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The Sun :)
This is bought on a daily basis in my house, this does seem like a brilliant newspaper! It has all the news that has gone on all over the world. This is the newspaper that keeps me up to date with the new updates that have taken place each day.
Compared to this newspaper , I find other papers completely boring and just filled with rubbish to bulk the paper out. I generally enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea to read this paper. ( Aren't I sounding old ). I particularly like the way in which the news is layed out. It makes it easy to read and also keeps me reading it instead of getting bored and putting it down. I would definately say that this paper is good value for money.
I have never come across anything offensive in this newspaper. Reading the other comments about the "Holiday Ripoff" I cannot really comment as I have not attempted to go on holiday with the Sun for £9.50 :)
It was only after reading the comment that I realised this was infact the category for the holiday shop. I can only apologise, I do not know how to move it to the paper category.
I personally love this Newspaper.
Sun holiday rip off not cheap booked £9.50 holiday for 3 people ,but based on 4 share, so £38 ,Then got a bill from holiday park for £68 ie) £12 membership passes X 4 =£48........ SERVICE CHARGE £20.... key deposit £30 The hendra holiday park Cornwall :-( BROUCHER price in theses so called cheap holidays is some times same or even cheaper so be careful Things arnt what they always seem to be ,,should be more information on extras :-( now i cant afford to pay the extras so me & my kids cant go & have lost the £38 :-( another single parent rip off...
The sun newspaper is known for many things, its outrageus storie lines and its bargin holiday deals from £9.50, But it is also know in liverpool as the most hated reading materal ever writen.
Alot of people know why, even if you are not liverpool supporters or even come from liverpool the reason is unforgetable,
for the people that have forgotten or just dont know,
the stadium fell through and 96 people died,
On the Wednesday following the disaster, Kelvin MacKenzie, then editor of The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper with national distribution owned by Rupert Murdoch, used the front page headline "THE TRUTH", with three sub-headlines: "Some fans picked pockets of victims"; "Some fans urinated on the brave cops"; "Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life".
i have recently been to liverpool, and i saw a woman buying the sun newspaper, and the looks she got from passers by, let alone the man serving her were enough to kill.
The story accompanying these headlines claimed that "drunken Liverpool fans viciously attacked rescue workers as they tried to revive victims" and "police officers, firemen and ambulance crew were punched, kicked and urinated upon". A quote, attributed to an unnamed policeman, claimed that "a dead girl had been abused" and that Liverpool fans "were openly urinating on us and the bodies of the dead". These allegations openly contradicted the reported behaviour of many Liverpool fans, who actively helped the security personnel to stretcher away a large number of victims and gave first aid to many injured.
Yes indeed this is something to be upset and angry by, but what confuse's me is why do the people of liverpool still sell, the sun newspaper ?
i am not questioning the people of liverpool, and i am not insulting them in any way, but it is a question i have been asking myself for a long time now.
i am deeply sorry i have insulted anyone.
Ok, so the Sun are running their amazing holidays from £9.50 per person, it seems too good to be true!
Actually it is too good to be true when you read all of the small print! You will pay £9.50 per person, but it has to be a minimum of 4 people (£38), or you will be charged for up to 4 people anyway! Also almost all of the parks have a service charge that you must pay, which is in most cases, at least another £30 per break...so already you are paying £68 for a holiday that you thought was less than a tenner per person.
Next you will find that on certain dates some of the parks offer free entertainment passes, or club passes. However, not all dates and all parks offer this, so you then have to pay up to another £10 per adult and slightly less per child for these passes if you want to use any of the facilities on site (each site varies but usually a swimming pool, some form of evening entertainment, kids clubs etc). Again an added expense you might not have been expecting.
The last extra expense is the bed linen. A lot of the parks charge you £10 for linen hire, some of them give this back to you at the end, some of them don't. You could of course always pack your already over stuffed car with your own bed linen.
So the holidays aren't really £9.50 per person then? - The holidays are not that close to £9.50 per person, however they are still much cheaper than if you booked directly with the holiday parks so all in all I think they are good value. I just wish the sun would own up to the real price you will pay so you don't feel a bit ripped off the first time you go on one of these holidays.
