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      10.06.2012 13:23
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      Nice and worth the money.

      Carolina Herrera in my view has made some gorgeous fragrances, 212 Sexy being no different. What i love about Carolina Herrera is her fragrances are never tested on animals. 212 Sexy is an absolutely gorgeous perfume and works well as a gift or for yourself. It is a strong perfume, that comes in a sexy brownish glass bottle with 212 Sexy labelled on. Unfortunatly i dont believe it lasts very long, usually about 3-5 hours later you cant smell it, which is a shame. I know some people who have said they found it had good staying power, but like i say i am not convinced at this statement. The fragrance is sweet and spicy in the same time, musky with a citrus scent. If you are not into strong perfumes this maybe isnt the one for you, but if you are you really will get something that is unique and doesnt smell like anything else on the market. The perfume certainly smells sexy, and will leave you feeling good about yourself, especially on a night out. I think the perfume is well suited for ladys from 18-30 on evenings out. I dont think it is one for the office and meeting clients etc, but i think the design of the bottle,box and title isnt really giving that impression anyway. The fragrance can make you full of confidence, making your night out fun and sensual. 212 sexy can be picked up in a range of different sizes 30ml, 60ml and 100ml, but many little tester bottles can be bought on places like Ebay. 30ml bottle will set you back anything around £20 upwards with 100ml going for around £40. 50ml bottle was £32 last time i checked in Debenhams. It isnt the most expensive of perfumes your probably thinking, which given how overly priced many are on the market now is a fair opinion, but it doesnt lack in anything so dont let that put you off. Its lower priced simply because it has been out since 2005, with so many pumped into the market nowadays its these old favourites whos prices get slashed. You can pick this perfume up in a gift set, usually a 30ml bottle with a body lotion for around £25 from Boots. It comes in a tin gift box labelled with 212 Sexy on and a nice inside, with a big bottle of body lotion. The lotion i find is quite greasy, and doesnt soak in very well and has what looks like shimmer powder in. Like mentioned it is more a night out fragrance which is probably why the lotion has these components. I find the lotion and perfume together is far too strong, but the lotion acts as a back up if i run out of the perfume as it holds its smell the same as the fragrance. The only downside of this perfume is i dont think its lasts long, but it is quite cheap so it doesnt work out that much of a problem, however i think you need a 50ml bottle+ for you to feel like you get value for money. Maybe the fact it is too strong could be seen as a downside but as long as you are careful with how much you use and dont like to over do it you should be fine. Just a final word here and that is there is a 212 sexy men, which in no way i believe compliments the womens fragrance, such as with the CKin2u perfumes for men and women. The male one spells a lot different to the womens, and personally i dont like it on my man so if you are thinking of buying one each i wouldnt advise you to do that! All in all 212 sexy highly rated!

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      09.06.2012 19:11
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      Great budget hotel

