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      30.12.2012 19:38
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      A great location in the heart of Cardiff, drink plenty of beer or horlicks to ensure a good sleep!

      Myself and my girlfriend stayed at the Cardiff Central Travelodge for 2 nights during one of the busiest weekends of the year - Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd December 2012. We were visiting the area for some friend's Wedding in nearby Penarth (about 4 miles away). Location The hotel has a fantastic location in the heart of the city. The area is very popular with hotel companies, with many of the big names located within about a 400m radius. The Cardiff Central Travelodge is probably the least spectacular of the buildings, as it looks as though it has been converted into a hotel. The hotel sits upstairs of a Walkabout bar/club, so the street was very lively on our arrival on Friday evening, with many people out celebrating Christmas parties or the end of work for the year. Arrival/Check-In Check in was fairly straight forward, I provided my name and address and was handed a key card which was required to access the lobby with lifts and stairs and then once again to enter our room, which was located at the rear of the building on the 1st floor. Room Our room was located down a higgledy corridor which seemed a bit run down, but we eventually went through another set of doors and it looked like your traditional hotel corridor again. On first inspection our room seemed OK, with a lovely view of the quaint looking Cardiff Central train station (About 2 minutes walk). We had tea and coffee making facilities, a nice clean bathroom and fresh bedsheets with 1 pillow each. I wanted an extra pillow each, as I really struggle with 1 pillow, which I'm sure most people would. We delayed the order of extra pillows until we passed through reception on our way out later in the evening. We decided to have a cup of coffee, but was a bit disappointed to discover the cups and tea spoon were sticky and smelt like coffee. Either the cleaner had just rinsed them quickly under the tap or their dishwasher is rubbish. It wasn't a big deal for us, but it's not really acceptable at all is it? On our way out of the hotel on the Friday evening, we requested 2 extra pillows, but the man on reception said they had a shortage due to some large numbers in the family rooms. Again, I wasn't too bothered, but once again it is simply unacceptable for a hotel to run out of pillows. Their fundamental purpose is to provide a good nights sleep and they were unable to provide us with 2 pillows each. There was a restaurant/breakfast room on the 1st floor, which I popped my head in. It looked a little dated, but the chef was friendly and said Hello. Cannot comment on the food as we chose to have a McDonalds breakfast which was located 400m up the road. Sleep Our 1st night in the hotel was poor, being above a Walkabout bar, we thought we had fell lucky with being given a room to the rear. However, we were so wrong! Every 30 minutes or so, we were woken by the clattering of glass bottles from the bar being emptied into a bin at the rear, right below our room. Later in the night/very early morning, a delivery lorry was reversing in the street at the rear of the hotel, which once again woke us up. I was quite tired the next day, but following the wedding on the Saturday night and following a good amount of ale, I slept very well and didn't wake once! The solution to a good nights sleep I guess! Check Out Check out consisted of dropping our key through a letterbox and we were done. Conclusion A good hotel if your going to be drinking in the nearby bars. If not, I strongly suggest you ask for a room on a higher level (floor 2 or above) as hopefully the noise will have dissipated by the time it reaches your windows!

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    • Asda Chicken Vindaloo / Ready Meals / 15 Readings / 12 Ratings
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      20.11.2012 15:21
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      A much needed product on the market - not many ready meals reach this level of spiciness.

