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      15.03.2013 12:59
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      Great set at a good rpice. makes a great main gift.

      The Monster Fighters Lego castle, is a great new set in the Monster Fighters range. This was bought for my Son for his birthday as a main gift. We Paid £69 for it, but depends on where you look, the rice ranges from £55 to £80. It is a really nice big box, with great artwork, spooky detailing and nice action scenes on the back of the box.

      You get six mini figures with the Castle, two 'man Bats', who are the vampire bats the guard the castle, the vampire himself and his wife. They have a really nice glow in the dark feature, their faces glow in the dark. The vampire has a cool two piece cape, which gives him the great vampire look. The female vampire has a nice solid brick skirt which I have not seen before on any other figure. They both have reversible heads, with two different faces to choose from.
      There are two monster Fighters figures included, with accessories. having bought this set with other Monster fighters sets, the hero figures do tend to get duplicated.

      The set comes with a car, which is in the 'movie' chunky style theme again with a great net launcher. The net launcher is activated by pushing a plunger at the back of the net, firing it out. It is not spring loaded, which makes it tricky for youngsters to get the hang of.

      Building the castle was great fun, and it was not too complicated. The instructions are set out over three books which makes it easy to build the separate parts.
      It has a several hinged parts which means it can be set out to be a winding castle, or a long line with each piece next to each other.

      There are lots of nice features, such as a spiked gate, a trapdoor with a spiked pit beneath, a coffin, the vampires bed, a secret stair case, that you can fold away. There is a skeleton figure that hangs in the prison which is a nice touch.

      There are lots of nice little features that as you build and add them, you realise how quirky and cool they are. A cauldron, a treasure chest, a shelf full of potions and my favourite is a spooky organ in the attic.

      There are several 'moonstone' pieces, which are the main feature in the tower of the castle, these can be moved back and forward on a pivot, which has a nice glow in the dark piece behind it.

      There are several glow in the dark pieces, spiders webs, rats, and spooky glow in the dark stickers on the walls.

      It is a really big set, with some really nice run down looking castle parts. Really looks like a movie set castle from the classic age of Monster Movies.

      This is great value for money, and appeals to both children and adults. There are lots of peices that I have never seen before in the set, and the possibilities for re-building into different sets are endless.

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        15.03.2013 12:16
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        Nice early Star wars Lego set.

        I bought this Lego set several years ago when it first came out, I think it was around 2002, when it was released.

        The set cost around ten pounds, and I actually bought three of these. The reason why I got so many, was because this is the only set that contains the 'Tusken Raider' mini figures. You get two of them with the set, and they are nicely detailed with their long rifles. they do not have any hats or hair, and the top of their heads is bare. Should they be made today, they would most likely have a head piece or more sculpted head, but back when they came out they were left with just a bare head.

        The other figure is Anakin Skywalker, with a blue lightsaber. his face is a basic yellow Lego face, with no extra expression or detail apart from eyebrows. This set included a cloth cape for Anakin, which at the time was also a 'rare' item for the time.

        The bricks you get with the set, make up the 'moisture vaporator' from the films. This is a nice tall structure made out of sand coloured bricks, which has a hinged base which can be swung open to reveal a computer panel beneath.

        The rest of the bricks make up anakins speeder bike, made from a nice reddy - brown coloured brick. It has few articulated pieces that you can move around, and has handlebars that the mini figure can clip on to.

        Overall, this is a nice little set from the early days of star wars Lego. It does not have a great deal of fancy features, but if you need a Lego set with Tusken raiders to recreate 'Tatooine' scenes, then this is the set you will need.

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          Great price, really interesting set.

          This is a great Lego set, with a really interesting theme. I had not seen Lego before with such an interesting theme and as the Classic Universal Movie Monsters are a favourite of mine, this set really appealed to me.

          The Set was on sale in Smiths for £34.99, but I have seen it advertised elsewhere for around twenty five pounds, up to £49. I think the price paid was reasonable. It has 430 pieces, which is quite a good amount to make it a set worth building.

          The Box is a nice size, big enough to make a large gift, and yet not a massively overpriced set. The box artwork is really nice, a large picture of the actual set, with spooky backdrop and the action of the set made out quite nicely.

