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Well it's June and it's still winter! Coming back soon..."PLS DON'T RATE MY HACKED REVIEWS!

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All About Me 19/05/2011

Myth No1: Large Families are happy families

All About Me Being a member on Ciao for years now, I've decided to review me! Way back in January 1968 I was delivered into my mums arms by a nun, a midwife of the St. Francis hospital in Govan, Glasgow. My mum wasn't a resident of Glasgow but lived in a large town 20 miles outside. I was the 13th child although one died in infancy. There were now 6 boys and 6 girls. Until the age of 4 I grew up in a very crowded 3 apartment house until we eventually moved to a 5 apartment. By this time some had already left so although the house was still crowded by anyone else's standards it wasn't for us. As a child I helped my dad who was a milkman deliver milk in the mornings before he dropped me off at school. In the evenings we would go round collecting payments. My dad was always in ill health due to having TB and bronchial problems years before and losing a lung as a result. My mum stayed at home as she was a very busy housewife with all us kids to look after. My dad passed away when I was aged 11 and it hit mum very hard in every way imaginable, including emotionally, financially and even socially. We managed though and got through the rough time only to learn a few years later that my mum was moving to America for a 6 month break. She went, got married there and never returned until I was grown up and married with my own kids. None of the family liked her new partner and he was never considered as even a step-dad. We had learned that on occasion he had abused her which resulted in my older ...

TELEVISION. Could you live without it and how would your time be spent in replace of it? 28/10/2010

My eyes are still round Dad!

TELEVISION. Could you live without it and how would your time be spent in replace of it? THIS REVIEW WAS HACKED SO PLEASE DO NOT RATE OR COMMENT. I WILL RESTORE IT IF I HAVE A BACK UP ON MY PC. IF NO BACKUP EXISTS, WELL IT WILL BE LOST FOREVER UNLESS I DECIDE TO TRY AND REWRITE. IN THAT CASE I WILL CONTACT ALL WHO RATED TO DO THE SAME AGAIN. THANKS TO ALL WHO RATED, I'M SORRY THIS HAS HAPPENED. THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS I KNOW WHO IT WAS............... !?! BELOW IS EXTRA PADDING TO MAKE UP MINIMUM REVIEW LENGTH: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

My Ciao'ing 14/10/2010

Ciao'ing the fat!

My Ciao'ing Being a member on Ciao for years now, I've decided to review me! Way back in January 1968 I was delivered into my mums arms by a nun, a midwife of the St. Francis hospital in Govan, Glasgow. My mum wasn't a resident of Glasgow but lived in a large town 20 miles outside. I was the 13th child although one died in infancy. There were now 6 boys and 6 girls. Until the age of 4 I grew up in a very crowded 3 apartment house until we eventually moved to a 5 apartment. By this time some had already left so although the house was still crowded by anyone else's standards it wasn't for us. As a child I helped my dad who was a milkman deliver milk in the mornings before he dropped me off at school. In the evenings we would go round collecting payments. My dad was always in ill health due to having TB and bronchial problems years before and losing a lung as a result. My mum stayed at home as she was a very busy housewife with all us kids to look after. My dad passed away when I was aged 11 and it hit mum very hard in every way imaginable, including emotionally, financially and even socially. We managed though and got through the rough time only to learn a few years later that my mum was moving to America for a 6 month break. She went, got married there and never returned until I was grown up and married with my own kids. None of the family liked her new partner and he was never considered as even a step-dad. We had learned that on occasion he had abused her which resulted in my older ...

Logitech 967670-1120 09/07/2010

Good Tech From Logitech

Logitech 967670-1120 THIS REVIEW WAS HACKED SO PLEASE DO NOT RATE OR COMMENT. I WILL RESTORE IT IF I HAVE A BACK UP ON MY PC. IF NO BACKUP EXISTS, WELL IT WILL BE LOST FOREVER UNLESS I DECIDE TO TRY AND REWRITE. IN THAT CASE I WILL CONTACT ALL WHO RATED TO DO THE SAME AGAIN. THANKS TO ALL WHO RATED, I'M SORRY THIS HAS HAPPENED. THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS I KNOW WHO IT WAS............... !?! BELOW IS EXTRA PADDING TO MAKE UP MINIMUM REVIEW LENGTH: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

World Cup in general 14/06/2010

World Cup = World Virus UPDATED!

