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Skins is one of those outrageous, shocking shows that you will either love or hate, much like Channel 4's Shameless. The story follows the life of teenagers at college in Bristol and what they get up to: sex, drugs and drink. The first two seasons are recieveing a bit more attention now due to the fact Dev Patel from the Oscar Winning Slumdog Millionaire got his big acting break in this show.
Many would argue that the series glorifies drinks and drugs and I do understand this because the gang have a lot of fun and as we grow to like the characters we essentialy accept their exciting lifestyles however damaging they may be. In my opinion, as a teenager from East london, people my age do get up to the same things shown in the show, but the show does well to show the repurcussions of these actions.
The characters in the series are great, very comedic and charasmatic. The series doesn't have a particularly strict plotline, each episode is directed from the point of view of a different character in the gang and how they perceive the world. Just like life, episodes are unpredictable and the gangs exploits are quite intriguing.
I don't want to give any details about the story away but some of the other themes in the show include more serious issues some teenagers face, eating disorders, being accepted as homosexual and of course finding that special someone. The show has some fantastic episodes and to any adults, if you can get past the fact that the current generation might be just a little screwed up (though I think the show is a bit exaggerated) then what you have is an enjoyable drama, essentialy all about friendship!
Street Fighter for someone of my age group was the game you begged for at Christmas as a child! Though the latest version of the game is a huge step-up to what we used to play on the Sega Megadrive! The reason this game doesn't get the full five-star rating however is because whilst this in my opinion is the perfect sequel for the series, the world has moved on and games like Soul Calibur and Tekken in my opinion are better!
The cast isn't missing any of your old favourites and the new characters fit in nicely, there's plenty of bonus characters to unlock including the famous Akuma! The only problem I have with the characters is the final boss of the game, Seth, who even on the easiest modes of the game is extremely difficult to beat.
In terms of gameplay the fighting is smooth with all the classic moves we remember. New to the game is the focus punch, which absorbs one hit and is then floors the oppenent, punishing enemies who use an over aggressive button bashing technique. The super combo rewards the winning fighter with a chance to perform more powerful combos whilst the ultra combo, gives the losing oppenent a chance to make a comeback. As your oppenent attacks your revenge meter fills up and if performed correctly your character performs this super special combo with a great graphical display.
One problem I had with this game is the moves are very difficult to perform with an Xbox analog stick. In practice mode alone it takes several tries to pull off an ultra combo, so what with the pressure of an oppenent trying to kick your ass its unlikely u'l ever get to witness the beauty of an ultra combo in your match. For some reason games also insist on having the smallest writing and I have actually had my eyes checked recently so I can safely say that the information on how to perform different combos is extremely difficult to read!!! Not to mention make sense of! However to enjoy this game with friends or with the online community all you need to have is an appreciation for the series.
The jump to 3D graphics is spectacular, fighting is fluid and the characters look wonderful, they all definitely seem to have been hitting the gym hard since the last game as they appear really bulked up on screen.
One welcome addition is the mini cutscenes introducing the character and ending their story. Despite the story being poorly explained and not making a lot of sense the scenes look great, are fairly interesting as it makes you attempt to work out whats going on and is a lot better than seeing the same cut-scene over an over (take note soul calibur).
The game has plenty of unlockable content, different taunts, costumes and characters and will keep you busy for plenty of time.
Despite my comment that other fighting games are better this is still worthy of any gamers collection especially fans of the franchise. Recommended for anyone looking for a game they can sit and play with their friends!
I will start by saying that although I have had a great experience with this product please note that everyone's skin is different and what may help one person may not help another, I can only however give the benefit of my own opinion about this product.
We've all seen them. Those ads on TV where teenagers with a single spot on their faces rave about the latest skincare product and how they pulled the opposite sex by using it. Well they have one part right, having spots or acne can be a major blow to a person's confidence. I'm sure you have heard or said yourself, they would look good, if they didn't have so many spots. Some people really struggle with the problem and it can really get them down.
As a teenager I used to use the Body Shops Tea Tree Oil, which wasn't too bad a product. However for whatever reason, whether it was a bad diet or simply hormones eventually the few spots that appeared every now and then became acne. This is where I started to panic, chopping and changing to different face washes, which by the way makes things worse. I tried Freederm, more tea tree oil products, witch hazel, Neutrogena, Aloe Vera products until eventually I consulted a doctor.
