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    • Sky Sports / Discussion / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      28.09.2009 18:12
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      Excellent sports coverage

      Sky Sports is what it says on the tin; sports channels provided by Sky television, including Sky Sports 1, 2 & 3, Sky Sports Xtra, Sky Sports News and the Sky Sports HD channels if your telly is HD-capable. The sports subscription option when getting Sky is obviously very popular, and given that Sky pays silly amounts of millions in securing the rights to the sports that they show, mainly football, it is not cheap, but very much worth it if you are a sports follower with plenty of time on your hands to soak up all of the sport on offer! Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 & Xtra cover a vast number of sports, with football the main attraction. Sky shows selected Premier League matches, Carling Cup, Champions League and International games. Otherwise, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, boxing, motor sports, tennis, sailing and all sorts are on throughout the day and night. Whilst much of the sport is live, there is also lots of pre-recorded material and highlights, as well as feature programmes, such as the Premiership Years and Football League Review (no prizes for guessing that I watch it for the football!) Personally, while Sky does come under much criticism for various reasons, I think it's great and without it I wouldn't be able to see half the games I do. For me, Sky oozes presentation class, with crisp pictures, well-oiled presenters and top pundits and experts. I especially enjoy Super Sunday, which features live Premier League action on Sunday afternoons, where one of the games will be commentated on by the formidable partnership of Andy Gray and Martin Tyler! Live sport on Sky Sports often follows a fairly routine format, but this presentation is clean and well-structured, especially in comparison to some of the more shabby live coverage on offer on terrestrial and in the days of Setanta Sports. Overall, if you are serious about your sport, especially football as there is almost always some sort of football show being aired at any time during the day (and if their isn't watch Sky Sports News as this primarily covers football), then Sky Sports is key and well worth the money. Sky Sports is also now available via the internet and by mobile phone.

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    • youtube.com / Internet Site / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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      28.09.2009 17:39
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      Superb site

      YouTube.com is possibly the greatest website out there (present company accepted, DooYoo) and is a worldwide video host, owned by Google, that allows people to view, share and upload video material. The sheer size and availability of videos on YouTube is dauntingly large and can be viewed even by non-members. Personally I am not a member but to be honest, you don't need to be because in this instance I selfishly take, take, take and have never uploaded anything! Each video has a rating out of five stars, regarding video quality and sound, and members are also able to comment below, which often then takes the form of an ongoing dialogue between users. Videos available are widespread, where almost anything goes. I can't even begin to describe the ridiculousness of some of the material on the site, although alot of it is far more mainstream, such as sports highlights, music videos, film snippets and trailers, amongst hundreds and thousands of other genres of video. I love music and it is great for that; you can view not only music videos but also just songs, and YouTube is especially good for remixes and for people who have posted their own versions! Whilst most 'artists' are amateurish and frankly rubbish, a few lucky stars have actually been spotted on YouTube and then signed up! There are compilations of different things aplenty and I just cannot stress enough that if you're looking for something, anything, it is bound to be on there! If you've never visited YouTube, then do so, because it is not only great for entertainment means, there are many educational videos too and I even consulted YouTube when I had a flat bicycle tyre and watched a demonstration on how to fix the inner-tube so I could cycle again!

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      • willhill.com / Internet Site / 16 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        24.09.2009 15:38
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        Standard online betting site