      Before this product was even purchased, the name 'Vindaloo' presented a thought of quite a spicy Indian dish. But as you may come to realise, what an Indian restaurant and a supermarket declare as spicy are two totally different things and this product didn't buck that trend. Despite a pre-warning of 3 chilli peppers on the outer packaging, the dish was at most, a medium level of spiciness. But this is not to be criticised, as this must certainly be amongst an elite group of own brand supermarket Indian dishes to achieve that status. The curry itself was impressively flavoursome. The initial mouthful was dominated by the spices which leave the tongue tingling slightly. But this does eventually wear off after a minute or so and you begin to sense the tomato based Vindaloo sauce which dominates throughout. Rice is the dominating bulk ingredient, which ensures the meal leaves you reasonably satisfied. The rice is advertised as 'coriander rice', but on this occasion, I struggled to taste the coriander, but this may be picked up by the more spice-tolerant tongue. The rice is accompanied by butternut squash, which is a little tasteless, and green beans, which have a blanched texture and taste which gives them a more dominant flavour. The chicken is a little bland, as can often be the case with many ready meals. These particular pouched meals from ASDA are part of their 'Chosen By You' range and use fresh ingredients which are visible through the transparent packaging and is part of their selling point. They often have a short shelf life, to ensure their freshness, so be careful to check before making your purchase. Overall, a great addition to their Chosen By You pouched meals range from ASDA and certainly a meal I will not hesitate to purchase again.

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      15.11.2012 14:46
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      Arguably the most flavoursome ready meal on the market AND it's healthy!

      Part of ASDA's 'Chosen By You' range, the Indonesian Style Chicken Satay is amongst the best of the ready meals on the market. In fact, this range of pouched fresh ready meals from ASDA are arguably one of the best on the market, surpassing many supermarket's top own brands. This particular meal is so incredibly flavoursome for a ready meal, you would be forgiven for thinking that a chef had just rustled it up during the morning of your purchase. The first mouthful fills your mouth with an infusion of lime and spices and the hint of chilli is enough for your body temperature to raise a notch. The initial aroma is dominated by peanuts, which acts as a great contrast to the taste. The bulk of the meal is made up of rice and chicken which ensures a nice lunchtime refuelling of carbohydrates and protein. Thrown into the mix is a good assortment of fruit and vegetables - peppers, pak choi and baby spinach which ensure, as the packet clearly advertises - "1 of 5 a day per pack" - another box ticked. At worse, the chicken can be slightly bland, but with such a good quality sauce, this is masked and unlike many ready meals, it is neither too dry nor too watery, the Goldilocks zone of moisture content! Away from the ingredients, this product will set you back a meagre £2.50 and as I have come to realise with this range, can often found in the 'Reduced Items' section. This is presumably due to the fresh ingredients which the range uses, reducing shelf life, as opposed to being unpopular with shoppers. The particular meal I tested whilst writing this review was generously reduced in price to £1.48. The product is easy to cook at lunchtime, just tear a little 2cm cut into the top of the pouch and plonk in your 900W microwave for 3mins 45secs. No condiments required. They've got the flavour spot on. Hats off to ASDA.

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    • Apple iPhone 4 16 GB / Smartphone / 20 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      25.06.2011 23:21
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      The best phone on the market.

      In December 2010, I took out a 24 month contract with 3 mobile for the iPhone 4 (16GB/Black). For me, it was the most expensive phone contract I had ever taken out and the first time I'd opted for a leading model (normally I just go for the cheap option!). Upon arrival, the iPhone was packed in a small white box and was more or less ready to use immediately. I had to insert my new micro-sim (for those who are not aware, the iPhone uses a smaller sim card than the traditional sim). I did actually find the sim card tray and pin very cheap and delicate, they looked as if they would snap at any moment! However this passed with no problems and I've not had to remove this to the day, 6 months on. As I'd never had a smartphone before, the whole touch screen aspect was exciting enough for me, so you can imagine my excitement once I ventured into the app store! The iPhone comes equipped with very basic, minimal features. The idea is that you visit the app store and personalise the phone with what things you use. After installing the latest popular games, I spent the next few hours playing 'Doodle Jump', a very simple and very addictive game! The app store is a great feature, it means your iPhone can constantly be updated with the latest software and gadgets, so in theory will take longer to become old fashioned. Older mobile phones can become quite outdated within 2-3 years. I'm hoping that this iPhone will last me a good 5 years. Although this may be common sense for such an expensive piece of equipment, I would advise anyone who is considering purchasing an iPhone to ensure they have a case or cover from the start. I have seen some really good cases that cover the whole phone, front and back, and still allow the touch feature to work. I currently have a £4 blue rubbery cover, just covering the rear of the phone, which I picked up from Camden Market. The screen is quite scratch resistant if you take care of your phone, but I've seen some people with screens in dreadful condition! My friend dropped his iPhone very softly on the floor, which resulted in the entire screen cracking. Unfortunate, but a timely reminder that disasters can happen. The 16GB memory for me has so far been very sufficient and I'm not even half way towards filling this capacity. I have around 250 songs saved onto my iPhone, which pretty much acts as an iPod for me too. For me the music player is the most used extra feature of the iPhone (this comes built in). The video playback is really surprisingly good. It is so clear and define, it is almost as good as watching the TV itself. The sound playback is equally as good, making the smartphone a great entertainment portal. The iPhone 4 is the best purchase I've made, since purchasing my first desktop PC. I would recommend it to anyone who can afford it. I cannot provide a comparison to it's predecessor the iPhone 3GS, so this may be a good starting point for those on a tighter budget. I've heard that the iPhone 4 is noticeable better though!