Now a lot of people I have spoken too do advise going to the doctor and received the same roll on product that I did. I have to say it did a great job of clearing up my skin and it took about 2 months, however for me it wasn't clear enough. So I was put on antibiotics and from there it went downhill. The problem with the medication is it literally brings up all the crap under your skin to the surface, it really is a deep cleanse. I couldn't deal with the state of my skin and I took myself off the medication, now stuck with what to do.
So we are always being bombarded with those awful Clearasil adverts that guarantee clear skin and I think the reason I never tried it is because the ads are so corny. However I had nothing to lose and finally purchased Clearasil Ultra. The difference between the normal face wash and the ultra one is this holds the promise of "visibly clearer skin in just 3 days". The "deep pore treatment wash" is supposed to fight the spots and remove the redness. An I have to say, wow! What a product!
Within three days my skin was so much clearer and new spots weren't coming up. Other products like Freederm just turned all spots into big whiteheads, which made it look like someone had just dotted tipex all over my face. Clearasil worked fast to reduce the size of the spot, and redness until it vanished from my face without leaving the horrible marks you get from desperately trying to pop them yourself. After a month of usage my face was how I wanted it to be :)
The good thing about Clearasil is that at least in my own case it worked very well to get rid of my spots and stop them coming up and I finally was happy with my skin, making me a more confident person. The bottle looks great; it's transparent and contains a blue gel-like liquid in a 200ml container with the Clearasil logo at the top. The bottle works just like a soap dispenser and you only need to press it once to get just the right amount of liquid. It has all the instructions you need on the back and take heed when it says to avoid the eye area because it really does sting!
The bad thing is that the product feels very strong and after using it your face feels extremely dry so you should always moisturize your skin with a good cream afterwards. As a guy I'm not sure if that's a standard thing but it needs to be with this product. The fact that the Clearasil is so strong does make me feel reluctant to use it twice a day as I don't want to keep drying out my skin so much but then if you don't use it often enough it won't keep spots away and you will have to use it intensively for another three days to clear your skin up again.
The product is usually around the £4.29 price mark, I always visit both Superdrug and Boots to see if they have any 3 for 2 deals and although it seems expensive it is lasts at least over a month because the liquid dispenser gives you just the right amount needed.
I do recommend this product to people who suffer badly from acne and haven't yet tried it; I very much doubt it will make the problem worse. I wouldn't recommend it to those with just a few spots and suggest they use the ordinary Clearasil and it's definitely not for people who suffer from dry skin. There is a Clearasil sensitive option for anyone with this problem.
I still remember the day my Dad came home with my Playstation 1. I was so excited to play it and looked on in awe as the opening cut-scene for Tekken played out. Then along came smash hit games like Tombraider, Rayman, Crash Bandicoot and lets not forget Final Fantasy. Just thinking about them brings a tear to my eye, the good old days.
Next came the Playstation 2, a whole new level of gaming and the fighters in Tekken, well frankly they looked like stick men, take a look at how Yoshimitsu has changed and you'll see what I'm talking about. Along came new heroes, Kratos in God of War, Max Payne and one of my personal favourites the Prince of Persia :)
However Microsoft had begun to take an interest in the gaming world and out comes the XBox with games like Halo and Ninja Gaiden. My thoughts on the matter then were Sony are the best and always will be. Yes there were statistics that made no sense to the average gamer about how many polygons were used and all this other jargon stuffed in that led to the claims that as a console the XBox was superior. While this was statistically true the view from consumers was, who cares? People who hadn't bought either console may have been swayed to pick up the XBox because of its mere power but the Playstation 2 had the games, especially Grand Theft Auto. The console war ended with the Playstation 2 in first place and even now with its low price the Playstation 2 continues to sell!
Along comes the news of the next generation of console gaming. I don't think anyone expected Nintendo to make such a strong comeback, from the news on the web, in some months the Wii outsells its closest three competitiors put together, one of them being the Nintendo DS. Anyway back to the real issue, Xbox 360 and PS3 are announced and to be honest I felt there was a lot more hype surrounding the PS3. Everyone considered Sony a gaming giant and with Demo's for Resident Evil 5, the new Tekken and Metal Gear Solid 4 the PS3 was dressed to impress. I didn't pay a lot of attention to the Xbox games, I considered myself loyal to Sony and could never imagine buying an Xbox.
Boy was I wrong.....