        I love my football and (without boasting) boast an exceptionally large knowledge of the game, and while at university, funded my exploits by winning accumulators and football-related bets down the local bookies. Of course, you win some, you lose some but I did rather well out of it, although from time to time you just cannot odds the rare shock result that ruins your otherwise perfect accumulator! Since leaving uni, the local bookmakers is no longer across the road, it is 15 minutes walk away, which isn't too bad of course, but not exactly convenient. So, I decided to setup an online account and did so with William Hill as it is a trusted and traditional bookie. To be honest though, I think joining any well-known online bookmaker (Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Bet 365 etc etc) is much of a muchness, although personally I am not a fan of BetFair due to their high minimum bet of £2. Will Hill's was simple to join, and as a site is easy to use. I can only comment on the football side of things as I do not bet on anything else. Their prices are fairly good and winnings are deposited quickly to your account. You can view your account at any time - a profit and loss account of your transactions; deposits, bets, wins and losses. The minimum deposit is £10 which is fairly standard with many of these types of sites and the minimum bet is low; 50p I think it is. The only quibble I have is with the in-play live betting, whereby the system seems quite slow and often displays a very wrong time, regarding how long a game has left to play, and this has cost me a couple of times. For example, the other day I bet on a UEFA Cup game live in-play. The Will Hill console said the game was at half-time when I put the bet on, but 15 minutes later the game was over and I lost my money because the game ended in a draw rather than a win for the team I backed. Bascially, the game-time was at 75 minutes, not at half-time, so my team did not have a whole half to find a win, but instead 15 minutes! Had I have known that I wouldn't have put the bet on! Instances like above seem fairly rare but when money is involved it is poor that they got it wrong. Thankfully I didn't bet much but I would have been hopping up and down on the spot (and worse!) had I bet serious money! The upside of the live in-play betting is that the prices can work in your favour and also, the large amount of games that you can watch live by streaming. The video is of good quality and usually features football across the continent; in the past I have bet on (and watched via Will Hill, for free) games in Italy and Portugal. Overall, this site is good. It is easy to navigate and pretty reliable, with free football streaming an added bonus. It has numerous football coupons, with betting available on all sorts of football, domestic and worldwide. Be careful though, be aware of what you are betting and don't bet what you can't afford. It sounds like pretty patronising advice but hard-earned money can be lost in seconds on sites like these.

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          24.09.2009 15:14
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          Very nice aftershave at an even nicer price!

          On a recent trip up north, I found myself in TJ Hughes in Birkenhead and noticed that this shop was sales central, and almost in the doorway stood a table with a job-lot of reduced fragrances, surrounded by the world and his wife, all sniffing, spraying and smelling! I had a look, sprayed myself with a couple and decided that all the ones with sprays I did not like and all the ones which were not spray-on, I did like! To be honest, non-spray fragrances are not ideal, I clearly haven't got the technique and when applying them seem to tip half of it on the floor! Behind the table however, was a fragrance counter and I noticed a number of these more high-end aftershaves were on special too. I worked my way through a couple but when I came across CK IN 2 U for men, as cheesy as it sounds, I was sold! I paid a derisory £15 for a 100ml bottle, which I thought was superb value, especially for such a great smelling aftershave! The bottle itself is nothing out of the ordinary, it just has a bit of a funny bottom, while the packaging is blue and shiny. The scent itself is great, fairly fruity but still a very manly smell. It has a strong odour, that seems very sweet at first but kind of morphs as time progresses to something I can only explain as 'classy.' Whilst some aftershaves smell too much like alcohol or far too sweet, this Calvin Klein number strikes a perfect balance. Additionally, it is long-lasting as I wore it to work yesterday, applying in the morning and I could still smell it on my drive home! Atleast it means I can wear it on a night out without having to give into the 'freshen up man' (toilet attendent)! To be honest, while describing a smell is very challenging indeed, you can't go wrong with this aftershave; it's not the best I've ever smelt but considering the price, it's certainly up there!