      Travelodge hotels certainly dont market themselves on luxury, which is just as well. They market themselves on budget, affordable stays which in my opinion they do very well.  I have stayed in more travelodges than I care to remember, and they are not all the same in service, cleanliness, and ammentities offered but they do all follow the same basic design.  When you arrive at your travelodge you will be greeted with hopefully a car park. Not all travelodges have a car park though, but there is always one somewhere down the road usually. A travelodge car park can either be free or upto £10 a night, so it's really worth making sure you have some change for the machine. I would advise you to leave the bags in the car if you have travelled by car and get checked in first. Some travelodges receptions are up a floor or two such as Preston and Lancaster so it saves dragging your bags around. Once at the desk you will give your name, first line of your address and your postcode. There is some travelodges,  especially ones in London, which have self-check in, but these are both timely and confusing, but may be worth it if your stuck in a big que. Check in is 2 or 3pm but 3pm is the standard. Travelodge will not let you in before this unless you have bought early check in which I think is 12, and this costs £10. This is not offered by all,but the main ones do. You will then be given a key card or key in really old fashioned ones (Wallsall for instance) or two depending on your party size, and make your way up to your room. There is always a lift available for disabled people. You will be greeted with a clean, simple room. Inside will be a double bed in a double room or a sofa bed style thing aswell in a family room, tea/coffee making facilities, a clean and basic toilet and shower or shower over bath facilities and a usually flat screen TV with freeview. Travelodge is a base hotel I say, nothing else. If you want a hotel where you can have a sit down in reception, pop for a drink in their bar and make the hotel the centre point of your stay this really isn't it. Travelodges vary whether they have a cafe but they will mostly always  have a bar which will at least provide a pizza and drinks. There is vending machines which contrain snacks and overnight essentials.  Food&Drink Travelodge has on its menus things such as burgers,pizza, lasagne, curry and sharing platas amongst things for children. As I never travel with children I can't really comment on this,  though i know chicken nuggets and ice cream are available! In the morning if you choose to have breakfast you will have a buffet style selection , full English and a continental selection. In smaller travelodges they only offer a fruit bag and a croissant in the mornings, but it will say when booking. Alcohol is expensive in the travelodge,but I find food reasonably priced. The breakfast at 7.99 PP isn't worth it, especially if you are In a city centre and can go to a local cafe in the morning or something. One final note about food and drink is its perfectly acceptable to go outside for food and bring it back to your room, whether it be KFC,Subway,Mcds it is all allowed so you don't have to feel like if you want to stay in you have to pay their prices.  Travelodge Experience Every travelodge is different in the experience you will find. If you want a guaranteed nights sleep,  no matter what the adverts may suggest,  don't come to a Travelodge - especially at a weekend. Many people use travelodge as a cheap base for a night out,  so at 2-4am the noise is incredible. Banging on doors, hearing sex and foul language has all been experienced. However, this is 8/10 at a weekend and to be expected with it being a budget hotel. No management will ever do anything about it so please don't waste your time asking them.  Booking process  Well I find the booking process incredibly easy, the easiest booking of hotels I've ever found anywhere. You type your destination hotel in and it will tell you the price for that night, and the next 5 nearest so you can compare if it's cheaper just being a bit out of where you originally thought. Price of a travelodge can range from £15 in a sale  (if you sign up their email newsletter you will know when they start) to a good £100 a night. The £100 is usually if an event is going on,  say final at Wembley and you are booking Travelodge Wembley or at New Year and Christmas. It is very rare so don't let that put you off. The average room price I would say is £35 that is per room per night not per person. The earlier you book the better, as its cheaper, and i get most of my stays for £19-30. You have the option of fully flexible which is usually more, or fixed. I always go with fixed as its usually that lower of a price if you cant make it you havent lost much. One other note is that if you cant make it you can list your stay on Ebay, as this is fine and you will usually get at least a 1/3rd of what you'd pay. Anyway, a few clicks later and you will find an email confirmation sent to your email address. You do not need to print this off, it's just for confirmation.  Service You will usually get good customer service and they will give you the attention you need. Some travelodges can have the odd rude member of staff but tell me somewhere that doesn't have the odd member that is like that. You will have a nice clean service, but at check in the cleaners can usually be seen still running around. They seem over worked and many are eEastern Europeans. wifi is available in most travelodges, the bar area offers free wifi.  Best travelodges in my opinion: *Carlisle - for stays travelling around S.Scotland and the borders and also easy access to the Lake District. Very easy to get too and very good public transport links.  *Ealing - brand new travelodge in London,  a short walk away from the tube station and is usually one of the cheapest in London but one of the nicest and quietest areas I believe. *Blackpool North and South Shore - very well looked after travelodges, considering how busy they are they are all very clean and quality staff. Rooms are nice and if you are lucky some lovely views. South shore is right next to Blackpool FC so handy for that and a short walk until you are next to the tower! *Newcastle City- a noisy travelodge at the weekend as you would expect, but it's possibly the best located travelodge I've ever stayed in. Right on the quayside,you have some lovely walking areas, and anybody who knows Newcastle will know that Quayside is just a short walk from the city centre and on the Quayside is some great eating areas and social areas.  Check in: 2 or 3 Check out: 11 or 12 Average prices: £30-£40 Location: Everywhere! Summary Great budget hotels, Good for business and great for a night out. If you are with a family looking to spend a lot of time here at the weekend maybe not the best, other than that well worth a visit

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        09.06.2012 15:37
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        Must try!

