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    • Apple iPhone 4S 32 GB / Smartphone / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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      I've had a lot of phones over the years. Nokia, LG, Samsung, HTC.. I always thought the phone I had was great and was a real fan of HTC, determined to get a new HTC once my contract was up. However, then I got the iPod Touch and completely fell in love with the iOS (operating system). It just makes everything that one bit easier and it's as if it knows what you want. All the things I have thought would be a good addition to an interface is included in the iPhone. For example being able to categorise your apps and put them all in one place for you to find later. This, coupled with the fact that O2 were offering some great deals on the iphone 4s (unlimited texts and calls, with 1GB internet for £36 a month), made me opt for the iPhone 4S rather than the HTC I had previously planned on getting.

      I decided to opt for the 32GB version because then I could sell my iPod and just have one device with all my media on it. I'm pleased with this decision, as now I can carry all my music, videos and apps in one hand! If you don't have that much music to carry around then the 16gb version would probably suffice, but if you've got 1000s of songs you want to carry around then the 32gb or 64gb version is your best bet. I also went for the white version because it doesn't show up marks, grease or scratches whereas the black one does. Both colours though are sleek and look good.

      Messaging on the iphone is swift and simple. Even normal texting is like instant messaging and the iPhone's iMessage (which allows you to send messages and pictures to other people with iPhones without using your text allowance, and instead using wifi or 3g internet) is even faster. It's enabled me to send texts much quicker whereas with my HTC it could sometimes feel like a bit of a chore. I would be very unlikely to have long conversations but with the iphone I find myself having full conversations as if the person was here with me, sending and receiving hundreds of texts an hour sometimes! This is great for uni when sometimes the person you are contacting can live on the opposite side of the country. Another great addition with the iPhone is FaceTime, which allows you to video call other apple devices. This is great for keeping in contact with the family while you're living away, or keeping in contact with friends that live anywhere in the world! The video is crisp and clear, surprisingly good for a phone and better than a webcam which could be used for similiar services on, for example, skype. With the 4S's new 8 megapixel camera and 1080p (HD) video recording, you are sure to be impressed!

      Calling is simple, and with the addition of Siri you needn't lift a finger! Simply request to call such and such a name and the phone will do it for you! The sound of calls is great quality and a real step up from my old HTC (I had the HTC legend which is relatively outdated now, so this isn't a criticism on the current lot of HTC phones).

      Surfing the internet is where for me the iPhone really is a step up from the rest. It's quick to load, it's easy to zoom in and out, you can easily select text to copy and post onto other apps or text messages. Everything you could want from a phone is here, right at your fingertips.

      Where the iPhone really stands out though is in its app store. While other phones may boast better processors (although the effect on performance is really, minimal) the iPhone boasts a better experience because it offers you more than other phones. More games, more apps to make your day easier, more education, more everything. There's something for everyone in the app store and thousands of things to help you stay productive throughout the day!

      If deciding between the iPhone 4 and the 4S, I'd ask yourself what you are really looking for in a phone. The 4S is slightly faster and has a better camera, and has the addition of Siri. However if none of this interests you, you would probably be better going for the 4 and saving a few pounds. Siri itself is more of a gimmick at the moment, and while it is fun I don't often find myself using it. If you are one that really likes to keep up to date with their phone though you may want to hold off until the iPhone 5 arrives, projected to release by the end of this year!

      Really I couldn't ask for more from my iPhone. Until something new comes along that really blows the iPhone out the water, as Apple originally did when the unveiled their phone in the market, I can see that I will be sticking with Apple phone devices for a long time to come.

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      • Mulberry Bayswater Handbag / Handbag / 27 Readings / 27 Ratings
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        16.07.2012 13:38
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        I love it!