          Opening the box, the Lego is packaged in separate bags, which are numbered so it is easy to find the pieces that you need for each separate part.

          There are four Lego mini figures included, the Monster, the Crazy Scientist and two monster fighters hero characters. The box does not include a lot of information about the names of the characters, but I was able to go online and find out who they were and story lines that accompanied them. This gives it even more playability as you can add the extra dimension of a storyline to the set.

          Part of the set is a vehicle, which is a nice blue car in a 30's style. It has a nice chunky build and really suits the 'movie' theme of the set. The figures fit into the car, and there are some missiles that you can flick out to create more action.

          There are some really nice features, such as a prison cell with a breakaway wall so the monster fighters can rescue captured comrades, a skull in a jar, a spiders web, potion pots, and the highlight of the set is the Mad scientists operating table, this has a nice system of cogs that allows you to roll it back and forward, placing the Monster underneath the light brick, which when the handle is turned, gives a nice Zap of red light onto the monster, bringing him to life!

          The only slight negative would be that the mad scientists hair is not usual Lego hair and made of soft rubber, this means it does not stay on as well and frequently falls off. The set is prone to coming apart on the hinged parts, which are only connected by small brick connecters, meaning that they are weak and when played with or moved, they easily break away from the rest of the set.

          Overall the set is really nice, and has a great atmospheric feel. It really looks like a movie set, and appeals to both children and adults. The parts can be easily mixed and moved with others to make new combinations. The light brick is a really nice feature, and when combined with the other Lego Monster fighters sets, makes a theme that bring hours of play.

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        • Logitech Webcam C250 / Webcam / 66 Readings / 62 Ratings
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          24.03.2011 01:31
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          Good priced webcam - does what its intended to do.

          I bought the Logitech C250 webcam, to make some youtube videos and for speaking with a relative who was abroad. For under Twenty pounds I was able to pick up the Logitech camera.
          The camera was well packaged, and came with the camera itself, an instruction leaflet, and a driver CD.
          The camera is a small ball with a clip on the base that can be clipped to a desk, monitor or anywhere else you choose to get the best angle for the camera. The clip is pretty strong and stays in place well. I've had it on the monitor for a good few months now and it has never fallenoff once.
          The camera is powered by the USB connector, which is a nice long lead that simply plugs into a USB port on the PC.
          The driver CD installs all the necessary software to use the camera, and comes with video calling software that can be used to make contact with others once an account has been setup and registered. The good thing about the software is that there is no subscription fee or further charges if you have a Logitech camera.
          It was simple to set the camera up, the software and camera itself are very user friendly. It will focus automatically for you, which can sometimes go a little bit off if It tries to read small text or detail, but usually the focus does not have a problem. You can manually focus the camera, but I have not used this function as I am quite happy with the automatic focus.
          The microphone is clear too, and it will pick up a good level of voice from a distance of about one metre. It seems to pick up the noise closest to it, so there is not really a problem with it picking up background noises, as long as there is not a radio or something else making a noise in front of you the microphone picks up voice well.
          The webcam can be used with most applications that require a webcam, and it is not limited to just the software that it came with, which is a really good feature as if you want to make calls using another service, or huse the camera in an interactive game, it leaves the options open.
          The webcam can also take still photos, but these are not at a great resolution, so I would not substitute this for a regular camera, but if its all you had to hand then it will take a photo.

          It's a good camera for the money, and does what it is supposed to do.

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          • Sony M 450 / Dictaphone / 54 Readings / 48 Ratings
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            23.03.2011 01:56
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            Save up and buy a digital recording device.

            I bought the M450 Dictaphone some time ago as I needed to record some lectures and interviews. I had this in the days before digital recording devices were so commonplace. It is a tried and tested piece of technology and the reason why I bought the Sony Dictaphone, is that many years ago as a young teenager, I had another Sony Dictaphone that used micro cassettes. This model looked very similar to the early 90s one that I had and performed the same functions using the same media.