        Im sure by now everybody knows how convenient Subway has become, from just out doing your shopping, popping in for a quick bite of lunch, or on your way home from a night out, popping in to line your stomach with something - we all know Subway is a food outlet that will provide us with what we are after. Subway stores are everywhere, with them scattered around the UK, Europe and America and further. They have proved very popular, and their fast, eat in/take out for a low price approach has got us all tempted. They do a variety of bread, which is your first step in picking what you want. There is an option to choose your size, which you have the option of a footlong or a 6 inch sub. The next step after your size is to pick your bread (personally i think Itallian works best with every sandwich), were you can then put your favourite sandwich together. You can add extras for 50p, which is always a nice thing to do. You then get to pick what salad you would like, and whether you would like cheese and/or toasted, and get to add some sauce if you wish. You will then usually be prompted if you would like "any cookies or drinks", which can make it a meal deal. Your sandwhich is made right there in front of you, nice and fresh, with bread just coming out of the oven. The Italian BMT sandwich is my favourite, and hasnt been around to long. The sandwich contains salami, pepperoni and ham, with cheese if you wish. You can choose any bread and any salad you like. Salad to choose from includes lettuce, tomato, cucumber, jalapenos, peppers, olives and lots more. Sauces to choose from are once again down to personal preference, but some include BBQ, Mayo and Ketchup. The Italian BMT is lovely and personally i think is the most gorgerous out of the choices available to you for the price. A 6" one of these made in to a meal deal is great and easily fills you up, and doesnt lay heavy on your stomach. This sub is just short of 550 calories, which isnt great if your dieting but you could choose a healthier bread and cut back on the unhealthy sauce. Subway likes to give the impression of being somewhere healthy to eat, especially with their latest advert of atheletes eating there, but you have to be so careful. Usually the ones you think dont have many calories in are usually the ones that contribute to you carrying extra pounds at your next weigh in! The price of the Italian 6" inch will get you change from £3, and a footlong adds £2 on to that. All in all its a very tasty sub, and i am thinking now of going to buy one as ive tempted myself writing this!

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        09.06.2012 14:57
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        Nice IPad, just a long way to go before being the best

