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    • ciao.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 30 Ratings
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      22.06.2001 19:37
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      Having read a few of the opinions on this subject, generally saying that dooyoo is better, I have to agree. It does strike me as odd that some people have said that ciao has improved...I dread to think what it was like before. Incase anyone doesn't know the site, it works very similarly to dooyoo. I have been a member of each site for less than a month and dooyoo is just so much better. With ciao you get 50p for joining and writing your first opinion. If your opinion is accepted you get 10p. You then get 2p for each member read. I haven't seen any opinions that have won the super prize of up to £15. (I'm not really sure how that one works). We all know how dooyoo works and that crowns appear regularly. We also know that we receive 5p for each opinion read, as this is more than double ciao's rate I soon overcome that 10p for writing an opinion. In my time on these sites I have earned twice as much money (or equivalent) via dooyoo as I have through ciao. But, this opinion is not about which site pays most money, it's about the sites themselves. I have never had a problem with dooyoo, everytime I login it works and my account balance is always up to date. With ciao I have had numerous problems, at the moment I simply can't login, I've tried to check that I haven't done anything wrong with my password, they told me my username was invalid. Problem is I can find my username by doing a member search, so it is valid...and my opinions are still there. I did manage to log in once last week, but found a nill account balance and no opinions! I have emailed the site administrators but had no reply. (and I have emailed them at least 5 times). If I could log in, I would put this opinion on the site to see if anything improves. I've yet to see what happens if there is a problem on dooyoo, but I hope it is better than ciao, shouldn't be hard though, all dooyoo need to do is repl
      y! There is only one thing that I like better in ciao. You get money rather than points. But I can't get in, I can't get the money....so what's the point? Just as an update. I still cannot log into my ciao account. I have emailed the web master yet again but am not really expecting any response. Finally got a reply at the beginning of July, basically said I shouldn't have anymore problems. I have managed to log in and check my account details but haven't tried anything more adventurous yet.

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      • textmessenger.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        14.06.2001 20:52
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        I've had my mobile for less than a year but already love text messaging... Problem is it gets expensive after a while so I looked at the alternatives. I have found a number of free services on the internet but they all seem a bit dodgy. Lycos sometimes sends, sometimes doesn't, sometimes sends things 5 times over. I just don't trust it. You have to have an account with virginstudent.com and every time I logged in my computer seemed to crash. I've found a few others but they all seem to have some form of problem. I've finally found one, which seems to work. It's www.textmessenger.com. You have to have an account with them but it's quick to log in. Once logged in you don't have to read the terms and conditions every time you wish to send a text message, you just click send, type your message, get a preview (good check to see if you've gone over the word limit), go back and edit your message and finally, when you're happy click send and confirm. It's that easy. Other bonuses are that you can store numbers in an address book. I just add them as and when I use them. It was really useful the day I forgot my phone. If anyone accidentally replies to the text message it goes into an inbox for you.... so you can use it even if you don't have a mobile phone. And you can have a signature at the end including your number! I haven't ever had a problem with it, every time I've sent a message it's gone, fairly quickly and it's never sent them 5 times over like other services do. There is one tiny restriction...due to misuse of the site you can't send any more than 3 messages to any single number per day, but I rarely send more than 3 text messages in a day to one person. It's just so easy!

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          12.06.2001 02:59
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          I've had my epilator for over 2 years now. I've always been interested in alternatives to shaving and couldn't seem to manage waxing myself, I wouldn't mind someone doing it for me, but that's quite pricey. I bought the epilator because it had a 90-day money back guarantee if I found it too painful.... great a free trial! The first time I was in pain. It took hours and I had to reward myself with sweets every time I managed a patch. But the results made me persevere. My legs were completely smooth for over a week and only started to look bad after 3 weeks (and my leg hair does grow fast). I am now in a routine, I epilate every 4 weeks, loofah my legs every day and usually shave once after 3 weeks. Before epilation I used to shave about once a week and my legs were never completely smooth, I was too lazy to do them any more than that. Now I don't have to worry, it's great. And an epilator picks up really short hairs (from 2mm long) whereas if you go for waxing they have to be considerably longer. I would recommend epilation to anyone who is sick up shaving, doesn't mind a small amount of pain to begin with and likes value for money. (It cost me £35 and included a free electric razor for those 'harder to reach areas') Also I'd love to see a mans face if I epilated his legs!!!!! Forgot to mention, I recently bought to after waxing balm which is an excellent soother after epilation!

