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      13.03.2010 01:20

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      Good value and similar smell to more expensive brand

      I have to say I am not a fan of celebrity perfumes in general, however I am pleasantly suprised by this, mainly because I am amazed at how similar the smell is to Calvin Klein Euphoria but significantly cheaper by at least £15 for the same sized EDT bottle. I don't know whether this similar smell was planned or not but it is uncanny and when I highlighted it to the women in Boots she agreed with me. The smell is a sweet smelling musk like smell that is not too heavy for day or evening wear. What is suprising is that the smell also lasts too, although towards the end of the day it isn't as strong as Euphoria is, although if you layer it with the body lotion it does seem to last longer.

      I would definitely give it a go as a very cheaper alternative in the first instance. I would actually buy this again instead of Euphoria.

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    • Binatone Carrera X350 / GPS Sat Nav / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      13.03.2010 01:11
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      Spend your money on something else

      I can't help but think I am using a completely different sat nav as my experience of this machine is completely different! If you actually intend to find where you are going avoid this! Whilst it is compact and easy to set up, when it comes to actually navigating you anywhere you have had it. For some strange reason this GPS has directed me down one way streets (driving the wrong way down them), down people's drive ways (it does this alot if they are long drives off the road, I presume this is because it thinks they are roads) and to get to anywhere it wants to take you cross country. This is quite dangerous at times and I recall on one occasion it too me down a small lane that was that narrow my car almost got stuck - and I only have a hatchback C2. When I see the news of lorry drivers that have got stuck as their GPS have directed them down wrong places I can't help but think they are using this sat nav!

      I do use it if I know roughly where I am going, say the rough area or city and then just use it to find the actual street and it copes a little better. Ironically, on a return trip it also takes you one way but on your return journey goes a completely different way.

      Buy something better, cheaper does not pay in the case of this GPS.

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    • Sony Ericsson W995 / Mobile Phone / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      05.01.2010 23:09
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      Good with some great features

      I have had this phone for a month having always been a Nokia user. Its main appeal to me was the price and it's good camera. I was on O2 simplicity contract and needed a new phone. I got this unlocked for £189 from Phones4U.

      I find the phone looks very modern and sleek. It is black with a silver menu button on it and has a small flip stand on the back of it which makes it handy to see if you are watching videos on the phone as the phone can sit up. I got a plastic cover for the phone straight away so I can't comment on if it is wearing well or not as it still looks new, but I would advise other people to do the same.

      Similar to the Nokia N95 the screen size is big and easy to navigate. The internet is easy to access and navigate and I find no problems with finding where I need to be. There is also a handy feature where you can copy and paste text from the internet, e.g. a link into a 'www' address. You tube works well on the phone due to the large screen size, however I can't comment on other applications, e.g. Facebook as I don't use them.

      I find some of the features really useful like the built in light - like a torch, very handy. The camera quality I think is really good. I have used it to take pictures for items on Ebay, etc . . . and never had a problem with it, although I probably haven't had enough time to experience it properly. The battery life I find is really good in comparison to my Nokia N95. The speakerphone isn't as good and I find the volume isn't very loud when speaking to people on the phone.

      The phone came with some separate tube speakers which your phone sits on and you can play music. When the phone sits on the speaker it doesn't seem solid, however this aside it is a fantastic idea for you to take traveling, etc.

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      • Baumatic B78BL / Hob / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        05.01.2010 12:57
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        It's all about the look

        I have one of these which has been fitted onto my new Wickes kitchen and granite worktop. My main reason for picking one of these hobs were that it is gas on a piece of black glass which I thought looked far more elegant than on stainless steel and also hopefully much more easier to clean. I am not disappointed.

        The glass looks very sleek, similar to that of electric halogen hobs and if you burn or spill something it easily wipes away as appose to scratching the stainless steel on conventional gas hobs. The controls also look modern and have an auto-ignite on them. I also like them being at the bottom as oppose to the side of the hob.

        On a negative, the pan supports don't seem all that well balanced and if you are trying to place a large pan/wok on them it doesn't seem to support them well, but this is a small sacrifice to pay. I did find these hobs alot more expensive than other stainless steel ones available but the look is what it is all about for me and everyone comments on it.

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      • airmiles.co.uk / Internet Site / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        05.01.2010 12:23
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        Weigh it up, cheaper flights may be available!!

        In April 2009 I went to Australia with my Airmiles. I am not going to say this was easy as it took just under 12 months of collecting to get just over 10000 Airmiles (10,000 Airmiles is what you need to get to Australia).

