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      10.11.2009 21:34
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      family fun

      Oakwood is West Wales's premier theme park. It boasts the worlds largest wooden rollercoaster Megaphobia - although I must say it is significantly smaller than many of its steel counterparts. Having said that Meagphobia is a fantastic white knuckle ride. Although it is not an old rollercoaster it does have that old feel, perhaps it is made all the better that your not bolted into the seat like you are with many newer style rollercoasters.

      oakwoods perhaps most unique ride is vertigo. You and a couple of friends are dragged up by a bungee rope beneath a giant steel arch, before pulling a cord to let yourself drop and swinging at a great height above the theme park. However this ride does cost an extra £30, although this cost can be split between up to 3 friends on the ride.

      Other rides include bounce (as seen at many theme parks), a pirate ship (likewise) various wter rides and a childrens areas.

      The cost to enter the park is in the regoin of £15 per person, alhtough a family ticket can be bought which works out more economical. There is ample car parking and road links are very good.

      The park is great for a family, although for real white knuckle ride seekers may be dissappointed. Its relatively small size means it does not attract massive crowds, so queues are rarly a problem, but avoid just before the school holidays when schools go on trips there.

      Overall i would give oakwood a dooyoo rating of 3 out of 5.

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    • Nestle Kit Kat Chunky / Chocolate / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      10.11.2009 19:55
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      A great bar but does not top th eYorkie for me

      I guess i should start this review by saying that i was never a big fan of the old Kit Kats. Don't get me wrong they were nice (they are chocolate after all), they just didn't feel like i was biting into anything.

      Well now the humble Kit Kat has got big, so big in fact you won't get four fingers in a chunky - just the one. But what a finger it is.

      The format is the same as the normal bar - a wafer interior with plain simple chocolate on the outside (unless you buy the slightly newer ppeanut or caramel flavours - but thats another review). The enlarged wafter is crispy and the chocolate covering is generous to satisfy even the most hard core chocco addicts out there. The flavour of this bar may be the same as the original - but the texture has changed no end - you have to bite chunks off this as opposed to feeling like your eating fresh air.

      The simplicity of this bar is the foundations of its success. The size of it will appeal to chocolate addicts such as myself who need to feel like their biting into something, and those who don't will stick to the original bar for the same flavour.

      I would recommend this bar to Kit kat lovers out there, although it does not top the ultimate chunky bar, the Yorkie.

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      10.11.2009 19:35
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      A must visit venue when on Gower

      I have lived close to Rhossili bay for most of my life and i have to say its one of my favorite beaches.

      Located at the western most point of the Gower peninsula in South Wales this bay stretches from the north of the peninsula all the way to the south. The Village of Llangenith is at the north of the bay and the beach at that end takes its name.

      Rhossili is the village on the south of gower and again lends its name to that end of the beach. The beach is 4 miles long, and is bracketed by the island of Burry Holmes on the north side, to the world famous spit of Worms Head to the south. Both are accessable by foot at low tide, across causeways exposed, although you will have to be sure to cross back before the tide comes in. If someone is stranded on Worms Head then air rescue is summoned, with the bill often being passed to the person being rescued - and no doubt that doesn't often come cheap!!

      The beach is a sand one and is popular with locals and tourists alike. the entrances next to the car park can get busy in the summer, although a short walk will find you ample space. Car parking is available at both ends of the beach for a small fee, although be prepared to take a short 5 minute walk to get from the car park to the beach. Although there are public buses servicing both villages these are irregular and I would not recomend getting one. There is a camp site at Llnagenith, but they get very busy on bank holiday weekends and during the summer.

      There are no on beach facilities - an inconvience or blessing? In my view it would detract from the natural beautyof the area. There are toilet facilities and a cafe at the beach car parks in both north and south of the beach, although with the walk back you may wish to take what you want with you to the beach.

      To the north of the beach there are endless sand dunes to explore and for children to play in, and to the south a hill towers above you. Although very steep this can be walked up for the fitter amoungst us, and is worth it for the views from the peak.