        Mulberry describes itself as 'Luxury English Fashion' and that's exactly what it is. The Bayswater bag is Mulberry's statement piece, and anyone who has properly experienced the bag must understand why it is so popular. Of course this isn't a bag you're going to run into on the streets everyday. It is made exclusive by the price it carries but for that price you are also getting real quality. A lot of people would say that buying a product such as this is extortionate and ridiculous, but I beg to differ. We all have our interests; for some it is travel, for some video games, and for some it is fashion or in particular, handbags. A handbag is something which you carry with you every day, and so why not spend out on it? Over a lifetime, a video game collector may spend many thousands, and so a handbag fan should not be criticised for doing the same!

        First off I will say if you do decide to buy a Mulberry, do be careful where you get it from. There are many knock-off's available especially on the internet. You may think you will be safe when buying from a trusted site such as amazon, but this is not the case. A lot of products sold on amazon are sold by Amazon Merchants (this is the case for 'Mulberry' bags) whom amazon do not deal with directly and hence cannot verify the authenticity of their products. Basically, do not buy a Mulberry online unless you are buying it directly from Mulberry, as you are likely to be very disappointed. Mulberry do not supply and so you can guarantee that any Mulberry bag you find outside of a Mulberry store or Mulberry section in a large department store (such as Selfridges) WILL be fake. The only exception is if it is used, but even in this case you do need to be extremely careful.

        Now onto the bag itself. I personally bought the Snowball White Grainy Patent Leather Bayswater for £795. The price of the large Bayswater varies from £695 - £3500 for the Ostrich leather version. Most versions of the bag are £795. I love the soft colour of this bag and you can view it on the Mulberry website here: http://www.mulberry.com/#/storefront/c5481/7402/wesuggest/
        It's a beautiful colour that goes with almost any outfit and is the 'classic everyday bag'. This certainly is a bag that can cope with being used everyday. It is made from superb quality materials and is likely to last a very long time. The leather is incredibly soft to the point it feels almost fluffy and is a joy to handle.

        The bag fastens with a Postman's Lock closure to ensure that the contents of your bag are kept secure. I decided to go for the suede lining which is in a light brown, a perfect combination with the light cream/white exterior. The coordination of the colours flaunts the bag's style and sophistication. The bag has metal feet so you don't have to worry about placing it on the floor, as these will ensure it does not touch anything. The bag is shaped so it stays solid and does not lose its shape whatever you may put inside it. Within the little hanging pouch on the outside lays a key which you could remove if you wish and keep in a safe place to ensure no one but you can get into the bag where you may keep your most important possessions!

        The inside of the bag has fastening straps so you can increase or decrease the volume of the bag which is great because if your bag is not very full you can make it smaller so your stuff doesn't fly around inside the bag, but when needed, you can increase this space for (for example) large books or a laptop. The bag has one main compartment with a zipped side pocket, and two slip pockets for your phone or anything else you may decide to keep in them.

        The bag handles are long enough to be carried over the shoulder although many may choose to carry it at the elbow if they are trying to show this beautiful bag off! The height of the bag is 26.5cm, the width 36cm, the depth 16.5cm and the handle drop 15.5cm (from the Mulberry website, I did not take these measurements myself and so cannot verify them but one would assume they are true!)

        In all, I simply love this bag. It's beautifully crafted, the leather is incredibly soft and it's the perfect luxury everyday bag. I couldn't have asked for more!

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        • Etihad Airways / Airline / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          Couldn't have asked for more

          I have now flown with Etihad 4 times, from London to Dubai, Dubai to Thailand and return. It's a great airline, and because it only flies to few destinations from the UK check in is really quick!

          Once aboard the flight I was surprised that even economy class, where I was sat, was very nice. Business class looked amazing and I can only imagine what first class was like (it's sectioned of from view). All my comments are based on economy class, or what Etihad calls 'Coral Class'. The cabin was outfitted in soft tones of cream, white and gold and the seats were comfy and spacious. For take off and landing, and during the night, the main cabin lights were turned off and instead there were soft glows of blues, pinks and greens along the aisles which was a nice touch. It certainly beat the usual dull glow that floods the aisles when the main lights are switched off.