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      • Sunflowers / Plant / 20 Readings / 20 Ratings
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        02.06.2009 18:01
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        A very wide range of uses

        'Sunflower' is the common name given to plants of the genus Helianthus, derived from the name of the Greek sun god Helios. Helianthus consists of 67 known speicies and numerous subspecies. The most common of all ideally called the 'common sunflower (Helianthus annus). Sunflowers are best known for their bright, mostly yellow, flowering head. They normally grow to a height of up to 3 metres, with a narrow diameter in relation to this. Despite their widespread distribution and popularity in the United Kingdom today, not a single sunflower grew here 500 years ago! Helianthus was first introduced to Europe in the mid 16th century from North America. The sunflower has a wide range of purposes, its most obvious being that of an ornamental plant. On a commercial scale, it is probably the main species of plant directly targeted at children. This gives a fairly good indication of how easy the plant is to grow. The seeds of the sunflower have great economic use. They can simply be eaten raw or roasted as a light, healthy snack. Alternatively they can be used to produce both sunflower oil and margarine. Popular in German-speaking Europe, they are mixed together with rye flour to produce 'Sonnenblumenkembrot' (which literally translates to 'sunflower whole seed bread'). The plant is also becoming a popular alternative to fossil fuels; the seeds of the sunflower can be utilised once again to create biodiesel. Competitive gardeners compete each year to be the one with the tallest sunflower, largest sunflower, or the sunflower with the most heads (amongst endless other categories)! Some world records include: Tallest Sunflower - 7.76metres - M Heijms (Netherlands), Oirschot, Netherlands, 1986. Most heads on one sunflower - 837 - Melvin Hemker (USA) - 2001 Sunflowers have a vast array of uses. Even if you decide, like most people, to grow them entirely for ornamental purposes, they are very rewarding. They will attract wildlife to your garden whilst growing, and then afterwards, the seeds can be used to attract birds to your garden. Alternatively, you may want to utilise the seeds for your own benefit, eat them as a snack or use them in cooking! Go on, grow your own sunflower today...

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        • ebay.co.uk / Auction / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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          29.05.2009 01:36
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          Revolutionised shopping and has teared down international boundaries.