You collect the right amount of tokens and send off your £9.50 per person to the Sun with 4 dates and 4 parks that you would like to go to then wait. If you are lucky you will be sent confirmation of a date and park, if you are unlucky you will get a cheque for your deposit back and told that they were overbooked at the parks/dates you wanted. But once you have had one holiday with them they will send you out an advance booking form with the ability to book online so you get more of a chance of getting the date and park you really want (if their system is working properly, for the summer dates it seemed to have a glitch).
The good thing is that all of the holiday parks used are generally of a high standard with parks such as Butlins, Haven and Park Resorts being used.
I have so far been on 2 sun holidays and am collecting for our third this Autumn. It's the only chance I get to have a holiday so I will be making the most of it.
The Sun Holiday Vouchers are back!!
Grab yourself a holiday bargain and get yourself a Sun Newspaper.
I have recently came back from a four night self catering holiday at Golden Sands, Linconshire that we booked through collecting Vouchers with the Sun. There was me, my partner and our 6 month old child. Our holiday was £15 per person as it was for the summer however this newest voucher is for the autumn and is only £9.50 each!!! ...As far as I am aware you have topay for a minimum of 4 people, however this is still really cheap, Our caravan slept 6 people and only cost us £60 for monday - friday.
The Sun have lined up over half a million breaks for autumn 2008 and you can even go abroad to places like Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Belguim!! Obviously with the way things are with money at the moment and the whole credit crunch, hoidays abroad can seem quite daunting and expensive. Grab your vouchers from the sun and you will be in your element. Some holiday parks offer Half Board, free entertainment wristbands,
All you have to do is collect seven tokens from the ones which are being printed until 19th july 2008!! once you have done this compelte your booking form which is in the Sun today!!..if you dont get this you can print one off the internet. Attach your tokens alongside your cheque and your choices of places to visit and you could soon me off...
My review of our holiday was as follows:
A great place to take the kids and have a family holiday. The entertainment is excellent for children, it has a large aracade and a large indoor and outdoor swimming pool. There is also bike hire, go karts, bouncy castles and mini golf on site.
The caravans themselves are very spacious and clean. The kitchen also contains all the untensils you need. The overall holiday was good. Prices in the club house are average at 2.60 a pint or £10.80 a pitcher (4 pint) for larger. The caravan was clean and was a nice place to stay. We were around 5 mins walk from the main attractions. Nice places to visit near by : skegness (alike most seaside resorts lots of arcades etc, lincoln (lincoln castle, wragbys maze, catherderal). Good for children, adventure playground, go karts, sports area. On site shop and chip shop (quite expensive) there is a lidl shop down the road at maplethorpe which is really cheap so best to avoid the onsite shop and have a drive down to there.
No photography allowed in the pool which is understandable but frustrating if you are wanting to capture moments of your children. Some nice places rto visit outside the resort but not much help in the leaflets by Haven , best visiting the tourist centres, or doing your research before you go.The adult entertainment does not start till around 22:30 and only lasts for half an hour. Childrens entertainment is vast, and lasts throughout the day and night
There are some terms and conditions of he holidays that I didnt realise until I had collected the vouchers and was ready to book
> you have to pay either a daily charge or one off charge on top of your holiday for power in your caravan.
> You are not guarenteed a holiday when sending off your vouchers
> Closing date for applications is Friday, August 8, 2008.
> "Parks offering full day and evening entertainment programmes may charge for optional Entertainment Plus Passes. Charges will range from £2 to £9 per person per break. Other parks may charge £1 to £8 per person per break for optional Clubroom Passes. Check your Park's description in this supplement for specific charges. " (the sun website)
> Insurance is not included but you can pay extra for it if you want it.
> You cant take pets.
> you have to take your own bed sheets and duvet covers (not the actual duvet) if you dont want to pay 12 pounds for them.
there are many more terms and conditions however these are the main ones
Visit this website for more information:
We have just booked a three night break through the Sun Newspaper holidays, this will be the fourth year we have participated and I felt it was a good time to share our experiences.
For anyone who has never heard of this scheme, the first step is to collect the different numbered tokens in the Sun Newspaper. First time collectors will need seven tokens, those who have booked before need only six as you will receive a priority booking form shortly before the offer begins. There is also an option to book your break online, but again, this is only for those who have booked before and not all parks are included. Half way through the offer, the newspaper will have a 'pull out' which shows all the parks available, numbered and seperated into areas, little icons show what facilities and entertainment is avaliable and any service charges and entertainment costs you will incur. This pull out also holds the booking form. If you recieve the priority booking form, this information will also be in it (in glorious colour!) along with a bonus starter holiday token to pass along to family or friends.