        When the Ipad 2 was released, i have to be honest and thought it would be a bit of a 'damp squid'. I had owned the original Ipad, and although i was impressed at first with its much bigger screen for surfing the web and playing games - i struggled to see from the media what all the fuss was about. When the Ipad 2 was released i thought to myself that i would not allow myself to be tempted - after all its new features didnt strike me as something worth paying the almighty price tag for. Then, at Christmas, i recieved the Ipad 2 as a gift, and before i knew it i was one of the people out everywhere with it. I have owned numerous Apple products in my time, because i actually do think they are the global leader in the next generation of technology. There is something about their products which draw you in, and your looking around your house for things to sell to get yourself the latest gadget. I have had Ipods, Ipod Touch, Iphones, Macs and now the Ipad.I found myself needing a tool bigger that an Iphone screen to do my communications/surfing the internet on...so my Ipad relationship began... I had heard how theyre was a choice of the Ipad, with some containing the ability for 3G and others that were WiFi only enabled, but my gift was for a combined one. The iPad has a massive space of 32GB, which i cant imagen how much things you would have to have to use all that. Mine currently has about 20GB used, which compared to my 16GB Iphone which i thought i had everything possible on at the full consumption - suprised me. I think it has to be said though that if you are still going to be using the Ipod/Touch etc for music then the 32gb space really is going to be going to waste. The Ipad 2 comes in a variety of storage options, including 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. When first purchased the snazzy box made it very good looking as a gift. Apple has always had a way with design, and it doesnt stop with its products. Inside was instructions, charging plugs and connection leads. The Ipad is covered in a plastic protection screen and back protector, which is handy while you get used to the new gadget in your hand (safety against any accidents is always good!). My friend had told me that hers didnt come with any protection however, i recieved mine first hand from the Apple Store where as hers was from another retailer which dealt with imports - so not sure if protection is guaranteed with every model, i.e ones from American or Asia. You do not recieve any casing though, but a variety of designs are available online and in Apple Stores. Personally, i find Ebay to be cheapest, but Argos has always had the most durable ones, usually for around £20. If you are interested in any screen protectors you can buy packs of 5 on Amazon (sure on Ebay too) for just a couple of £'s. I would highly recommend this as with such an expensive gadget you dont want it ruined in a few weeks for the sake of saving yourself an extra few pounds. When you first take the Ipad 2 out of the box you are greeted with how slim it is, its shiny and feels quite flimsy in your hand. The iPad 2 i find is very similar to the first iPad but lighter, faster, and thinner. It is about 9.5 inches high by 7.5 inches wide. I believe two backs are available, however mines a stylish silvery black, which is very dureable and doesnt scratch, and the other colour is white. The first thing to do is read the instructions, which will tell you to connect it up to the computer. The process is incredibly easy and within 15 minutes or so you should be ready to go if your not adding anything significant on it. If you want to add all your songs/videos/apps on from another devide then please give yourself 1hr-2hrs. You may be prompted to do a few updates within Itunes and/or a new OS which is good, as it means you are getting the latest of firmware. New firmware is always getting released over Apples products, and my advice would be to complete them as soon as you can, to get rid of the bugs that first may appear. You will also have the opportunity to set up a feature called ICloud, which saves all your things as a back up in 'the cloud'. I am yet to fully understand this feature to be truthful, i find myself deleting a song and then all of a sudden in a week or so i see it has reappeared! I myself do not like the feature, as i dont like the idea of my things being saved somewhere that i dont know of - but im sure if you are more technical and understand the ICloud you may feel more at ease. However, if your not and you are unsure of setting it up on the Ipad, you dont lose anything from not having it. The Ipad 2 really is a nice piece of kit, and although the Ipad 3 has been released a few months now, i am in no hurry to upgrade. The Ipad 3 has one noticable difference aparently and this is its resolution, making it much more enjoyable to watch movies etc. I think the Ipad 2 is cystal clear enough but if you like to watch things in the highest of definations possible then maybe the 3 would be worth the huge price increase. In mt opinion the Ipad 2 has everything you probably needed from the Ipad in the first place; It is incredibly easy to set up, and you find yourself on the web or tweeting away in no time. It is also very easy to get to grips with, no nasty confusing options but enough settings to keep you entertained making your Ipad unique. The apps all load fast, the Safari browser is fast and able to save bookmarks etc with a google option just at the top of your web page, the address book is easy to navigate too and its easy to send and recieve emails. It is also fast, as the advert suggests, for sharing photos and general media with other friends and family, which makes this Ipad something special. The Ipad 2 has the feature of Facetime where you can connect with other people and see each other face to face and talk like that, which is a nice feature if you know somebody with a similar device. The Ipad does have one handy function that i think is the best on it - and that is that there is a button to stop screen rotation! Anybody with a product that does this will understand how annoying it can be. I find the camera not the best, and a bit of a let down. But still like i mentioned earlier if you have other products such as the Iphone and its 5mp+ capabilities then its easy to take photos with that and to then share on to your Ipod. The camera has no special features, including no flash and i believe its very low megapixels - just short of 1mp. The front facing camera is even less than that. It does however have capabilities of HD images in 720p, but the video quality does lag behind.The newer Ipad has a 5mp camera on it though, so if you are interested in photos on the Ipad maybe this isnt the Ipad for you. The audio is good, though i find if playing things out at the highest of settings you can see maybe something that needs tweeked for its newest of models. The Ipad 2 contains so much versatility and things to explore that you should never get bored. From music and video, book reading, website surfing, communicating through Facebook or Twitter, altering the settings, using calenders for planning events, calculator for a quick pricing up of your shopping or a stop watch to time how long your trip took! There really is much to do. Bad points about the Ipad 2 would be its battery life. It doesnt have the longest of battery life in it, which can be highly annoying if you are out when it decides to power down. I have found around 10 hours with careful management of surfing on WiFi. However, with careful setting altering you should have your display knocked down a bit, and no background apps running which should give you a lot of extra life. I have heard that WiFi is a let down with the Ipad 2, but never with me. I dont know if i am lucky or the problem is overrated, but i can only speak for myself. I do find the 3G though likes to mess around, often putting me on just the basic of settings for internet, but i think this is maybe more a network problem rather than an Ipad support issue. Another bad point about it is the screen can easily become accident prone, a little rain on the screen can leave pixaliting problems or keys in a handbag can also have devasting consequences. Scratch resistant it is not - no matter what Apple claim. I find the back a lot more dureable than the screen. If you are careful with your products you should be fine, though if you are always dropping things or dont really take much care, please reconsider your desire for the Ipad 2 - which brings me on to my next bad point. Because of so many problems that can happen with just a bit of uncare, the cost of items you need will always be going up. Cases become worn, and are not cheap, and screen protectors will eventually wear off. For a gadget which sets you back a few hunderd pounds nowadays you expect it to do absolutly everything, and this lets it down in my opinion. On the whole I love my iPad 2 and do not know where i would be without it, it has got me out of so many situations that could become complex or has just been a handy tool for traveling with or on holiday. It is a fast networking device and is incredibly responsive to the touch, meaning fast, smooth transitions between pages and apps. However, i feel with all its plus sides there is a few things that lets it down and for the RRP price, may not be worth it. Second hand or on sale, yes - maybe - but not brand new from Apple. I would save up for the Ipad 3 if you are in no rush, as i believe the bad points i have mentioned are corrected on the newer version, so if they are a problem to you this would be your best option. I would recommend you take out an extra warranty, i believe mine was for a year, though i know you can extend it to 3-5 years with some places. I believe its a good buy for my own needs, but dont be expecting a flawless product - you will be let down.