      Llangenith beach is the top surfing and watersports spot in wales. The waves here are the most regular around the Gower. However there are no lifeguard patrolling the beach so this isn't the spot to leave you children unattended. Local fisherman also frequent the beach and i often see them reeling in their catch of the day. The large beach is inviting for kite surfers and other on land activities also.

      Whether your looking to relax and sunbathe, for watersports, a gentle stroll or for scenery this bay has something to offer everyone of all ages. If your in the area this is the place to go.

      I can't give this bay anything less than a dooyoo rating of 5 stars.

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        09.11.2009 22:06
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        Don't be afraid to ventrue further onto gower and go elsewhere

        As a local to Caswell and its nearby competing beaches i feel i am well placed to rate this beach.

        Caswell is a picturesque beach on the south side of the Gower peninsula in south wales. It is about a half hours drive from Swansea City centre, and can also be easily reached by a regular bus service for a reasonable price. There is a pay and display car park right on the beach. Although for the majority of the year there is ample space in this car park, during the peak season this can become very full - particularly on sunny days. there is no free parking avilable.

        The bay is enclosed by cliffs on each side, which contain a few hidden caves for the adventurous to find. The beach has a small stream running down the middle of it, but is so shallow it is easily crossed in shoes without getting your feet wet. There are few stones, only perfect sand right across it. When the tide is in most of the beach is cut off pushing all visitors into a small space, so things can get crowded.

        The beach has toilet facilities and a few beach shops, selling the usual buckets and spades type merchandise, as well as chips, drinks etc. The beach is patrolled during the summer months by lifeguards.

        Compared to some of its nearby rivals is very small - it is after all a bay, not a beach, but for those who like a wlak can take the cliff top path past langland bay to the mumbles, which has some stunning views.

        Although it is not the best beach on Gower for surfing, Caswell is frequently used by local surfers, due to its proximity to Swansea and the proximity of the car park to the beach. When there is a good swell the waves are good enough for most surfers, although those wanting a bigger challenge would be better off visiting Llangenith on North Gower.

        Caswells bggest probelm is its popularity. It is the beach of choice for tourists during the summer, meaning locals tend to go to less well known and often more picturesque beaches during these times. Caswells small size means it can get very crowded on sunny days.

        I recomend Caswell to any vistors to the Gower, although don't be afraid to try some other less well known beaches also - they may not have the same facilities but make up for it by being quiet.

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      • Nestlé Yorkie Bar / Chocolate / 15 Readings / 13 Ratings
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        09.11.2009 21:37
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        Buy them while their on the cheap!!

        Yorkies, their not for girls. Or rather they tend not to choose to eat them. Frankly i'm baffled to why this is as they are fantastic.

        Yorkies are currently on sale for a trial price of 35 pence from some retailers, which makes now the perfect time to try one. They normally retail at the usual chocolate bar price of about 55 pence for a 68 gram bar.

        A yorkie is a no frills plain milk chocolate bar, with 5 large chunks, made by nestle. Each chunk is much larger than dairy milk type equivalent, really meaning you have to take 'man size' bites and consume large amounts of the chocolate in each bite.

        The Yorkie brand also has a bar which contains nuts, although for me the point of the bar is its simplicity. This is what makes it a mans bar - there is no need for uneccesary extras.

        A plain yorkie contains 372 calories, or 19% of your daily calorie intake, - but lest be honest - who cares?? We are men here, worrying about our daily calorie intake is like shopping for the fun of it - it baffles us.

        I would recomend yorkie to any unpretentious male, although i can see why women do prefer to enjoy a lighter chocolate.

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        29.10.2009 22:15
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        Effective cleaner but not on it own there

        Dyson have become famous for their bagless vacuum cleaners. They still have a reputation for being the best cleaners because of their bagless - no loss of suction claim, although in reality most vacuum cleaners on the market currently use the same technology.

