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      17.09.2011 20:12
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      cheaper than any other holiday we've been on

      I stayed here with my girlfriend for 2 weeks in September and was very impressed. The location itself is right at the southern end of the island and on first arrival is in the middle of nowhere but that didn't bother us and we were aware of this. Check in was fairly straightforward and we were given all information needed for our stay. Our villa, number 22, was close enough to the pool yet far enough away from any noise from the entertainment at night. The villa was very impressive. Small kitchen, nice size lounge and bathroom, large master bedroom and another twin room. There is also a room just off the kitchen where you can hang wet clothes to dry.
      There is a TV in the lounge which can also be used in the bedroom. Our bedroom had a massive bed, a more than ample size wardrobe, 2 bedside tables and a mirror with another table, just like being home really.
      Food wise, breakfast was excellent. Choice of cereal, pastries, cooked breakfast, fruit, toast, brilliant choice. Lunch and evening meal consisted of salads and a variety of cooked dishes which varied from chips and burgers to spaghetti, meatballs, plenty of fish and pork. The food was repetitive but is food not repetitive at home? We never went hungry anyway. Drinks were available throughout the day on a self service basis. One small downside was the local spirits which although free, were awful in taste, but for 8 euro a day you can go super inclusive and get all branded drinks free.
      The pool was just the right size although we did question the cleanliness of it. The water was rather salty and at times not clear. There was always a lifeguard on duty, not that he had much to do. We never, ever had a problem getting a sunbed as there's more than plenty for everyone.
      The animation team did their best to entertain everyone in the day and at night time, but like the food the activities became a bit repetitive after a while.
      Night time can get a little chilly due to the wind but just put a top on. The hotel could benefit from some kind of area under cover outdoors for the night time.
      There are a couple of shops 5 minutes walk away and a taxi to playa blanca costs 5 euro but i'd recommend hiring a car and exploring the island.
      All in all a brilliant holiday.

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    • Weetabix Crunchy Bran / Breakfast / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      02.07.2011 21:38
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      Try with blueberries, yummy!!!

      I decided to go on a low fat low calorie diet and was shopping around for a suitable breakfast cereal to start the day with. Most cereals are high in sugar and calories but after having stumbled across this beauty my problems are solved.
      It's not that hard to find when you actually come across a supermarket that actually stocks it. So far I have only seen it in Morrisons and Asda but i'm sure as it's popularity rises it will become readily available throughout all major stores. But it comes in a bright yellow box with blue writing.
      I have a bowl of these a day with skimmed milk and it keeps me full until lunch time. A bowl gives me 34% of my RDA of vitamins and minerals. The cost is about £2.19 which although steep is well worth it in terms of having a healthy, well balanced start to the day. The cereal itself are small curl shapes about 1cm long and several mm wide and are a kind of weetabix brown colour.
      Unlike other bran cereals they are not dry to eat. In fact I like them when after a few minutes they become all soggy. You can seriously taste the bran when eating them which at first I didn't like but after a few days I became accustomed to the taste and now I'm totally hooked on them and so is my girlfriend.
      I would recommend anyone to try it as they do taste good and they stay crunchy for quite a while longer than other similar products. Also they're very high in fibre which can't be a bad thing really can it?

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        28.06.2011 12:48
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        excellent base for exploring the area

        I stayed there with my girlfriend for 2 nights in May. The b and b is located on the south beach, just a 5 minute walk away from all the main bars and noisy students. From our double, en suite room we had a sea view. It was amazing. We could also see the harbour, the ice cream hut opposite and parts of the castle. The sounds of the waves splashing up on the beach at night made us fall asleep. Parking is quite easy, you can just park anywhere along the sea front free of charge though private parking is available if needed at a charge of £2 per night. It is not a wheelchair friendly place though.
        Upon arrival we were given a a combination number to the front door to let ourselves in, something which I found much better than having to take a key everywhere with you. Our room was up 2 flights of stairs but we're young and were not bothered by that but the more elderly of guests may find it a bit of a struggle.
        Our room had tea and coffee making facilities, tv and dvd player with a choice of dvd's to watch. Some sweets and chocolates, the complimentary bible, a double bed, lovely shower and 2 comfy seats to sit on and admire the sea view.
        On the ground floor you can watch Tv, play games, help yourselves to some free maps of the area and this is also where breakfast is served. We had a traditional welsh breakfast each which was bacon, sausage, fried/scrambled eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. A vegetarian option is also available as well as a continental breakfast. It was super yummy and was washed down quite nicely with a pot of tea.
        Our room cost us £38 per person per night which compared to some of the other b and b's located in the centre of the town was quite reasonable.
        The owner, John, is a very friendly guy who will happily answer any questions or queries you may have. He made our stay very welcome. We would happily return there again in the future and would recommend it to anyone.

