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CEX (Shop) 19/04/2011

A Great Range and Competitive Prices

CEX (Shop) CEX is a high street store that buys and sells second hand electronics (phones, iPods, games consoles, laptops etc.) They also buy dvd's, CD's and video games. The idea is, you set up an account with them (you can do this in the store and they will give you a membership card) and then you are free to trade any unwanted items. They will do a quick evaluation and then give you a price. If you have multiple items they will give you the overall total of how much the items are worth. You can then opt for a cash exchange or "Store Credit" which is a voucher (of higher value than the cash payment) which allows you to purchase items in the store. The store also works as a general consumer outlet (where you can just browse and buy as you please.) I have used CEX many times to sell old phones, consoles and video games. They offer the very best prices in the market. For example they will pay you £160 for a pre-owned X Box 360 and sell it for £230 which is a good deal in my opinion. If you sell lower priced items such as DVD's then expect between £0.30-£5. The problem with CEX is that it tends to be SOOOOOOOO busy and even on a quieter day it seems to be the store attracting the most people. Because most people go in to exchange, the queue times can be extortionate. Expect to queue around 40 minutes if the store is quite busy. On the other hand, they offer great prices for items and the range of things they have on sale is great. The quality of the items ranges from good (Grade A) ...

Cash Converters (Shop) 19/04/2011

An Absolute Joke!

Cash Converters (Shop) Cash Converters is a high street pawning agency that offers small cash sum loans to customers by buying their unwanted items and selling them back at a later date with added interest on top of the original price. They also have an option where they just buy your items (kind of like CEX) They have numerous stores throughout the UK and other parts of the world and originated in New Zealand. There are two ways you can use Cash Converters. You can either 1) Sell them your unwanted items (e.g. phones, iPods, musical equiptment, stereo's, TV's or general household accessories) using the "Buy Back" option whereby you sell your items for a small amount and then they will sell it back to you 28 days later with an extra 1/4 of the original price added on top, hence the "pawn" status OR 2) Sell your items in a similar way to ebay. They buy them off you for 1/4 of the amount they are worth new in the shops and sell them for even higher. Using this option you aren't required to buy them back. Now Cash Converters sounds like a good idea doesn't it? You take your old tat into the store and they change it into instant cash. Well if only it was that simple. I ended up on the door of Cash Converters (the Preston store) after needing desprate cash to buy a train ticket. I decided to sell two digital camera's to them (each worth about £100) hoping to raise at least £40. Upon entering the store I noticed it was pretty unorganised with staff running around to and fro and items of tatty ...

T-Mobile Mobile Broadband USB Stick 110 05/09/2010

Takes False Advertising To The Max!

T-Mobile Mobile Broadband USB Stick 110 T Mobile, that little phone company sitting in the shadow of O2, Orange and (heck) even 3, has devised a cunning way to make (or rather take) money from doting internet lovers who can't always afford to pay their bills. The dongle is a powerful USB stick capable of storing data on your computer from which is supplies anything from documents, contact lists and yup you guessed it- mobile broadband. Before I move on with the review, let me give you a little bit of background information on the whole 'mobile broadband' concept. T Mobile weren't the first company to jump on the bandwagon. In fact O2 and 3 started the dongle affair first. For the first time ever, customers on the move could purchase an internet broadband package where they didn't have to stay in one place in order to access Facebook and their email accounts. The dongle was actually designed initially for business folk who used public transport a lot (you know those big burly men in flanked suits you see in the first class area of the Virgin train with their laptops out and a copy of the Independent hung above their heads.) Mobile broadband allowed these people to email, as they would from, say a Blackberry, but on a laptop with more sufficiency. Since then more network providers have expanded the mobile broadband trade mark and now they are common amongst businessmen (and women), students, families, dicorcees, stroppy teens and grandees. Mobile broadband works similarly to a mobile phone contract. You approach ...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool 23/08/2010