            It is just about pocket sized, and is around the size of a medium sized mobile phone. The device is very easy to use; it is simple with play, record stop and cue buttons. The record button cannot be missed as it is bright red there is a speaker on the front of the machine and a microphone at the very top, that you can point towards the subject that you want to record.

            It uses two AA batteries, which last quite a long time for an analogue device that is running motors to move the tape. It can go through long cycles of playback and recording without draining the batteries, and even when the batteries are low, it does not cut out immediately, but slows down the recording or the speech, so at least you can get some use out of a dying battery.

            The tapes, I found, were quite expensive, and if you wanted to keep your recordings, you need to buy lots of tapes. You can reuse the tapes, but after a while re-recording over them, they will suffer a loss in quality.
            Not being a digital device, the unit is not silent and it does emit some noise when in use. This is due to the motors that are used, so it is not really suitable for secret recording as it has that distinct 'tape' recording sound. I have found that as the unit has suffered more and more use, the noise of the machine has got louder, sometimes with an intermittent squeaking from the tape wheels. When the recording reaches the end of the tape it also stops with quite a loud noise of the button popping back up, so it is not exactly a discreet way of recording.

            The Microcassetes are able to take up to an hours recording on each side depending on the brand and recording speed. You can select the speed to record for longer, but this does reduce quality and also it could cause playback problems on other devices that do not play at the same speed that it was recorded.
            When recording, I have noticed that the machine picks up a great deal of background noise and if there is anyone moving or talking in front of your subject, it will pick up the closest, loudest sound which can spoil your recording. If you are looking to record things that need a lot of definition, such as birdsong this is not really suitable as it picks up too much other noise. For lectures it's suitable as long as the lecture hall is reasonably quiet and you point the microphone directly at the speaker, or lay it on the desk in front of them.

            If I were to buy a new Dictaphone, I would not go for a microcassette one again. I would spend the extra money and invest in a digital recording device as I think that the tapes have had their day.

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            • Tesco MT08 / Microwave / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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              23.03.2011 00:44
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              If you need a quick, inexpensive microwave, this will do the trick.

              I bought this microwave from Tesco as I was in desperate need after blowing my previous one up. I didn't have much money, and wanted something quick, so really just went for the cheapest I could find that looked decent. Before buying, I was not really bothered about features or power levels, and it was really a blind buy.
              For less than Forty pounds, it's quite a decent little cooker. 700 watts seems like a reasonable power, my last microwave being 800, I don't really notice the difference.


              It's a basic white microwave, with a glass turntable, glass panelled door and touch pad controls. Clear instructions are included that do have quite a lot of information for cooking and trouble shooting, but as it's a microwave that I just use for heating, the instructions are not overly important to me.
              There is a dial to change the power settings, and the cook time and start stop functions are controlled with the touch pad, which has a digital display and countdown timer.
              You can cook on several different power settings, even down to ten per cent, but I can't understand why you would want to microwave something at such low power. If I were to be slow cooking, I would not be using a microwave oven. This function is a little bit pointless as I use a microwave to zap food until it's hot, not really 'cook' using it.

              There is a lock function on the microwave to stop children from using it, but as I have my microwave on a kitchen worktop and not on the floor in a playroom, I have never used the child lock function.

              Cooking is easy, I just pop in my microwave curry, press the time button for three minutes and then press start. There are lots of different functions, such as time delay cooking and auto start cooking, but I have never used these beyond checking them out when originally setting the microwave up. I am still a bit dubious about microwave cooking and would prefer to use an oven for things such as timed cooking and slow cooking. It has an interior light which allows me to see how the food is doing.
              I have used the defrost function, but I always find that when defrosting a large piece of meat, the meat tends to get slightly cooked on the outside. It could be that I have not perfected the art of microwave defrosting, but I can never seem to get it right with this oven. I never seemed to have that problem with my previous one.
              I can fit a dinner plate in, but I do find that the capacity is a bit small. When I put something larger in, such as a big microwave meal pot, or a large joint to defrost, I sometimes find it being too large to turn fully, getting caught on the sides and the plate spinning beneath it without actually turning the food. It has a 17 litre capacity, but this does not mean too much to me as I don't normally eat my food by the litre. It could have done with being a little bit bigger internally, but I suppose you get what you pay for.
              The microwave is a little noisy; the fan seems to be the loudest bit, followed by the sound of the plate dinking on the runner as it goes round. It's not super loud, but it does not seem to have as much sound proofing as my previous microwave which was a Siemens. It could be that the construction of this unit is not as solid.