        The Dyson DC07 vacuum cleaner is a stylish hoover which has as good suction power of the hoovers i have used. It can be used conventionally, or it has a pull out section with an array of attachments, which can be used for getting into those hard to reach places and for cleaning stairs and getting those cobwebs off the ceiling.

        Although the cleaner is bagless, there are still parts of the hoover that can get clogged up. The filter is easily removed and can be cleaned or replaced. Equally, over time the 'cyclone' cylinder can get so dirty that it reduces suction. The cylinder can be easily removed, opened and cleaned to restore the hoover to its maximum power.

        There are numerous sections of pipeing that can be removed so you can retrieve that toy soldier that has been suck up the hoover. This is more useful (unless you have a lot of toy soldiers in your house) for removing generally heavy objects which get sucked up the hoover, but which are to heavy to get sucked into the cyclone cylinder.

        The cleaner is easily emptied and can be done cleanly - the amount of dust which escapes is minimal.

        The cleaner is effective on all of the floor surface's I have in my house.

        the cleaner is competitively priced although it is not as unique as Dyson would have you believe. However it is very effective at cleaning the floor and i would recomed this product to you.

        I give this cleaner a dooyoo rating of 4 stars.

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        29.10.2009 21:02
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        On your trip to iceland avoid this city if you can

        I hollidayed in iceland a few years ago, and stayed in Reykjavik for 3 nights. I had planned to stay there longer.

        I was very dissapointed in Reykjavic. I had been led to belive that the city was a fun loving alcohol iduced non stop party. At least the alcohol was right. The problem was that it wsn't anyone fun loving drinking it. There is such a problem with alcholoism in Iceland that you can only buy it in bars or government run shops. Prices have been escalated to a point where it is barely affordable. To give you an idea the cost of a 70 cl bottle of vodka costed more than a tank of petrol in the UK.

        This government policy only seems to have stopped the average person from drinking - yes the bars were full but the was not the party atmosphere i was told about, but there were plenty of unsavory drunks and drunk homeless people (how can they afford it!!) in the streets.

        Reykjavik does not have any beautiful architecture or any natural beauty spot within the main city. However within driving distance there are beautiful areas such as the Blue Lagoon on the Geezer - both of which are amazing. It also runs whale watching trips from the city harbour where Mink wahles and occasionally sperm whales can be spotted. these highlights can be done without having to saty in the city though.

        I would recomend anyone travelling to Iceland not to waste any time in Reykjavik and to get out to see the natural beauty of the rest of the country (and the rest fo the country is well worth the visit - truely amazing).

        Reykjavik is a blight on Icelands otherwise beautiful natural landscape, which is why it gets a rating of just 2 stars from me.

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      • Ikea Kitchen Systems / Furniture / 16 Readings / 15 Ratings
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        29.10.2009 20:41
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        Good value high quality

        I recently bought my Ikea kitchen and have been delighted with the whole process.

        You can design your kitchen by downloading the ikea home planner tool from their website. This is very easy to use and allows you to design you dream kitchen by putting each cabinet into a digital room of the size of the kithchen. This can be viewed in 2d plan or 3d, and really gives an accurate idea of what your new kitchen will look like.

        The tool also tots up the total cost of the kitchen, so it is easy to stay within budget. The overall cost of the kitchen was less than i had been quoted in rival shops, so value is very good. You can choose from a wide variety ofdifferent door style for your cabinets which give enough options to suit all tastes and budgets. Matching side panels for the cabinets can also be bought.

        After ordering my kitchen on line I was given a provisional delivery date. However when the date was confirmed it had been put back a week. After speaking to someone in ikea it appears that deliveries can only be made on one day of the week (thursday from the Cardiff store) as they share their delivery vans with other companies. For people who have commitments on a particular day of the week i could see this being a problem.

        The kithcen was delivered on the day they said without any problems. I was telephoned an hour before it arrived to make sure I could get home.

        The cabinets are of solid construction and I am very impressed with their build quality. All doors and drawers can be fitted with a 'soft close' mechanism, which slows the rate the door is closing and finnishes closing slowly, which stops bangs on closing.