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        • Tramshed (Halifax) / Club National / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          11.06.2001 02:21
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          This should really be Nightclubs in general in Halifax. I'm not surprised no opinions have been written on this because the simple answer is, is that there aren't any worth writing about. Now don't get me wrong, I love Halifax, I was born there and lived there for 19 years, unfortunately I can't go back because there isn't any suitable work for me there. But I do visit regularly and am happy to see that the number of pubs in Halifax is continuing to increase, and they seem to be getting better. They have moved away from the Plummet Line types to more of Yates and Weatherspoons types. But still I ask myself what is going on with the clubs? The biggest is the Coliseum. Due to its size they believe they can charge extortionate prices and everyone will still want to go there. The problem is, in all honesty it's quite small, they can never decide what music to play so you take a gamble every time you go and it's full of kids. (I can still tell the difference between 16 and 18 unlike some of the bouncers!). Flares...well. It's a seedy little club underneath a pub. During the week it's filled with school kids and at the weekend it's filled with 30 something's, usually including a lot of drunk men trying to sleaze onto you...and the place is too small to hide from them. On the plus side though...there are usually some good offers on the drinks and you're guaranteed cheesy music. The Tube. I've only been in once.... it costs £8 to get in and I didn't see any value. I didn't like the music...but at least you can be pretty sure it'll be dance (unlike the coliseum). The Tramshed and Zoo bar. They're next door to each other in a dodgy bit at the top of town and my 16-year-old sister goes there. (She knows she'll never get asked for ID there). Both used to be moshers places and full of drugs..but I shouldn't really comment, it may have changed since I
          last went in. Then there's the Acapulco club, more affectionately known as the Acca. It used to be known as 'grab a granny night' but it has improved. OK your feet will still stick to the floor, you'll still get chatted up by dodgy drunken men. But the drinks are cheap. Thursday night, all drinks 50p, Friday and Saturday all drinks £1. The music is fairly main stream, bit a bearable dance and not too cheesy. This has to be my choice of club in Halifax these days. I consider it very sad, that a town with some great pubs and some wonderfully friendly people gets stuck with such rubbish. All that is needed is a reasonably priced club (cheap entry, cheap drinks) with clean toilets and decent bouncers (chuck people out when they start fighting/being sick/don't let kids in). I know you're never going to please all of the people all of the time, but to know what music will be played always helps. I.e. cheese/dance/party/metal...

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        • Greece / Destination International / 1 Reading / 6 Ratings
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          10.06.2001 00:57
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          I have been on 2 holidays in Greece, I have visited Kavos in Corfu and Malia in Crete, about 4 years ago now. My first ever holiday that involved a plane was to Kavos, I loved flying and when I got there I loved the place. It is a fairly small resort, basically just one long road full of pubs, restaurants and hotels. The beach runs parallel to this road and is very clean and dotted with yet more bars. The natives are very friendly, they welcome you into their restaurants and bars and ply you with cheap alcohol, If you are ever up early enough, there are street cleaners out every day ensuring the resort is clean and I never felt unsafe throughout the duration of my stay. One year later and I would have happily gone back to Corfu but that seemed a bit unadventurous, so I went to Malia. Malia is very different to Kavos, it is much bigger and the natives just don't seem quite as friendly. Again it is based around one road, this time it is a hill down to the beach. Not far from the beach there is a small island you can swim out to. Things are a little bit more pricey but still very cheap compared to Britain. There are a lot of touts everywhere you go, these people can get very irritating when you just want to go for a walk along the beach, for some reason they all think that you want to hire a sun lounger from them. If you do be careful, the prices vary considerably! The main difference I found between the 2 resorts was that I didn't ever really feel safe in Malia and my worries were not unfounded. One evening our room was broken into, they got into our safety deposit box and took everything except our passports. I know this can happen anywhere and we were unlucky but what upset me most was the attitude of the hotel staff and the police. The hotel was located on a busy main road and we believe they climbed in via the balcony. It's hard to believe no one saw them - maybe the owners of the cafe across the road? The hotel staff were
          not interested, they tried to say it was our own fault or that it must have been our neighbours. That is reasonable because they shared our balcony, the problem is they were out with us that evening! We phoned the police and they told us we had to make our way to the station - in the neighbouring town. The police couldn't care less! They wrote the report we needed for our insurance and that was it! I couldn't believe it. They didn't even look at the scene of the crime. I know it's unlikely the people will be caught but maybe if the police actually tried to find them it may provide a deterrent. I know some people say our police are rubbish, but they do a lot more than just write a report. They speak to you like you are a normal person, not just a hindrance to their day. All I can if you choose to visit Greece, be careful. And if anything goes wrong don't expect the police to help! Unfortunately I am now extremely wary of Greece now.