Along come the next generation of consoles and ouch did you see the price tag on the PS3. Loyal but broke fans everywhere sighed as dreams of owning Sony's latest masterpiece crumbled. Normally I would have done everything in my power to get my hands on one but I'm no longer a kid who can ask Daddy to buy me the latest console. Now I'm a student with rent to pay and at £50 for just the games, I can no longer keep up.
So for a few months I smile and nod at those who can afford "the ultimate pocession". An then I think to myself, wait, are they really happy? I take a look at there bedrooms, a few months have passed and by now by shelf would be full with every new release, but no, all I see in everyone's room is Call of Duty and the odd Heavenly Sword.
Then I come into some money and my world is full of sunshine. I run into gamestation full of glee ready to purchase my hearts desire. Then I stop, I ask the opinion of the men behind the counter, which is better, PS3 or Xbox? The words just slipped out of my mouth, I couldn't stop myself and before I know it I hear the dreaded answer, the till operator's voice so clear and confident. "Xbox 360, by miles". Shocked. Astounded. I can't believe what I'm hearing but then I look at my cash and I look at the price tags on each and I think, maybe that's why? I ask the gentleman how he could provide me with such a prepostorous answer and he says "Well the Xbox 360 has got loads of better games and most of the big ones are coming out on both, including Grand Theft Auto". I think for a moment and then I ask "But what about Final Fantasy?" Now I have him or so I thought. "Its coming out on both too". The truth dawned on me, and I switched sides and left the shop with my new Xbox 360.
Do I regret my decision. HELL NO! Gears of War, Blue Dragon, Eternal Sonata, not fantastic but brilliant! Every other hit game is on both and I'm paying less for it. I could sit here and talk about the future games that may not see the inside of my Xbox 360 but right now at this moment in time the Xbox 360 has the better game selection and to me this is the most important element to consider when buying a console.
Online content is free on the PS3 and apparently much better than the Xbox who charge but wait a moment. I'd rather pay £25 for my interenet access then an extra £100 for another console and an extra £10 every time I get a game, not that online play appeals to me anyway.
Statistically yes the PS3 has the power but its just not using it! Majority of reviews I read for games that are released on both consoles say the Xbox 360 version is better. PS3 games experience slowdowns, bad lighting and this is only to those with trained eyes otherwise it doesn't greatly affect your gaming experience.
Both consoles are around the same size, I have never been a great fan of the Xbox 360 controller but it hasn't affected my life that greatly that I would give up my Xbox.
Unfortunately the whole HD-DVD and Blu-Ray issue gives the PS3 one point but right now I don't think people are ready to switch over to Blu-Ray and rebuy there whole collection of DVD's.
Hard Drive wise I don't know which is better so I won't comment but a 20GB Hardrive for the Xbox is £40 and that's good enough for me.
In my opinion and I apologise if it took too long to get there, the Xbox 360 at this moment in time is the better choice of console for hardcore gamers because of the great number of titles it has to play. If like me you constantly need new games to keep you occupied your likely to enjoy the variety offered by Xbox all at a low price. I think PS3 will have the chance to overtake the Xbox if its price could jus fall some more and if it gets out all those big titles we are all waiting for, when that day comes I will gladly purchase the PS3 and be happily content with both consoles :)
If you don't smoke it, have never tried it you probably know someone who has. I personally won't try cannabis because of the fact I might enjoy it, like a lot of my associates at university and have another expense to add to my list. Drinking is expensive enough without having to add another habit to the list.
I don't however see the problem with people wanting to smoke it, as long as it is not in public. So many people already do and with our current credit crunch maybe selling it in shops would be a way to boost our economy. Police would also stop wasting their time going after people who do smoke weed.
It is a really difficult decision because legalising it is almost telling our children there is nothing wrong with it, but I wouldn't want my children doing it the same way I wouldn't want them smoking tobbaco.
If legalised it should definitely not be allowed in public, because you all cross the street when you think someone is high off their face and your not really sure what they are going to say. Some people are perfectly fine, but just how it is having to stand next to a drunk, they can make you feel incredibly nervous an uncomfortable even when they are not doing anything to you. Another problem is the smell, which really gets on my nerves, another reason why I wouldn't want to take up the habit.
There are so many different studies about the effects of cannabis but I think we can never really say how someone will react to it. Some people die from smoking tobacco, others are fine. Some people go crazy from playing a game or watching a movie, others don't. So cannabis is in the same boat.
I don't really want to see cannabis legalised, I think it is fine in the state it is now, everyone who wants to does it and the rest of the country go ahead and ignore it!