        I collected many of mine through Tesco shopping, Tesco recycling (mobile phones and ink cartridges) and Lloyds TSB credit card. I also have my electricity and gas through Southern Electric and use Shell petrol stations if I am not near a Tesco. Whilst the free flight was good, I think my outlay was quite alot. I would suggest it would be near impossible to accrue this many in 12 months of regular use and therefore there were many 'extra' ways I accumulated Airmiles.

        I purchased ink cartridges cheaply from an auction site from abroad and recycled them (3000 clubcard points received for 30 cartridges, maximum of 30 per year). I also bought cheaply some paper miles from an auction site which did not make very much. If I went away I booked my hotels through Airmiles and received Airmiles back on the purchase. I also added someone onto my Airmiles account, this meant that I was able to merge her Airmiles with mine. I had to say that she lived with me but as it was my best friend this was OK and we were going Australia together this was OK and Airmiles do not check/as for proof of addresses.

        With hindsight I am going Australia next year and have booked flights £580 return and I just don't think Airmiles were good value. If you can manage to find the flights you want (we were looking 6 months in advance, but if you leave it any later you may not find your flights) you then have to hope they fly from your local airport. To fly to Australia for free we had to fly from London which was a bit of a chore as we both live near Manchester and London T5 was not good, so bear that in mind if you live up North!

        You can also use Airmiles towards things like car hire, hotel stays, airport parking, airport lounges, etc... but only 100 Airmiles is equivelent to £6, so really not worth it. This is speaking from someone who gets 80 Airmiles per £2.50 worth of Tesco vouchers (it is now 60 Airmiles per £2.50 but initially it was 80).

        I think you really have to weigh the scheme up if it is viable for you.

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          05.01.2010 11:47
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          Nothing fancy, but excellent product

          I am 28 and have been using Simple facial products since I was 16. I find that the products suit my skin really well which is sensitive and combination, e.g. oily on my nose, chin and forehead but dry on my cheeks. I find the wipes excellent as I find any facial product which involves me using water makes my skin dry and taught whereas the wipes do not, and of course they are convenient. The only minus point I would say is that they struggle to remove eye make-up.

          I would suggest that if you are after these cheap to avoid places like Boots which seem to overcharge. I never pay more than £2 a packet for them and find special offers on at Superdrug or Tesco which sometime has the '2 for £4' offer on. Likewise, if you have a Home Bargains, Quality Save or B&M they normally do the twin packs for £2.99 or £3.99 depending on which store you visit.

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        • Jessops / Highstreet Shopping / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          05.01.2010 11:22
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          Go for it, if you dare!

          I managed to get nearly 800 photographs for free at Jessops delivered to my local store which was the whole of my 6 week Australia trip! You need to be patient and have alot of time to do this but here goes.

          I would suggest downloading the Jessops software first as this makes things so much easier and quicker, you can always take it off your computer/laptop after.

          There are numerous discount codes available which allow you to get X amount of free prints, these are the current ones that work to my knowledge:

          50EXPRESS = 50 free
          STUFF09 = 40 free
          WELCOME = 40 free (for new users)

          I would suggest using the WELCOME initially, placing the order for 40 prints then going back and using the code for each of the others, noting that each order needs to be placed separately rather than trying to do it all together, e.g. do 40 prints, then an order for 40 prints then an order for 50 prints. You can use each code on one email address.

          So, at this point you will have 130 prints for free as long as you have opted to collect to the store. Open another account, it doesn't matter if your name/address is the same but your email address MUST be different. I just opened a few different hotmail accounts, however I also created a couple of hotmail address that didn't even exist as Jessops don't even check the accounts. It was time consuming and took me a good 2 hours to do but where else would I have got free prints. One thing to remember is these codes expire/change regularly so just google 'Jessops free photos' for more codes remembering that you can use each code once per email address and there is normally at least 3/4 different codes knocking about.

          I collected my prints from the Crewe, Cheshire store. What I will say is that all these prints come in individual envelopes, e.g. 40 in one, 50 in another, 20 in another, so I had around 28 different envelopes totally 800 prints which were very heavy!

          Jessops staff were a little off hand with me and the whole experience was a little embarrassing and I would do this again, but to a different Jessops store. I am lucky that I have at least 3 Jessops stores near to me. The quality of the prints is lovely, so much better than supermarket prints.

          Give it a go . . . I dare you!

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            13.10.2009 00:10
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            Good all rounder

            Reading these reviews, I can't believe they are the same restaurant we have had many a good meal in. We often visit here as it is local to Canal Street, however there are a few things you need to be aware of. Firstly, we have only visited and ate on their special offer menus which are advertised outside. You can pick any starter, main course and coffee for about £7.95. Be aware that when you go in, they will not give you this menu, but the general menu and we had to ask for the special offer that they had advertised in the window. It was no bother, this was swapped for us straight away. I can understand that this restaurant could be seen as overpriced if you had eaten on the normal menu. The garlic mushrooms are the best, and you watch your food being cooked. The stone baked pizza is lovely, cooked just how you like it. The 10% service charge is advertised on all their menus so I can't see how this is not noticed. This can be a cheap restaurant if you spot the special deals and it is in a good location too.