See It, Feel It, Love It...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Resort (Previously Pleasure Beach and before that Blackpool Pleasure Beach) is situated along the Fylde coast in Blackpool, Lancashire and is a 42 acre amusement park owned and managed by the Thompson family. The park is famous for its bright and cheery history, and for this reason still fully operates some of the oldest and most traditional coming-of-age rides in the country. Most noticeable of the park is the fact that it houses five wooden roller coasters, including 'Grand National' which has become a world famous coaster in its own right. This double-racing twin tracked coaster is now over 60 years old but is still in full working order. The thing which teeters Pleasure Beach above other UK parks is the fact that it has something for everyone. The location of the park means that the rides themselves act as advertising beacons. The 215ft Pepsi Max Big One roller coaster completely envelopes the park and the newest guise of a spectacular dancing water show with jets that splutter sputter 100ft into the air will please anyone willing to take five minutes out of their busy day to take in this fantastic rival to Las Vegas. Pleasure Beach itself has vastly become an amusement park of sheer class, with outstanding brasserie outlets and art deco decoration throughout the park. The lavish walkways are clean, as are the catering facilities which are recognised as being some of the best in the industry. Pleasure Beach managing director Amanda Thompson has obviously ...

Samsung ES15 28/05/2010

Great Camera

Samsung ES15 Samsung is one of the leading electrical providers of all sorts of useful equiptment- from digital camera's to phones to laptops, Samsung is certainly making a name for itself. The Samsung ES15 is one of many Samsung digital camera models and is a nice little piece of photography making for those who aren't a wizz with technology. The Camera comes in three colours (black, silver and pink) and has approximately 10 mega pixels in the lens. The lens moves when the 'on' button is selected so you can be sure the pictures you will take are clear as crystal. What's nice about this camera is that it fits perfectly in your hand and can be easily stored in your handbag (or manbag) after use. There are many different options with the click of the wheel (from taking video's to flash mode) and there is even a timer for the perfect family occasions. The zoom button is easy to use and is efficient for sight seeing. The only annoying thing about the camera is that the lens is very delicate and if it is not given perfect care it may become stuck (which may result in having to return it to be fixed!) so I would reccommend getting it ensured so you don't have to pay hefty repair fees. The camera runs off 2 x AA Bastteries. I would reccomment Duracell as this seems to be the only type of battery that the camera doesn't eat up (with Duracell you can usually take in access of 1000 pictures whereas other batteries can only take about 50- no kidding!) I would definitely reccommend buying ...

St. Trinians 2 - The Legend Of Fritton's Gold (DVD) 01/02/2010

More slapstick than you can shake a stick at!

St. Trinians 2 - The Legend Of Fritton's Gold (DVD) Directed By: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson Release Date: 18 December 2009 Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, David Tennant, Kelly Jones, Taluhla Riley and Sarah Harding. The girls of ST Trinians, a school for ‘young ladies’ and headmistress Camilla Fritton (Rupert Everett) find themselves on a treasure hunt after an ancient secret reveals Fritton to be the ancestor to a pirate. Unfortunately some motley spies led by the anti-feminist and pompous Lord Pomfrey catch wind and set off to rob the loot for themselves. At a time when British weather is as enlightening as a break down on the M6 luckily the British comedy bandwagon is far from running out of juice. In fact, if ST Trinians 2 is anything to go by I’d swap that juice for a cocktail of delicious surprises and lude, crude humour. (Cue the oo-err!) Ever since Tina Fey (the hugely successful US comedienne famous for poking fun at Presidential candidate Sarah Palin) penned the massively acclaimed comedy flick Mean Girls we’ve seen a long line of good-girls-gone-wild striding down the red carpet with their claws out. From the Mean Girls to the Wild Childs and the Freaky Fridays to anything starring Lindsay Lohan, you can be sure that the success of Fey’s delightfully campy take on stereotypes has created a mass market for aspirers of Queen Bee’s and Donatella Versace. Here in old Blighty we especially like taking the mick out of society. Perhaps it’s something in the water. Perhaps it’s because corruption has ...

Paranormal Activity (DVD) 01/02/2010

Chilling...