Please don't be decieved by the name Lil' Mo and think of a girl who is some gangsta rapper wannabe, like Lil' Kim (who funnily enough appears on the album). Lil' Mo is a talented singer/songwriter with an incredible voice. Her voice has a very distinct sound too it and is both beautiful and powerfull. A few of the hits Lil' Mo has appeared in are "If I Could Go" by Angie Martinez, "Put It On You" by Ja Rule and "Can't Leave You Alone" by Fabolous. I have listened to all three of her albums and this is by far the best however it went very much unnoticed in America despite being on the MTV Hot Pick list on their website. This album belongs in every RnB fans collection.
In this review I will ignore the skits as I have never really seen the point of them.
The first song "Why do we fall in love?" has simple lyrical content, it asks the titles question, "is it for affection, passion, emotions" etc. The beat is extremely catchy and Lil Mo' sounds beautiful and when she sings she really connects with the listener as she directs her questions at them, "Do we think love is material?", the use of the word we being the key to making you feel included in the song.
"Doing Me Wrong" explores Lil Mo's lower vocal range a bit more and shows that she can just about do anything. The song is about someone who has been mistreated by all her past lovers and Lil' Mo explains how she was reluctant to then go and trust someone else but tells her lover that she is glad she did. My favourite line as it is so true is when she sings "you told me that if i never been hurt i could not know what happiness is and how good it feels".
The best song from this album and the first single too is "4Ever". It has beautiful slow introduction where Lil' Mo really shows us her vocal power. When the track kicks in it really has a funky electric guitar style sound, accompanied with a really nice set of chords being played on the piano. If you don't want the album this track is definitely a must purchase. It has beautiful lyrics about two people making the commitment of marriage and being together forever. Fabolous makes a great appearance too and flows really well over the track like he does with every song!
"The Commandments" is a song advising women about how to keep their men. As a guy the lyrical content doesn't appeal to me but the beat is really catchy, it is a sample from the SWV hit someone. Lil' Kim makes her appearence on this track and she flows well on it with her typical more raunchy lyrcal content.
"Heaven" is only an interlude, which was disappointing because I really liked the music, i'm not sure where the sample is from but it sounds beautiful and Lil' Mo sounds amazing on it, its a shame its so short!
"Brand Nu" is one of the best remakes of the original I have heard especially because the lyrics have been changed for the verses and they really tell a story of meeting someone who makes you feel that way. The music is absolutely beautiful and Lil' Mo really pushes her vocals to the limit.
The above tracks were the ones that stood out the most, the others are average but all listenable.
The only songs I didn't like were "Get over it" and "Letter from my number 1 fan", vocally they are fine but I didn't find anything about them particularly appealing.
Despite not being the perfect album if your looking for some good music you will find plenty on this album.
As a young British Asian for me the success of the movie Devdas really makes me proud of my culture and heritage.
The movie tells the story of two childhood friends who were seperated when they were younger but hold a love for one another throughout the years. Parvati, known as Paro and Dev are reunited years later when Dev returns from his studies in England but the two are torn apart by society because they are from different castes. The film is a period drama and is a classic love story. This film is a remake of the original black and white movie. I do not know if the songs were remakes of the originals or not but the soundtrack for this film was truly beautiful. If you do not understand Hindi, like myself, then the songs are best listened to in the film where they fit perfectly into the story and also have subtitles.
The music is by Ismail Darbar and the lyrics were written by Nusrat Badr. Both have done a fantastic job at creating beautiful music that fits really well with the story.
Sisila Ye Chahat Ka is the first song on the album and the singer, Shreya Ghosal has a beautiful tone to her voice. I do not understand Hindi but from watching the film and from some translation from my mom the song is about the girl waiting for the return of her lover, in the movie she has a candle whose flame she never lets die. Ghosal is accompanied by the beautiful sound of the classical Indian instruments the sitar and the tabla. The song has a sweet enticing melody and is definitely one of my favourites on the album.
Maar Dala is one of my favourite songs as it has so much passion. The translation is beautiful, the words Maar Dala literally mean "he killed me" and the song describes the characters unrequited for love for a man whose very essence he can sense before he enters a room. If you have never heard this song, please, just type it in youtube now, as she sings the words Allah Maar Dala, "God he killed me" you really feel that she is crying out in pain and the connection the voice makes with your heart is phenomenal. There is a great assortment of classical music instruments here, some I can't even name, but the ones I recognised were the Tabla and Harmonioum. This songs melody is not as catchy as the other songs but the beauty of the words and singing makes it one of the most appealing on the soundtrack. It is sung by Kavita Krishnamurty and she really has sung right from the bottom of her soul in this song.