World Cup in general The Fever Is Upon Us Again As you might have guessed, I'm not a fan of the world cup and the brighter ones amongst you might also realise that I just hate football in general. One of my favourite quotes is, "There's only one thing more boring than football and that's a football fan". This is where I believe many will be offended but I hate to tell you, it's actually true. The reason you don't realise it is because you share your endless football conversations with other football fans which leads you to believe you're interesting. Some of you don't even realise that football is ALL you talk about. I hear it in pubs, clubs, waiting in queue's, on a bus, train, in fact everywhere I go. I know people who have divorced and left their children for the only reason, "She just doesn't get it!". I suppose there's occasions where the woman leaves too out of utter relentless boredom or frustration. When it comes to "home turf", the only time someone flies a flag out their window, on their roof or wedged in every window in the car, is during the world cup. During the four year break until the next world cup, they don't give a toss about their country or at the very least don't show it. This tells me the flags are there for two reasons, again the first one being obvious, the second one being to antagonise others. I will point out though that I'm not stupid as to think this means everyone, just a minority but nonetheless still annoying. Some of you already know I'm Scottish so for some ...

Matsui ELCD32USBFHD 26/02/2010

High Definition For A Low Price (Money Saving Tip Included)

Matsui ELCD32USBFHD Johnny Cochran was duck hunting in Montana recently, when he attempted to cross a fence into a field to retrieve a duck he had shot. A farmer suddenly pulled up in his pick-up truck, jumped out, and asked Mr.Cochran what he was doing on his property. "Retrieving this duck that I just shot", he replied. "That duck is on my side of the fence, so now it's mine," replied the farmer. Mr.. Cochran asked the farmer if he recognized who he was talking to "No", replied the farmer, "I don't know, and I don't care." "I am Johnny Cochran, famous lawyer from Los Angeles", came the reply. "I am the lawyer that got O.J. Simpson off. I'm the reason he is a free man today. And if you don't let me get that duck, I can sue you for your farm, your truck, and everything else you own. I'll leave you penniless on the street." "Well," said the farmer, "In Montana the only law we go by is the '3 kicks law'." "Never heard of it", said Johnny. The farmer said, "I get to kick you 3 times, and if you make it back to your feet and are able to kick me back 3 times, that duck is yours". Cochran thought this over. He grew up in a tough neighborhood and figured he could take this old farmer. "Fair enough", he said. So the farmer kicked Johnny violently in the groin. As he was doubling over, the farmer kicked him in the face, and when he hit the ground, he kicked him hard in the ribs. After several moments, Johnny ...

LG 47LH4000 18/02/2010

LG = Life's Good and they're not wrong

LG 47LH4000 Johnny Cochran was duck hunting in Montana recently, when he attempted to cross a fence into a field to retrieve a duck he had shot. A farmer suddenly pulled up in his pick-up truck, jumped out, and asked Mr.Cochran what he was doing on his property. "Retrieving this duck that I just shot", he replied. "That duck is on my side of the fence, so now it's mine," replied the farmer. Mr.. Cochran asked the farmer if he recognized who he was talking to "No", replied the farmer, "I don't know, and I don't care." "I am Johnny Cochran, famous lawyer from Los Angeles", came the reply. "I am the lawyer that got O.J. Simpson off. I'm the reason he is a free man today. And if you don't let me get that duck, I can sue you for your farm, your truck, and everything else you own. I'll leave you penniless on the street." "Well," said the farmer, "In Montana the only law we go by is the '3 kicks law'." "Never heard of it", said Johnny. The farmer said, "I get to kick you 3 times, and if you make it back to your feet and are able to kick me back 3 times, that duck is yours". Cochran thought this over. He grew up in a tough neighborhood and figured he could take this old farmer. "Fair enough", he said. So the farmer kicked Johnny violently in the groin. As he was doubling over, the farmer kicked him in the face, and when he hit the ground, he kicked him hard in the ribs. After several moments, Johnny ...

Christmas Holidays 2009: Your Plans 02/12/2009

I'm traditionally not that traditional.

Christmas Holidays 2009: Your Plans What is Christmas to me ? Christmas to me is all about the present, no, not the presents silly, I mean now! I suppose my earliest memories are of your typical "traditional" festivities around your family and having a jolly old time of it but.... Back in the 70's If I delved into my earliest memories I'd remember Mum & Dad, my brothers and sisters of which there were many and the family dog all sitting (or standing as there's no more chairs) in the living room eating Christmas dinner. I would probably be complaining that I didn't want sprouts never realising that I could shut my mouth and just not eat them. My brother would be finished already as he was a glutton and he'd be lying on the floor shining his new torch under the couch and asking mum when dessert was coming. After dinner there would be some time spent watching the Morcambe and Wise Christmas show or The Wizard of Oz....again! on our 3 channel black & white TV. The lovely coal fire and the twinkling lights and tinsel creating that captivating atmosphere that comes but once a year. Dad has fell asleep in front of the fire still wearing his crepe hat from a cracker while my brother and I are upstairs putting on our new pyjama's and deciding which present to play with. Will it be the board game that ends with us wrestling on the floor, the fire engine or will we creep down to the kitchen for more goodies? You can bet with my brother, goodies are at the top of the list. Mum was cleaning up so we decided to play ...