The areas are: 1 Cornwall, 2 Devon, 3 Somerset, Dorset & Hants, 4 Isle of Wight, 5 Sussex & Kent, 6 East Anglia, 7 Lincs, Yorks & North East, 8 Scotland, 9 North West & Wales, 10 Ireland.
In this years choices, there were 178 parks to choose from. The dates to choose from begin in February 8th and continue through until May 30th - these cost £9.50 per person, June 2nd until July 18th - these cost £15 per person, September 5th until November 28th - these cost £9.50 per person. Three night breaks always on a Friday to Monday and four night breaks on a Monday to Friday. However, not all the parks are avaliable on all of these dates, so when you book, they ask for a choice of four different parks and four different start dates. If you are a previous booker you obviously have more chance of getting the dates and parks you require as you do not need to collect as many tokens so can book sooner. Booking through the internet is the best choice as the booking is immediate, and you can keep changing the choices on your form until you get the parks and dates which suit you best.
There are many icons to show what is at each park and there is a detailed key at the front of the pull out/ brochure. These include: indoor pool, outdoor pool, beach within 400 yards, childrens club, entertainment, cafe / takeaway, sauna, jacuzzi/ spa, amusements, shop, snooker/ pool, tennis, squash, golf, crazy golf, gym, bars There are other important symbols which show which parks do not charge the optional extra price for entertainment or service charge and which ones have all day, top quality entertainment for families. Any award the parks have been given is also shown (i.e David Bellamy conservation award, Rose England award). As you can see, these symbols are important for choosing your destination and show that the holidays aren't just for families with young children, you can also get quiet parks with more mature activities.
When you book you send payment with your form or pay by credit/ debit card if booking online. You only pay the £9.50 per person at this time (even if it was a £15 holiday)and please note - this must be for a minimum of four people, even if there is less. This may seem like a bit of a catch, but the price is still very cheap, and excellent value if you choose a top park, such as a Haven site. Any costs for service charges and entertainment, and for the extra if booking in the £15 timeslots will be billed by seperately by the park, usually when the confirmation is sent through. These service & entertainment costs can vary, obviously the Haven and Pontins sites usually offer better services and are therefor fairly expensive, for example, Haven Devon Cliffs charge £5.75 per caravan per night for service charge and up to £9.50 per person(for the week)for the entertainment. These costs can all add up, but still much better value than booking direct through Haven.
All our experiences have been good ones. Our son is four now, so we have always looked for swimming pools, beaches and play areas on site. Our first at a John Fowler Park was the most basic. We had first floor apartments in Ilfracombe, which were small and quite old, but clean and good enough for putting our heads down for four nights. On this holiday we visited the neighbouring town of Woolacombe, which is more thriving with a better beach. So the next holiday we booked at the Golden Coast Holiday Park situated in Woolacombe itself. The Park is quite large so there is more chance of getting your booking. The accomodation was a static caravan. Next we tried a Haven site, Marton Mere near Blackpool. From this we noticed that the holidays are a little more organised and the caravan accomodation and entertainment a little more 'up market'! Our caravan was only a few years old and a bit smarter. The sit also boasts an outdoor wet zone and good quality activities. although some need paying for. Also, you have Tiger Rory and his crew to entertain the children which is a bonus. The problem at this site is the travel to the beach at Blackpool. We booked a Haven site again, this time at Hayle, Cornwall. Although a smaller site, the caravan was again fairly new, we also had a nice surprise, being allocated an eight birth, with an extra two foot in the width, which may not sound much, but definately makes a nice difference! Also the site is a short walk to a gorgeous beach.
So, unfortunatley I can't give you a review on all the parks, but I'm working on it! But my conclusion is, these holidays are excellent value, especially if you choose a good park. I know Caravans are not the best way to live, but for just a few nights they are more than suitable and all the ones we have stayed in have been clean and comfortable. Sometimes we have been able to go on these trips twice a year, as well as other holidays in between, now, we couldn't have done that by paying £400 for a full price caravan holiday! I would wholehartedly recommend these holidays to anyone, especially those with young children.