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I don't usually watch chat shows as such, I find them a bit boring, but Frank Skinner's mix of chat, mickey taking and comedy means this show is a must see. On alternative shows certain guests would make me give the show a miss, but I just know Frank will make something funny out of anything. His stories / comments are sometimes bordering on good taste but I still find them funny. He normally asks the questions you would ask a friend and doesn't waste his time 'sucking up' to the guests. Not sure about the singing though.
This car has been a pleasure to drive, I bought the 1600GL model and found the equipment and finish levels to be good for the class. I bought this engine size for economy but actually find that it has a suprising amount of pull for the size of car. The velour finish seems to wear better and doesn't look too dated, extras on the GL include heated side mirrors which I thought were a gimmick until I had them (essential in wet and cold weather). It has been quite reliable and has waltzed through 4 MOT's. In tight parking spaces powered steering would have been useful but isn't actually a problem. Watch for rusting around the wheel arches as this model seems a bit prone to it.
Well the Americans well and truly mucked this one up. Having been highly sucessful through a couple of generations they decided the UK format needed a 'revamp' the result is probably one of the worst films I have ever seen. The acting is pure panto, the story weak and the fact that the Fat Controller can no longer be called that for fear of causing offence is laughable. The DVD version comes with special features which consist of a trailer and web links (I think we could have them under the trade descriptions act there). Rent this title and do not buy, the kids seem to like it in a strange way but where I can see the attraction in the UK series the same cannot be said of the film.
I must admit we missed this one when looking for a good present. Relatives bought this and my initial reaction was 'I don't think he'll take to this one', how wrong I was. Pulling the wind up lever down to clear the screen is suddenly a fun task for him and the cards supplied give guides for drawing and writing the abc, there are also shapes for decorating pictures. Our son always seems to go back to this one every two weeks, a sign of a good toy (just wish I'd thought of it first)
Finding it impossible to get the toy your kid's already been going on about for months. Do what I did and tell them it won't arrive in time but they can choose something else in the meantime, it may just work. I have been so frustrated trying to track down some of the Thunderbirds merchandise that I phoned the distributor, guess what? supplies are onlt just filtering through but they are not offering any guarantee before Christmas. My kid responded well as I told him he would get it but probably not in time. I'm working on the basis that come January I'll get the toys easily and cheaper so I can afford to buy alternatives with the savings. I'm happy, less hassle and the kids, well tow lots of presents brings a smile. (I'll still keep trying though up until Christmas Eve - I love it really)
I've had mine for about two years now and it is one of the few bits of hi-tech gear that I have found to do exactly what it should do. The sound quality is fantastic, you will never use tapes again and it is so easy to use that I still haven't read the manual. The range of inputs and outputs (analogue and digital) are good and the setup menus are obvious and quick. If I could find a bad word to say I would but I can't. Forget some of the others like Sharp as I have found for the extra money this unit is quite unbeatable.
In it's day this was quite a standard looking camera with a good quality lens. Whilst not offering a zoom lens the fairly wide angle lens and fixed telephoto offered two of the most popular settings. What's wrong with the camera? well nothing really other than its dated looks. Exposure quality and auto focus are extremely good for the price range and as with most Canon cameras it is simple to use. As far as I am aware it is now discontinued but if bought cheaply would make an excellent second or starter camera.
Being almost identical to the AF7 this camera is quite often confused as being the same model but at a cheaper price. Whilst the body design is the same the crucial difference is that this is a fixed focus camera whereas the AF7 offers auto focus. Does this matter? Well yes it does, this model can't match the image sharpness of the AF7 and my advice would be to pay the extra £5-£10 for the better model, you won't regret it. Both model offer good auto exposure and are simple to use.
If you are looking to buy any hi-tech music gear and want to see a big range under one roof this shop is difficult to beat in the London Area. You can go in and try many synths, modules and drum machines without any hassle the only problem is if you try to buy something there always seem to be at least three people waiting in front of you. I normally go there to try the keyboards out and end up paying slightly more locally to avoid the frustration and in order to have the gear delivered. Check the music press on a regular basis because every few months they usually come up with some great end of line offers.
As its name suggests this camera is a bit more slender than some of its rivals. Not as small as APS cameras or the Mju range from Olympus, this model is in a completely different price range. I recently bought one for £59 and considering that its got a f3.5 lens, is autofocus and quite slender I think its a good buy. Easy to load with autoflash the camera also has a self timer and built in lens cover. The results returned has been pretty good with even exposures and a high rate of accurately focussed photographs. It isn't used as my main camera but the point is it could be and it fits easily into your pocket.
I'm bit confused by M&S and their attitude to the market in general. In Christmas' past I almost always bought something for my wife from this store be it clothes or underwear but they seem to have lost the plot a bit. Most of the clothes look a bit frumpy and I can see the reaction right now 'oh, from M&S, so you think I'm a bit fat now!' Even in early November the tills used to be busy with Christmas shoppers but at the moment my local branch seems dead with only the food hall doing any business. I applaud their stance for supplying clothing for the 'normal' build but isn't it a bit thoughtless to promote the store in the manner of their last advert? Even my Mum won't buy from there any more due to the quality problems encountered on previous purchases.
I have been into three of their stores and they have all had a good layout and selection of goods. Just a few problems, the staff do not seem all that helpful and their product knowledge is not exactly deep. Ok a bit of a general comment but that has been my experience. They don't seem interested in matching or beating other stores and everything seems too much of a hassle. Maybe I've just been unlucky as a couple of the staff members were very helpful but the proof is that although they are the most convenient I still have yet to buy anything from them.
Whenever I am looking to buy a new peice of hi-fi this is the only place I buy it from. Why? because they are so cheap. The best bargains come on 'last years model' but they also have very keen prices on this years models, blank tapes and blank cd's. I've never used their demo facilities but if you and they get the time (they do get very busy) it is worth trying out. I always thought that with such cheap prices any after sales service would be poor, wrong! I bought a CD recorder had it about 11 months and then it went wrong, they sent it for repair three times and it still failed. Without prompting, they offered me a full refund or an exchange, with service like that I opted for the exchange as no other retailer has ever offered those choices before after all that time.
I've got to admit that I don't like this shop. I'll give you an example, a regular chart CD is priced at £12.99 or £11.79 to members. Why would I want to become a member of a shop in order to pay £1.80 more than I would if I bought the same CD for £9.99 at two other shops within a stone's throw? I find their membership discounting policy misleading and the only reason to visit the store is to look for ex-chart single cd's which can be had for between 99p and £1.99
Occupying the middle ground of the Music Technology magazines The Mix offers a more detailed reviews policy than that of Future Music but without the extensive and complete reviews policy of Sound on Sound. With a cover mounted CD offering product demos, unsigned acts and more often than not samples and music software (demo and full) the package is good although I find myself only buying it when there is a review of a particular product that I may be interested in where as Sound on Sound offers so much information it is an essential purchase every month. If you already know a bit about music technology I recommend Sound on Sound, if you are a beginner I advise Future Music otherwise the Mix is a pretty safe bet.