              It does the job for the money, but if you are an appliance connoisseur or are intending to put this into a stylish kitchen then I would look elsewhere. If you just want to heat up food, then buy one. It would be good for a student or someone away from home needing a cheap cooker.

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            • LG 42LD490 / LCD TV / 47 Readings / 40 Ratings
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              21.03.2011 23:12
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              Great TV- Like being in the Cinema

              I bought the LG 42LD490 as I wanted a large screen HD TV in 1080p and a friend recommended LG as he said that their products has=d improved considerably over the years.

              When I got hold of the TV I was surprised at actually how large but surprisingly lightweight it was. It really is massive and my first impressions were that it would dominate the room, but despite its size, it fits nicely in the living room and due to its slimness, it is not so much of a focal point as I first thought.

              The TV came with a clear set of instructions, and set up was very easy, as I just plugged it in, connected up my HDMI and SCART cables, put the batteries in the remote and turned it on.

              It has built in free view, which is very handy, but as I have Sky, I have no need for the free view.
              I have tested the free view, and it was nicely presented, but was nothing more than standard free view.
              The picture quality is amazing. I mainly use a blu-ray player via the HDMI cable and I can really tell that the 1080p is working. It is just like being in the cinema. The picture is so clear and defined, even when following fast moving images such as an action film or a football game.

              I also use it to play console games, and once again, it really is awesome. The colours are so defined and intense and I have not really had to mess around wit the contrast in order to get a good colour match. I can't think of how the picture quality could be any better. Obviously if I was using the free view function, or a DVD player through a SCART then I would expect some decrease in the picture quality, but when I am using it in High definition as intended, it really is a sight to behold.

              The sound too is superb. The speakers, although small have a good depth to them and a clean crisp sound. The picture and sound combined, make watching a good blu-ray a really cinematic experience.
              There are a few other features on the TV that I do not use regularly and fine a bit gimmicky at the moment, but they may come into more use as technology moves forward. These are the USB slot that allows connection of a digital media device, to show digital copies of movies or digital photographs on the big screen. It's a nice thing to have and maybe as my film collection moves more towards digital rather than physical copies, I may use this more.

              There are functions that can be connected via home broadband to access certain net content, but as I said, this is still a bit too gimmicky for me so I have hardly used these functions beyond the initial investigation.
              Paying just around £450 for the TV, I think that it is great value for money. I'm sure that the quality of the TV will soon be superseded by new technology such as 3D or LED TVs, but at the moment, this is the best TV that I have owned, and I will be using it for a good few years to come, so I do not mind spending out on a TV of this quality. It may be one of the lesser known brands, but it really does have the quality.

              Very impressed with this TV and would recommend it to all.

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              • Sony CDX GT410U / Car Audio / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                21.03.2011 20:30
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                Great prices car stereo

                I bought this car stereo as a replacement for a factory fitted, and for less than £100, I think it is a good deal for the money. I was looking for an upgrade to the factory fit, and a stereo that I had USB and MP3 compatibility. Being SONY, I knew that it would be of good quality.


                The head unit when played through the cars original speakers without an amplifier, is not the loudest of stereos, but if it were being played with an amp and up rated speakers than I'm sure that it could blast out quite well. There is in built amplifier in the head unit that gives deeper sound levels than the stereo that I had previously. Not being one to listen to my music that loud, I am pleased with the crisp clear sound that it delivers. It would be a simple job to connect to an amp and a sub, as the connector jacks are very user friendly, and the manual comes with easy to read wiring diagrams and instructions. I installed it myself using a specified wiring harness, and as it is fitted with multi plugs, it really was a snap fit, with just a bit of fiddling to get the fascia surround re-attached.