          eBay.co.uk is the domain used to access eBay United Kingdom. It is a fantastic website which has taken product availability to new heights. eBay offers very competitive prices for everything and if the product you are after is found in a high street shop, it is almost certainly available on eBay. For consumers, eBay is one of the cheapest places to shop on the internet. The range of goods available is phenomenal. They include electricals, computer games, clothes, collectables, furniture, cars, motorbikes, caravans, holidays, household goods and vouchers. There are many more! I couldn't possibly list them all! Once you have won an auction or purchased from an eBay Store, payments can be made quick and securely through their own PayPal service (PayPal is owned by eBay). The best aspect of eBay is the feedback system. Peer to peer trading on the internet can sound like risky business, but users get great confidence out of seeing a seller with perfect 100% feedback. For sellers, eBay can be a quick, easy way of getting rid of 'junk' around the house or selling your old car. It can sometimes by a bit long winded trying to get your item up for sale with so many options available. If you really want to get the most money from an auction, it is sometimes best to sit down for 30 minutes, write a really descriptive review of the item and get some clear photos. This gives potential buyers a good perspective of what they are getting and ensures you will get good feedback. The last thing you want is to give a misleading discription or hide significant information and receive a complaint and negative feedback. My biggest critism of eBay is its prices for sellers. It is very difficult to make good profit out of low value goods, such as an old football programme or an old CD. If they sell for £2, eBay and PayPal will take around a quarter to half of it. The second problem with eBay is, you have to post your item which takes even more out of your revenue! With competition on the internet gettin tougher for eBay, I feel they are going to have little alternative but to drop their fees. The new site from Google amptly named Froogle, will hopefully create competition and charges will become to come down. It can only be good news for us! eBay does tend to be slightly confusing for the new users and the older generation. The most FAQ I receive is regarding the 'Maximum Bid' concept. This concept simply allows you to enter the price you will be willing to pay for an item. It does not mean this is the price you will pay if you win. It's easy to understand once you know it, but I do actually find it a very difficult concept to explain. If the bid on an auction is currently at £10.00, and you enter a maximum bid of £30.00, the system will take into account the other bidders maximum bid. If your maximum bid exceeds the other person's maximum bid, then you will become the current highest bidder. If the other persons maximum bid was £20.00, your bid will be entered at £20.50. The maximum bid acts as a buffer to other bids and speeds up the bidding process. If a new bidder then comes in at £25.00, the system will automatically raise your bid to £25.50, without you having to confirm it. This is good, as it prevents you losing an item in the final seconds of an auction. I have found eBay very useful and it is a great service. I has changed the way people all over the world shop, and has made selling your old stuff much easier, opening you up to a global market! It has to be 5 stars!

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            28.05.2009 11:34
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            You simply pay for what you get here.

            "Don't knock it until you've tried it", I thought to myself. At 2 for £1.50, it seemed like a good deal. ASDA's own brand deodorant claims to offer "24 hour protection", but unfortunately I have to disagree with this statement. The aroma of 'Surge' is very much similar to that of the well established and popular Lynx Africa. On first impression I was quite pleased, but after a few uses, I noticed that by the middle of the day, it was difficult to tell whether I had any deodorant on at all. If you're popping out for a few hours, ASDA Surge will probably be sufficient to see you through, but for a long day at work or a night out, I'd certainly recommend avoiding this brand. At 75p a can, it's by no means poor value, you simply pay for what you get! I will definitely be forking out the extra cost for a branded deodorant in future. Extra Feature: The can comes with a plastic twisting cap, which avoids it leaking when carried in a bag.

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          • AOL / Telecommunications Service / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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            27.05.2009 16:55
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            A really good, reliable service. But they just don't want to let go of you.

            We have been with AOL for about 6 years and the service we got from them was excellent and faultless, that was, until I decided to leave them! I can honestly say that the internet they provided was uninteruptly, I was rarely disconnected and the speed was good, even during peak times. It came to the point, about 12 months ago, when it was quite clear there was better deals on the market. But it wasn't until about 4 months ago that we decided we were going to switch to an all in one package from Sky. OK, so fair enough, you expect them to make you an offer when you call up to let them know you're leaving. The offer was not as good as what Sky were offering and this was made clear. After a few minutes we were informed that we would be receiving a MAC code in the mail within the next 5 working days, this would allow us to 'migrate' to Sky. Unfortunately this did not arrive. We gave it about 3 weeks before calling AOL up again. It was this call which did it for me. We spoke to an Irish lady, who despite being informed we had been offered other deals from AOL, decided to offer them to us again. She whined for about 20 minutes about how poor Sky customer service was, how the service was new and unreliable. She eventually said our MAC would be emailed within 5 days. Lo and behold, we did not receive our code. We once again waited around 3 weeks and called them again. This time we made it clear that this was the final straw, and eventually we were given the code. I thought I'd check on other peoples experiences with AOL Customer Services, and it looks like many have had similar problems. There is a very good video on YouTube of an american man trying to leave AOL which I highly recommend. So despite this being one long moan, AOL are a fantastic service. They're very reliable, but God help you when you decide to leave!