Acer Aspire ONE A150-Bb 17/08/2009

Acer plays the Ace card again!

Acer Aspire ONE A150-Bb Johnny Cochran was duck hunting in Montana recently, when he attempted to cross a fence into a field to retrieve a duck he had shot. A farmer suddenly pulled up in his pick-up truck, jumped out, and asked Mr.Cochran what he was doing on his property. "Retrieving this duck that I just shot", he replied. "That duck is on my side of the fence, so now it's mine," replied the farmer. Mr.. Cochran asked the farmer if he recognized who he was talking to "No", replied the farmer, "I don't know, and I don't care." "I am Johnny Cochran, famous lawyer from Los Angeles", came the reply. "I am the lawyer that got O.J. Simpson off. I'm the reason he is a free man today. And if you don't let me get that duck, I can sue you for your farm, your truck, and everything else you own. I'll leave you penniless on the street." "Well," said the farmer, "In Montana the only law we go by is the '3 kicks law'." "Never heard of it", said Johnny. The farmer said, "I get to kick you 3 times, and if you make it back to your feet and are able to kick me back 3 times, that duck is yours". Cochran thought this over. He grew up in a tough neighborhood and figured he could take this old farmer. "Fair enough", he said. So the farmer kicked Johnny violently in the groin. As he was doubling over, the farmer kicked him in the face, and when he hit the ground, he kicked him hard in the ribs. After several moments, Johnny ...

Royal Caribbean International 14/08/2009

"FREEDOM" of The Seas, FREEDOM of your mind.

Royal Caribbean International My wife & I recently cruised on the biggest ship afloat (at the time), Royal Caribbean's Freedom of The Seas. We planned our Caribbean cruise a year in advance which upon doing so ensured we had a good choice of cabins. We chose a cabin with an outside balcony on deck 9 towards the stern of the ship, roughly two thirds back on the port side. Even though we booked in advance by a year, over four fifths of the cabins had been taken. These cruises are very popular so give yourself plenty of time before your intended holiday. About Royal Caribbean Royal Caribbean was formed in 1968 with the merger of three Norwegian shipping companies, Anders Wilhelmsen & Company, I.M. Skauge & Company, and Gotaas Larsen. 1970 saw the first RC ship, The Song Of Norway make its maiden voyage followed by the Nordic Prince in 1972. The Song of Norway was the first passenger ship in the world to be stretched. The ship was cut in two and a mid section of 85 foot was added increasing the passenger capacity to 1000 from 700. The Nordic Prince was stretched in 1980. RC went public in 1993 and began trading on the NYC stock market. A year later as the company grew and grew they constructed a six storey office building on the Port of Miami. Today RC have six classes of ship, The newly constructed Oasis fleet, Freedom, Voyager, Radiance, Vision, and the Sovereign class. This totals 22 ships ranging in size from around 74,000 tons to 220,000 tons. These ships cover most continents with the exception of ...

Sony MHC-GT444 16/07/2009

This is the one with the BIG Knob!

Sony MHC-GT444 I had been looking for a new hifi for quite a while as it had been a while since I sold my old one. My music experience since then was through my iPod earphones, my iPod dock or blasting it away in the car. Sony MHC-GT444 Wins it I had whittled my decision down to two candidates after looking at other reviews online, the Sony MHC-GT44 or the equally priced and featured Sharp MPX880X. I first looked online and saw both systems priced at around the £200 mark and both had 5 out of 5 stars from user reviews. I decided to look for them locally for a more personal consideration. I couldn't find the Sharp model but found the Sony and can't say I was overly impressed but it did look the part and as it played MP3 it had what I wanted. I didn't buy it that day as I'm always buying stuff and seeing it much cheaper within a few days, so I waited. Weeks had passed and I received my usual newsletter from Argos. I had forgot I needed or even wanted a new hifi until I clicked on the home entertainment category and the first thing I saw was the Sony MHC-GT444 on sale with a £80 reduction. Without hesitation I immediately clicked to reserve and luckily found it was in stock at my local Argos store so I reserved it and picked it up next day. Incidentally Argos are selling a Sony model with a slightly different model number that starts with MHB and at a much more expensive price. There is no MHB model in existence and it is in fact the model I'm reviewing, the MHC. Argos have made a mistake so ...

Everything About My Dad 10/06/2009

How do you put a dad into words?