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          • More Magazine / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            08.06.2001 00:09
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            I've been reading More! since I was about 16. I'm 22 now and some of my friends laugh at me, most of them read Cosmopolitan now. Before anyone picks fault with what I'm about to say, as of July I should be graduate of the University of Warwick and in September I start working for a major financial firm...so I'm not stupid. The thing is I find More! has lots of short and snappy articles. I can read an article during a five minute break or I can read more when I have longer to spare. The point is it fits in with my lifestyle. It makes me laugh and provides a lot of light relief. My dad hates it because he thinks it's obscene, but it's no worse than any other young woman's magazine, it just happens to be famous for it's 'position of the fortnight'. There are some serious articles, there is always a report about some form of current affairs, it's usually something that the readers will find useful. Recently there was a very informative article about the pill. They have found the correct balance between seriousness and having fun. I buy a magazine for entertainment, no other reason, and I find More! entertaining.

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            06.06.2001 19:35
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            I've been playing brass instruments for many years now, I had the misfortune to begin on trumpet, I didn't like that. I went along to my local brass band where I was given a cornet. I was happy with my cornet for a number of years before being 'told' i was to go onto flugel. I didn't appreciate it at the time but now I would never choose to play cornet. When I started university I had to give my precious flugel back to teh band as they owned it, I had played sovereign for about 6 years and was then given a bottom of the range yamaha. I had tried Vincent Bach on a few accoasions and really liked it but my band couldn't afford it. After about 6 months of not playing the flugel once I just had to get one. I had about £1000 to spend and wanted the best I could get for that. The obvious choice was the Bach. I also tried the top of the range Yamaha (the Bobby Shew model). I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only was the Yamaha about £300 cheaper, the case was smaller and lighter as was the instrument and the tone was beautiful. I now have the freedon to play my flugel without worrying about the tuning (any flugel player will understand). My flugel is now 2 years old I've had no problems (touch wood) and the laquer is still as new! Anyone thinking of buying a flugel should certainly try out this model...I just can't find a fault with it. P.S. Sorry to all you trumpet players. It's not that I don't like the trumpet, it's just that it didn't suit me and it reminds me of school bands. I do admit that it can be great when played properly.

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            • Sports & Societies / University / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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              05.06.2001 23:28
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              After 3 years at Warwick, I have one very important piece fo advice for anyone thinking of going to any university. Join societies. When I started university I didn't know anyone. I didn't even know any friends of friends who might have been at Warwick. On my first day I met my hall mates, a few days later I met my course mates. Wow I knew about 30 people out of the 1000's here and I didn't even know if I had anything in common with any of these people. Within a week I had joined the brass society and gone along to my first rehearsal. I met another 30 odd people and I knew that I had something in common with these people. We had something to talk about that didn't involve which school we went to, what A levels we did and everything else you talk to everyone about when you first meet them. I was also out without my hall mates, a novelty in itself. Also the old members make a real effort with freshers, they want people to enjoy being a member of the society just as much as they have, if you're lucky you might even get a few drinks bought. Not all societies are great, there are some dodgy ones that don't really do anything. My advice is to think about what you'd like to do, any hobbies you'd like to continue, any new things you'd like to try. And most importantly that you're joining the society because you want to, not your hall mate. Just remember the more people you meet the more chance you have of making some really good friends. You won't get along with every single person you meet, no-one does but you'll meet some people whilst at university that will hopefully become friends for life. I certainly believe I have!