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            04.10.2009 21:47
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            Good location, clean and near to station

            We have stayed in this hotel on two occasions because it is not too far from the train station, but most importantly, it is close to the gay village in Manchester, infact you could almost fall out of the hotel to the village. Rooms are modern, but talk about a box, the size of the rooms are tiny. This was made even the more noticeable as it was a hot, muggy weekend and although a fan was supplied it had little effect and we were so hot and the windows hardly opened. Two females trying to get ready to go out in a room that small didn't help as we felt like we were on top of each other with hair dryers, hair straighteners. It is not local if you are looking at heading more towards Deansgate or the Printworks and I'd say only stay here if you are heading for Canal Street, or the Station. We didn't eat here so I can't comment on the food. Price wise, the rooms were good value for money, but probably not when it is over 20 degrees!

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            04.10.2009 21:15
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            Good area, clean rooms and possible upgrade if you ask nicely

            Stayed here for 2 nights in April. There are mixed reviews on the Holiday Inn and I was a bit nervous about staying here. Upon arriving early, the hotel stored our bags and offered to ring me when the room was ready. I politely asked if we could have a room with a view, but this was not expected as we hadn't paid extra for this and our room was a cheap £60 twin. When we opened our door, nothing could prepare us for the view, we were literally in front of the opera house. Some of the furnishings were a bit dated in the room, as were the fittings in the bathroom but it was clean and the surrounding area more than made up for this. Also, the rooms are massive! The hotel is in 'the Rocks' which is one of the nicest areas of Sydney with some nice restaurants and an open air market which we went to. The hotel rooftop pool offers some of the best views of Sydney, although as it decided to rain during our time in Sydney, we didn't use the pool. At £60 a night, this was cheaper than some of the private twin rooms in a hostel in Kings Cross, a somewhat dodgy area of Sydney. Keep an eye out for bargains on the internet, but don't pay over the odds.

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          • Ikea / Highstreet Shopping / 14 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            04.10.2009 18:42
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            Good ideas, nice accessories

            My nearest Ikea is at Warrington. It's not too far away which is good, but try and find parking is a nightmare no matter what part of the day you go. They have just changed the layout slightly so now you have some of the marketplace upstairs and some downstairs, which is a bit of a pain as you can never work out where things are. This is made more annoying if you are after something in particular and don't want to walk around the whole showroom. They have also updated alot of their displays and it is good to see actual rooms and layouts that you would have in your own home. Whilst some of the products are a little 'way out', the accessories I find are what makes Ikea so good. If you order a kitchen from the Warrington Ikea, when you go and collect it, it is from a warehouse a mile down the road! Ikea Warrington also have a bargain corner selling damaged, ex-display products at discounted prices and I have had a few good bargains from here.

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            • Wickes / Highstreet Shopping / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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              04.10.2009 18:25
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              Good value and quality compared with B&Q

              I have just bought my kitchen from Wickes. I have had the new latte coloured gloss units and the woodgrain units. I ordered this from the Crewe branch. The designer who came to see me was Steve who having listened to what I wanted designed me such a lovely kitchen. When I returned to the store to discuss the plan, it was alot more expensive than I thought. As it had been the 'great giveaway' when he came to my house and now the 'sale' when I went into the store, this gave me more negotiation. I managed to get the sale prices but combined the 'great giveaway' interest free offer and got 12 months interest free credit (would have been 24 months interest free had my spend been over £3000), my spend was just under at £2400. Delivery was all sorted and I was sent a text the day before confirming delivery. The drivers were prompt and careful with delivery. Even better, the payments didn't start until it was delivered which helped.

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              • Samsung NC10 / Netbook / 10 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                04.10.2009 18:01
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                Good all rounder - I love mine!

                I have had my NC10 for nearly a year now. It is in blue (as it was the cheapest one, not particularly because I wanted this colour). I use this as my main computer and don't own another one. I am a touch typist and I find the keyboard is bigger than normal netbook sized keyboards so this suits me really well, although the '/' key is more to the right than a normal keyboard. I find the best thing about the netbook is the fantastic battery life. I get about 5 hours, although this was slightly more when I first had the netbook. I am not very technical, but it comes with Windows XP, not the Linix that others have. It's easy to move about and fine to use as a main computer if you don't mind not having a disc drive. Another thing is that they seem to hold their price really well. They are priced now the same price I paid nearly a year ago. What I bonus.

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