                The unit comes with a remote control, which is handy for a passenger to use, but the good thing about this unit is that it was compatible with the steering column remote that was already fitted to my vehicle, so I can change the sound levels and the tracks without having to take my hands off the wheel.

                I'm very pleased with the USB attachment, as it's easy for me to hook up my MP3 player and listen to my favourite tracks, rather than carrying lots of different CDs in the car. The handy thing about the USB is that if a passenger has an MP3 device on them, they can hook it up to their MP3, and you can listen to their tunes on a journey. A Friend did try to attach his mobile phone via the USB slot, but we were unable to scroll through the tracks and they could only be played in a continuous block, but we've never had a bother with an MP3 player. Flash Drives also work well, which is an added bonus as you can leave an inexpensive flash drive in the car which can be loaded up with hundreds of tracks. The only issue with Flash drives is that it will read and play the songs in sequence without giving you too much freedom with the shuffle option, but if you are playing whole albums rather than individual songs, this is fine.
                The stereo is able to play tracks in MP3, WMA and ATRAC, which is handy if you have different files on your player.

                The fascia can be removed for security and taken along with you, which is always a nice feature just to be on the safe side. The fascia itself is quite attractive, with a nice LED display that displays the radio station or track that is playing. When the car is dark, it gives a good glow, and has a visible graphic equaliser style display that looks really cool. It's very easy to use and navigate around.

                I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a stereo upgrade as it is really easy to fit and once installed has loads of features that will keep it relevant for many years to come. If you upgrade the speakers in your car too, then you can make this a really nice system.

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                • Nokia X2 / Mobile Phone / 29 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                  20.03.2011 22:21
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                  Great as a phone - ideal for people who just want to make calls

                  I bought my Nokia X2 as a replacement for an LG cookie, as at the time, I was fed up with touch screen phones as they were sluggish and difficult to use when sending text messages. All I wanted was a simple keypad phone to use for texts and calls with some capacity for photos and music. The Nokia X2 was perfect for this.

                  The phone I has is with virgin, and it has internet capability, but this is not really worthwhile using as the screen is too small to see a whole page or navigate properly.
                  One problem I found is that the button used to connect to the internet is also the 'back' button, so I find myself inadvertently connecting to the internet, which can be costly if not discovered and turned off quickly.

                  The handset itself is quite slim, it has the typical nokia look, but a lot thinner. It's not micro thin due to the camera on the back, but it is easy to put in a pocket without too much bother. The handset is small, but well placed enough to allow easy text or number typing, and the function buttons, including volume control, camera and radio buttons are on the side of the phone, which makes them easy to get to, but means they can sometimes accidentally be pressed during a call.

                  The battery seems to last quite a long time and sometimes goes up to two weeks without needing a charge, which is really good, especially as it is used for at least one call and around 5 text messages a day.
                  I haven't really used it for a great deal of music playback, but the battery will no doubt last less time if the phone is used for playing games or playing music.

                  The camera is 5 mega pixels, which makes quite good quality pictures, and for a phone of this size, it is a good camera. I don't usually take photos with a phone, I have a camera for that, but for the purpose of the review, I took a selection of photographs and I can say that they come out quite crisp and clear and even when the digital zoom is zoomed to its maximum, it still picks up clear pictures without blurring the lines or becoming too shaky The camera also records as a video camera, which is of reasonable quality also, but to record long videos, you would need to get an additional memory card, which slots easily into the phones micro SD card slot. The camera has an LED flash, which is nice and bright

                  There are some built in applications which are quite handy, such as the calendar, stop watch, notes and alarm clock. There is a radio that can be used without having to use the headset. The radio is clear and it is easy to tune into stations wherever you are.

                  As a mobile phone, it is good, not too confusing, easy menus and a nice keypad that is easy to use. I don't really use it for the other applications as I have other devices for that.
                  I wanted a phone that was not confusing and was 'a phone' and this does the job just fine.
                  I would recommend this to those who are not great with technology and simply want a mobile phone.