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              27.05.2009 16:19
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              Its improved quickly, but local clubs need to be more involved.

              I took up athletics competitively in 2004. My first impression of 'behind the scenes' athletics was that it was predominantly run by volunteers; there was very little money available; and that certain processes were seriously outdated. In 2009, despite big improvements in certain areas this still continues to be the case. The area in which athletics has improved are its online networks. I have listed the main sites in which I use along with a short summary on of them: Power Of 10 (http://www.thepowerof10.info) A recent merger between two of the UK's best athletics websites (Power Of 10 and AthleticsData). The merger was only confirmed in March/April '09, and is now almost complete. The PowerOf10 name has been kept with just a slight alteration to the domain name. This site features domestic rankings, results, fixtures, athlete profiles and in my opinion is the hub of British athletics online. It's funded by UK Athletics so the quality and depth is excellent. I don't think there are many countries around the world with this type of online infrastructure for athletics. The site is not really of any interest to anyone but competitive athletes. Eightlane (http://www.eightlane.com) Eightlane is a British online athletics forum. Its visitors are mainly competitive endurance runners, and most of the best athletes in the country have at some point posted on there. Amatuer athletes and just general fans of athletics also post on there. Discussions range from detailed training methods to race predictions. Its a great way of finding out whats going on deep down in British athletics. UK Athletics (http://www.uka.org.uk) This is basically the home page of the governing body of athletics in the UK. It features daily news articles, but is mainly focussed on the best competitions and athletes in the UK. You won't find any news on your local fun run here! Its probably the best place to go if you don't compete in athletics but want to get involved.

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              27.05.2009 13:47
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              Its a great day out for the family and won't cost you a penny.

              Coombe Abbey Country Park is located on the eastern edge of Coventry. It has been open to the public since 1966, after it was purchased by Coventry City Council. The main landmark of the park is a 12th Century cistercian abbey, which is where the park gets its name. The abbey has now been converted into a hotel. The country park itself is set over 500 acres with land use ranging from open fields and woodland to a large 1km long lake. There are constructed footpaths which hug the fringe of the park, taking visitors through woodland and along the lake. There is a small wooden hide at the western edge of the park which overlooks a small woodland clearing and over the lake itself. There are a wealth of bird species which can be seen at the park, and these are listed on a board in the bird hide and updated accordingly. The woodland surrounds the large opening of Wrautums Field is ideal for BBQs, picnics and games and is often very popular during hot summer days. There used to be a play are here, but for some reason or another, probably health and safety, this has since been removed. The grounds immediately surrounding the hotel consists of gardens and parkland, and there is also a large outdoor children's play area. There is also a newly built visitors centre which features a cafe, shop and activity/education room. Despite being in a rural location, the 585 service operated by Travel De Courcey runs from Coventry to Rugby, via Coombe Abbey. But for those who want to walk there and live close enough, I would recommend the northern entrance to the park which can be accessed via Farber Road in Walsgrave-on-Sowe. It features half a mile of farm track which climbs a small hill. The top of the hill provides breathtaking views of the city, one of the greatest hidden secrets of Coventry in my opinion. Just before the track deteriorates to a muddy trail, take a right turn into a field, with a hedge on your left. This is not sign posted and is often missed by first timers!

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            • Garmin Forerunner 101 / GPS Sat Nav / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              A good starting point for the curious runner.

