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Aston Martin DBS V12 Coupe 18/11/2010

The Aston Martin DBS - Power, Beauty, Soul

Aston Martin DBS V12 Coupe The Aston Martin DBS – Power, Beauty, Soul >> About <<: Before anyone starts thinking im rich... Im not. Haha, sadly I rented one of these for a track day, and as some of you know, I got to test it how a car should be tested, just like Jeremy Clarkson does, tire smoking it around a racetrack. I rented it at Brands Hatch for the day, where I was able to test its performance legally, and safely. It never left the track, so I assure all readers; I wasn’t doing all of this in Sainsbury’s car park, or round the M25. All I can say is that it was well worth it. The sheer exhilarating thrill you get from this machine is indescribable… But in this review, I’ll do my best to give you an insight into my experience with the car. I had to sell my old Denon TU-1500D to get the remainder of the cash to buy a ticket, and you know what? Im glad I did. It was such an experience, and as a track day fanatic, it was probably, the absolute best thing I have ever done in my entire life… And I’ve been about a bit!! I would gladly sell any of my precious gear to get the adrenaline rush from this again. Give it a go folks; I hope this review entices you to try it out. I arrived at Brands Hatch and had the car for three hours, to do as I pleased. If you want to do this yourself, you need to book in advance, and pay before you turn up to secure your place. My track day cost £165 total, which to be honest, is cheap considering a free run day (which is what I usually do) costs £95 – and its ...

Sigma Sticky Notes Yellow Pack 12 18/11/2010

You try sticking up paper without glue…

Sigma Sticky Notes Yellow Pack 12 You try sticking up paper without glue… >> About <<: I found these at Makro in a ten pack, and were much, much cheaper than the leading brand of post-its. When I first bought them, I thought, ah great, ten blocks of post-its, £8, and made by a well-known brand. But was I in for a shock? No glue on the backs of most, and unless you tore them off perfectly, you won’t get them to stay put either. >> Quality of Paper <<: The paper is good, I think this is probably the only upside to buying these though. I used Gel Pens on them, and the ink did not smudge. Also the post it’s aren’t thin like most cheap ones are, I must say Sigma have at least put some effort in to get good quality paper. You cannot see through them, and they don’t crease or crinkle easily either. The paper does curl easily though, this coupled with the glue problem makes them very annoying to use. The good thing is, that they don’t dog-ear quickly, and they wont rip if you tread on them, or get holes in them if you just gently tap them with a pen. The amount of postits I have gone through where they have ripped through just having something scrawled on them really fast is incredible, but these are 80GSM postits, and in terms of paper only, are worth five stars. >> Im pretty sure post-its are supposed to have some sort of GLUE <<: Right then, the flawed part of the post-it’s. The glue on these is pathetic, either they haven’t put enough on each one to cut costs, or they simply haven’t made ...

Essex Skip Hire, South & Central Essex 17/11/2010

Essex Skip Hire - They might need a new truck thanks to me

Essex Skip Hire, South & Central Essex Essex Skip Hire – Just don’t get a road permit >> About <<: As some of you may know, I had a skip delivered to my house to get rid off the rubbish from my back garden. I could not have the skip put on my driveway since that was were all the rubbish was, and most of it being heavy clay; I could not move it ready for drop-off. Just to clarify, I got a 6-yard skip delivered, which was filled with clay, more on that in the pickup section though… They do a range of 2,3,4 and 6 yard skips. Despite being based near Chelmsford, they were quite happy to come all the way down to Southend for me to drop the skip off. Just one of the things they did to make me think the world of this company. >> Value for money, Customer Service <<: Getting a quote from these guys could not have been easier. I found out on the website that if you text what size skip you want, and where you are, they will text back with a precise quote for you. They do up to 14 day skip hire, and even deliver the skip the same day (if you order before midday) These guys were the cheapest in Essex I found, and if you want a 4 yard skip, when you call up, tell them you found out about them from the web, and they will give you £10 off (£100 total) They do not charge you a bomb for delivery either, as it is all included in the price, and this depends on the size of the skip you want, which is upwards of £50 >> Drop-off <<: I had a very friendly chap come to drop the skip off, who ...