Paranormal Activity (DVD) Paranormal Activity Review Paranormal Activity Directed by: Oren Peli Starring: Katie Featherston (as Katie), Micah Sloat (as Micah), Mark Fredrichs (as ‘The Psychic’) Certificate: 15 Paranormal Activity tells the story of Katie and Micah, an ‘engaged to be engaged’ young couple, who, after moving into a suburban home are haunted around the clock by a ghoulish entity. Cue lots of screaming. Now if the plot line of Paranormal Activity has startled you on the simplicity of the concept then- you’d be right, but lets not be hasty and allow me to enlighten you on why this simple and effective little gem just might be the best thing to happen to cinema since a trio of student filmmakers disappeared long and deep into our minds. An independent film if anything (director Oren Peli shot the entire thing in his own house so he could install a flat screen TV) Paranormal Activity was created on a shoestring budget of only $14,000 and left on the shelf for over two years before finally, in November 2009 it was granted a theatrical release in the States. Since then the film has grown and taken off more than anyone, least of all Peli could have imagined, even winning the title of highest grossing low-budget film of all time (move over Blair Witch!) but is Paranormal Activity really the nasty little shocker we’ve all been led to believe or has oodles of hype and over-advertising dressed up what is simply a one trick pony? Let’s start at the beginning. The idea for Paranormal ...

Eden Lake (DVD) 13/09/2009

Brutal, Terrifying and all Too Real

Eden Lake (DVD) We live in a world where torture and brutality of the sickest form is regarded by many as a simple minded form of entertainment. This a disturbing thought, as through echoes of conscience one wonders should society accept violence as something fun and enjoyable to witness? Eden Lake answers that question right away after one viewing- most definitely not. Eden Lake is a taut thriller and violent exploitation film set in Britain, directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender as the two leads. It tells the story of Jenny and Steve, a couple living in London. Jenny is a schoolteacher and in desperate need of a break so Steve takes her to the remote Eden Lake, a small beach surrounded by woodland and a million miles from the bustling city life in which they both live. Whilst setting up camp, the couple provoke a bunch of local youths who also happen to be using the beach to smoke weed and cause havoc. When one of the boys in the group lets his dog attack Jenny, Steve confronts the yobs but to no prevail. Eventually the group gets up and leaves, much to the relief of the couple, but the nightmare is just beginning. The next day the couple awaken to find their car missing. After searching high and low, they eventually run into the yobs again, but this time things don't end so nicely. What follows is a terrifying fight for survival as the couple are pursued around the clock by the louts, who are out for blood. Their blood. I won't really give too much ...

Katy Brand's Big Ass Show - Series 1 (DVD) 09/09/2009

Very fresh and very funny

Katy Brand's Big Ass Show - Series 1 (DVD) Katy Brand (for those not in the know) is a British comedienne, in the tradition of Karen Taylor and most famously Catherine Tate. She is at the helm and heart of a BIG sketch show shown weekly on ITV2 called Katy Brand's Big Ass Show which on average receives just under 2 million viewers a week. Going by the name it is easy to suggest that this is another obnoxious in your face comedy show designed to gross out the audience and offend everyone else (see Little Britain) but appearance isn't everything and if Katy Brand is to believed we have quite a little gem here. Unlike other sketch shows, Katy mostly parodies the celebrity world, lampooning music artists and videos in particular. Of course she has a bizarre array of her own characters thrown into the mix, such as an angry and hilarious Scottish mother and housewife who orders her family around after throwing the gold fish bowl out of the window and throttling her husband and the army official who offends everyone she meets, but for the most part it is the glitzy side of spoof which gets the Katy Brand treatment. Katy loves to make the occasional dig at poptarts such as Lilly Allen and Amy Whinehouse and her rendition of Katy Perry and Leona Lewis is quite possibly one of the funniest things to come from ITV in a long time. An interesting fact is that when Katy Brand was in a restaurant in London and saw Lilly Allen come striding in she hid in the toilets for her dear life after thinking Lilly would give her an ear (or ...

Final Destination , The (DVD) 08/09/2009

Well it was bound to happen...