Beri Piya is a very romantic song and I'm not sure about the translation but it occurs at the part of the movie where the love between the two characters is starting to develop. I wasn't as keen on this song but it still sounds beautiful and fits well in the soundtrack. This song is sung by Udit Narayan & Shreya Ghosal and both their voices blend well together.
Kaahe Chede Mohe is one of the most classical songs on the soundtrack with a great emphasis on the dance rhythm iterations made in the classical dance style Kathak. Unfortunately I don't know the translation of the words but in the film the song is sung in brothel and I know part of the words say kiss me and spin me so the song is about love again. It is sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy and also by one of the actresses in the film, Madhuri Dixit. I don't know if she is professional but her voice sounds angelic on this track.
Hamesha Tumko Chaha, translates into "forever I have longed for you as I have longed for nothing else". This is a really moving song as it occurs during the part of the film when the female protagonist is going to marry another after her true loves family rejected her because of her caste, her status in society. Although her love does beg for her back she feels it is too late now she has accepted the other proposal and proceeds with the wedding, singing this song reminiscing about her love and as the song she cries out, repeating to her love that he was the one she loved. Both singers sing beautifully in this song, it feels very heartfelt and the music arrangement is fantastic, with very light drum sounds carrying the melody. This song is sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Udit Narayan.
Chalak Chalak is a fun song all about being drunk. It has a really great upbeat instrumental and the singing is uplifting and lively, really makes you reminisce about nights out with the boys. The lyrics talk about when one drinks the alcohol how it goes straight to their heart and brings back memories of love. It is sung by Udit Narayan & Vinod Rathod who both have great powerful voices.
Woh Chaand Jaisi Ladki translates to "This celestial girl is overwhelming my heart". This song is a very romantic slow song, not one of my favourites because I don't understand all the lyrics and this song doesn't have the same catchy melodies as the others but nonetheless it is a very deep song with soft sensuous singing and a very passive intricate instrumental. It is sung by Udit Nararyan.
More Piya occurs in the film as the two lovers Paro and Dev are together and it is not shown but the audience assume they are going to consummate their love despite not being married. Meanwhile Paro's mother is dancing for Dev's family, singing the story of the divine love between the two Hindu God's, Krishna and Radha. The song has a fantastic instrumental and as sung with a lot of great passion. Shreya Ghosal and Jaspinder Narola are the singers on this less classical style song.
Dola Re Dola, finally I get to write about this one! One of the best tracks on the album and definitely the catchiest with and wonderful singing and an instrumental that makes you want to jump out your seat and dance around. The first minute is a fantastic introduction to the song, a great build up to introduce the singers. I am not sure about the translations for this song, it occurs when the two of the characters are dancing as part of a prayer ceremony however I am not sure if the song is about God or love. Either way the song is a lot of fun and the singers really sound like they are connecting with one another, you can really hear that it sounds like two friends dancing together, having a great time. The voices of Kavita Krishnamurthy and Shreya Ghosal mesh so well together and this song is one of the biggest hits from the soundtrack.
Finally on the soundtrack is the Devdas theme, I don't really count it as a song but they always do this with Bollywood soundtracks. It's nice enough though.
I would whole-heartedly recommend anyone to listen to this soundtrack as you are bound to find a track you like. Whether you enjoy its beautiful instrumental arrangements or the great soul and passion of the singers this album truly is a masterpiece!
As a fairly new dooyoo user I would like to say I have really enjoyed writing for the site. I cannot lie, when I first joined the site it was because I was enticed by the fact I could earn some money just by writing reviews on products. I do not see the problem with this as I am writing about products I own and giving my honest opinions about them. I wouldn't like to see the payment system scrapped because what would the incentive to spend time writing be.
Reviewing products has certainly improved my writing skills and I want people to like my reviews and give them good ratings so I put a lot of effort into my reviews and try to make them original and entertaining, with my own format and style, commenting on what I value as important.
When I write, I write knowing that I am doing so to earn money but I do not feel I should be labelled as a churner if I am putting effort into my reviews and if my reviews are actually benefiting people who want to learn about my experience with products. If you don't agree you can take a look at the rest of my reviews and see whether or not they have improved.
