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Sunkist 30/01/2008

So what exactly was sun kissed here then?

Sunkist Sunkist to me brings back memories of youth where it was a novelty drink that hit the UK market and took us all by surprise for a while, a new alternative soft drink to the established favourites, that you'd open the shop drinks cooler and think, ooh, I'll give that a bash. Or as I was very young at the time, begging my ma to buy some. This was a passing phase and it seemed to slip back into obscurity fairly quickly. It couldn't take on the mighty Fanta and win, the might of Coca Cola wouldn't stand for it. And coming from Northern Ireland as I do, it had extra competition from Club Orange which is vastly superior to both, by a long chalk. Really this is why I'm writing this review, to highlight to you poor creatures across the water the existence of Club Soft drinks which wipe the floor with your Fanta's, your Tango's and indeed your Sunkist's. I hope that some day they'll get some backing and attempt an invasion onto the mainland, living in London now I do miss it so. And then they could set a precedent and Tayto Crisps will come over too, but I've got sidetracked here. Sunkist never impressed me much. I did try it once or twice when the notion took me, but that was just for a change, not cause I hankered after the taste. I don't really know how you could. It has something of a cheap orange squash taste to me. Not so much dredging up images of Sunkissed oranges on the Californian coast or sun drenched beaches or any of that guff that they tried to hock it to us with, ...

A Fish Called Wanda (DVD) 16/08/2007

Wandaful, Wandaful Comedy....

A Fish Called Wanda (DVD) Kudos to ciao this week for picking a product of the week which most people will have first hand knowledge of and making a decent competition for a change. I had begun to think the whole thing was pointless when entries from people who had never used the product or had only come into contact with it when it was put up were finishing very highly. To me it seems intrinsically wrong to award those who have written a review based on a scan of a website or a single use of a product and I got quite disillusioned with the whole thing. But me having a moan about the unscrupulous out there is not what we’re here for so let the review commence. A Fish Called Wanda is without doubt one of the funniest and most memorable comedies I have seen, chocked full of unforgettable set pieces, brilliant running jokes and some of the best comedy performances you are likely to see. Set in London, the story revolves around a £20m diamond heist come a cropper, whereby the head of the gang, George, ends up in jail. He is defended by one Archie Leach (the real name of Cary Grant for movie buffs out there) a stiff British QC in the midst of a mid-life crisis, played in uncharacteristically reserved fashion by John Cleese to great effect. Archie becomes embroiled in the double crossing antics of Wanda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Otto (Kevin Kline) as they attempt to scarper with the diamonds. Unable to find out where George stashed them before his arrest, they believe Archie is the key to getting the ...

Zanussi-Electrolux ZNB 3450 28/06/2007

Keeping Cool And Looking Good....

Zanussi-Electrolux ZNB 3450 After making do with a small under the counter fridge with a tiny freezer compartment for twenty years while raising five children, my parents waited until this year, when it is just themselves in the house and me when I’m here on holidays from uni, (but that may be a while now that I’ve finally finished, depending how the old jobsearches go) to go and invest in a lovely new big fridge freezer. And making do it was too, in it’s declining years, there was a knack you had to learn as to opening the freezer compartment without making the handle fall off. And when you did get it open you discovered that half of the tiny volume was occupied by the accumulated frost anyway so whatever you were planning to put in wouldn’t fit. But that was the price my mother paid for having to have a fridge which fitted snugly under the kitchen workbench and could have the matching door attached to allow it to blend in with the surrounding cupboards. It did the job for those twenty odd years but now as my parents are themselves in their twilight years, bending down to find out what was making that funny smell in the bottom of the fridge was becoming more and more difficult, the old aches and pains are catching up with them. And so it was with much glee that me and my brother took my mother off to Currys about a year or so ago to buy a new fridge freezer, with the only essential being the fridge should be on the top to minimise the necessity for bending over to have a rummage for a midnight ...

Zooplus 18/06/2007

Zooplus gets an A plus!