Final Destination , The (DVD) The Final Destination is a 2009 horror film released by Lionsgate and directed by David R Ellis. It continues the franchise which focusses on the the idea of death returning to stalk and prey on hapless teenagers after narrowly escaping a tragic scenario. Of course from there onwards the accidents start getting more and more gruesome as death stops at nothing to claim his victims. Here we are folks, 2009 and yet another 3D blockbuster (at least for those lucky enough to don glasses from IMAX 3D Cinemas, the rest of us will have to make do with the ordinary.) Yet again another teen slasher movie with lots of blood, lots of breasts and little brains and yet again another sequel to a once original and satisfactory idea of filmmaking. If you are new to the whole Final Destination thing, then basically each entry into the series is the same- boy or girl witnesses traumatic event (whether it be plane crash, highway pile up, roller coaster crash or racing car smash up) through a premonition (one of those psychic vision things) involving the said person and his or her friends. Before the accident can happen the boy/girl saves his or her friends, ultimately tearing a rip in 'deaths design' but death doesn't take kind to being cheated and returns with avengance, killing the survivors off one by one in gruesome and imaginative ways likely to make the audience cringe. And thats about as far as the story goes in all honesty. Its a simple idea and one which is kind of gimmicky to say the ...

Hannah Montana - The Movie(DVD) 29/07/2009

She Has The Best Of Both Worlds... Now She Has To Choose Just One

Hannah Montana - The Movie(DVD) Hannah Montana is a vastly sweeping brand. The name itself has gotten almost as big as the company to which it was born. The show has made Miley Cyrus the richest teenager on the planet and has kick started her semi-famous father's career as a singer (as well as an actor.) It has sold millions of merchandises and concert tickets alone, has catapulted Miley into book and music sales and now has its own movie. The show has a regular slot on the Disney channel and has become popular amongst both young boys and girls (not forgetting the infamous Jonathan Ross remark) and is definitely the most successful show for kids of the last few years. Hannah Montana the Movie, directed by first time director Peter Chelsom, Hannah Montana the Movie tells the story of Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus), who's life is out of balance. Taken under the wing of a gungho and glamorous publicist, Vita (Vanessa Williams), Miley is starting to let Hannah Montana (her child star alter ego) dominate her life. When she keeps choosing Hannah over her commitments to family members—to say goodbye to Jackson (Jason Earles) as he leaves for college, to attend Lilly's (Emily Osment) long-anticipated sweet-16 party or her grandmother's birthday celebration—it is clear Miley's beginning to forget why the Hannah Montana secret was created in the first place. When Hannah Montana ends up in a paparazzi-captured fight with Tyra Banks over a pair of designer shoes, Miley's father (Billy Ray Cyrus) quietly takes control. ...

Witch Clear Pore Gel 28/07/2009

A Cheap And Cheerful Remedy

Witch Clear Pore Gel Witch is a facial cosmetics brand which concentrates on the clear skin market. The company makes money by introducing brands to the market which use extracts of the Witch Hazel plant which has been proven to deal with skin problems from acne to skin sores. The most famous product by Witch is the 'Witch Stick' spot zapper which is a small stick used to dry out spots within hours of applying. The latest idea from Witch is to use its product as a gel form. Witch Clear Pore Gel comes in a 35ml bottle and is advertised as 'keeping pores clear to help prevent spots.' What it does- Instantly absorbs deep into your pores, cooling your skin and dissolving excess oils. Deep cleanses by tackling the source of blemishes. What you do- Every night after you've washed your face, dab a little Witch onto problem areas. Whilst you sleep the gel gets to work, cleansing your pores. For you?- Great for all skin types, but especially oily/combination skin. As with all skincare products use with caution on skin. Is it any good? Witch Clear Pore Gel is a remedy which not only cleans your pores but also dries out already seen blemishes. By morning the problem areas will have already started to clear up after dabbing the gel on the area indicated. The product comes in a small bottle however the remedy only requires a small amount and thus the product lasts a long time. The product is relatively cheap compared to other products such as the Clearasil range and in my opinion is more ...

