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    • Jurassic Park 3 (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      26.07.2001 20:47
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      • "Whoooa where'd reality go"

      The title really explains all, if you want to see a really dire film...then this is the one! On the up points I don't think i've laughed so much in a film to date it should be billed as a comedy rather than action, I had so much fun ripping holes in the very very poor fabric of the film that there can't have been much left! Basic story same as always go visit island, chased by dinosaurs kill all non-essential cast members and escape in typical American overkill. I realise that films can never truely be true to life but even in a fantastical situation there are limits, my favourite is at the end of the film where exactly on time half of the American Navy swoop into Puerto Rican territory without any problems bringing two battleships a division of marines and a squadron of helicopters simply to pick up a handfull of people they aren't even sure are alive and to top it the man greeting them is wearing a nicely pressed suit and looks like he's just come from wall street! YEAH RIGHT whatever, they certainly know how to flog the donkey to death! If you've seen all the rest of the films and fancy a laugh AT a film, this is the one otherwise wait to miss it on the telly at christmas!!

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      • Endsleigh Insurance / Car Insurance / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        20.05.2001 08:13
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        • "They pressure you!"

        Yes i'm a student, and yes Endsleigh is supposed to be one of the best insurers for students, but after recently organising my insurance I found them to be one of the most pushy, annoying and truth bending companies i've found! Realising that my insurance was due I rang around the companies to get the best quote leaving Endsleigh till last knowing it to be very competitive. After pushing through all my details the quote I recieved could be beaten, so the young lady said that she'd have to phone the underwriters to secure me a lower quote, BUT she'd need a small deposit??? Why?? Make a deposit on a price she hasn't even worked out yet?? Don't think so!!! So she called me back and beat the quote by £11 and was already signing me up before i'd confirmed it! So I said i'd call around some more and call back later, to this the operator hummed and harred saying she couldn't hold it for long and asking when i'd call. half an hour later she called me up again to enquire again. Then again in another hour! And finally after another hour she called again!!! Aaaaaaargh leave me alone! This time saying that she wanted to know whether i'd be taking the offer as she had another client interested?? (They owned my car?, They lived next to me?, they were identical, because as we know insurance is individual!!). Anyway cut to the chase I got a better deal, and after the hassle the operator gave me, and stories of refusal to pay out or being very arkquard in settling claims, I decided not to bother and suggest you do the same!!!!

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        • Arcam Alpha 7 / CD Player / 2 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          25.02.2001 20:58
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          How does such a small company achieve such worldwide appreciation? Simple, Buy this CD player and you'll know! The Alpha 7SE has received praise since it's launch and is still going! I bought mine in a package deal from Richer Sounds, after the 'What Hi-fi' Awards in 1999 in which it achieved the best in category award. The 7SE has every feature you could ask of a CD player and more, apart from the usual controls as standard it comes with a slimline remote (with great pick-up!) , a digital output useful for minidisc recording, display features allowing it to be turned off to improve the sound quality, and numerous programming and scanning options to set the order and select the required tracks. The 7Se as a whole is slimline giving an easy to the eye approach displaying rounded features and a subtle approach.. One clever idea is the remote receptor and the cunning way it blends into the front. overall a very elegant style. The combination I use also has the NAD C340 amp and Mission 773e speakers (see my reviews!) and the result was hedonistic! The player provides a dynamic and lively sound, it's almost as if you can hear the quality, The bass is detailed and the treble outstanding! The competition as mentioned is blown away (literally!) and if it wasn't good enough already it's upgradeable to the Alpha 9! I've had it for one and a half years and and no problems. The book price for this is £300 and when I bought it, was £350 but I got it for £185 (approx.) The best £185 yet!