Everything About My Dad I am a 41 year old Father with 3 kids. I was only a child when my own dad passed away at a fairly young age. What I say about my dad is a brief history as told to me by family members followed by my own recollection of what I thought of him and what I remember of him. It was 13th March 1979 in the early hours of the morning. I had earlier drifted off to sleep listening to my brother play "Tragedy" by the Bee Gee's in the next room. I didn't know it at the time but a tragedy was about to happen in just a couple of hours. The couple of hours had passed when I heard my dad up out of bed, This wasn't unusual as my dad wasn't in the best of health and quite often he would get up as his bronchial problem seemed to bother him more at night. He would take a shot of his inhaler and go back to bed. Another normal night in our house I thought but this time was different. He didn't go back to bed and seemed to be up for quite a while making more noise than usual. The house went quiet and I heard a noise like a wardrobe door banging followed by a dull thud. I heard my mum shouting on my older brothers who then got up. Another older brother who shared a room with me went to see what was wrong and he returned to our room a few moments later crying. I didn't say a word and I didn't get up, I knew what had happened. At the age of only 11 years I knew I had lost my dad forever. My dad was born on 10th june 1925 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was the son of an English man and a Scottish woman. I ...

Tesco Granulated Sweetener 24/05/2009

The proof is in the pudding...erm I mean the custard!

Tesco Granulated Sweetener Johnny Cochran was duck hunting in Montana recently, when he attempted to cross a fence into a field to retrieve a duck he had shot. A farmer suddenly pulled up in his pick-up truck, jumped out, and asked Mr.Cochran what he was doing on his property. "Retrieving this duck that I just shot", he replied. "That duck is on my side of the fence, so now it's mine," replied the farmer. Mr.. Cochran asked the farmer if he recognized who he was talking to "No", replied the farmer, "I don't know, and I don't care." "I am Johnny Cochran, famous lawyer from Los Angeles", came the reply. "I am the lawyer that got O.J. Simpson off. I'm the reason he is a free man today. And if you don't let me get that duck, I can sue you for your farm, your truck, and everything else you own. I'll leave you penniless on the street." "Well," said the farmer, "In Montana the only law we go by is the '3 kicks law'." "Never heard of it", said Johnny. The farmer said, "I get to kick you 3 times, and if you make it back to your feet and are able to kick me back 3 times, that duck is yours". Cochran thought this over. He grew up in a tough neighborhood and figured he could take this old farmer. "Fair enough", he said. So the farmer kicked Johnny violently in the groin. As he was doubling over, the farmer kicked him in the face, and when he hit the ground, he kicked him hard in the ribs. After several moments, Johnny ...

Sky 16/05/2009

The Sky IS the limit! *Updated!*

Sky I'm not here to write about Sky products, I'm here to write about Sky TV themselves as a company. This is about their reluctance and inability to help a customer of over 18 years. It's about passing the blame, making sure THEY are all right. It's about dragging out a problem until you pass the contract grace period, then you are obligated for it's term. I've been with Sky Television for years now despite never being a fan of their customer service whether it's contact by phone, letter or email. Quite often there have been discrepancies in my bill over the years and it NEVER takes just one phone call to sort it out. You may leave the conversation thinking it has been sorted but 99% of the time it hasn't. This may continue over many calls so be prepared. Now to my most recent experience which has resulted in me cancelling all services and considering never having anything to do with them again. Around 12 weeks ago I decided to take Sky+HD as it was on a special offer and I was getting fed up watching the same HD movies on my HD player. I ordered the new box online and paid £79 up front for the box and installation. They were quite quick in coming out to install the box only a few days later. When the engineers arrived my television was on as was my old Sky+ box. I left them to it and went into the kitchen for about 30 sec. When I went back to the livingroom they had already pulled out the cabling attached to the old box and was removing it. They proceeded to install the HD ...

McDonald´s 13/05/2009

Review of a specific McDonalds restaurant. Yes just one of them!

McDonald´s My review is more about a particular restaurant than McDonalds as a whole. After so many of you telling me my review didn't say enough about McDonalds and it's products, I will reiterate the update below and what the review heading and the review itself already states. This is about a single restaurant in the McDonalds chain where I'm reviewing a badly run restaurant, it's lazy staff, the evident blindness of its manager and also an apparent lack of restaurant hygiene training. It's not about the history of McDonalds, the food served or the prices and variety. It's not about location, seating, friendliness of staff or whether it has a drive thru or not. So let's get to the subject I AM writing about. My wife and I went in to a McDonalds restaurant in Greenock (beside the Holiday Inn) and ordered breakfast. We went to a table which looked quite grubby and asked for it to be wiped as there was no other clean one available despite the palce being practically empty. We were just about finished our food when an employee came out and started to clean the tables (clean is a strong word, lets just say wipe!) and she moved from table to table with the same damp cloth, no cleaning solution and no other cloths. All I see here is germs form table A getting passed to tables B, C, D, and so on. I'm no hygeine expert but even I know that in order to clean something you need a proper disinfectant and a disposeable wipe for EACH table, not one cloth for the whole restaurant. If a kid ...
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