              A GPS running watch is the best gadget available to any keen endurance runner. The Garmin Forerunner 101 was one of the first to be released. For any runner who is put off by the 3-figure price tags requested for most GPS watches, the Garmin Forerunner 101 is the best place to start. They can be picked up on eBay for well inside £50 So why would you want a GPS watch? OK, so they're not an essential running accessory. If you're a recreational jogger who's not interested in how far they've run and how fast, this watch is not for you. This watch is for the runner who wants to get better; who wants to know how fast they're running; and who wants to monitor they're progress. The watch has a range of features. Like any other sports watch it has a stop watch. The key feature is its GPS system. When the watch is activated, it measures every metre you move. This data can then be used to calculate your current pace, your average pace for the whole run and can even calculate your projected finish time for the run. The watch is great for monitoring your pace. If you know you can run a specific 2 mile run in 20minutes, the watch will inform you whether you are on course for this time. This puts you into a racing mindset and I find its great way to keep motivated on those long runs. The watch also has features for the more involved runner. Its interval training manager is very useful. Rep distance/time and recovery distance/time can be pre-programmed and the watch will beeb at corresponding instruction. Now for the negatives and this product has a great deal of them. Comments are often made on the Garmin Forerunner 101 regarding its size and the effect this has when running. It is a very big watch, but the weight is hardly noticeable. If you can get yourself comfortable running with them the size is not an issue. The major issue with this watch is the GPS receiver is quite weak compared to what is available on the market. This poses a problem when running in well built up areas, but in particular woodland, where most runners will often target! Once the watch loses its GPS signal, it can struggle to re-locate the satellites, especially when your moving. This will effect the information being transmitted on the watch and it normally becomes incorrect. It can also randomly lose signal which can be frustrating. The watch literally eats power! It takes two AAA batteries, but they have to be good quality. It's no good going down your local market and picking up 24 PowerCells for £1, they will literally last 5minutes. If they don't provide enough power for a split second, the watch switches off and you've lost all your run data. Typically 2 AAA Duracell batteries would last for about 3 hours of running. I opted for high quality Energizer Rechargable batteries which tended to last between 8-12 hours. GPS running watches are really good gadgets. I'd recommend anyone serious about running to at least give them a try at some point. But this review is not for GPS running watches. The Garmin Forerunner 101 is a pioneer in this technology, but since its release it has been superseded by much more compact and powerful watches, with many more features. It's a good watch for the frugal runner and would be a good starting point if your not overly keen on spending in excess of £200 on a modern model. The Garmin Forerunner 101 gets three stars. As far a GPS running watches go, this is quite simply bottom of the range. But the device paved the way for later, improved models and its price is simply excellent value, if of course you've never owned a GPS running watch.

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              25.05.2009 14:44
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              Its time to look for cheaper alternatives

              Oil is a non-renewable fossil fuel; there is a limited supply available on this planet, and it has been well advertised that oil reserves are being depleted too quickly. But what constitues an oil reserve? An oil reserve is oil that can be abstracted in a financially viable way. What this means is that there is more oil available, but as of yet, we do not have the technology to abstract it economically. In 50 years, we may have developed the technology and the reserves will increase. Whether we are running out of oil or not, the bottom line is, using it as a fuel is not good for the environment. In recent decades, general public awareness of global environmental issues has increased significantly. Many consumers are now willing to pay more money for something that it labelled as 'green'. Of course, oil will never run out. The power of an economically driven market will ensure that as a comodity becomes rarer, prices will be driven higher and higher, until it becomes cheaper to use an alternative. The worry should be whether we will have enough energy to continue to drive our economy and the fate of the oil producing nations.

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                25.05.2009 13:57
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                Excellent location for families and couples looking for a relaxing break.