Starbucks 16/11/2010

Starbucks - Much better than Costa Coffee

Starbucks Starbucks – Much better than Costa Coffee >> About<<: I recently went to a Starbucks coffee shop to get a white coffee, which in my opinion was quite possibly the best one I have had for quite some time. In the store, you can fully customise your drink – they have sugar, vanilla and chocolate sprinkles, milk (semi-skimmed) and you decide how much you want on, because you can do it yourself at a separate counter. I thought that in general the store was very nice – Lots to choose from, reasonably priced, free newspapers to read, and the one I visited had free WiFi access. >> Value for money <<: DRINKS: A cup of coffee at my local Starbucks cost me £2.20, which is a little expensive, I know, but you are getting free WiFi, great surroundings, and they even put out a free local newspaper for you to read; that and the financial times, which I had a quick flick through while I was there. The coffee comes in a plastic cup if you want to take out, or a mug if you are drinking in. Don’t forget you can add any other stuff like sugar and sprinkles etc (as mentioned above) if you want to get your money’s worth. FOOD: Their snacks are much better value – a nice piece of carrot cake will cost you £1.75, and they aren’t exactly stingy with the portions either. The cake was fairly large and cut into 20th’s. Their flapjacks may not be very large in terms of length, but they are very thick, and are made with lots of natural ingredients. Furthermore, all the bakery products are ...

Carex Bacteria Protect Handwash 16/11/2010

Carex - A great way to dry out your hands

Carex Bacteria Protect Handwash Carex – A great way to dry out your hands >> About <<: I bought Carex because it was on offer at Tesco’s during my usual shop. I bought a two pack of the small blue ones. Carex is a brand that Cussons makes, and can be bought in most supermarkets around the UK, not just Tesco’s. >> Quality <<: The soap is quite thick, which when spread out thin on a flat surface, still maintains its light blue colour without becoming watery. The liquid has a weak bitter smell, it does not smell like any anti-bacterial formula I have ever had before. The soap takes a little time to work in and leaven up – once you apply some water, you can create a few bubbles, but not many, it mostly just stays as a liquid that takes quite a bit of time to get all over your hands. The soap has a really smooth feel to it – they haven’t put any “bits” in it like I have seen in other soaps, and it generally stays pretty thick when applied. After I finished drying my hands, my skin felt really, really dry. I had to clench my fist just to get more oils and sweat so I could re-hydrate my palms. It has a horrible texture once it is off, but at least it wont leave a bad scent. You can only smell the soap close up – thus not leaving a trace. Although the liquid does not stick to your skin (as it slides off smoothly) it does sometimes take a good rinse to get all of it off. It is anti-bacterial, and claims to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria. Very good then, and quite possibly one of the best soaps in ...

Force FM - 106.5 16/11/2010

FORCE FM - A Station named after me...

Force FM - 106.5 FORCE FM – A station named after me… >> About The Station <<: Before you ask me, YES: This is where I got the idea for my username, and my xbox LIVE Gamertag from. These guys inspired me to start DJing in the first place. I owe it to them. Force FM broadcasts on 106.50MHz throughout East London, South Essex, and North Kent (Although I have been able to pick up their signal as far as south Hertfordshire before.) The station mainly plays Underground Music, which has the sub genre’s: Garage, Bassline, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Happy Hardcore, Dubstep and Hard Dance. The station’s transmitter site is somewhere in Romford, whereas, the studio is based in Harold Hill, a few miles away. Force FM is my favourite radio station; it is one where pro DJ’s can show off their skills on the decks to a live audience who get involved with their show. The DJ’s pay £15 per set to get their names and mixes heard across the southeast. Force FM is actually what inspired me to be a DJ, and is still the only reason I got into this kind of music. >> On Air <<: Force has top London DJ’s such as DJ Richie Don, DJ Fazer, and they were the reason that MC Vapour got signed to a record company. Force has accomplished more in the 15 years it has been on air, than most other Underground stations in Essex. Force mainly has Drum ‘n’ Bass shows filling it’s timetable, but there are a number of Old Skool garage shows too, which mainly play music from the 90’s. Unfortunately Force does not broadcast 24/7 – ...