As for a limit on the reviews you can write a day I think it is unfair to impose this on people. I write in my spare time and enjoy getting lost in my reviews, it keeps me occupied on my days when I have nothing to do.
I think what the real solution is to for people who don't like churners reviews to give them poor ratings and if they feel a person is writing fake or unhelpful reviews just for the money then they should have membership taken away. I however don't think anyone should be made to feel bad for writing reviews for the purpose of making money if they are writing good reviews and actually helping people make purchase decisions.
Assasins Creed is the perfect game for someone who enjoys games like Prince of Persia or God of War and who has been waiting for something like them to arrive on the next-generation of consoles. Though this game is not without faults, it is certainly entertaining and well-worth buying.
The story follows the character of Desmond Miles who has been kidnapped by a mysterious company who are running tests on him. He is placed in the Animugus, a computer that has the ability to read his ancestors memories which appear to be encoded in Desmond's DNA. Desmond is being used by the company to find something out about his past, I won't give any more of the story away but it really has fantastic and for those of you who know about it this game has a lot of interesting links with the theory that the world will "end" or change on the 26th December 2012, including the appearance of the Mayan symbolic depiction of this date, (the Mayans are an extinct civilisation who predicted the world will end 26/12/2012).
The graphics are fantastic and the scenery when you travel across the kingdom is beautiful. Towns and districts do look a little similar sometimes but you do really feel like you are in the right timezone which I think is supposed to be the middle ages, during the crusades. The characters look great but the people in the towns all look very similar. Its also great fun to ride the horses which handle pretty well. Cut-scene graphics are also stunning, the trailer for the game is what really attracted it to me so much and it does live up to it.
The gameplay is superb, climbing is very simple and it is fun to scale buildings and get a fantastic eagle eye view before diving into bales of hay! The fighting is fun and gets more advanced as the game progresses giving you more options to assasinate people. The hidden blade within your sleeve, is one of my favourite assisantion techniques and it looks absoulutely brutal. Trying to play the game stealthily is the best option as sometimes you can be surrounded by way too many enemies and it starts to get repetitvive if your surrounded by enemies and your taking them on one by one for ages.
The side missions, of scaling the view points, rescuing innocent villagers and various other assinations for friends all add to the experience of the game but are unfortunately all to repetitive. There are also small tasks carried out to aquire information for the main assination and these include easedropping, theft of parchments and interregation. The main driving point of the game remains to be the main assination itself.
The other side to the game is when you are not in the animagus and you are merely a prisoner in the complex. As the game goes on although you can only walk around you begin to gain freedom and access computers etc finding out more information about your present situation. The way this game ends definitely leaves room for a great sequel.
The game has plenty of collectibles although in my opinion a bit too many. Overall I was really pleased with the game and was able to forgive its repetitiveness because the parallel stories in the world of the assasin and Marcus really drive you to play on and find out the mysteries of the game.
With all the overrated tomato tin brands out there the sainsburys chopped tomatoes has no pretences. Yes its a cheap tomato tin, only 21 p and no not much effort has been put into the packaging design but the taste of these tomatoes is as good as any other.
Most of the time when I cook I blend the tomatoes into a puree simply because I prefer it this way and I have tried several different types of tomato tins and really they have nor real difference in the taste of my food because I cook Indian and majority of the foods taste is determined by what other spices are used. So if tomatoes are not going to be the main flavour of the meal then the biggest factor in choosing a tin is price and sainsburys comes out top. Being tinned you can store them forever and over the years I have come to trust Sainsbury's branded food.
As a student I always worried about how I would cope with cooking at university but the old el paso enchilada dinner kit is a fantastic easy to use pack and best of all the food tastes great.
All you need to add is onions, and other vegetables of your choice and then chicken, or if your vegetarian you can stick with just vegetables or use a meat substitute like quorn pieces.
The kit comes with the tomato puree sauce and spices as well as the tortilla wraps. I find when I cook the enchiladas that its best to add 3/4 of a tin of chopped tomatoes that have been blended just so that you make sure you have enough sauce and then the only other ingrediant you need is plenty of delicious cheese. The meal is certainly filling enough, 2-3 enchildas should suffice any hungry stomach and that means you can save your food for the following day.
The instructions are very easy to follow and the spices taste great, I never find I need to add anything like salt or other sauces. The price is normally below £3 which is certainly worth it. The meal even looks impressive so its great if you want to cook for a special someone. You also can experiment with the types of vegetables you put in and if you don't want to cook the chicken from scratch you can always jus go out and buy chicken strips, it all tastes just as great.