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          17.09.2009 16:48
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          When auto-tune meets, and almost ruins, hip-hop

          Described by Kanye himself as a 'pop' album, 808s & Heartbreak was released in 2008 on Roc-A-Fella Records. Completely different to his typical rapping hip-hop style, this album is entirely sung by Kanye using auto-tune to slightly distort his voice into an electronic sound. The same method is typically used by T-Pain, with whom Kanye collaborated with on his previous album, Graduation, when singing 'The Good Life.' In all honesty, this album is no Graduation, which was a great album, although you can almost see the progression to auto-tune from the songs on the aforementioned previous album. Unique to 808s & Heartbreak too, Kanye minimalises the typical hip-hop beat and instead uses tribal drums to back his lyrics. In some songs, I believe the auto-tune and tribal drums combo works perfectly, but unfortunately too many of the songs on this album are so 'nothingy,' with no real kick or noticeable chorus. I am a big fan of two of the singles, Welcome To Heartbreak (featuring Kid Cudi) and Heartless, of which the former is slow-tempo and the latter, far more upbeat. I also love the song Amazing, featuring Young Jeezy, which has a very unique sound and a good beat. Other songs I enjoy are Say You Will, the first track, Love Lockdown and the very simple yet fairly effective Coldest Winter. For me however, the rest of the album sounds like a load of B-sides and so, unfortunately, after track 5, which is far too early, the album just tails off far too much. While Kanye is clearly very talented, as showcased in previous releases, I don't think this album will do him many favours. Some songs are excellent but would have been better deployed on another album, in amongst songs of his usual style. While his singing is not as bad as some make it out to be, he should stick to what he does best and probably put this one down as one of those experiments that didn't quite come off.

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          • wikipedia.org / Internet Site / 15 Readings / 15 Ratings
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            Excellent free source of information

            Wikipedia.org is a web-based encyclopedia that has risen to prominence in recent years, and certainly for me, is my first port of call whenever I want to find out about almost anything. The level of detail on almost any subject is unrivalled and is very handy for checking quick facts and details. However, due to the nature of Wikipedia, that people like you and I are the authors, you must be wary that not everything on there is the truth. Unfortunately therefore, dud entries can be found here and there, such as rumour-spreading, especially regarding celebrities. However, you will find that the majority of pages, especially regarding mainstream subjects, are highly accurate and this is as a result of the fact that anyone can contribute. For people who wish to write nonsense, it is actually not in their interests, as their posts can just be overwritten with ease by genuine contributors. Wikipedia has taken some flak throughout educational bodies, and often referencing Wikipedia is not accepted in most universities. However, Wikipedia can be used as an initial source of information, providing a useful background to a given subject. Indeed, sources that helped contribute to each subject can be found at the bottom of that subject's page, so these can be clicked on and further explored to determine what information is truthful or useful. Personally, I think Wikipedia is great as it is so easy to use and does provide a plethora of information on even the furthest-fetched subjects. My advice is, regarding educational pursuits, to use Wikipedia to gain a basic grounding in a subject and then go from there, seeking to then find more trusted sources from articles in general. For leisure use though, Wikipedia is second to none, as often I look up the pages of footballers and musicians when I want to find out more about them or to settle disputes with friends. You can donate to Wikipedia if you wish to help them going, as they now have a number of employees to check entries, hence also increasing the reliability and validity of information entered. For a free encyclopedia, this site is unrivalled and rich in information!

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              16.09.2009 15:48
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              Save money!

              For anyone between the ages of 16 and 25, or those above 25 in full - time education, who are inclined to regularly use trains, especially for cross-country journeys, this railcard is a God-send! The card costs £26, which can be recovered in savings in a single journey if long and expensive enough, as it knocks a third off all rail fares. Of course, there are exceptions, but a third off is actually a hell of a lot. I actually got my railcard for free when I signed up to a Natwest student account, so I literally had nothing to lose and have saved hundreds of pounds in the process. When booking an online ticket, simply add this railcard to your order and a third of the price is instantly reduced, just make sure you carry the railcard when on your journey. When buying a ticket at the train station, simply flash it at the individual behind the desk, and yet again, a third disappears from the total cost! For me, I occasionally travel the length of the country to visit mates at various uni's and this has saved me bucket-loads of much-needed cash. Add this to the occasional football matches I go to and not to mention one of my mates at uni, who has saved shed-loads of money by travelling down to London every other weekend from uni to follow his beloved Charlton Athletic. For any student, this railcard is a must and so worth the £26 it is unreal. Obtain one through opening a student account at Natwest and you are literally laughing all the way to the bank! For example, a typical saver return from Nottingham to London weighs in at around £50 but with this railcard you're picking it up for approximately £33, which is a massive saving in reality and especially in these times of economic hardship. So while these are the pro's, the con's are few and far between, but do exist in the form of restrictions. For example, the 16-25 railcard does not give discounts on season tickets, first class fares or on most London Underground or DLR tickets. In addition, for all journeys before or at 10am, Monday to Friday, a minimum fare of £12 applies for single and return fares. However, said minimum fares do not apply in July or August, on public holidays or at weekends. In conclusion, you would be simply mad to not get one if you are eligible; save yourself some money!