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            09.02.2001 19:59
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            Sofia, The capital of Bulgaria! Good footy team but otherwise is it worth going there? Well it's different! First problem has got to be the language, as a Language limited Brit I was really screwed!! The main languages used are Bulgarian, Russian and German, so if you don't speak them you've got problems, although some speak English most aren't very good (Of course better than my Bulgarian!!). Also reading things is impossible because like the Russians they use the crylic alphabet so nothing makes sense! So what's it like as a place? You all know the stereotype of Eastern block ex-communist countries... well it's true! Sofia when I was there was very run down and not very appealing everything showed of greatness once but not now, one of the main parks in the centre of the city in a postcard is shown with huge fountains and loads of flowers is now where the skateboarders do their tricks. The big impressive statues now have barriers around them and bits falling off! The food is interesting, great if your looking for a change, and as per usual now there's always Mcdonalds if you begin to miss home!! Generally i'd not be expecting much from a holiday here although it's a nice place I didn't feel too comfortable, it could do with a face-lift!

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              05.12.2000 00:01
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              I recently went to Langkawi through an extra stop-over with my plane ticket. My mates recommended it to me, and boy were they right! The downpoint was that I was there on my own, but I made friends easily! I stayed in the main town on the island in the Langkawi Sea view hotel 3*, which was cracking, they gave me a free upgrade to the Delux room, which was kick-ass. The hotel staff helped me so much, sorting out what to do and where to go and all for £13 a night. So what's there to do?? Firstly, travelling around the island is a joke it's SOOOOO cheap !! 45 mins drive about £4 But remember to barter! 1. Island hopping see the cool little islands surrounding Langkawi, There's a Lake with powers to make women pregnant if they swim in it (so they say!) and if you put food in the water, the fish come in their hundred to swim around your feet! And loads of monkeys about 1 metre away, You stop at another two islands but the first is the best! 2. Crocodile farm... loads of Crocs...BIG crocs, feeding, shows, very cool !! 3. Underwater world, knocks the UK versions out of the water (excuse the pun!) 4. Loads of beaches, all beautiful (people sweep the beach!!) Black sand ones as well, loads of water sports all CHEAP!! 5. Shopping,TAX FREE, there's bargains to be had but you've got to be able to spot the fakes, but if you can't nobody else will either !! Don't buy new trainers to go, buy them there, Nike for £35 usually £90 !! 6. Food, the seafood is devine!!! You can choose it straight from the tank!! Don't ask the locals though cos you'll always be directed to Mcdonalds ..Aaaaaargh I don't go half-way around the world to eat a Big Mac! Go to the little food courts they've got some wonderful dishes! 7. BEER... the booze is tax free but the bars are quite expensive, £1.20 a pint in comparison to 20p a can in the supermarket. 8. Hire a scooter if you want to have
              more freedom and save taxi money, something stupid like £5 a day and you CANNOT get too lost, plus they're wicked fun. 9. If you like golf, Try the old course in the centre of the island it's the cheapest and loads of fun but play in the morning It's too hot otherwise!! Club hire's cheap but take Golf balls and tees as they're a bit of a rip-off and there is lots of water! 10. If you stay on the opposite side of the island in the resort area it's more foreigner orientated but you have to drive further to everything but the beach !! 11. Eagle square, Langkawi means redish-brown eagle, Big statue, free worth about 20mins!! the history park next to it is pathetic though don't waste your money!! 12. Climate, it's always hot, always..and very humid!! If you dislike that you'll suffer!! Shorts and t-shirts a must!! 13. Don't rush it, it's a slow paced place, just chill, it's that sort of place! Long but hopefully worth it!!

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              • Richer Sounds / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                27.11.2000 23:32
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                Where do you start, Richer sounds are the cheapest hi-fi shop that I've found and believe me i've looked! But they can be cheaper still, if you fancy knocking £10 of their price then simply check What hi-fi magazine and the Richer's supplement in the back, the prices tend to be cheaper still! Generally you can't beat them, I bought a combined package from them last year and got an Arcam Cd player, A NAD amp and Mission speakers for approx. £500 less, yes I did say less than, their competitors, since then i've bought a Sony tuner and am pleased to say the competitor still can't beat the price!! The stores aren't flashy, but the service is excellent with free umbrellas in the rain, tea and coffee and the essential studio to try before you buy!! You can't beat 'em so you may as well join em!!!