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                    20.03.2011 00:51
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                    Nice Budget Mp3 player with good menus and a nice sound

                    I picked up this great little MP3 player for under £25, and for the price, it really is a good little device. I didn't think that the 2 GB storage would be enough, but as I have so far only uploaded my favourite albums that I listen to all the time, I still have plenty of space left. If you are the type who has hundreds of albums, then maybe the 2GB will not be enough for you. I've got an ipod too, but this little MP3 player was cheap so I don't mind taking it out with me, if it gets lost or damaged, I'm not so bothered.
                    The player itself is nice and sleek looking, and it has a different style to an ipod or similar so it stands out as being different. It's small enough to slip into my shirt top pocket, or carry in my jeans without being too obtrusive.
                    The Battery seems to last for a really long time and I can almost get a weeks worth of train journeys out of it before the battery needs recharging. That's just over 3 hours use a day for five days, so I'm quite impressed with the battery life.
                    The display is very bright and easy to navigate, with menus that allow you to browse the music easily and without too much complication. The indexing system is good too as I can search by title, artist or album title.
                    I have replaced the headphones that came with the unit with a set of my own as I did not like the way the stock headphones sat in my ear, there was something about the position of the wire that just made them feel awkward.
                    It a nice little player with a couple of extra features that sometimes come in handy, like a Dictaphone, a key lock and a USB connection to upload files to it. I like the way it feels and sounds and for the price I don't know if I could have got any better.

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                      Great substitute for a netbook or a notebook - but I still need my PC

                      I think the ipad is great. I have an iphone and although the ipad did just look like a big iphone, I had to get one. It did cross my mind that I would end up with all of the same functions and just a bigger screen, but I thought I would give it a try.
                      The main reason I chose an ipad rather than a new laptop was because I wanted something that looked different, was slim and had good wireless and 3g access. It also looks way better than a laptop or a notebook.

                      The ipad looks like most of apples other creations, sleek, smooth and with hardly any buttons or keys. I have had problems with touch screen phones in the past, but the ipad does not suffer from any problems on this front, the touch screen is actually really smooth. It does not matter how hard or light I touch the screen, it is always really responsive and I never seem to get fingerprints on the screen it still picks up the movement really well.

                      The keyboard is accessed using the touch screen and it is displayed on the screen. This can be popped on and off depending on the function you are using. Typing is easy and the keyboard runs smoothly and picks up all the keystrokes without a problem.

                      The ipad is great for looking at photos, which can be uploaded from any compatible USB device like a digital camera, or sent wirelessly from the iphone. The ipad looks great displaying the photos in a slideshow as the screen is very defined and with a large viewing area, it is like having a huge digital photo frame.
                      I have also uploaded most of my music to the pad, which was really easy using my ipod and the quality of the speakers is actually quite clear, but I prefer to use headphones.
                      Browsing the internet is fine, the pages scroll smoothly and the content does not take a long time to download unlike some mobile internet I have used in the past. I've only had a problem with a few websites, but this was due to incompatible software.

                      I don't really use the ipad for apps at the moment, as I still use most of them on my iphone, but as soon as I find an ipad specific app, I'm sure I'll start downloading them form the apps store. The only one I really use on the ipad at the moment is the itunes app top download music.
                      The battery seems to last for ages in between charges, but I'm sure with more heavy usage the time between charging would be less.

                      I really like the ipad, and I enjoy the freedom it gives me to brose he internet on a big screen wherever I am. I still could not do without my desktop, as it does not have a great deal of gaming power or software applications that I use.

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                    • Kenwood KM265 / Mixer / 34 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                      Great Mixer

                      I won't write out all the technichal details for the mixer as they are already in the product description.
                      I'm really impressed with this mixer, it has become such an indespensible tool in the kitchen. It really is multi-functioning and it goes beyond being a mixer, as it has a blender / processor and a juicer function.
                      I find myself using it everyday for some kitchen task or another.

                      The main reason I bough the mixer is because I make a lot of cooking sauces and dipping sauces. This mixer is perfect for sauces, especially if you intend on making a good quantity for freezing or saving. The bowl is a decent size so you can make a good lot without the need to refill and start again.