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      • New Look / Highstreet Shopping / 12 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        08.06.2012 17:39
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        I want the old New Look back

        Its clear to see New Look has been going through some rapid changes of late, within the last 5 years we have had logo rebrands, plus size and mens clothing introduced, plus size and mens clothing then slashed right back, New Look only selling its own brands, to now selling UK retail leaders brands such as Lipsy. Change is good some say, where New Look is concerned im not so sure. In a family with men, and a couple of plus size ladies along with healthy size 12s, i upon recently seen New Look as a store we could all go to. A time when a New Look giftcard at Christmas would be burning a hole in my purse waiting to be spent. Now its a giftcard that i would rather avoid. For me, and most probably many other women, New Look was its own brand, one you would be proud of wearing and featuring all the latest designs. The same clothes could be found in a size 6-26 and you were never embarrassed about what you were wearing - men also looked very fashionable. This all was at a great price, not obviously cheap as Primark but just bit more for much better, and more ethical, clothing. Times have changed for New Look, and i do not have to really say what it is like now, as a trip to the High Street will point out - but in brief you will be greeted with tatty clothes that will wash out within a few weeks, a very high price, and finding yourself saying "oh thats nice!" and it isnt infact a New Look branded product your looking at. Plus size ladies now have such a limited wear of clothes its easy to not know where the section for it is. As for men, well my local New Look just stopped selling mens clothes full stop - but the city centre has one of about a 1/4 of one floor - with most of that being shoes. This store was also just short of 1/2 for men, with lots of variety....but now this has ended. Im an intelligent person and know that the economic downturn can effect stores differently, and if mens wear/plus size/own brands were not selling, to reduce them - but i find New Look has lost its identity. Which is a great shame. I cannot see New Look lasting much longer. As for the stores and clothes review then..... New Look stores can be found in most towns and cities, and it is a store that you know is worth a look - as chances are any kind of clothes or accessories your looking for is in there. From bikinis, to underwear, to PJs to Belts theres something for every occasion you are looking for. The stores i find are quite untidy, but i guess thats due to flimsy rails with heavy hangers, and New Looks desire to have millions of things cramed on one rail. The cleanliness of the store is always very good, the products which fall on the floor is more untidy rather than general cleanliness. The staff are always very helpful, and in all fairness you can tell New Look employ quality staff and put alot of training into them. The layout of the store is very good, usually easy to navigate to a certain section. Things however are usually everywhere, with very narrow walking spaces, so if you are taking a pram or with a trolley, please be aware you stand a high chance of loosing your temper and walking out - especially on a Saturday. Most stores have changing room facilities, sectioned off for men and women. Women are usually private with a heavy curtain to draw across. In busy times in city centre New Looks however you dont feel very private - the heavy curtain can be a little short at either end and when somebody is stood outside your curtain waiting you feel a bit self-conscious. As for online.... The website is very good, for men and women. It is usually well stocked, and has lots of oportunities for free delivery. I feel that the website would benefit a bit more from a really good zoom in, rotate tool, like rival places have, as a few things have turned up to my house not exactly as expected. and has a lot of choice, however using the website is not one of the easiest things to do. Online is easier at busier times in store, but for peace of mind if you havent got long between the delivery time and your special day you require the clothes for - go to the store. There is less chance of a mistake then which i have heard happens quite alot from friends. Now the prices... Personally i find now the prices of clothes as on the more expensive side, as opposed to how New Look used to operate which was towards the lower end. Cardigans i once bought for £9 have shot up to £22, including many many other products. However, most clothes are £40 or under of their own brand, but if you are picking up a dress, say for example, dont expect much change from £50. The quality is good, but has changed from what i used to call 'excellent'. Loose threads, washed out colours, and a change in size has all be experience by my family! One tip would be if the lable says a certain washing type, please follow that or your clothes will be ruined. Nothing has ripped though, the clothes are usually quite dureable. Style wise, New Look is very good. You can always count on them for releasing the latest fashion, however again i feel this has lessened but is understood by the financial state we are in. New Look have always provided clothes that you know you are not going to be ashamed to wear. The style is very much on trend. As mentioned you can buy quality clothes, but they do a lot of gifts, especially Miss Kitty and Me to You bear items, which are very nice and are actually not too expensive. The age range of the store has always seemed to be 13-60 which has always been good for New Look though i feel now it is more 16-30, centered a lot around slim clubbers is my personal opinion. Now for my summary... The clothes are on the whole good, and you know you will look very stylish wearing them. I feel the store has lost/is losing its identity, but it does seem to be still very popular with the teenagers. I will shop again at New Look, but not until after i have looked in the likes of TopShop, Dorothy Perkins etc, which i feel is a shame because i never used to be like this. Altogether, if you have enough money, young slim lady who likes to look stylish - New Look is your first choice... if your not - look elsewhere. If you are in the market for necklaces, bracelets, handbags etc - New Look is well worth a look as to me, there identity here has never been lost.... lovely items.