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        26.06.2011 19:47
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        Well worth it

        I had been wearing mu ugly glasses for years and was too scared to wear them in public. I made an appointment with Specsavers and plucked up enough courage to go for the contact lenses.
        The ones I have last 30 days, then you simply throw them away and put in a new pair. The total cost for me being able to see so clearly is £10 a month. I pay by direct debit, £30 every 3 months and every 3 months Specsavers send me via Royal mail, 3 pairs of contact lenses and enough solution to last the duration.
        When I initially tried them in store I was apprehensive as I have sensitive eyes. But with these lenses they are just so easy to put in and take out. They come with a leaflet which shows you which way round the lenses should be when you put them in. Try to put them in the wrong way round and they hurt! I leave my lenses in for 12 hours a day but sometimes I have left them in a bit longer but after say 14 hours they start to become very dry and vision becomes impaired. Another thing to remember is that if you're wearing them in the car on a long trip and you have the air con on then be careful as they will dry out as I discovered all too well!
        As for removing them, I have never had a problem. You just simply part your eyelids, bring the lens down with your finger, grip them and take them out, it's so so easy. And you can't hurt yourself.
        The lenses then go into a small pot provided by specsavers which is included in your £30. You simply fill this up to a certain line with the solution provided and leave them for a minimum of 8 hours. Next morning you simply take them out the pot, clean them and pop them back in.
        I would never go back to wearing glasses now, contact lenses, although a little bit of an expense, are well worth it for the quality of vision that they provide. I would recommend them to anyone. And to those that are scared about damaging your eye, you can't! I actually once went to bed overnight and forgot to take them out as I was drunk and next morning they actually didn't feel too bad! Though this is not to be recommended.

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      • Ford Focus 1.4 CL 3dr / Car / 12 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        25.06.2011 22:08
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        good reliable car

        I bought my 2001 focus a few years ago after my ford escort was just too much of a burden for me. To be brutally honest this car is amazing and it's quite clear to see why it is such a popular model.
        Features: Electric mirrors, electric windows, air-con, ample leg room both rear and front, passenger and driver air bags, decent sized boot, cd player. It does not have unfortunately central locking or an immobiliser, something I was a bit taken a back by.
        I have a manual, petrol version and the fuel consumption is quite good although the acceleration is a bit sluggish but hey I'm not a boy racer. The car has been highly reliable to me for these last 3 years, the only issue I've had is a front wheel bearing but I've had that go on all my previous cars.
        On a recent return trip to Scotland which was about 700 miles it used up about 1 and a half tanks worth of petrol which I thought was quite good
        Overall I can thoroughly recommend the ford focus and when I eventually end up getting a new car it will definitely be a focus.

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        • opinionworld.co.uk / Internet Site / 12 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          25.06.2011 14:19

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          nice little earner

          I signed up a couple of weeks ago with opinion world as I'm a member of quite a few survey sites and had read some good reviews about it. This site rewards you with points. A survey can vary from 50 points to 350 points. Once you get to 1000 points you can then get £10 paid into your paypal account which I have already done! If you do not want cash then you can get £1, £5 and £10 vouchers for a variety of shops including John Lewis, Argos, Boots, the list is quite long.
          Basically 50 points is equivalent to 50 pence and if you're lucky enough to complete several surveys you will find that it's quite easy to earn a bit of dosh.
          The sign up process is the same as with most survey sites.
          Since claiming my £10 reward though I am now finding it harder to receive surveys and it's even more difficult to qualify them.
          Surveys can be found on the website or alternatively they are e-mailed to you.

