwhelming on its own.

                        The texture is pleasant and the meal goes really well with naan bread. Unlike the label, the curry itself is very visually appealing with a great aroma, and a splendid taste. This is ideal for cooking on a budget, because it doesn't get boring for a long time and is very cheap as well as being a particularly accomadative meal. At a bit of a of a stretch, you can just aboutfeed two people with a box, or just pig out yourself.

                        This is a really good curry that's not to be sniffed at, or perhaps it is, because it smells delicious.

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                          A bad, bad place.

                          McDonalds is a horrible multinational food chain corporation that sells horrible greasy food at extortionate prices.
                          Don't get me wrong, the food is absolutely delicious, but it is extremely bad for you and unfathomably fattening. The burgers are all made of very inferior meat, and although not dangerous, the manner in which they are processed and prepared are questionable at best. The recipes are uninspired and there's never any interesting or unusual food available.

                          Soft drinks don't get refills and are often watered down, and cartons of juice cost a bomb too which is utterly ridiculous. The clientele is usually overweight people or people who can't
                          The service is generally terrible, you're always being served by acne ridden teenagers who are utterly apathetic about what they're doing, and have no real know how or occupational or interpersonal skills.

                          The atmosphere in the place is really unpleasant and just downright depressing.. It calls itself a 'restaurant' but this is definitely generous phrasing. The places feel more like cafes and are far too ubiquitous to be considered charming or endearing.

                          The food is really delicious but it just isn't food. Whenever I eat something from here I'm hungry 20 minutes later, and the food is really bad for digestion and just low-grade all around. The whole place has a really nasty faux-American vibe and is just generally awful.
                          The ice creams are quite nice though, even if they are a little bit expensive.

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