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        08.06.2012 16:47
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        Must buy

        I bought this fragrance as a gift for the man in my life last christmas. Diesel Fuel for Life was released in 2007 but is still going strong. Its target market i feel would be 18-30. I had decided to buy this fragrance as it was a very good brand that i trusted, and one that a male friend has recommended as a gift. It is in a vintage bottle casing which certainly stands out on the shelves and within your collection. The fragrance is available in 30ml, 50ml,75 and around the 100ml (that i know of - when i was buying only 30 and this one was available), all for quite a price. Now then - to the smell.... This is quite a fruity smelling male fragrance, but not as much as you would expect from the likes of Joop for Men. The scent is one for all times and moods in the day, but on a night out you would certainly catch good attention due to its lush smell. Its smell fresh and crisp, with a slight spiced smell, which is not too heavy of a fragrance that you can sometimes find on men. It lasts very well, only requiring a small amount, which makes up for the usually heavy price tag around the bottle. I would say it lasts between 3-6 without needing further sprays. Theyre is a real problem with this though in the fact you can over do it - simple is best in this case. The Diesel fragrance is usually between £22 on ebay to £60 in The Perfume Shop. Debenhams and Boots i found had quite good offers on, but dont expect much change from £40. This is quite expensive im sure you will agree, however towards certain times of the year there is a cut in prices, or included in gift sets with a body lotion, or a sample size in a collection. I would say do not let the price tag put you off, as i mentioned earlier it does last an awfully long time. To summaries i would like to say that this is an excellent value for money fragrance which I would recommend, and will myself be buying again. As a woman i will say it certainly attracts you to the scent on the man, which adds to their appeal. I would highly recommend the purchase of this fragrance and if you are buying for the man in your life, as it is not a smell thats going to make your eyes water, but makes your man smell lovely. As for men, if you want attention - buy! Summary: Good fragrance.

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        • Blackberry 9360 / Mobile Phone / 9 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          08.06.2012 15:52
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          An OK phone, but still a long way to go

          Well as nice as the new Curve 9360 is, i think its had a lot to live up to from its release a year earlier of the BlackBerry Curve 9300. Handling the new Curve 9360, the first impressions are great. The phone is the exact same height and width as the Curve 9300, but 3mm have been shaved off the thickness - and i think you can actually tell the difference. It handles so much better in your hand, that you do not get as many drops as you would have been experiencing. At 99g it certainly is light, giving you a great impression of the amount of technology you have for such little weight, height and width. It feels light to hold, but never flimsy like it is about to break. The 2.44 inch display is the same size as the old Curve, but the number of pixels has more than doubled. It's still a small screen however, ruining any thoughts that this may be a phone more capable of media displays. It's very well suited as a business phone, but not a lot else. The new OS has several differences for the better, the social networking aspect included. As a result this helps the phone to boost its image of a usefull, communications device. The upgraded 800MHz processor gives the phone a nice fast boost which is always nice to see. No matter how much you seem to do with the phone, it never gives any indication of slowing down. The Curve 9360 has a steady 5MP camera, but it's nothing special, especially considering you can only record in the basic VGA. The built in MP3 works well and the 3.5mm audio point is a good plus, however you can also hear your music wirelessly via Bluetooth. There is BB Maps included, but having had an IPhone, i think its no comparison. Internet connectivity is OK, with the standard features of quadband,3G and WiFi. The phone has been very reliable, never letting me down personally. It has easy to use functions, which is good for the less technical minded people. The phone also gives out a good sound when making calls, which i think has been improved on since the last Curve - where not being able to hear you caller 100% was a bit of a downfall. All in all, i think this phone is good for businesses and communication, but if you are interested in catching up on programmes, watching movies or music videos - forget it.

