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      08.07.2012 07:42

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      Great musical, brilliant laughs, worth seeing!

      quite simply this show is brilliant! The songs are great and the performers just as talented. I saw the UK tour recently and it lived up to expectations. It was entertaining from the first to the last minute with satirical comedy at times. It is a 'rip off' of sesame street and the interaction of the puppets with real people like sesame street had guest presenters. Also picking focus words, 'purpose' was one of these which inspired an act. Teh show takes you through the hardships of life, realising that the world is tough and the glitz and glam of sesame street etc cannot provide the same dreams to reality. The show covers topics such as racism, sexual orientation and friendships on all levels. Light humour is made out of every subject to approach some of the more difficult issues but always with a 'tongue-in-cheek' style as to not offend.

      Avenue Q has been known as "the dirty muppets" some of the characters are near carbon copies of their counterparts but this makes the show seem familiar and crosses over into the truth. This is similar to when children's TV show Rainbow did the 'lost' episodes which were riskay.

      The stage performance of avenue Q is brilliant though. It has been on Broafway and is now off Broadway and the success of the tour speaks of the quality of the sogns and the performers. I laughed all the way through. Totally reccommend it!!

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    • Nikon 70-300mm Lens / Camera Lens / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      03.07.2012 12:04

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      great beginner telephoto lens but theres others in the range that are better for a small amount more

      I bought this as my first telephoto lens 5 years ago, i was amazed i could get a 300mm lens for £330 at the time, it still retails for the same second hand! I woudl recommend this to anyone looking to do wildlife photography to motorsport, its extremely light and not too large. the downside to it is the aperture is poor, if you can get a 70-200 VR1 for £200 more then go for it, but it wont get you as close, so if your doing wildlife photography then you will have to get better at creeping up to them.

      The quality of the photos is good, but not great, it needs more post processing than other smilar lenses, the 28-300 is worth considering for a little but more, which is a great holiday walkabout lens. in my opinion that lens beats this for quality of pictures, and feels better to handle, the 70-300 still feels a bit cheap in the casing.

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    • VW Golf MK5 / Car / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      03.07.2012 11:55

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      Great car, just make sure its oiled and maintained

      Owned mine for 5 years now, a mk5 2004 GT 2.0 143bhp. Gorgeous car to drive, so reliable and the diesel gets 500 miles to the tank with ease. I have had a few problems, common faults on Golfs are weak springs, i had a front spring snap on me, not too expensive but annoying, didnt take the tyre or the wheel out thankfully. Also i have had to change the glow plugs, as a precautionary measure the cambelt was done which in turn needed the water pump doing, this should be done at 60k.

      i have heard of stories of the noisy whistling turbo going bang, but mine has whistled loudly from 21k right up to 70k been stripped several times and its still going strong.

      Would recommend this to anyone looking for a strong, safe, reliable car which truly does live up to the reputation the brand and the golf deserve. it does also like to drink a lot of oil.

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      03.07.2012 11:48

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      if you want pro glass and shots cheap, buy this, if you can afford the extra buy the VR2 version

      This is a fantastic range, i owned this and upgraded to the VR2. As with all lenses they do not lose value, at the most £50 a year so one purchased if kept well it can be sold for the same 12 months later. It focusses fast, and accurate, it isn't too large either. The VR2 is significantly better, the shots seem more vibrant and brighter. The mounting plate for tripods is attached on the lens, this can be moved around the camera, i shoot handheld and rest it in my palm to balance the camera for motorsport panning. I would recommend getting this as a first pro lens, it also work with converters, the new nikon TC 2x iii is an amazing converter and is the perfect partner for this lens, taking you up to 400mm full frame, or 'further' if you have a camera with a crop sensor. With the glass having an aperture of F2.8 it is great in low light and offers amazing flexibility.

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    • Nikon D300 / Digital Camera / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      03.07.2012 11:39

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      Brilliant middle of range camera - good for sports

      This is my current camera of three years, the weight is fairly large but its a sizeable bit of kit. I do advise a battery grip when using long lenses to balance out the weight of shooting handheld. The settings on it for metering and focusing are easily changed by your right thumb and it also has constant high focus tracking for things such as motorsport, the focus button is not on the shutter release like the D60 but on the back to be held in by the thumb (it can be switched round if desired in camera). It uses a 1.5x crop sesnor as a posed to shooting full frame. Overall it is truly stunning, shoots fast, great ISO range, using the low ISO to gain better settings elsewhere and is compatible with all lenses in the Nikon range. Worth them money! Also favoured by a lot of sports photographers!

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    • Nikon D60 / Digital Camera / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      03.07.2012 11:33

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      great starter camera

      This was my first SLR i bought, it came with kit lenses of 18-55 and 55-200mm. The second of these lenses is terrible, go for the 70-300 with this camera if you want telephoto length, it works as a great combo! The body itself is light and compact, very user friendly. It does struggle in low light due to not a great ISO (light sensitivity range) but this can be overcome with varying lenses or playing with the aperture or the priorities. I have tried Canon products before and found them not to be very ergonomic, this has all the buttons easy to alter without taking your finger off the shutter release or eye from the viewfinder for too long. There are certain lenses it does not work with but generally this is a great intro to SLR photography, the quality does lack to cameras like i upgraded to of the D300, however at this price, its great, the quality of pictures increases with better lenses, its all about the glass!!

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