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              • Courses in general / Study Course / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                04.06.2001 01:08
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                I am now in my 3rd year at the University of Warwick studying MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics & Economics) and although I have found the course hard work I can't think of anything I would have rather done. The statistics department at Warwick is a small friendly area to the rear of the maths department. It doesn't take you long to start recognising the people in the department. The statistics department has to work very hard to liaise with all the other departments involved on our course, which I have to say they do very successfully. There are a huge range of options available to every student, you are unlikely to find 2 MORSE graduates who followed exactly the same options, but somehow we seem to get very few clashes. There is also an excellent secretary on hand, ready to help you with almost any aspect of your university career ( and she remembers most students names!) The course itself requires a constant effort in order to keep up, but if you are prepared to put the work in its not that difficult and it's nice to feel that you are learning something. I'd find it boring if everything was easy. MORSE prepares you for a diverse range of careers and is well respected throughout the financial services industry. Some people also go into areas such as teaching and film studies! I will be starting work as a trainee actuary in September. It isn't all hard work though, I have never let work get in the way of my social life. It is possible to work hard, get a good degree and have a social life. I would recommend MORSE to anyone who wants to go into financial services, enjoys the statistics side of maths and is prepared to work hard.

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                  02.06.2001 20:54

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                  Unlike everyone else, I have been perfectly happy with my one to one, pay as you go Nokia 3210. I initially had a few problems with an ericcson handset which my dealer very helpfully replaced for me. My phone is mainly security for me as a young women who often drives long distances alone. I have now had the phone since September, I spend on average about £5 a month on it. I have never had a problem with signal; I don't get it everywhere but I don't really need a signal in a lecture theatre do I? FYI, I can change the tariff every time I credit a voucher, I don't know the exact details of the other tariffs as they are aimed at heavier users but I've always been on the standard tariff. It's 30p/min for the first 2 minutes per day then 5p/min after (for landline and one 2 one). 10p per text message adn 30p/min to other mobles. The only reason I would change my phone is if I were to take out a contract. If I took out a contract I wouldn't use one to one simply because I haven't seen any deals that would be suitable for me. If I did take out a contract I am also safe in the knowledge that I can continue using my pay as you go for 1 year as a back up, yet another advantage. Add to all this the free voicemail, no peak time calling and I am very happy.

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                • Egg Card / Credit Card / 0 Readings / 31 Ratings
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                  02.06.2001 20:38
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                  Just a note to let you know that they get it right SOMETIMES, the last change I made went through first time. I think I'm still in shock! I have had my Egg card since November. I chose Egg because of the cash back scheme and interest free credit for the first 6 months. I have also had a savings account with them for over 3 years nd I have had no problems whatsoever with this. Everything was fine until April. I changed my payment details on line (leaving plenty of time before my payment was due) and the payment wasn't changed. I sent a secure email to ask what had gone wrong and to say that I wanted to pay off the full balance as soon as possible. I was advised to send a secure email with my switch details and exactly how much I wanted to pay and they would take a payment that way. I waited over a week and the payment didn't go through. After a couple more emails and eventually a phone call the payment went through, the day after my May statement was issued. Due to this (and the fact that I am now set up to pay the full balance) it meant that the wrong amount would come out of my account once again. I didn't trust the internet so I dealt with Egg over the phone with this problem. Changes were made and I was assured that only £75.25 would leave my bank account in May. I checked my bank account yesterday and discovered £100 went to Egg. Yet again I have been on the phone to them. I have yet to receive a satisfactory explanation from Egg as to why all these problems have occurred...I do know of one bank that used to give its customers £10 for every mistake made on their account...I certainly haven't had this offered from Egg. Due to the fact that I am not getting a satisfactory service from Egg I am very tempted to cut my card up and also withdraw all my money from the savings account. My advice is that if you have an Egg card ensure that every time you make a change it has actually gone through, I wo
                  uld recommend making the change on the internet and then phoning up a few days later to check it has gone through. If anyone has any ideas on how to avoid this problem in the future I would be happy to hear from them.

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