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        • The Sims 3 (PC) / PC Game / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          08.06.2012 15:22

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          Very good buy!

          So, the latest Sims has been released and as you would expect its bigger and better than ever. Spread across a range of formats, the creators are trying to make Sims spread even further. The game however originates from a PC format, and Sims 3 is much better on this. The Sims is great for dragging yourself away from your chaotic life to have fun in your virtual life. Sims 3 boasts loads of new household items to buy, and your money does seem to dwindle away even more than it ever did, with all the things to buy, see and do. There is many journeys to explore, it is in my opinion easily among the best expansions the series has seen so far. It has to be said though that some of the new features could do with being explored in a little more detail. This latest Sims has a whole new town to start up home, which includes a variety of venues, from shopping to librarys. You can even go for a jog! The range of carreers are greater in this latest release but it is also good how the town offers training venues to persue other carreers. I find the game has numerous options, for however you want to live your virtual life. Much recommended.

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        • Nokia C1-01 / Mobile Phone / 16 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          07.06.2012 14:07

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          Not worth the money

          Well, where do i start with this mobile. I have had this for about a 6 months now and have had nothing but trouble. I own 2 phones and have owned more than i like to remember, but this is the worst. I personally do not think Nokia is a very good brand for a mobile. Firstly, the positives. I think it looks nice in the hand and you are never ashamed to bring it out. It also has a very good camera and is wear resistant, so if you are like me and drop them all the time you should be ok with this one! I also think its good for easy access to contacts. The negatives - slow, very slow. It is nowhere near as responsive as it should be for the price. I think the resolution could be better also. The messages freeze all the time, and you constantly have to delete messages until you are able to look at your new ones. Internet wise is a joke, it works when it wants. Even on mobile adapted sites it is a let down, with silly navigation buttons that infact dont navigate you anywhere. avoid unless at a really good price!

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          06.06.2012 13:59
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          Must go

          I travel and stay in travelodges a heck of a lot, and this is my most local. It is a central hotel and brilliant for visiting the 'Great Border City'. It is about a 10 minute walk away before you hit the big shops and a 15 minute walk away before you hit 'The Lanes' which is a shopping complex, with fast food, cafes, and numerous high street shops you would expect. Carlisle is fabulous for travel, you can get any bus for a tour of the city and Scotland from about 5 minutes away from the Travelodge. 5 minutes away from takeaways and a Weatherspoons and 20 minutes away from Carlisle United FC. It is very well situated if you fancy a night out. The travelodge is a very clean, and very spacious hotel. The rooms are so big as i believe it used to be a mental health hospital, so it has very high ceilings and is a bit echo-ey. The rooms offer wonderful views if you are in the rear of the building or if you are at the front you have a Chinease takeaway to look at! So i would recommed you try and ask for a back room. Fantastic views on the 3rd floor especially. The hotel is very modern, and has a cafe and a lot of disabled accessed rooms and toilets. Its very clean and the staff must be commended on the this. One issue i have found is theyre is a lack of remotes, i enquired at reception and was told they keep being stole and was told to use the TV in the mean time. I didnt want to seem lazy so i said it was fine! The beds could have a bit more life in them but by far not the worst i have slept in. P.S - One final note is that there is no car parking at the hotel, but around £5 for a 6 hour stay just down the road. Any questions about this travelodge please ask, i stay here probably around once a month at the very least due to football and work, so i can guarantee you this is a good stay!

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          • Dyson DC32 Animal / Vacuum Cleaner / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            06.06.2012 13:48
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            Good hoover

            I got this because of having a few pets who always seemed to leave their hair hanging around. The fact this hoover is bagless was ideal for me also. I have found this not the most efficient hoover i have owned, but i think it deserves 10/10 on aesthetics alone. The design is both practical for doing places like the stairs and corners but it is also beautiful looking. Each attachment i find is very good and it does work efficiently for the purpose and the design. I have used it on wooden floor and carpet and the head is a total innovation as it is able to turn through 180 degrees clockwise and anti clockwise. I do find it easy for doing in tight spaces with smooth movements such as under seating. It is extremely powerful and i have lost count how many times its made a funny noise when i have accidenly hoovered the rug up haha, but it does massively improve their appearence. The soft brush i find best as i find its easy for getting cat/dog hairs.All in all a truely fabulous vacume cleaner.