          Each seat is fitted with it's own television as is the norm nowadays on long haul flights. Every guest was also welcomed with a soft wool blanket and a pack which included a 2 toothbrushes, toothpaste, an eye mask, flight socks, comb and headphones. This was great since on a long haul flight it's always nice to be able to brush your teeth and be able to sleep when all you're toiletries are packed away in your suitcase.

          The entertainment was very good, with a large selection of films from around the globe, as well as recent blockbusters. There were also tv episodes, podcasts, music and videos of each of Etihad's destinations telling you about the main sights and culture. This was a nice welcome and the films kept me entertained throughout each of my flights!

          The food was good and there was always a choice of food, from asian style dishes to english and italian dishes. Of course it's not the best food you'll ever eat but considering the usual atrocious food airlines serve I was pleasantly surprised. The cabin crew were polite and friendly and always ready to serve. There are also water fountains scattered about the cabin with cups so you can get water even when the cabin crew are busy preparing for dinner service. This was a nice touch and something I haven't seen before on an airline, although maybe I haven't been looking properly.

          I was on a connecting flight from Dubai to Thailand with a stopover of just an hour, so I was worried about how they would manage to get our bags from one flight to another in such a short time. I've had experiences before where my bag has been left behind on a stopover of 4 hours! Etihad made this switch easily though and managed to transport my bag between aircrafts in that short stopover.

          In all, I was very pleased with the service Etihad provides and would love to use them again! Perhaps next time I will get a longer stay in the place they are based, Dubai. Fingers crossed!

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          15.07.2012 18:53
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          A good place to stay if you're not going to be spending too long in the hotel!

          I stayed here on a trip with my college, where we travelled all over thailand and cambodia. We stayed here on 3 or 4 seperate occasions for 1 to 3 nights at a time. So I think I am in a good position to tell you about the hotel, as I have been in a lot of different rooms!

          The position of the hotel isn't great. It's just under a freeway, so from the outside it looks rather ugly. It is in central Bangkok though which is great because pretty much everywhere is easy to get to. However the inside is pleasant although there are some grubby areas. There is a small cafe in the lobby which serves drinks and cakes. The drinks were good and the milkshakes some of the best you'll ever taste but the cakes were abominable. Do not buy them!

          The rooms themselves were of a reasonable size as were the ensuite bathrooms. The rooms were equipped with a hairdryer and 2 bottles of complimentary water, which was good because the tap water in thailand should never be drunk, so it was nice to have some bottled water in our room when we arrived. The minibar like the rest of thailand is very cheap, so even though it is more expensive than in the local shops it is still cheaper than your local shop in England, so no complaints there. The view from the rooms though was disappointing. From one side of the hotel you have a view of the freeway, and from another you have a view of some old run down buildings. To be fair to the hotel though, finding a good view in the centre of Bangkok is difficult if not impossible. I've stayed in many hotels in Bangkok and even the best hotels cannot avoid views of the abundant slums and ugly buildings.

          The beds were comfortable and I had no problems with my sheets. However my friends were not so lucky. Brown stains were commonly found on the sheets and one of the people in my room found that their sheet was covered in what was unmistakably semen. We were horrified! However after contacting the lobby this was quickly rectified, but from then on we had to rigorously check the sheets each time we stayed there, and often found something unpleasant! After reading reviews on tripadvisor we considered ourselves lucky after many people have found bed bugs in their room, so it could have been a lot worse! I'm not sure if bed bugs are still common in this hotel, but after having stayed in many different floors and rooms in the hotel I never had a problem and so can only assume that this problem is no longer apparent.

          The food at dinner and breakfast was fine. There was a buffet for every meal with water, juices, salad and typical thai food as well as an 'english' breakfast. There was also a grill where chefs would cook meat in front of you from a wide selection. I always stuck to the basic thai food, which was pleasant, but not great. The food isn't very spicy here so if you want a taste of thai but don't want the traditional very spicy thai food, this is a great introduction! Since it's a buffet you can always go back and get something else if you don't like what you chose, so that's a bonus. However being in Bangkok I'd advise eating out of the hotel for most meals other than breakfast, and getting a better experience. I recommend the Silom Village Restaurant for some great thai food with a good show, all at a good price. It's the perfect way to indulge in some Thai culture with good food and an introduction to some Thai folk tails and the famous finger nail dance.