                Combe Martin is a coastal village located in North Devon. It is situated at the bottom of a valley, formed by the small River Umber. Combe Martin stretches for 2 miles along the A399 and is often argued as the longest village in the country. The village has a vast array of ammenities, including five pubs; a range of shops; numerous camping and caravan sites nearby; and of course, its beaches. The Focsle Inn is located on the seafront, with outdoor seating overlooking the pebbled main beach. It appeals to families whilst also having a bar area where children are not permitted. The Dolphin Inn and Castle Inn also overlook the sea, but neither of these have outside seating areas as they are built along the A399. Further inland, perhaps a mile at most, is the family-friendly and quite striking Pack O Cards (4 floors, 13 windows and 52 doors!). It has an outdoor play area, built alongside the small river, set in a large garden. The building itself is quite spectacular and there is a museum detailing its history. Further inland still is Ye Olde George and Dragon. The beaches around Combe Martin are predominantly pebbled. There is a path built out into the sea, which at low tide is exposed to allow access to the rock pools and caves, which keep the young and old entertained during the day. For the active visitor, there are many walks around the village. The nearby peaks of Little Hangman and Great Hangman are a great starting point, and provide some pleasant views, sections of this walk are incorporated into the Tarka Trail which loops around North Devon. The 300 bus services provides visitors the opportunity to travel to Ilfracombe, Lynton/Lynmouth and Minehead. The 30 bus also travels to Ilfracombe, but then continues on to Barnstable. There are many camping and caravaning sites in and around the village. During a recent stay, I visited Newberry Farm, which is a touring site, located directly off the A399. He charged us £5 each for one night camping, which was quite reasonable!

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                23.05.2009 13:05
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                Located in a lively city, but in a quiet suburb, the ideal place to learn.

                The University of Birmingham is situated about 3 miles south of Birmingham City Centre in Edgbaston. It was ranked 25th in The Times Good University Guide 2009. There is a range of 1st year accomodation. The most popular of these are situated on 'The Vale', which consists of a large lake surrounded by parkland and varying qualities of accomodation itself. After this year most students move into a shared house with friends. Most of the houses chosen by students are located in the Selly Oak are of Birmingham, all normally within a mile of the campus. The areas surrounding the university are very picturesque, in particular Bournville, which was planned and created by the Cadbury family in the 19th Century. The Cadbury chocolate factory is also located in this area. The campus itself is set in pleasant surroundings, with a vast amount of lawns, trees and borders. The main university is constructed from red brick, which also looks attractive. Services and ammenities on campus include its very own purpose built train station (the only university to possess one), a range of banks (Lloyds TSB, NatWest and Barclays), Waterstones, Ryman Stationers, A shop selling local produce, a fruit and veg stall, small supermarket, gift shop and post office. In the nearby Selly Oak, there is an Aldi and Sainsburies. The university's guild contains a Subway outlet, a range of student services, a bar (Joe's Bar), and a nightclub. The university has a fantastic sport structure. There is a team for almost every sport you could imagine and many of these are successful. During my time I have been a member of the Athletics and Cross Country team. We won the BUSA (British Universities Sport Association) Cross Country Championships in 2007 and were 3rd in 2008. The university has a vast amount of resources available to students, including at least 4 large libraries that I am aware of. My one critisism is there is often a lack of computers in the main library and learning centre, but if you own your own laptop, this would never be an issue.

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                23.05.2009 02:00
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                A disappointing hair product, stick with Rework Fibre Putty.

                Alberto Vo5 Extreme Style Surf Style Matte Effect Textrurising Paste. It sounds impressive doesn't it? Well don't let the name fool you. This is one of the worst hair styling products for its price (I think its around £3 now) on the market. The product has been around since 2008 and appears to be a spin off from its sister product Alberto Vo5 Extreme Style Rework Fibre Putty. If you're currently a user of this product, stick with it. The title 'Surf Style' suggests this paste is aimed at people going for messy, 'roughed-up' hair. As the paste is quite moist, it is very difficult to create any vertical structure to your hair without the aid of a hairdryer. This becomes a problem when time is tight or you simply cannot be bothered. After working into your hair, this product tends to produce the look of a cheap mousse once it has dryed and settled. It feels greasy and sticky to the touch. The aroma given off from this product is quite unusual. It can be slightly overwhelming, and you have to be comfortable smelling like sweetened wet clay. Whether this smell appeals to you is down to personal preference. Summary - Avoid this product. It performs like a mousse but costs substantially more.

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