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              • Crazy Taxi (PS2) / Playstation 2 Game / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                16.09.2009 15:04
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                Pick people up, drive them to their destination...woohoo!

                I bought this a number of years ago on PC but when unpackaged and installed, the computer decided it didn't like the look of it after all and much to my disappointment, decided against allowing it to work. So I took it back and soon after decided to get the PS2 version, which was on sale in my local Game. Having played the actual arcade version some time previous, my excitement levels were high, although not through the roof as they would have been had this been a brand new football game. I took it home, popped it in the PS2 and 20 minutes later was feeling a sense of overwhelming underwhelment. The graphics were okay, the soundtrack was okay, if not a tad limited, but worst of all the gameplay was poor. Sure, the game itself was enjoyable and as a concept, it sounds like hours of endless entertainment. But not so. The levels are very limited and I just found myself picking up the same people time after time, going the same routes and pretty much falling at the same hurdle each time I played. With a choice of four 'whacky' drivers and being able to take weird and wonderful people to equally interesting destinations, collecting hugely satisfying bonus dollars for weaving in an out of traffic and hitting huge jumps, Crazy Taxi had the makings of a more than decent instalment. But as another reviewer put it, developers Sega and Aklaim had been lazy, with an unforgiveable lack of depth and in my opinion, unentertaining and unsatisfying side games, such as mastering the 'Crazy Drift' etc. While it may sound a little predictable, if you want a good car game, stick to the old classics; your Gran Turismos etc because even the conversion of the handling of the controller to the handling of the car is shoddy in the extreme, where little control is possible, leading you to crash into the world and his wife, and every other car on the streets! While entertaining for a while, Crazy Taxi is unfortunately far too limited and while similar offerings simply aren't out there, you'd find it difficult not to find a less engaging driving game for PS2.

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                16.09.2009 14:36
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                Superb football simulation for PS2

                Whilst the Fifa - Pro Evolution Soccer debate rages on, with some fans preferring the former and seemingly a greater recent shift of fans towards the latter, an oldie, but goodie, Fifa 2005 still reigns superior in the memory. Whilst of course, bigger and better (supposedly) versions have been released since, this game still has it all. Firstly, the graphics were a drastic improvement on any previous Fifa instalments, but it is the sheer gameplay genius that makes this game a great. With a superb first touch feature, using the right analog stick to trap or flick incoming passes, allowing yourself to gain extra space, is a move that even eludes the most recent Pro Evo games. Not to mention the 'make a run' feature either, which yet again cannot be found in the latest Pro Evo releases; allowing a team-mate to make a run, whereby you can then feed the ball into his path. The career mode is astonishing too; starting at the bottom and working your way up through up to a maximum of 15 seasons, is pure entertainment, especially when you begin to get the chance to take over the bigger teams and start spending the transfer budget. The points allocation system is also sensible, transferring wins into points where which you can allocate to improving the training, youth system, medical staff or transfer budget. The gameplay itself is endless enjoyment and although after a while you may find yourself scoring the same goal time and time again, it never gets old. The free kick setup is also first class, allowing both accuracy and power, as well as spin on the ball. Anoher superb feature is the authenticity of the players and teams, all officially registered, so there is none of this 'Man Red' for Manchester United ala the old Pro Evo's or even 'Num Azul/Rojo' for Numancia another such names in the newest of Pro Evo's. Whilst I love a bit of Pro Evo, and the latest Fifa offerings are all class, Fifa 2005, whilst old in terms of the database eg. cover star Shevchenko still plays for AC Milan rather than his current employers Chelsea etc, the game is an absolute classic and given its age it will be going on the cheap; so I urge you to purchase and enjoy hours of endless footballing fun!