Omega Multi-Band Radio Scanner 15/11/2010

Listen to the taxi drivers tough it out...

Omega Multi-Band Radio Scanner Listen to the taxi drivers tough it out… >> About <<: I bought this radio scanner so I could listen to the local taxis for fun; it’s been great so far… Just for the taxis. The radio covers the main commercial FM band too – that way if you don’t want to listen to the other frequencies, or there is simply nothing on, you can pick up your local stations, or just use it as a regular radio. Quite interesting I thought! >> Build Quality <<: The casing is made of plastic, and the antenna is metal, with a thin rubber strip running around it. When I bought my one, it came with a plastic screen protector, but it was less than a week before it started to peel away from the screen itself, and then it would not stick back on. The screen itself is very smooth, and does not scratch easily though, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem if it does come off. I have dropped this before, and chipped the plastic off. The plastic is a little weak, but the buttons that hit the floor first stayed on, and were unharmed. This thing does drink batteries. You will need 4 AA’s to get started, and then if you use it as much as I do, which is for about 4 hours a week, then you will soon find your Duracell bill going up. Sadly the little needle inside that goes up and down to show you what frequency you are one isn’t very accurate. I found it to be a good 2MHz off in either direction, and when on the CB frequencies, it can be a good 3 channels off. This isn’t helped by the strange display, ...

The Original: Cooks Safety Matches 15/11/2010

QUICK! Set it on fire!

The Original: Cooks Safety Matches QUICK! Set it on fire! >> About <<: I bought these matches for bonfire night, I don't smoke so i don't have a lighter, but got some Matches from my local Newsagent's. They cost 75p at my local one, I think Tesco's sell them for 69p. Human skin IS COMBUSTIBLE (apparently) according to some boffins it is dangerous to play with fire, so please, just don’t. =/ (Where on earth do they come up with this rubbish then?!) >> Quality/Striking time <<: I found that these matches are simply pathetic when it comes to striking time. If you apply a normal amount of force, it will take you at least 3 strikes to get one going. Furthermore, if you push them hard enough to light in one go, they will snap, as opposed to many other matches I have used which take considerably more force to snap. A very serious health and safety hazard then? The matches burn down at a slower rate than I had expected, I am unsure whether this is due to the thickness of the match, or the glue inside the match, but it will last for at least 7 seconds if you are holding it slightly acute to the floor. Don’t hold it directly pointing down, as it will burn out very, very quickly and also burn your fingers. The matchbox is made of thick cardboard and has a pull out tray for the matches. Sadly the tray gets jammed once it becomes damaged, which is inevitable as it rips easier than the box itself. The strip of Potassium (I assume its potassium, or at least I really, really hope it is) does not wear down as ...

Texaco 14/11/2010

Texaco - Fill yourself up, and your car

Texaco Texaco – Fill yourself up, and your car >> About <<: I use the Texaco garage on the A127 coming out of Southend on a regular basis. Not because it is cheap, but because it is convenient, and there’s always some good snacks to buy from there. >> Prices/Value for Money <<: IN THE STORE: As some of you may already know, I bought a “No Smoking Magic Tree” from these guys about 6 months ago, and to be honest, I wish I hadn’t. (Even though at the time I was desperate) Because in Tesco’s a week later whilst doing my usual shopping, I cam across the exact same product, just without the No Smoking symbol on it, for at least 40p less. I feel that I was overcharged considering the amount of profit that station must make. On numerous occasions however, I grab a snack such as a chocolate bar, or some polo’s, and they are quite reasonably priced. For example, a packet of polo’s in Tesco will set you back around 55p, whereas at the garage, it costs 60p. Something I don’t mind paying extra for to have convenience. As for their car care products, they aren’t cheap at all. I bought some Mobil motor oil there once; only to discover I had been charged a whole £3 more than what Tesco’s were selling it for, and £1.50 more than BP. (the station a few miles away) AT THE PUMPS: Shell and supermarkets easily beat them for value at the pumps. I have noticed how they place their stores out in Back-o-Beyond so you HAVE to pay over way over the odds for your petrol. On the other hand, they ...

