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I have been in and out of the West Ealing branch of Spec Savers where the service is chronic - I have seen 4 different optitians (the last being there senior optictian as I asked for a refund and was told I couldnt have one but they would get him to retest my eyes and see if they could rectify the problem) Basically I went in as I was aware that I could not see as far as I should be able to with my contact lenses - I have moved down to London recently so needed to find a new opticians, and chose specsavers west ealing as it is neat to where I live and I have never had a problem with the specsavers in Aberdeen (apparently they are a franchise so I shouldn't have relied on this!) Anyway the first apointment I had with the first Optitian who gave me one very rapid eye test which was apparently for both my contacts and my glasses at the same time (ever since I have had contacts - going on 12 years now - I have always had separate tests for these even if one straight after the other with the same optomitrists - but as I don't know why I didnt query it further) I was told by the Optitian I needed to change to a defferent type of lense as I was wearing them for quite long times and got two pairs of glasses (one of which arrived in three days the other took nearly 3 weeks!). I also at this time asked about my astigmatism and was told I didnt have one and asked about the veins in my eyes as I have had previous problems with these and was told no probs. great. Or not.... One week later I went back for a check up with optitian number two for the contacts and was told I was alergic to them and had to not wear any for a week and take some eyedrops twice daily that the optitian recomended to me - she mentioned my astigmatism and the veins at the back of my eyes which were slightly enlarged and this was why I had to have the new type lenses and couldnt go back to the old ones which I hadnt thought I had a problem with initially. One week more I went back for another checkup - this time I also brought up the fact that my new glasses were causing headaches and felt like my eyes were being strained - was informed by optitian number three that I was probably not used to the glasses and just needed to give my eyes time to adjust. My eyes were still apparently bumpy under the eyelids due to the reaction to the lenses and she asked me how often I was taking the eyedrops - when I said twice daily (what op no 2 had told me) she said well that wont do anything you have to take them at least 4 times a day I was a little irritated. anyway when I finally got my second pair of glasses - with reaction lenses - and the headaches were getting worse I was understandabley fed up - as I was unable to wear my contacts and had had to revert to wearing my old glasses as I could not wear either of the new pairs as the headaches were getting so bad - I called spec savers and asked to talk to the manager - I outlined my problem ie that I had paid nearly 300 pounds and could not wear either pair of glasses and asked for a refund to be told I couldnt have one but would have to come in for a retest with the senior optitian. Didnt seem like I had much choice so I went in and was informed 1- my prescription had gone up so much my brain couldnt cope with the change and so would need a slightly less than full strength prescription and 2 - I needed to have the glasses specially fitted so that my eyes look thru the focal point in the centre also I was given another eye test which did not match the results of the previous one funnily enough. Anyway I am now currently waiting for two new pairs to this new prescription but this time I have also asked the advice of another unaffiliated optitian and he has told me that 1-this is rubbish, as I am short sighted my eyes can take a step up in prescription to something stronger that what I require without causing problems and also as my change from previous prescription was only one step up in one eye and two in the other it wouldnt apply anyway and 2- all glasses should be fitted properly before you leave the optitians in every case so that you are looking thru the focal point so the fact that i wasnt initially is down to there incompetance and is probably what was causing the headaches.