Infusion, Pleasure Beach Blackpool 28/07/2009

Immesrse Your Senses

Infusion, Pleasure Beach Blackpool Pleasure Beach Resort (ala Pleasure Beach Blackpool, Blackpool Pleasure Beach etc) has played homage to many traditional and coming of age attractions since it first opened its gates in the late 1800's. Amongst other things the park leads its valley fair with some of the greatest wooden roller coasters on the planet, and thus can also boast about being in connection with some of the greatest roller coaster designers the world has ever seen (Charles Paige, Joseph Emberton.) Looking at the park today, as the multi million pound steel beacon, world famous Arrow Dynamics coaster Pepsi Max Big One cartwheels through the park along its Bolton designed tubed track one can only look in amazement to splendor how generations have changed, and so smoothly it must be said. Infusion is the latest in the generation whirlwind of coasters to hit the shores of Blackpool. The £8million Vekoma designed Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) had previously been in operation at Pleasure Beach's sister park Pleasureland (both owned by pleasurebeachblackpoolltd) but it came under the name of 'Traumatizer' and was sponsored by the Barr soft drinks firm (hence the metaphorical use of the word 'Tizer') When Pleasureland closed down at the end of its season in 2005, Pleasure Beach dismantled the Traumatizer and shipped the parts to Blackpool, where they were stored at Blackpool Airport. The red track of the Traumatizer was hastily painted blue before the parks own Log Flume ride was removed to make way for ...

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps - Series 1-6 - Complete (DVD) 27/07/2009

Completely Hilarious

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps - Series 1-6 - Complete (DVD) Taken from my review at Amazon.co.uk link below http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000GYHU12/ref=cmcrdpallhelpful?ie=UTF8&coliid=&showViewpoints=1&colid=&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending Two Pints is an on-going, on-growing comedy sit com broadcast by the BBC (usually BBC3 these days) about the ups and downs of a group of friends living up North in Britain (Runcorn to be exact.) It follows the triumphs and deceits of the friends and captures the warmth and vulnerability of being a twentysomething- and it is ultimately hilarious from start to finish! As a few people have said, I think the marmite argument may apply in the case of Two Pints. If you get it, then you will love it and savor it for the comedy gold that it is. If you don't, then you will probably just find it immature and vile. I love the show and have purchased the boxset for the first reason. I also think, whilst being simple in some places the show carries a deeper meaning under the concept of being in your face. The characters are very real and you actually do come to laugh and cry with them. The storylines are usually bright and funny, but at times the show does capture moments of sensitivity on behalf of the young people. Lets not forget they are hormonal young adults, mostly unemployed and living in a rugged estate! I don't have a favorite character as I believe they all get their own considerable amount of screen time. Will Mellor as Gaz is a perfect choice in my eyes. He plays the 'sex God ...

Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect 26/07/2009

A Great Product If A Tad Bit Expensive

Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Garnier are a leading brand in beauty care products available in both the USA and the UK. They have become a wide name in cosmetics with their brands which range from after sun to skin care protection, sun screens and even sunscreen instant tans. 'Clear Protect' is the latest range from Garnier Ambre Solaire only this time to conceal with the companies 'easy access' comes in a nicely shaped squirty bottle with an easy to use nozzle. Unlike most sun care products the substance inside the bottle is transparent (ie water colored) so all that annoying rubbing in won't become a problem when using the product. The coverage you get with this product is also much greater than some other brand names which instantly puts it up there with the best. On the bottle it tells you that the sun screen contains vitamin E which is very good for your skin and gives the skin a glossy healthy look and feel, which is a bonus to just 'protecting' from dangerous sun rays, of which this protects from both UVB and UVA. Another thing I found useful with Clear Protect is the fact that because it is a spray, spraying this onto your skin will cool you down which is more than can be said for thick creams. It is also good because if you have skin which is prone to getting the odd spot or two then unlike most other sun 'creams' Clear Protect will not clog up your pores giving you even healthier skin at the end of the day. The Clear Protect range comes in a 200ml bottle which is a pretty decent sized bottle. I ...
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