                      One of the functions I find really handy on the mixer is the Cutter attachment. This is so handy when I need to quickly chop an onion or some carrots and the cutis very good, not leaving lots of tiny shreds, but a nice even cut and grate. I also find the attachments easy to clean, and as they are dishwasher safe, it is able to be cleaned without leaving any food left in nooks or crannies. If crumbs or partcles gather, its easy to take apart and clean out.
                      I've used the juicer attachment a few times, but as I have a dedicated juicer in the kitchen already, its not something I use all the time. It gives a good squeeze without leaving too much pulp in the juice, but I do find that the juice is not as clear as the dedicated juicer that I already have.

                      Overall, I would say that this is a very hand machine to have in the kitchen. It may not be as precise as a dedicated machine for each individual job, but it is still very versatile.
                      When using it for cakes it is great as every job on the cake can be done with the machine, from mixing to beating to grating and juicing for frosting or icing.

                      I'm really pleased with it.

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                    • The Zombie Diaries (DVD) / DVD / 35 Readings / 35 Ratings
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                      18.03.2011 23:30
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                      Not really worth watching.

                      their way through and the tag, "The best UK Horror film of the year". I'm supposing that there were no other UK horror films made that year as the film was terrible.

                      I've seen my fair share of zombie films, some amazing, some really bad, but this one actually leaves me feeling dirty. I don't know why, but I got a sordid feeling watching this film, as if I was watching something that I shouldn't be. It felt like snooping on a college project that had been thrown in the bin by the student.

                      I put the DVD in, expecting at least some of the promises on the box to come true. "A bloody powerhouse of a horror movie" said The darkside. "The most realistic Zombie Film ever made" said Twitchfilm.
                      I started to think that the film I was watching had accidentally been put into the wrong box as the review quotes were way off and the characters shown on the box played no part in the film. I can only assume that he DVD Release Company just took stock footage or made their own box art up.

                      The film is seen through the eyes of three video diaries. The first being a documentary film crew, following a story about Bird flu. The second being a group of three who are travelling around in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, filming their journey and the third are a group of survivors holed up in a farm. For some reason they all seem to keep the camera rolling as things occur and would rather film an approaching zombie rather than battering it or running away.

                      The characters in the film are so forgettable that I did not care when they were eaten. I watched as one by one the over acting posh talking film students were grabbed by the shambling zombies and bitten to death. I just could not connect with any of them. There was misplaced passion and aggression from the actors in scenes that did not require it, and in scenes where urgency or panic was required, the cast seemed to be nonchalant.

                      The special effects were ok, I found out from the director's commentary that they did not use squibs to create the blood splats, but a compressed air system that fired gore into the air. This was actually quite a good idea and I have to say that this gives it a redeeming quality, that they have used some initiative in making a decent looking special effect.
                      The zombie make up was also fairly decent, but I was expecting far more zombie action. There were several long shots of groups of zombies and too few close up and personal group attacks.
                      One area where I felt that the film failed in giving a realistic edge was that clothing that the characters were wearing. It was clean and nicely pressed. I would have thought that after a devastating Armageddon that left the walking dead behind, they would at least have had a little bit of grime on them.

                      This film was an 18 certificate, but I only think it got that cert due to a couple of scenes in the film. The first being the implied torture and rape of one of the female journalists and the other being the portrayal of a child being mercy killed.
                      The rest of the film did not seem that explicit to warrant an 18 certificate and I think that maybe these scenes were added to gain it an 18 cert, thus giving it some credibility on the horror market.

                      Overall, I was not impressed by the film. It could have been so much better. They had enough cast members to pull something off, even If they just switched the cast around to more suitable roles it may have made it more convincing. The jerky home movie camera did not do it any favours. I actually found the opening credit sequence to be the best shot and scripted part of the film. If only they could have continued that throughout the whole movie.

                      Even if you are a zombie fan, this is not really an enjoyable film. Disappointing.

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                    • More +
                      18.03.2011 17:20

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                      Very nice, well priced and good looking.