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                • NTL / Telecommunications Service / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                  27.11.2000 20:41
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                  After reading the majority of opinions made in NTL's favour I wonder what i've done wrong?? Do I not earn enough....do I live in the wrong area??? Because that's the only way i can explain the service I have recieved to date. I fully agree with ajmoir36 as similar things happened to me. I initially phoned up in mid-september so to avoid the rush that always happens in sorting things out at the start of university term, I stressed that I was a student, and was told that the best package was a 12-month contract and that when I moved house the contract would move with me. This wasn't ideal, but the benefits seemed good so I agreed, Yet when I got to uni my friends told me of a student package for 9-months (Why didn't they tell me this?). Anyhow I waited and waited and finally rang them, 30 mins later they answer ( seriously dire waiting music) and they tell me the green box at the end of my street hasn't got enough shelves in it and it'll take 3 weeks to make a new one (go figure!!) 5 weeks later they sort it and i get my phone, but still no CD, Cheesy music here i come !!!! Since the initial problems the whole package has simply got worse, becoming more annoying and time consuming. Firstly the internet has got alot worse, the increased sign-up to NTL has made connecting an almost impossible task in the evening and sometimes you need to try multiple times before you get anywhere. Secondly the price of the basic package has now increased to £11.99 a month due to increasing costs and finally they initially gave us month free due to the problems we had, and we still haven't got it! When they eventually took this off the bill it was then re-adjusted with a "write off/Up recovery" charge of £9.25 which when we enquired to the customer services department they didn't know what it meant, or what it was for !!! So if they can't explain it, how am I going to be able to!!! My advice...It just aint worth the hassle!!!

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                  • Suzuki Samurai / Car / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                    24.11.2000 22:26
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                    I owned an F reg 1.0 Samurai, as my first car and had relatively no complaints apart from the lack of speed, they're painstakingly slow, be warned!! Good for a young driver or learner because you can't drive fast! The speedo doesn't go past 90mph and the cruising speed is a heart stopping 57mph so don't go near motorways, it just isn't worth thinking about !! Great around town, nippy and reasonably small. Not very comfortable and the noise on the 4x4 tyre can get loud. The soft-top looks the business in the summer, but people like slashing the plastic windows and security doesn't exist!! It's very easy to drive (slowly!) and easy to work on, lots of space and not at all complicated, i've seen harder jigsaws!! For engine parts it uses the same engine as a Bedford Rascal as these are more common. Watch out for the rust though, bad cases in the joins of the wheel arches, and all the floor especially the footwells. Generally quite a nice motor but quite hard to find a good one!!

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                    24.11.2000 21:07
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                    I've just finished a degree in Mechanical engineering at Leicester and feel that the opinion of my friends and I need to be aired. The department generally is quite nice, but pretty useless progreesing through the course i've found a number of the lecturers and support staff that, don't support, projects get delayed because of people not doing what they say they will, project grades getting wrecked because, I quote "you'll just have to do without that!!" for important parts at the last minute. They offer a 'year in industry' course, but then give you little to no help to organise a place. Docking of marks on experiments because they're too high !! Expalin that one, you either get it right, or you get it right !?! Marks like 9/10 and 10/10 only available if "you add something new to the experiment or discover something new" implying that either the experiment is incomplete or groundbreaking discoverys...not likely!! There are many other small yet irritating problems in the dept. on the plus side though, there's some brilliant lecturers Dr. Folkard and Dr. Gill to mention a few, but as always there's always some useless ones. Generally just a lot of agro!!!

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                  • Citroën AX / Car / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                    23.11.2000 23:05
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                    My Citreon Ax 1.1 Salsa, firstly i've got to say it's great value! I bought the car 6 months ago and for a ten year old car it's working very well. For the price I paid (£1000) it's well worth it. It's very quick for a 1.1 and is comfortable around the town and for motorway driving quite happy at 80mph and over. Fuel consumption is good hovering around the 40mpg area. so overall a good car, but the annoying things, firstly you can't adjust the seats they don't ie back and the passenger seat doesn't move forward and back. Some of the instruments are in weird places (like the rear heated window down near the base of the gearstick?). If you want to do work on the car...be warned..there is no space, the engine is so tight you can't get to anything and inside the dash etc. is a puzzle, trying to dismantle it is ...interesting. It's a good car as long as you don't have to work on it!

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