          The pool is fine for an inner city hotel, and you shouldn't expect much. It is right next to the freeway so it's not the best of places to relax, but for a quick dip after a long day in the Thai heat it's good. The pool is large and much bigger than a lot of other Bangkok hotels, and has a bar by it where you can buy cocktails and other drinks.

          One of my favourite places in the hotel was the bar in the evening. The bar is large and spacious with loads of comfy chairs. They sell a huge range of cocktails and other drinks. There is also live music every night and you also have an option of karaoke from a massive list of English, American and Thai classics. We enjoyed this most nights that we stayed at the Bangkok Palace Hotel, and it was a great way to spend the evening after a day travelling over Bangkok and beyond.

          All in all, the hotel is fine but I would advise you to check your sheets! It's not the sort of place you would want to stay if you were spending a lot of time in the hotel, but then again, Bangkok is not a place you should stay if you don't want to explore. Bangkok is full of excitement and interesting sights, so if you want to go somewhere and experience the culture and the city, staying at the Bangkok Palace Hotel is a good choice! I would give it 4 stars but until the hotel invests in new sheets, I'll have to stick to 3!

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            14.07.2012 23:51
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            Good if your skin is bad

            I used to suffer from oily skin and as a typical teenager quite a few spots. I didn't have bad acne, so I'm not sure how effective the Clinique 3 step kit would be for that. However for the average spotty teen this stuff is great!
            Step one is a cleanser which you can get either a pump which produces quite a bubbly mixture, or a hard soap. Personally I preferred the hard soap as it always left my face feeling cleaner, however you'll need to use an eye makeup remover first for it to be fully effective. The cleanser is good and the hard soap lasts a very long time, a couple of months easily. I found the pump doesn't last that long, so I don't think it justifies the price as much.
            Step two is a toner. For the first few days this stung slightly to use which I was warned about, but after that it was perfectly comfortable to use, and it worked well, leaving my skin clean and fresh.
            Step three is the moisturiser, which I really liked because it wasn't too thick, making it easy to apply in small amounts and hence avoid that greasy feeling when you've used too much moisturiser.
            In all, I think the 3 step solution is very good. At first you may not notice a difference or your skin may even get worse, but this should be expected. After a few weeks you should begin to notice a visible and physical improvement in your skin. After getting this set I ended up getting compliments about my skin throughout my school years.
            I no longer use this solution set as I have moved on to a less harsh routine, which I prefer and find works well for me. However I cannot say that this solution would have worked so well during those spotty years, and so the anti blemish solutions may be your best bet!

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            14.07.2012 12:43
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            Very special

            I persuaded my family to go with me to see Matilda the Musical, to much dismay from them as they were all expecting a show for young children. As we are all above the age of 18, they really didn't understand why I wanted to go, but after hearing great things from friends who had seen the show, and having been a massive fan of the book and film as a child, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

            As we entered the theatre, my family's dread just increased, as we found ourselves in a room full of children's squiggles, chalkboards with childish jokes on and what in my eyes were brilliant decorations perfectly chosen in combination for the show, but in their's, confirmation that they were about to watch a boring show designed for young kids.

            The set itself was spectacular, with alphabet blocks surrounding the proscenium arch, spelling out words, sometimes spelt incorrectly. The theatre was understandably full of families, but also many couples and groups of just adults. Still no comfort was to be found for my family, who had already decided they would hate it.

            How wrong they were. My 22 year old sister sat before the show started with a forced look of disgust, but within 20 minutes this had turned into a massive smile. The same smile was apparent on the faces of the entire theatre, as everyone had realised there was something truly special about this show.