London Underground 13/11/2010

Welcome to the Underground - Its not what you think

London Underground Welcome to the Underground – Its not what you think >> About <<: My nearest Underground station is in Romford, Essex (Elm Park Station) which is on the green district line. I have travelled on the Underground before simply to avoid the congestion charge, and also to get into the centre of London much more quickly. The Underground is a cheap and fast alternative to using cars, or even buses. I have travelled on the trains since I was an infant, and over the years, it has both got better in some areas, but become more disruptive in terms of delays and repairs. >> Fees/Prices <<: Before I explain the value for money, here is a quick list of what they charge: Zones | Cost | Peak Oyster Fares | Off Peak Oyster Fees | 1 | £4 | £1.80 | £1.80 1-2 | £4 | £2.30 | £1.80 1-3 | £4 | £2.70 | £2.40 1-4 | £4 | £3.10 | £2.40 1-5 | £4.50 | £3.80 | £2.40 1-6 | £4.50 | £4.20 | £2.40 1-7 | £5.50 | £4.70 | £3.40 1-8 | £7 | £6.00 | £3.40 1-9 | £7 | £6.00 | £3.40 I found that a day travel card is the best value for money. I personally think the single tickets are just rubbish value. Take for example, the zones 1-7 ticket up there. It’s a whole £1.30 more for a peak oyster ticket just to get a few more stations out of London. >> Staff and Helpfulness <<: When I enquired about where to obtain an Oyster card, the staff there were extremely helpful, they gave me clear directions, and told me more about the card before I bought one. Not only this, but also these guys really do ...

Ikea 13/11/2010

IKEA - Flat pack furniture heaven

Ikea IKEA – Flat pack furniture heaven >> About <<: I have long been a customer at IKEA and I last went to IKEA about 2 months ago to buy a pillow. The Swedish translation of which is completely inappropriate… heh… you’ll know what I mean if you’ve seen them before. Anyways, I have often found myself walking into the store knowing what I want to buy, and coming out with tons of stuff that I didn’t know they even sold, so bring your wallet… and credit cards… Don’t forget to grab your free pencils while you are there… and pound coins haha. >> ** Sorry, just to clarify folks, i use my nearest one at Lakeside. ** << >> Getting Around <<: IKEA has a unique one-way system for customers to follow the specified route of which is quite like driving around Oxford city centre. I have found a way around this though. The fire exits are not alarmed, and do not have locks on them, so if you are after a shortcut through an area you don’t want to go through, just use the fire exists. I was told this by a very helpful member of staff who said it was the best way to get around! I would recommend doing this too – it’s completely fine to do, and will save you time. You’ll find that either side of the path you walk down, there are objects there for you to look at, and little areas to walk around. In the kitchen section you’ll find rooms that have been fitted with display kitchen gear, and fake fruit for you. There are even fake TV’s in the lounge section! You can always try before you ...

Michelin Tyres 13/11/2010

My Expensive Tyre Bill: Michelin Tyres (Updated)

Michelin Tyres My Expensive Tyre Bill: Michelin Tyres >> Important Notice & Legal Notice <<: Please note that I do track days in these tyres, so in this review, I have tested them thoroughly for both high speed cornering, and general road use. I don’t want to get down rated / reported for dangerous driving, so please note, that wherever I speak about driving dangerously or at high speed in this review, it was done legally and safely on a closed circuit environment. I am a safe driver on the roads; I have 4 years no claims, and no points on my licence. I urge other road users to drive safely too. Keep your speed on the track!! I should briefly explain that I go to track days about 2 times a year. Now here’s the dilemma with me: I want tyres that are cheap to replace because I go through them more often than other drivers (spending a day at Brands Hatch skidding off the course for me) but equally I want good quality tyres that have fantastic grip for when I am taking bends at high speed. In this review, I will explain if Michelin can cater for both of my needs. >> On The Track (Updated) <<: Clipping the apex in a Clio isn’t too hard to do, but it’s even easier with my Michelins on. The grip at high speed is phenomenal. Here’s why: The tyres correct over steer by providing a heck of a lot of friction to the tarmac when the wheels are on full lock or near full lock in the opposite direction at an angle of more than 20* (Also known as drifting or power sliding for those who haven’t ...