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        • Egg Heads / TV Programme / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          25.06.2011 13:00
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          Eggheads always win

          Eggheads, what is it? It's a weekday quiz show aired on bbc2 at 6pm. 5 super duper clever people known as the eggheads take part in a quiz against a team of 5 people from the general public. Every show there is £1000 up for grabs for the team that manages to defeat the eggheads. If they don't beat them the money rolls over onto the next show. There are 4 head to head rounds where 1 quiz member has to take on an egghead at a given subject. There are nine possible subjects in the head-to-head rounds:
          * Politics
          * Arts & Books
          * Food & Drink
          * History
          * Geography
          * Science
          * Music
          * Film & Television
          * Sport


          Who are the eggheads?
          Kevin Ashman- who i rate as the most intelligent egghead. Has won about a billion quiz titles all over the world.
          Daphne Fowler- a little old lady who like Kevin has won just about everything and who annoyingly always seems to guess the right answer.
          CJ de Mooi- chess champion and weakest link winner and who everyone I know hates.
          Chris Hughes- fat bespectacled train spotter and international mastermind winner who hasn't a clue about sport.
          Judith Keppel- former Who wants to be a millionaire? winner.
          Barry Simmons- won a program called Are you an egghead? in order to become one.
          Pat Gibson- Irish Pat who like Barry won the above program and is the second strongest quizzer in the UK after Kevin.

          So as I said there are 4 rounds with 3 questions and multiple choice answers per round. The contestants get no help from their team mates. Whoever gets the fewest questions right in their round is eliminated from the final round. In the event of a tie, sudden death is required and the multiple choice answers taken away.

          The final round is the same as the previous 3 but all those winners of the previous rounds come together and work as a team. Again with 3 questions and 3 possible answers.

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            25.06.2011 10:53
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            great way to tone up

            I bought this dvd as I'm carrying a bit of a belly and want to look good for my holiday. The dvd itself has 3 levels of workout. I am currently still on level 1. The first time I did a workout it nearly killed me! It consists of a warm up, then 3 minutes of cardio, 2 minutes of weights and a minute of ab training which is then repeated 2 more times. I must admit that you really do get a sweat on and after 2 weeks along with a controlled diet I am starting to feel the benefits. Jillian herself doesn't do much of the workout herself. She has 2 assistants to help her out. The one does a gentle workout which if you're doing it for the first time, you're better off following what she does. For the more adventurous the other assistant really pushes her body so for a harder workout you're better off doing what she does. It was really worth the money, 4 quid on amazon. I have yet to be brave enough to try levels 2 and 3 but when i get there I will update the review.

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              25.06.2011 10:23

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              a must see in dublin

              The Guinness Brewery can easily be reached in Dublin as both the green and red sightseeing hop on hop off buses stop there on their tour of the city. It costs 15 euro per adult to enter but if you buy online you will get a 10% discount. This is quite a popular attraction and we went early to avoid the crowds. Note, this isn't the actual real brewery now so you wont see any brewing. On the ground floor is a rather vast gift shop where you can buy almost anything endorsed by Guinness though it isn't cheap. The brewery itself has many many floors which brief you on the history of Guinness. You will learn about how the brewery was first created, how Guinness is made and the processes involved in making the black stuff. Further on up you get to learn about the numerous Guinness advertisements made over the years as well as all the different variations of drink that have been made. There are lots of multimedia tools designed to help the visitor learn and understand what it is that they are seeing.
              The real treat though is the gravity bar at the top of the building. You get a 360 degree panoramic view of Dublin and can see all the sights of the city. What's more you get a free pint of Guinness when you're there!
              There are lifts and escalators so it is quite disabled friendly. Allow at least a couple of hours for the tour.

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              24.06.2011 20:22
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              fun for all ages

              The camera obscura is located at the top of the royal mile next to edinburgh castle. I was dubious when I first went in due to the high number of children in front of me. We were told that there was a show of the camera on the top floor which we headed straight for. There were about 40 of us crammed into a small room where the guide showed us how the camera worked and you could see all round the city. This was perhaps the downside. On a much more positive note, there were 3 other floors of entertaining things to do. There were weird and wacky mirrors which distorted the person standing in front of it and made us laugh. There were a lot of technological gadgets to play with as well as numerous illusions that tricked the mind. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed the visit though during the school holidays it can get very busy with children but hey it is a capital city and it is to be expected

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              • Made In Heaven - Queen / Music Album / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                24.06.2011 18:13