        I have been very impressed with my Ikea kitchen, and it is only because of the potentail problems with delivery that stops it from getting a dooyoo rating of 5 stars.

        However given the potentail delivery problems I give this a dooyoo rating of 4 stars.

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      • Finish Quantum / Household Product / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        27.10.2009 23:31
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        save your money and buy a cheaper product

        I first bought these Finish Quantum Powerball dishwasher tablets about a month ago and am coming to the end of my first packet.

        The tablets have a 3 action wash, comprising of a high efficency detergent, enzymes which break down tough stains, and the trademark finish powerball which puts a finishing shine on the dishes.

        The tablets are designed to help prevent glass corrosion, which is what makes glass go cloudy with age, although In truth it is impossible to test the effectiveness of this.

        Each tablet is wrapped in a clear dissolveable plastic, which prevents powder from getting on your fingers when handling. The tablets fit nicely into the powder trap in my machine, and if they are to big to fit in the trap of another machine they can be left on the floor of the machine for just an effective clean.

        The tablets come recommended by numerous dishwasher manufacturers including Zanussi, Electrolux and Bosch.

        The price of the tablets is high at £11.50 for a pack of 38 from tescos. This is much higher than my regular brand. Although the tablets have performed well and done their task I have not been able to tell the difference between these and my usual cheaper brand.

        Although the tablets work effectively I can't see that they are worth the additional price which is why I give these tablets a dooyoo rating of just 2 stars.

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      • Grand Prix Spectating / Discussion / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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        27.10.2009 22:22
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        Amazing time to be had by all

        I attended my first grand prix this summer at the Spa track in Belguim. I wasn't sure what to expect, and thought i'd share my experiences here so other novices know how to get the most out of the Grand Prix weekend.

        The first thing to mention is that if you are travelling from far and need accomodation then you need to book early. Most circuits have many camp sites near by but when I was checking in there were some people who had just turned up who were turned away. They were told that the site had been fully booked for 5 months. Local hotels were all fully booked also. Some entreprenurial local residents were renting out rooms in their houses but if you take this option then expect to pay inflated prices with no guarantee of the standard of accomodation.

        Most camp sites are within walking distance of circuits, and if any site advertises themselves as race weekend accomodation then they will run buses to the track if the walking distance is too great.

        If you have a 3 day ticket to make sure you go on the Thursday before the weekend. On the thursday the pit lane is open for a few hours, and there is free access to everyone with a 3 day ticket. This wasn't very well advertised and so we nearly missed it. During the time drivers sign autographs and you can watch the pit crews working on the cars from a close distance. Some teams were practicing pit stops.

        If you have a general ticket with no stadium seats booked then on the days where there is track action it will be worth getting to the track early to find a good spot to watch the action. These areas fill up early in the day (as early as 8am) due to the high demand to be at a good spot on the track and close to a giant screen where the action from other parts of the track can be watched.

        It is not worth positioning yourself in an area where there is no giant screen as it is difficult to follow the positioning of the cars without the on screen graphics (which is the same as shown on the BBC) on the giant screen.

        If you have reserved a stadium seat then you will be able to come and go from your seat as you please, although prices increase significantly to buy a seat. It is worth it to have the freedom of coming and going. There are plenty of other things to see and do on the race site and being tied to your spot restricts your chances to do these things.

        There is the F1 village, in which there are various stalls where merchandise can be bought, every thing from t shirts to binoculars. I was initially sceptical about the mercahndise, expecting sky high prices, but ws pleasantly suprised to find that some t shirts started at just 12 euros. Having said that these bargains needed to be hunted for, and many other products were very pricey.

        Food and drink can be purcahsed from numerous food stalls. Prices were not excessive, although the choices on offer didn't extend far beyond sausage and chips, burger and chips and.... well you get the picture. If a more substantail meal was wanted then a trip to a nearby town is needed in advance.

        Another piece of good advice is look at the historical weather for the circuit you are visiting. If rain is likely (as it is in belguim) then take appropriate clothing and a brolly.