The oyster card is probably one of the smartest moves made by the government when it comes to transport which is a great change! The oyster card essentialy offers you cheaper fares, rather than pay a staggering £2 a journey by bus the oyster card charges you £3 and im not sure about what it charges for trains but it works out a lot cheaper than having to pay for a travelcard which will cost between £4.80 and £7.
The advantages of this card is it certainly speeds things up for your journey on buses and trains and best of all when the system fails it means you get to come on the bus for free! Other advantages include the fact the card is easy to top up, from shops, from the stations even online and it can be topped up by cash or card. The card is the same size as a credit card, it has its own case but can easily fit inside your average wallet. It is only £3 to buy and it can be replaced easily. Another advantage to be considered is we are helping the environment by using less paper as no paper recepits are needed for every journey.
The disadvantages of the card are only minor annoyances. One problem is sometimes you may not realise how much money is left on the card and even if there is 80p you will not be allowed to get on the bus with card and will have to either go top up or pay £2.00. Thankfully on the trains the card can go into a minus balance. Another problem not so much with the card but with the service is that your journey requires you to touch in an out and sometimes when works on tracks require you to change trains and take replacement bus services you can end up being overcharged even though you are told the card will adjust itself. This accompanied with the fact that customer services are not helpful is a great annoyance at a time when most lines are being upgraded with the coming of the Olympics. Another problem is that the Oyster card cannot be used everywhere in London and making the mistake of going to a station where your pre-pay oyster is not available can get you a £20 fine!
Overall the oyster card is a great system with just a few flaws but it has definitely been an improvement to our travel system.
In my heart no fighting game will ever top Soul Calibur 3! Even with the release of Soul Calibur 4, Soul Calibur 3 is still a masterpiece and although there are improvements made in SC4 they take nothing away from this game.
The storyline of the game revolves around the idea of two powerfull swords, Soul Edge and Soul Calibur and as always the cast of characters are all fighting to destroy or gain pocession of the swords. All the favourites (apart from Heichachi are back) and graphics are pushed to the max, a great way to end the series on the PS2 before its transition to PS3.
What i loved most about this game is the longetivity of it, there is so much to see and do and fighting games can get boring quickly if the gamer isn't given a lot to work with. At first I was irritated by the amount to do but having played SC4, which I found both repetitive and short, I now really do appreciate SC3.
Firstly the story mode is great because your character can choose differnt paths, this leads to different enemies being fought allowing you to unlcok new characters and new weapons. I have to admit sometimes it was frustratingly difficult to defeat the extra enemies but well-worth the reward as a good fighting game should have plenty of characters.
The stages are varied and all look fun with interesting twists such as a windmill that spins round and can blow the cahracters towards one direction. The cut-scenes and the fighting look great and are all fluid. Soul Calibur is renowned for its 8-way-movement system and for the fact that you can use weapons. The game really challenges you and its not a case of button bashing. You need to time carefully to perform guard breaks and counters to win a battle.
The old characters like Kilik and Misturugi maintain their unique and awesome fighting stlyes but there are plenty of new and interesting characters, especially Tira who fights with some sort of metal disk and Setsuka whose sword is contatined in an umbrella!
SC3 was the first game that allows the create-a-character mode which really lets you customize every element of your character with huge variety of outfits for each part of the body. Also there is an extensive pallet for you to chose the colour of each item, clothing or body.
Unlike SC4 which makes you model the character on one of the already exisiting arcade players SC3 really lets you make your own creation and you can find online some interesting creations including Ada from Resident Evil. Also you can choose the fighting style of a character by giving them a type e.g. monk or dancer.
Another challenging mode is a sort of mission mode that requires the gamer to perform tasks in a time limits, such as collect a certain number of coins when fighting an enemy etc. This challenge begins with an easy mode progressing to a hard mode, which should be renamed impossible!
My favourite mode is the Chronicles of the sword mode. Some argue the addition is worthless but in my opinion it gave you something more to do in the game. Using your created character you employ your forces in a tactical manor to go an defeat the enemy army. Your character levels up as you progress and although the levels seem repetitive there is a basic story to keep the game going and most of all it just varied the fighting experience.
Lastly, I don't pay much attention to it but the sound in the game was terrific, the voice acting isn't oscar winning but it doesn't affect my enjoyment of the game. The only thing SC3 lacks is a stronger story like Tekken where things are developin rather then repeating themselves.