            The cast were nothing short of superb. The girl playing Matilda was absolutely phenomenal, definitely worthy of the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award she jointly received with the other Matildas. The rest of the children were incredible also, and never before have I seen such talent from people so young. Normally when I go to a show with younger cast members, I don't expect too much, as while they will of course be better than the average for their age, you can't expect them to be flawless. But these kids were. Every one of them managed to have the whole theatre laughing, they were completely professional, and their talent was astounding. The RSC have certainly found the best for these parts. Bertie Carvel as Trunchbull was absolutely hilarious. I was expecting the part to be played similiarly to Pam Ferris' film portrayal, but I was wrong. Bertie found Trunchbull's insecurities, playing her much more delicately to hilarious effect. He filled the musical with even more laugh out loud moments. Mr Wormwood gave another stand out performance. None of the cast let anyone down though, and they were all perfect for their roles.

            The effects were also brilliant, with Trunchbull's attacks on the students being made into huge theatrical events and quickly building a fantastic atmosphere. The music was catchy, fun and suited the show. The choreography was exciting, and brought out the best in all of the actors. I haven't seen such brilliant choreography amongst a cast made up of mostly youngsters in a long, long time. The script was great, funny but also delicate and beautiful.

            I really cannot find a single fault in this show. It surpassed all of mine and my family's expectations, and I came out of the theatre already knowing I would have to go again. The RSC have made something really special here, and I hope that it remains on the West End for many years to come. It deserves to. Don't be put off thinking it is a show just for families with young children. There's a reason Matilda won so many awards at the Olivier's this year, and I think everyone who has seen this spectacular show would have to agree that it deserves every single one.

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          • Life As We Know It (DVD) / DVD / 30 Readings / 28 Ratings
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            Great night in

            While yes the storyline may be a little predictable (or a lot, but then again, what rom com isn't these days?) still thoroughly enjoyed it and it's unlike any other film I've seen. When Holly (Katherine Heigl) and Messer (Josh Duhamel) have to reorganise their lives to fit in with their new priority, their old best friend's daughter Sophie, for both of them it seems like the worst thing in the world! Having never got on, it's a match made in hell.
            They soon find that perhaps having Sophie around isn't so bad after all - Messer discovers taking her to the grocery store is the perfect way to pick up women and Holly finds there's another person to love her cooking!
            While you may be able to guess the rest it really is a great film with some real laugh out loud moments, particularly when a taxi driver ends up babysitting and of course the frequent visits from the social worker! Baby sophie is also super cute!
            This film is light-hearted and watch something to hard going and depressing. It's definitely one to brighten the mood and the perfect evening in!

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            • Meet the Fockers (DVD) / DVD / 28 Readings / 22 Ratings
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              Perfect film!!

              So usually a sequel (Meet the Fockers is the sequel to Meet the Parents) can never and never does live up to the first film. Meet the Fockers however is the very exception to this rule and in my opinion is even better than the film that came before it.
              Meet the Fockers tells the tale of a couple whose two families finally meet before their wedding, resulting in hilarious consequences. The storyline, while it may sound chliched, is original and captivating, especially considering Jack's secret job as an ex CIA agent!
              All the much-loved characters from the previous film are back including the Pam-obsessed Kevin alongside some new characters. The casting is excellent, with the new characters of Greg's parents played excellently by Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand.
              This film is a definite watch to brighten the mood and is an excellent film to watch with family or friends, and is full to the brim with 'laugh out loud' moments!

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              Poor

              Personally I really don't like these wipes. Rather than exfoliating they just scratch your face and are quite uncomfortable to use! They remove eye make up very well but unfortunately if you use them for removing pandda eyes it makes the skin sore! I guess this isn't what they're actually claiming to do and maybe I shouldn't knock them down on that, but I'm not sure they're particularly good at exfoliating either. After using them I find that any dead skin on my face is still there and all I've gained from these wipes is an uncomfortable and scratchy experience!
              The do smell refreshing and I guess that is one redeeming feature, but they also left my face feeling quite greasy, even after washing with cleanser. I won't be buying these again!
              If I were you, I'd stick to normal exfoliaters from a bottle! This may be a quicker alternative but for me it didn't even work.