OK before I start I would like to clarify that as I am a student on the garthdee campus and in woolmanhill halls this opinion does not relate to the kepplestone/schoolhill/ect campuses as I know nothing of them. Right, here we go! My first impression off the Garthdee campus as I got off the shuttle bus from schoolhill (a very economical and useful feature of RGU) was that it looked more like an office than a Uni with all the glass and the contemporary design (apparently it's so it can't be seen above the tree line and therefore does not spoil the view). Once inside it begins to look more university like with the students meandering everywhere, from the libary to the untidy canteen and occasionally to lectures. Not that getting in was exactly unfraught as we had to wait while a janitor checked everyones student ID's before they could enter. However inside on the right is the uni canteen, contract out to sodexho they produce all manner of over-priced inedible substances you can imagine, the only exception (in that they are edible, not cheap) being the bacon butty's served from 9:30ish til sometime before 11. I would be more exact about times but unfortunatly they never are. On the left you find the libary, which has books (not supriseingly), a good selection of journals and computers with internet access. Also in the libary they have the opac system which although often tells you a book is on the shelf when it blatently isn't is very useful for restamping books when you don't have them with you and also for ordering books which are on other campuses or currently out on loan. Straight ahead is the wee shop, also run by sodexho, the sandwhiches are vile, however they stock a healthy supply of chocolates and crisps which will keep you going through lectures if you don't have time to get to The Caledon. The Caledon aka Frydays is situated opposite grays and serves some very tasty, competively priced meals, (I recomm end the beef lasagne)it also has a pool table and giant connect four. The staff in here unlike the sodexho staff are friendly and helpful. As for the lecture theatres the standard is pretty good, they are rarely too cold/hot, and being well ventilated, "freshers Flu" is not as prevalent as at other uni's. On the whole the lecturers are pretty helpful, being very approachable, even if a few can be somewhat sarcastic. However the opinion of the lecturers would appear that you should only aim for a pass mark (a 3 on a 1-6 scale with 6 as the highest) which I felt somewhat pessamistic. Overall, I feel, RGU is definatly a university I would reccommend sixth years to consider when making there choices
For those who have not read any of Orson Scott Cards works I would recommend this as the starting point and after this enders shadow, as although written some time appart these companion novels are definatly some of his best work. From start to finish I was unable to put these books down (my boss was not happy when I was late for work due to being so immersed in the book). Ender is the youngest of three incredibly intelligent children and also the brightest. He is chosen by milatary intellagence as having that something special needed to be sent to a specialist tactical space school where mankind is training children to defend the planet against a percieved threat. However, don't expect the plot to be so simple! Without spoiling the book for you I will say that it has a few unexpected twists and relavations which keep the reader gripped and in my case I will admit this book made me cry(not something common!). The companion novel, enders shadow, complements this one as although you have already heard the story this retells it from the point of veiw of another child at the tactical school named Bean and through his insights you learn much that was kept from the origional character Ender, giving the world created by the author more depth and realism. Overall all i can really say is I would thoroughly recommend this book, and its companion novel, to any sci-fi or fantasy reader as it is in my opinion an excellent read
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Amadeus more afectionatley termed amadesperate by the local student population was a godsend for aberdeen meaning the other existing clubs had to smarten up to compete and since its appearance other night club companys have decided aberdeen is finally worth investing in. I have to admit i am a mondays and thursdays amadingdong addict and yes i was there when the uncovered cameras were! Amadeus manages to combine cheesy student pop on mondays and retro classics on thursdays with (according to my friends who like house and dance, coz i dont really) with pretty thumping house nights. The cloakroom generally costs between 50p and a £1 per item depending on the night so take a large bag and put all your coats in the one! The drinks can be on the expensive side although genrally there are special offers on certain pints and spirits, so if you don't mind the limited choice then it is possible to have a cheap night out in here. They also have mr. freeze ice pops and on a monday, free busses, though they can be a bit of a free for all on the way home! Yes its tacky, with its raise/lowering dancefloor stagey bit and all the flashy lights but too be honest its a good fun cheap cheerful night out (espec on cheesey mondays) and the crowd you get tend to be friendly and up for fun. ok so it is possible that if you cant pull at amadeus on a friday you wont ever pull anywhere but for a cattle market it still has class. Nb if you are a student, have a drink at the student union first and pick up some flyers to get yourself free entry.
although situated with the best 'student' pubs on the 'square' (slains, the boar,Ma's, the hogshead, the vodka bar, ect) booths tends to be for the quieter more serious drinker. The jukebox has more rock classics than cheesy chart tunes (one of the few pubs with blue oyster cult!) so if looking for somewhere not so full of students try here but if you are female i would warn you that it is more than likely that some old slime will try to hit on you with some very cheesy lines. however if in a large group of students i would recomend you skip this one and go straight on to the next pub as the atmosphere there will more than likely be friendlier and livelyer