Overall this game, for me at least, has everything, terrific graphics, sound and most importantly gameplay and longetivity. Definitely a must have!!!
Ne-Yo is definitely in his own league when it comes to RnB music. He has a great smooth voice, with a good range and when it comes to writing music he is one of the best. I am a fan of both of his previous albums however I understand where people are coming from when they say his last album was a little bit too slow, " Because of You" was the only real successful single from the album but this time round Ne-Yo does not disappoint and has obviously listened to his critics.
The first single off the album "Closer" reached number one and is a great dance track, being played in a lot of clubs right now. Sounding slightly influenced by the British style of dance music right now the track has a great electric synth sound to it and the guitar on the slow parts has relaxing melody. The beat and the chorus are so catchy that it makes you want to get up and dance and the verses are very accessible with great, simple lyrics.
The second single "Miss Independent" is also proving to be a big hit with fantastic lyrics. The track begins with a catchy RnB style beat and is then accompanied with beautiful piano chords and once again Ne-Yo creates a hit with his great song writing as the chorus is very memorable and really sticks in your head.
The track "Nobody" has a nice jazz feel to it and is a great upbeat track, I don't see it being released as a next single but it's still a nice song.
If you cut out the annoying guy talking at the beginning of the track the track "Single" is a really nice mellow slow jam, with a nice beat and Ne-Yo's voice sounds really soothing on it.
"Let's Just Be" is another great mellow track. I heard this song about year ago by a different artist and I am not sure if Ne-Yo wrote the track for him and then decided to keep or what but I am so glad he has it on his album because it is a great song with enticing guitar chords, reminiscient of a lullaby.
Another nice track was "Back To What You Know" reminds me of "Hate That I Love You", maybe its just because it has the guitar in it but it's still a listenable track.
Personally I feel this album is a great album however it is not as good as the other too. I applaud Ne-Yo for the transition he has made with all the upbeat dance songs however what I really missed in the album was a great ballad, which his last album was full of! The tracks mentioned were the tracks I liked; the songs I missed out were slow ballads that didn't catch my attention as much as the other slow songs on his previous albums. The album is definitely worth purchasing as it has some great songs on it but it just misses out on that five-star rating.
The action does not come and thicker or faster than in the game "Gears of War". I'm not even half way through the game but I had to write a review on it because it is worth purchasing for the first few levels alone.
The game centres on a universe overrun by hideous alien creatures called "Locusts" They gathered under the ground beneath every major city and launched an attack on the human race only to be wiped out by chemical weapons and orbital particle beams. You play the character Marcus Fenix who was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for defying orders in an attempt to save his father when he was part of the military. However when the penitentiary he stays in is invaded by the Horde, he is called back into action.
This game was the first I am aware of to include the great "duck and cover" system and has been replicated in many other X-Box 360 titles. Throughout the game you have to use the cover around you to take down enemies, moving from wall to wall, sometimes jumping over and sprinting forward.
The game play is fast and requires you to always be on your toes and find places to get a good vantage point to shoot from. As your enemies can also hide and move forward you need to vary your positions and work the rest of the team, who are at your command when it comes to attacking, defending and regrouping. The best part is movement from cover to cover require only the press of the A button and it's very easy to get the hang of.
Graphically the game is fantastic, with stunning environments', ferocious looking enemies and brilliant cut scenes. At first I thought the game might become repetitive however the levels really do vary their pace. Sometimes you are overrun by enemies and have to struggle to find cover and take them down. Other levels require you to slowly stalk your way around almost as though you are in a stealth game and the game has lots of inventive twists which require you to use your head rather than just point and shoot.
The guns are very innovative, a favourite being the gun with the chainsaw attached. If you come into close contact with an enemy you can use a melee attack and hacking them up with a chainsaw looks great especially when the blood splatters all over the screen. With turret guns, grenades and a very powerful secret weapon which I really don't want to give away the artillery is impressive.
There are plenty of scary looking enemies and each has their own weaknesses. One level involves some giant whom you have to lure into the outside to use a special weapon on and it is pretty daunting when you see the size of the creature charging towards you.
At times you are on your own but often you have a team with you that you can command if you wish but who otherwise know what to do in a fight. The banter between the teams is great and you can also heal wounded allies.
When I first bought the X-Box 360 I wondered why there were so many shoot-em-up games and now I understand why. Everyone is trying to match the success of this game and in my opinion the only game that will top this is Gears of War 2. A must have for your collection!