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              04.12.2011 16:52
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              A magical musical!

              When I first went to see this show I wasn't looking forward to it at all, and wished I was going to see something else. For some reason I was determined to hate it, but I just couldn't. It was simply breath taking! To date, despite seeing most west end shows for the past 10 years, it is my favourite of all time and will probably keep that top spot for many years to come.
              When you first walk into the theatre the staging hits you - cogs everywhere and of course the dragon above the proscenium arch that fully functions. The set throughout is nothing short of amazing.
              From the opening song I knew the show was going to be special - it took my breath away from the very beginning and this has got to be Stephen Schwartz (the composer) at his best. The soundtrack is enough to make you fall in love with the show itself!
              The story is similiar to that of the Wizard of Oz but with a very different twist which you won't have heard before. I thought that it would basically be the same and that was why I wasn't looking forward to it, but my god, this is so much better.
              Having seen it 4 times with both the principal cast and understudies I must say they never seem to disappoint. Each time the entire cast have blown me away.
              There isn't much I can say about this show except that you should just go and see it, NOW. Don't hold back - Wicked is a truly magical experience and is exactly what the theatre industry is about. A must see.

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                Nothing special

                I went to see Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane just last week, and must admit I was disappointed. The musical had hardly been adapted for stage at all, and was really just a copy of the film. It had the same jokes and pretty much the same script. The songs were repetitive and in my opinion, quite boring.
                There were a few scenes that were actually very good - Lord Farquar was nothing short of hilarious, though this was due to the actor playing the part rather than anything amazing going on with the script. The dragon was also something spectacular to behold and the voice behind it was excellent! Unfortunately though scenes with these two characters were minimal and the three main characters weren't up to scratch.
                Kimberley Walsh was good, and much better than I expected. I was disappointed though that she was actually the best of the three main characters! Shrek and Donkey were OK but they didn't really make the part their own, and they just weren't funny. Donkey in particular was very quiet despite having a microphone - it was as if he was acting for screen rather than the stage!
                Overall I thought the musical was nothing special and merely ok - for the soundtrack I believe there's only a couple of songs worth having, and those would be the ones sung by the dragon. However this is still only because the actress had a fantastic voice rather than that the songs were any good.
                It will definitely be a good show for young children who like shrek but, for £55 a ticket, I don't think it's worth it. You'd be better to take them to something like the Lion King, a truly spectacular show that they'll always remember.

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                  Brilliant place to spend your first year

                  These are the only university of southampton halls I have fully experienced and stayed in and I must say I have been very impressed with the standard of the rooms. The halls are en suite and self catered, although there is a catered pay as you go hall which you can use if you can't be bothered to cook after a along day! I haven't actually ever used the catered hall as I prefer to cook for myself so can't comment on the quality or price of the food. When I stayed there the price for an en suite room was approximately £115 a week, although this may have changed by now.

                  The halls are set out into flats of 8 people with a shared kitchen. The kitchens are very big and have plenty of cupboards for everyone to have their own and these can be locked by their owners to make sure no sneaky housemates steal your food! The kitchens have a large table and chairs so everyone can socialise together.

                  The rooms are of a good size, with a big desk, shelves, wardrobe and pin board so you can put up photos. There is also a bedside table and comfy chair and plenty of floorspace. You are allowed to decorate the walls and so you can really make your room your own. The walls are a whitish colour which you would be so thankful for if you'd stayed anywhere like the kings college london halls with their mustard yellow and green walls! The halls are relatively new and so none of the paintwork is missing and the halls are in really good quality and clean (this may change once you've moved in though!) One wall has carpet on it, which I find weird and I've never really understood but there you go.

                  The en suite bathrooms are a good size and much bigger than a lot of others that I have seen. Whereas some halls en suites tend to be like a portaloo these are proper sized with closed in showers etc. They are still small of course but they are of an adequate size. The showers are also relatively powerful. The bathrooms also come with a mirror.