                      I purchased this little system for a home office, not wanting to spend too much money and not having a great deal of space, this looked like the perfect option.
                      The Price is very reasonable for the quality and functions. There is a built in alarm, but I have had no call to use the function, but if it were being used in a bedroom, I can see the alarm as quite handy.
                      Setting up the system is easy, with easy to follow instructions. Its plug and play, with a nice dock for the ipod, and a tactile and friendly control system. I mainly use it for the speakers for my ipod, but it does have an FM and AM radio, that gets quite a clear reception. Its not DAB, so when the digital switchover comes, this function may be obsolete.
                      Despite it being analogue, the sound is very crisp and the speakers have a good range, but do suffer a bit of buzz at low bass levels.

                      Synchronising it with the ipod is easy, and the controls on the ipod can be used to control the unit, so it makes it more familiar. The controls on the unit itself are nice and clear and there are not too many buttons to confuse you, unlike some systems.


                      Looks stylish and is easy to use. Recommended for an office or a bedroom. Great value.

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                      Give it a go!

                      Whilst looking through a local Poundland shop, I happened across an attractive display for budget black and white B movies, mainly from the 1950's along with a few older classics. I was drawn in, as there were around twenty titles, films that I had always heard of but had never seen. After picking up a copy of 'The Killer Shrews' and 'The fiend without a face' I discovered 'Plan 9 from Outer Space.

                      This was a film I had heard of, most obviously from the Tim Burton movie, 'Ed Wood'. I had also read many reviews in film guides and magazines citing this as
                      'The worst film ever made'.

                      From what I had seen in Ed Wood, I was intrigued and had to buy it. For a pound, it was great value. Even though I have since discovered that the film is in the public domain and can be downloaded or watched online for free, it was worth the money to have something tangible in my hand that I physically owned. Call me materialistic, but you can't beat actually owning the film.

                      The box art is striking as it is the actual poster from the 1950s release and gives it a real kitsch nostalgic look, with futuristic spacemen, vampires and flying saucers. The disc itself is nice too, with the box art recreated on the disc.

                      These have been produced by a company call 'Cayman Horror Classics'. From what I can find out about them, they are producing a film called 'Zombie driftwood' which is about a zombie attack in the Cayman islands.

                      Upon putting the film in the DVD player, I could see that not much production had gone into the menu, but I was not expecting anything flashy, so I chose the only option, 'Play film'.

                      The film begins with 'Criswell predicts' warning us of an event in the future. Criswell was a Television psychic from the era, known for his inaccurate predictions and kooky style. His part to play is small, just a slot at the beginning and end of the film, but it adds a twilight zone style narrator feel to the film.

                      The story is of an Alien race, who have been visiting the earth for many years, returning to re-animate the dead, controlling them with an electric pulse. Those who are raised from the dead by the aliens are Vampira, who has no part to play apart from stumbling around the grave yard for a few minutes.

                      She plays the part of the wife of Bela Lugosi, an old man just widowed. Interestingly, Lugosi died just a few days after filming his scenes and it does seem as though the film has been made to fit around those scenes. Vampira and Lugosi are never in a scene together, and she does not utter a word throughout the film.

                      Lugosi's character is that of an old man, who is killed in an unknown way off screen. He is resurected a a vampire and flits around the grave yard like Dracula. There are several scenes where it is clearly a younger stunt double.

                      The other zombie who is brought back to life is Tor Johnson, playing a police Inspector. His acting is terrible, but this makes it even more entertaining! He is quite a scary zombie character, large and imposing. The make up effects used on him are actually quite good and it does leave a lasting image of the huge zombie in a suit.

                      I won't go into a full review of the film as this has been done so many times before. But my opinion of the film. Is it the worst Movie ever made as some have suggested? I wouldn't say so. It actually kept me entertained for 75 minutes. It could be a case of 'so bad that its good', but I actually don't think this deserves to be slated. I've seen many more films that are worse and far less entertaining.

                      Its not very good, but that does not mean that it is bad! It is actually a lot of fun, and I don't think it ever took itself seriously. My Radio times film guide gives it one star, which I think is a bit unfair. But then again I would not know where to start on rating it!

                      For anyone who can get a cheap copy, I suggest that you do. And watch it! It really is one of those films that I think you should see.




                      (I originally posted this on my blog on blogger - Jonney does.. but I thought it would be good for a dooyoo review too, so I put it on here .)

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