        The last thing to say is just enjoy the sound of a formula one engine as it roars past you - there really is no way of explaining just how amazing the sound is!! (Earplugs will be suppplied with your ticket - but they're for wimps!!)

        the whole experience is a truly amazing one and I'd recomend going to a race weekend to anyone, even if they are not a big grand prix fan before the weekend they will be by the end (this happend to my girlfriend!!)

        Enjoy!!

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        • Samsung SGH-J700 / Mobile Phone / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          26.10.2009 20:43
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          I bought this phone over 6 months ago and have not had any problems with it. Costing under £55 it is very reasonably priced, with many features available.

          The phone is sleek and stylish, with a slide design. Although it is small the slide allows the buttons to be big enough for easy use, and the screen is big enough to see detail easily.

          the phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera. Compared with other phones on the market this is not many. The quality of pictures taken with the camera is not great. Also the video recorder on the phone is of poor quality.

          The phone has abuilt in MP3 player, and comes supplied with easy to use software to help you install your favourite tracks onto your phone. these can then be set up as ringtones. I was supprised at the quality of sound of the phone, even without headphones the MP3 sound quality is reasonable, and with headphones it is very good.

          Memory capacity on the phone to store tracks is very small - I could only fit 2 songs on before I ran out of space. There is a port for installation of an SD card, which will allow many more songs to be stored dependant on the size of card you put in.

          The phone also has a built in FM radio, although this only works with headphones. The sound quality of this is also very good.

          The phone is very good and reliable and well worth the price.

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        • LG 32LG3000 / LCD TV / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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          26.10.2009 20:13
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          I bought this TV about 9 months ago and have not had any problems with it. Initially I was worried that 32 inches was too small, but once I had put it in place in the living room it was obvious that it was of ample size. Installation was straightforward, with the quick set up guide in the instruction manual helping enormously.

          LG have maintained their elegant styling on this TV, the product is pleasing on the eye even when not in use. The TV has guides to keep unsightly wires tidy and hidden, adding to the appeal overall good looks. The TV also has a curved LED light which changes from red when off to blue when on.

          Although not supplied with the TV, a bracket is available to fit it to the wall. A word of caution though, if your walls are made of plasterboard don't take this option. I looked into this but was told that the walls would not be strong enough to support the weight of the TV.

          This is my first HD TV, and I have to say that the difference in quality is very noticeable, although in order to benefit from this you will need a HD feed through Sky or Virgin. HD needs to be viewed through the correct channel on the TV, this is simple to find through the on screen menu.

          I would recommend this TV to anyone who is looking to buy a reasonable sized TV for their living room.

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            26.10.2009 19:42
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            Good for individual rooms

            I bought my B&Q compact dehumidifier over 12 months ago. I had problems with damp in a room in which I dried clothes after washing them - which was causing some mold to grow on the ceiling.

            I was suprised to see how much water the dehumidifier takes out of the air. Although I thought the 10 litre bucket would only need to be emptied every few days, I have found myself needing to empty it daily. Thankfully the cut off switch has never failed and always switches the dehumidifier off before the bucket overflows.

            There is no doubt that the dehumidifier has rectified the problems with damp in the room in which it is used.

            The bucket is easily removed to be emptied, and the dehumidifier switches itself back on when the bucket is returned into its spot. You have to make sure that the bucket is put in perfectly square though, otherwise it will not register that it has been returned and it will not switch itself back on. Once you have the 'knack' this is not a problem, but none the less it is an unwanted frustration.

            The dehumidifier runs relatively quietly compared to other dehumidifiers I have heard. It has a sturdy handle on top which is hand for transportation. It is modern looking and is easy to clean.

            The product is at the cheaper end of the market at £79.98. It is advertised as being suitable for a 3 bedroomed house, although because of my experience of needing to empty the bucket regularly I would recomend anyone who wants to lower the humidity in the whole house to spend a little more and get a bigger bucket.

            Having said that if your humidity problems are confined to one area of the house then this product is an ideal way to rectify the problem at a reasonable cost.

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