                  The actual location of Glen Eyre Halls is very good and it is a mere 5 minutes walk from the highfield campus, where you can find most academic buildings, the library, student union, stags head and my favourite: the nuffield theatre! There are also lots of takeaways just down the road who will even deliver to you on a lazy day! The halls are in a very leafy area and there is lots of grass and trees surrounding the halls and on the actual site. It really is a lovely place to live and in my opinion, the best halls the university has to offer!

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                • Pringles Original / Snacks / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                  Yum!

                  Don't get me wrong. I love pringles. But have you ever wondered why once you've eaten one, you have to eat them all? Well it's because they're packed full of MSG, which is addictive and affects the same receptors in the brain as valium (though not quite to the same extent).

                  They are yummy and I do love a good pringle but the problem is once I've eaten one I just can't stop - so they definitely aren't something I would buy everyday otherwise I'd be the size of a house!

                  Now talking about the actual pringles and in particular this flavour. The pringles often have an uneven distribution of flavouring but then again I actually like this. There's nothing like that thrill when you get an over flavoured pringle! Personally my favourite flavour is texas bbq sauce but original comes in at a close second. While most ready salted crisps have a somewhat bitter and overpowering flavour these are much softer on your tastebuds and are the only ready salted crisps I actually like.

                  They're also an excellent party food!

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                  Good introduction

                  The book is set out into several different sections which go through the key ideas for each topic: Knowledge and Reality, Mind, Logic and Reason, Religion, Politics & Justice and Ethics. If you are new to philosophy this is definitely a good introduction as you will come out the other end with some knowledge of the key arguments. While there may be other more exciting introductory reads (such as Julian Baggini's "The Pig that wants to be eaten"), if you want an introduction before perhaps studying philosophy at college for example, this would be a far better option - though I would recommend both.

                  Each idea is told through 4 pages, with real life examples and some debate on the ideas faults etc. For me I found it a bit boring to read, but perhaps that is because I have already done a lot of philosophy and so I was already aware of most of the ideas. For someone who is relatively new to philosophy I would definitely recommend this book as it does serve as a good introduction and is set out in a way that is very easy to understand, and the ideas are talked about in a far simpler way than their creators once did!

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                  worth a watch

                  The first of the two part Deathly Hallows film is probably one of the slowest of the Harry Potter films as there is a lack of action and it could hardly be called an exciting film. However I feel this was necessary in order to make sure that details weren't left out and to make sure that part 2 left the series going out on a bang.

                  While some may find it dull to watch the directors have added some beautiful aspects to it, for one the story of the three brothers was told with complete elegance and it really was a lovely portrayal that matched the one that JK Rowling wrote in the book.

                  After first seeing this film I was disappointed as the film is mostly talk and not much action, and I felt to even out the two parts this film could have ended with the dragon scene at gringotts, however after seeing part 2 I realise why they did this, as part 2 was truly spectacular and definitely made up for the lack of action in this film!

                  If you haven't read the potter books, which you should do if you haven't already, the film does make the storyline quite simple so you should be able to follow it. If you don't though, you've no excuse for picking up a paper copy! While some people have complained that splitting the last book into 2 films was just to make money, I disagree since so much happens in the last book and to leave anything out would have ruined the whole thing. Of course some aspects are still left out but all the important bits are covered.

                  There are heart warming moments to the film, for example when Harry and Hermione throw away their worries and dance which was a nice addition to the books, but there are also sadder moments to balance out the film such as the ending with Dobby! The film will even make you laugh, with one of the funniest moments in the entire series being at the beginning with the seven Potters! I personally felt that Hedwig's death was a bit downplayed but I understand that they only had a limited amount of time, and of course wouldn't have wanted to slow down the film even more!

                  If you haven't seen the film, it is definitely worth a watch but don't expect it to be action packed as part 2 is for that side of it whereas part 1 is more about setting up for the final battle. You may not want to watch this one on its own but when put together with part 2 it makes for an excellent cinema experience!

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