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                16.09.2009 14:13
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                Well-presented and detailed season review

                Any season involving Manchester United is bound to be laced with entertainment and controversy, and 1999/2000 is no different; all of which is encompassed within the 'Champions Again' season review. In the usual clean cut format, 'Champions Again' details each and every game involving United, featuring all of the goals and highlights from what turned out to be yet another Premiership-winning season. Produced with typical ruthless efficiency in terms of the documentation of a victorious season, with intermittent player and manager interviews, this video will wow you once more with the brilliance and ease at which United romped to a second successive league title following the unrivalled treble success of the 1998/1999 season. With new recruits Massimo Taibi, Mikael Silvestre and Quinton Fortune, United raced to victory in the league, despite faltering in the World Club Cup which meant the team were unable to defend the FA Cup, sparking mass controversy throughout English football. An average Champions League campaign, ending in defeat against the mighty Real Madrid, however, is sweetend by away victories at Arsenal and Liverpool domestically. More farcical moments, of less success, feature United's 5-0 drubbing away to Chelsea, as well as a catastrophic error by Taibi in goal, at home to Southampton in a famous 3-3 draw. All in all, entertainment is rife and goals are in abundance, coupled with the usual brilliance of Beckham, Giggs and Scholes et al. If you're a United fan and see this kicking about in the shops or online on the cheap, I urge you to pick it up and relive what turned out to be another successful season at Old Trafford; keep an eye out for Paul Scholes' volley away to Bradford City!

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              • Football Manager 2008 (PC) / PC Game / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                The best football management simulation ever

                Ever since Championship Manager 2 96/97, I have been captivated by this series of games and have probably spent months of my life winning promotion, fighting relegation and wheeler-dealing in the transfer market, and with Football Manager 2008, things never change. Championship Manager fundamentally became Football Manager when developers Sports Interactive (SI) and Eidos split, leading SI to join up with Sega to deliver the great game to the masses, leaving Eidos' rival efforts eating dust. FM 2008 is your usual management simulation, where you have the choice to take control of any one of a ridiculous amount of teams, from Manchester United to a Portuguese third division side. The game database is absolutely huge and manageable countries include most of Europe and other significant leagues from around the world, including Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Japan and even India! The game itself is beautifully detailed, allowing you to stamp your authority on a side, bringing in your own players and doing things your own way; you can even manage the reserves and youth teams! As far as gameplay goes, the main gist is searching for players, which can be done via scouting or manual search, buying players after negotiation with their clubs and with them through contract offers, selling players, talking to the media, and of course, playing the actual games once you have picked your team and sorted your tactics. In-game, you can either watch the commentary only, which are a series of statements as to how the game is going, including match stats, or watch the entire game, or just the main highlights via the 2D bird's-eye pitch view, which is far better in my opinion. While FM09 has a 3d match engine, I still prefer the FM08 and previous few games' format. This game can be truly euphoric or absolutely devastating. Winning a trophy is superb, but battling against relegation can be the most demoralising of events, as once you're stuck in a rut, it is near impossible to get out, unless you can use your managerial wisdom to drag your side out of such dog-fights. FM08 I believe, overall, is the best Football Manager game released, as it has a perfect blend of features, so detailed, that it will keep even the most ardent football fan engrossed for a very long time. To be honest, with so many leagues to choose from, it almost never gets boring. Since purchasing this game I have managed in a multitude of countries, taking the helm at a number of clubs from Man Utd, to PAOK Salonika, to Sporting Lisbon, to Nantes, to Real Betis, all the way back to England with Notts County! And if the database is a little out of date, which it is now, nearly two seasons later, it is very easy to update, either through online patches or manually on FM Editor, which is programme automatically installed with the game. FM08 is superb entertainment and whilst it literally has me tearing my hair out as another 94th minute goal is conceded, it does from time to time provoke opposite emotions of adulation when you hammer your local rivals or lift that elusive trophy!