Screwfix 12/11/2010

Screw This!

Screwfix Screw That! >> Important Notice <<: This is where I got my FuBar from, which I have also reviewed. Just to clarify: I went in store to get my product, rather than order my purchase online. Since this is a review of the STORE not screwfix.com, I will not be reviewing their website to avoid “off topic” ratings. (That’s a separate product/service according to Ciao! And will need another piece of work and rating, so I will review it sometime in the future) so please don’t ask me to add it to this review, as I won’t. >> Range of Products <<: The screwfix catalogue claims to have over 18,000 products total. In store however, this is not true. There is a lot of stuff you can order in store but have to have it delivered to your house from their depot between 3 days and 2 weeks later. They stock most products in store, but its mainly the bulky items such as traffic barriers, and bathrooms they don’t have over the counter. For tools (both manual and power) you are completely spoilt for choice. JUST tools take up over 250 pages of the catalogue alone. That includes Hammers, drills, kits, spirit levels, etc, all from well-known brands such as Stanley, Huskvana, Makita and more. They have a vast range of ironmongery and accessories such as bolts and nails. The one thing I was a little disappointed by was the lack of health and safety products, because I did take a look at their barrier tape (I have also reviewed) and they didn’t have much on offer in terms of signs and ...

AA Rhino A5 Excersise Books 12/11/2010

Rhino Paper - And im not kidding!

AA Rhino A5 Excersise Books Rhino Paper – And im not kidding! >> About My Purchase <<: I bought a 5 pack of these from WHSmith (Which I have yet to review) since they had run out of the notepads I came in for. I therefore got these by accident – I had no clue what to expect, and I wasn’t really after a note book, more of a flip pad or something, but now? I won’t buy anything else. I mainly use these as phone and address books now. I always keep one by the phone at the ready. >> Quality <<: Ive just been holding one of the books in my hand – and its not heavy at all. The weight of the paper is 80gsm, but the card on the front is thick enough to be durable, but not too thick to add weight, or make the book look ugly. The paper inside is ruled every 8.5mm, in blue ink, and there is a red line running down the left hand side of the page, which comes out by 23.5mm (a bit small if you ask me) In one of the books I bought, I noticed the ink start to wear exceptionally thin to the point where I could not see the margin anymore at the back of the book. I am not sure if this is true for many of the Rhino books in general, but it looks as if the ink cartridge started to run out towards the end. The paper does not tear easily; it is robust and thick. It is also surprisingly smooth and easy to write on. When using gel pens on the paper, it does not splotch everywhere and make a mess of your work; it retains the ink well and keeps it from spreading uncontrollably across the page. The state I ...

Mobil Synt S 5W-40 Superior Performance Synthetic Engine Oil 12/11/2010

Only the best motor oil for the Clio

Mobil Synt S 5W-40 Superior Performance Synthetic Engine Oil Only the best motor oil for the Clio >> About <<: As most of you now know, I drive a 2.0 Clio 197 and take it for track days from time to time, so I need motor oil that is suitable for my engine, and driving style. One that is good for a car that will be used for high-speed racing and one of high quality to keep the engine in good nick too. I absolutely love to take good care of my car, which is why it’s still in mint knick from when I bought it, and even then it was used. And this brings me on to my point: I love my car, and I only want the absolute best motor oil for my Clio, so is this it for those of you who love their cars? In this review, ill tell you if it’s the real deal. Ive seen Mobil sponsor/advertise on formula one, and other similar racing events, and I know that the F1 cars use it in their engines – so its already looking like the sort of oil I want for my driving purposes, but is it practical, as well as good for your car? >> The Quality <<: This particular motor oil is top of the range. Mobil are generally a good motor oil company, but this is like the Denon, no… Pioneer of motor oils. It costs a little more (See value for money section) but it has a fantastic durability, and great quality. Here’s why: The motor oil is thick, and has a much lower freezing point compared to other oils, even ones by Mobil. Also, due to its “High Performance” contents, it will allow you to reach the top end performance of your car without damage to your engine. I ...
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