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                Brilliant

                Released in 1995, 4 years after the death of Freddie Mercury, Made in Heaven is without doubt my favourite Queen album. Strange really because the sound isn't of Queen of old. Made in Heaven and I Was Born To Love You are actually re -recorded versions from Freddies solo album and actually sound much better than their original versions. Heaven for Everyone was actually written for Rogers band The Cross but turned into a Queen song. There does exist an alternative version of Heaven for Everyone with Roger singing a few lines which i particularly enjoy. Too Much Love Will Kill You was actually written by Brian and performed at the tribute concert in 1992. He included it on his album Back to the Light and released it as a single. Brians version and the Queen version are very different. Brians is more piano and acoustic based but the Queen version is more rocky and fully shows off Freddies great voice. A Winters Tale is a lovely little ballad with Freddie basically describing winter but beautifully sung. You don't fool me was actually discarded from the Hot Space album of 1981 but it's brought back to life on this album. It's a very disco song with a thumping bass line and a brilliant guitar solo in the middle. Let me live is a very un-Queen song with all 3 members singing a verse each and all of them along with a choir coming together to perform a powerful ending. Mother Love is without doubt the most poignant song on the album. Written by Brian, it's about returning to the womb and was the last song sung by Freddie. Unfortunately he was unable to complete it and Brian sings the last verse, my favourite song on the album. It's a beautiful day starts and finishes the album, just a little number which is soft at the start and the second version at the end is more rocky. A must have for all Queen fans.

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                24.06.2011 17:02

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                beware of the alcohol content!

                I absolutely love this drop of cider. Always on special offer in some supermarket or another. Cost around £1.75 in most shops and you can normally get 2 bottles for £3, ideal for barbecue weather, or if you're having friends round or even better on a hot summers day sat in the beer garden. If you've never tried it before then beware because it has a kick to it. At 8.2% you wont need to drink many to start feeling the effects! The 2010 vintage is out now and isn't as dry as the 2009 vintage which i preferred. It's a lot sweeter though still retains that bite. I prefer this to other ciders like magners or strongbow as it's not as bubbly or gassy and it goes down really well. Plus if you're young and want to get drunk quick then it's an ideal solution not that I'm condoning binge drinking!

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                23.06.2011 10:05
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                not as good as tv makes out

                Decided to go there for a day trip with my partner and her young nephew. £42 to get in for the 3 of us and some free animal food, wow! The place was quite busy and the cars were slow moving but I don't know why because there wasn't really anything to see. A few elephants here, some zebras there, and the 2 lions mating made us laugh. However come the end of our 2 hour marathon in the car we were bored of just driving and seeing nothing so we decided to go to the theme park area. Yet another rip-off. You had to pay for the rides which we thought as we had just spent so much money on getting in the place would be free but no, so we avoided them. There was a guy giving a talk on snakes which was entertaining and the pigme goats were entertaining but apart from that it was a complete waste of a day. Completely out dated and a total rip off.

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                  23.06.2011 01:40

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                  go if you like a good book

                  Not sure what all the fuss is about to be honest. I guess if you're into books then this is an ideal location but that's all it's good for. The town possesses many independently run shops which are poor and of no interest to the younger generation. Parking seems to be wherever you like, it's a nightmare to drive through. The 3 tuns pub does provide good quality food albeit at a price. Kilverts also provides food however it is very pricey and would advise people to take plenty of cash if they're planning on eating there! One can enjoy a leisurely stroll down by the river for all of 10 minutes before heading back into town. If you're into canoeing then there are plenty of opportunities to canoe down the wye to hay from Glasbury, something which I can thoroughly recommend as the scenery is wonderful and it's so peaceful.

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                  23.06.2011 01:32

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                  worth a day trip nothing more

                  I had never been to Tunisia before and didn't know what to expect. Went there for 2 weeks with my girlfriend and stayed in an awful hotel which ruined our holiday. Port el Kantaoui itself is quite a busy little town however it is a NIGHTMARE. At first it was an experience for us, locals asking us to go on their boat ride or have some nice food in their restaurant and we just politely say no but after a week it gets a bit frustrating and we just ended up ignoring them and carried on walking. The pirate ship is a complete waste of money. All it does is take you a little bit out to see, they let you swim around for a bit, put cheap bandanas on your head and demand money for them and then they present you with some melon and fish which they catch on the boat. After and hour and a half you're back in the port. After 2 weeks we got fed up with the place and were glad to go home.

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