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                09.09.2009 16:06
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                A Spoons is a Spoons

                The Edmund Tylney in Leatherhead is a pub I have visited a couple of times, mainly to meet up with old friends as a central meeting point. It is situated on Leatherhead High Street, where parking is free in the evenings. During the day the high street is pedestrianised, so if visiting during the day, it is advisable to use the nearby Swan Shopping Centre car park. The pub itself is part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, so in terms of drinks and prices is fairly standardised. However, this is beneficial to those seeking a cheap drink as Wetherspoons is known for its low prices, and this pub is no different. They also serve food, with the usual offerings available throughout the day, from breakfast until the evening. Having only eaten there once for lunch, I can only passingly comment that the food was pretty good and fairly priced. The staff here are mainly students, and while not willing to bend over backwards, are helpful and pleasant enough. The decor is 'oldy-worldy' as another reviewer proclaimed, with lots of dark stained wood for effect. There is plenty of seating and in the evenings the pub feels quite cosy. I've never been in there when it's packed and that includes a weekend night so I'm not sure it ever gets too busy; as in I have never had to queue more than 2 minutes for a drink! The toilet facilities are upstairs and other features of note include many plasma TV screens on the wall, constantly showing Sky Sports News, although this pub is no good for live football on Sky or now ESPN; they clearly don't have a subscription. There are also a couple of fruit machines and an itbox. Overall, this pub is okay, decent enough but nothing special, as after all it is a 'Spoons.' I would rather open my wallet a little wider and head down to the Penny Black, which is 5 minutes walk at most away, and although more expensive, is a bit more welcoming and even shows the football!

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              • gmail.google.com / Internet Site / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                Excellent email host

                Having been particularly non-plussed by e-mail facilities for a number of years from my spam-filled Hotmail days to my university-obliged days of Outlook Express, I never really cared for the service, using only when absolutely necessary. In amongst countless invitations to augment my manhood, you would click on an important e-mail only to be met by some pop-up or another and then find that the attachment wouldn't attach etc; well that was Hotmail, and now that's in the past. I recently set up a Googlemail or Gmail account, as my university account on Outlook was due to expire as a result of my graduation. To my surprise, Gmail is actually pretty bl**dy great! I know not why I ever doubted it but, after a few days of struggling to find where the reply button is and coming to terms with the general format, I am very impressed, to say the least. Gmail has a very clean appearance and is exceptionally easy to use. The spam filter is incredible, with not a single trash-email reaching my account as yet! So Fox Bingo or whoever you are so generously offering me £10 free play on a daily basis, goes straight into the rubbish can...adios and good riddance! The facility has further superb features such as Google Docs, where documents can be shared amongst people, and edited if needs be. The new version can then be seen by everyone, so is ideal for assignments etc within school, university or the working world. Picasa Web Album allows simple photo sharing and is also an effective editing facility. The Google Calender is also a useful addition, although my phone currently carries out these kind of tasks, but it's good to have anyway! I'm sure that Google are constantly trying to evolve Gmail and will soon increase its usefulness even more with additional features. So far I have had no problems with it, I have enjoyed using it, the storage space is astronomical bordering on the ridiculous and for a free service you really cannot ask for anything more!