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          • Acer Aspire 5732Z / Laptop / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            06.06.2012 13:37
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            Good laptop

            Well i am currently here typing on my Acer right now, with no problems at all! 3 years ago roughly i was in Argos looking for a laptop, one that did everything for around £300, when i stumbled across this one on sale. I hadnt really thought about Acer as a name to trust, but i must say how wrong i was. I have owned many computers, laptops etc in my house and personally and this one has out lived the others. I am not too much of a technical person so i will write my review for someone similar! I find the display on the laptop very good, its easy to adjust the resolution and doesnt go down too much when you have not got it plugged in. The mousepad is extremely reactive and in a really good position. The keys have not come loose and they also are in a good typing position. I find the memory on it good, storing much needed music and films. A negative i would say is i think it can lag a bit compared to others when playing games, my Sims game doesnt seem to work very well at all. Its perfect for managing settings and looking realy good when doing work on in public places. The battery life is good considering others and doesnt take long to fully charge at all. I would say it is a must buy for a person wanting a cheap but good laptop.

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              06.06.2012 13:29

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              Ok if you get it for a cheap price

              Well firstly i will say how i travel the length of the country for work and i have stayed in more Travelodges than i care to remember. Nothing compares to my horrid experience in Preston Central, however i wasnt very pleased with this one. The positives however were the fact that it was so central, just about a 10 minute walk to the main shopping centre (sorry i have forgotton its name) where you can pick up clothes, food etc. Very handy. The negatives were when i finally found it, after struggling with the one way system for an hour, was the price of the car park! If you are staying more than one night please do not bring a car if you can help it, the ticket officers seemed to love it down there. It was extremely noisy, but not from the exterior. People staying in the Travelodge seemed to have no care for anyone else but themselves. It was busy however. Another negative is the lifts, the doors only opened when they wanted. My final negative about this place is its always a high cost, more than any other central usually - even London - and the inside needs a massive revamp. It was so old, grimey and cold that i actually didnt spend much time here at all and hopefully never will. All in all if you get it for a cheap price, staying one night while you party hard then thats probably a great hotel for you, however if you are staying on business or with a family its probably best to avoid.

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            • Samsung Galaxy S / Mobile Phone / 13 Readings / 9 Ratings
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              05.06.2012 13:35

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              Would buy a newer version

              I recently has this mobile and it did me fine until my needs got a little complex and i thought it was time to upgrade to one of the bigger names in the smartphone industry, which was Apple. Firstly let me talk about its good points. I think its got a superb screen with a quality resolution and a highly responsive touch screen feature, which is always good if your in a rush! It is also a reasonable price for what you get, which is a good bit of technology. I think the phone is nice and slim and sits in your hand perfect. I would recommend a case though as i find it does seem to scratch easily from little accidents. I think its great for music also and especially watching video and movies you have downloaded or filmed. Its got a good HD recording function which is nice to see for this price. Now for the bad points, i found it hard to update it. One thing i have found with the iphone is constant updates which i do think was needed, where this phone lacked it when you could see clear issues with menus etc. I also think the Wifi isnt too strong as at numerous points it wouldnt pick up my router. The camera doesnt have a flash which in my view is needed and a bit of a let down. All in all i think its a good mobile just lacking some finishing touches.

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            • Fiat Punto 1.2 16v ELX 5dr / Car / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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              05.06.2012 13:26

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              Good car especially as a first

              This is my partners car which i often drive. We got this as he has just recently passed his test and the Fiat Punto seemed like a good starter car. I can confirm it is a great starter car and better than my first, a Ford Ka. The pedals could be classed as a little too close together, but they are great for control. I find the clutch easier for clutch control on than the Ka, but the steering wheel column i think it is does get a bit in the way with my foot when turning corners with the clutch depressed. It is at a nice and comfortable biting point. Away from the pedals is the running of the car which i think is great, the engine sounds smart and i stalled it once and wasnt aware i even had because the engine is so quiet which is nice for longer journeys. The interior can come in all kinds of garish colours which i will be honest and say i dont perticularly like but all we wanted was a good car we could rely on for motorway miles and for extending the family and this surely is!

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