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                  Enjoyable yogurt

                  The Muller Black Cherry & Dark Chocolate Fruit Corner is a limited edition yogurt, presented in the same fashion as all Muller Corners, with a two compartment element to the pot. While not the healthiest offering on the market, weighing in at just over 200 calories, this yogurt is certainly a treat in terms of taste, and one that I only would eat at breakfast or lunch in order to burn those sweet sweet calories over the course of the day! The dark cherry puree, if you will, is very tasty and has a less sweet taste to it than the regular Cherry Fruit Corner. It combines perfectly with the creamy Muller yogurt, that has been augmented in this case by sprinklings of chocolate, which in my opinion, could be a little more generous but taste very nice nonetheless. There's not masses to be said about this dessert, other than it is enjoyable and makes a change from the slightly more conservative Fruit Corner offerings. It is sweet to taste and the nutritional values are as follows: Per 100g: Protein 3.3g Carbohydrate 17.0g of which sugars 15.7g Fat 3.6g of which saturates 2.2g Fibre and Sodium are negligible Apparently, there are no artificial sweeteners, no artificial colours or preservatives and it contains 23% of Calcium RDA

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                  09.09.2009 14:03
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                  Ideally would have given it 3.5 stars

                  Following a string of hit singles, successful albums and all-round fame, former Take That star Robbie Williams felt the time was right in 2004 to release a greatest hits album. And who could begrudge him it? The man was a top performer, sex icon and one of the most famous men in the land, with a bucketful of actually very good tracks to back it all up...then he slipped off the radar, but has recently reappeared with a new single, Bodies. Hence the inspiration for writing this review. In all honesty, since the greatest hits album his music has hit rock bottom and I believe it's probably best that he hangs up his microphone as soon as possible! The man has had countless problems from alcoholism to weight issues, and for his own sake he ought to realise that he no longer has anything to prove and should just live off the past glories that make the greatest hits album such a good one. I may be mistaken but the tracks on the album pretty much appear in chronological order, beginning with Old Before I Die and Lazy Days, presumably decent hits that preceeded the all-time hit Angels. Nonetheless, both songs get a thumbs up, mainly for Williams' playful and sometimes risque lyrics. Of course, Angels is a classic, Williams' moment of glory so nothing more needs to be said, other than I wish countless poor renditions of it would stop being churned out on shows such as the X Factor! Now the next two songs are almost of equal Robbie fame but I'm afraid that Let Me Entertain You and Millennium really don't do it for me. What follows however, I believe is Williams at his best, barring No Regrets which is a fairly average song. The seventh track Strong is superb, melodic with clever lyrics and not to mention a catchy chorus. She's The One is a beautiful piece of genius, so simple yet so effective, with Robbie at his deepest most passionate best. Rock DJ is more upbeat and did very well when released, sitting at number 1 for a number of weeks if I remember correctly. The song personifies Robbie's cheeky chappiness better than no other and is a real pop hit. The next song is another upbeat number, a collaboration with Kylie Minogue, that again was another strong chart performer. Supreme and Let Love Be Your Energy, the latter memorable for its cartoon music video, are both enjoyable tracks and very listenable, with the former a little darker in places, possibly referring to the negatives of stardom. Eternity and The Road To Mandalay seemed to come as a bit of a double act, with Eternity being a very slow and sensual number. The latter is far more upbeat in comparison, yet both are equally as catchy. The next three songs (Feel, Come Undone, Sexed Up) saw a slight change in Robbie's style in my opinion and although I can't put my finger on exactly what, they are all very good songs. Each one is unique and seemed to herald a new dawn of Robbie-mania, before he once again shot himself down by producing awful dross akin to the final two tracks of the album, which don't even deserve half a listen in my opinion, Radio and Misunderstood. Clearly, he had tried to change style again, however this time it had all fallen flat on its face and proved to be a false dawn. For true Robbie fans, this is an ideal album, for those who like the odd song, it helps to let you get to know his music a little better and for those who can't stand the man, stay away. In my opinion, it's decent, with a few corkers, some pretty good songs and about 3 or 4 that I would happily never listen to ever again.

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