Zooplus Zooplus is a handy little website to use if you own any sort of housepet, from the largest of dogs to the smallest of budgies, it can cater for most of your pet product needs. If like me you’re not exactly next door to a decent pet shop and the supermarket sections aren’t really up to muster with their selection then I would recommend you dive it a try. I first encountered it when I was looking for a bird cage to give to my sister as a present. They had recently rescued a cockatiel which had a split beak and had been let go only for my sisters husband to find it while out at work. He brought it home and was using a horrible little garishly coloured cage and as much for the sake of having to look at that monstrosity of a cage as anything else, me a few others clubbed together to get a decent one. Not knowing where the best place would be to get one, I did what I always do and went searching on t’internet and stumbled upon Zooplus. I managed to find a nice little cage for about 100 quid, which looked great and was of a decent size, giving the bird more room. I ordered it with little fuss using a credit card and was pleasantly surprised to find that as it was an order of over £29, there were no extra shipping fees required. This made a refreshing change from other large purchases I’ve made on the net, where it usually costs around 20 or 30 quid extra for delivery. The delivery itself was prompt, it arrived within a few days and was in tiptop condition and made an ...

Top 10 Chat Up Lines 06/04/2007

The Idiots guide to landing a lady

Top 10 Chat Up Lines Did this with the able assistance of a few of my mates. It's all in jest and in no way represents my attitudes towards women (the fairer, gentler, wiser and more easily flattered sex) nor does it represent my style of chat up line. I don't tend to use them as I'm too busy fighting the ladies off with a big stick. Honest to God it's like beatlemania all over again when I leave the front door. Honest. Anyway, just wanted to do something light hearted and fun on the 2007th anniversary of our Lord being put to death for all our sins. 1.How did I get drunk so quickly? No one's ever looked as good as you do when I was sober. I heard this as a joke to a girl once, she was enamoured, thought it was one of the nicest things she'd ever heard, I felt embarressed for her. The guy who said it as also drunk already but she didn't mind cause so was she. 3. If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me? This one is marvellous as it is the title of an old song and has a subtle double entendre which if they catch on to it may impress them. 2. Excuse me, I just noticed you noticing me and I just wanted to give you notice that I noticed you too Careful with this one, you may just confuse those ladies of a simpler nature, on the other hand your 'clever' use of English may impress them enough to make them beg you to sire their children... best just be careful. 4. What a beautiful new dress/ top/ blouse... Only say this when you know for certain that ...

Lexmark X5250 01/04/2007

All-in-One, All-in-All Okay...

Lexmark X5250 I have had the Lexmark X5250 for approaching two years now, in which time it has not been overly worked, only really being called into action when essays or projects have needed printing, apart from a few big jobs which my brother asked me to do for him, producing posters to advertise music nights in his pub. Each time it has been called upon though it has always risen to the task. Not in terms of printing, there have been a few occasions where the scanning and photocopying functions have been really useful to me and while not of the highest quality it more than stands up to comparison to some larger more expensive models I’ve worked with. I got the X5250 on sale from Argos a few years back, I think it was half price in their summer sale, and I nabbed it for around £49. I needed a printer to do some work from home on and the scanner/copier/fax functions made it a great option to go for. When I got it home the set-up was extremely straightforward, a matter of plugging it all in, inserting the Software CD, a few clicks, a short wait with a cup of tea, and I had my fully functioning Lexmark X5250 All-in-one printer up and running. The only drawback being that the printer amazingly does not come supplied with a USB cable. I did have pre-warning in the form of the girl at the till trying to sell me one of argos ones at about ten times what it is worth but I had a spare one at home so I was okay. The printer does come with a set of free ink cartridges, Lexmark 34 (Black), ...

Belkin Wireless G Plus Notebook Card Network adapter 01/04/2007

Where's the wires then....

Belkin Wireless G Plus Notebook Card Network adapter So here I go again with another review of a technological product which in today’s ever evolving world will no longer be needed, as every laptop made now seems to have built-in Wi-Fi capability. However if like me you paid a substantial amount of money for a laptop a few years back, and it serves all of your needs ably still and should continue to do so for some years to come then you may feel the need to get into the burgeoning wireless age which is currently encroaching upon us. The necessity for me to go wireless stemmed from the fact that my room is positioned so far from the nearest telephone socket. To run a wire from my mothers’ bedroom all the way to my desk was a dodgy proposition, firstly because of the considerable distance and secondly because it would have involved lifting loads of carpets or running it mazily across doorframes and the logistics of such an operation had me and my brother flummoxed. So we thought we’d go down the ol’ wireless route, cutting them pesky wires out of the equation. So we got in our BT broadband wireless router and connected it all up via the Ethernet cable first off to get connected to the network. Once that was completed, (not the easiest of tasks due to the pathetic customer services of BT refusing to do anything about my lack of signal until I made threats to get my local MP involved, another example that idle threats get you everywhere) the next stage of the operation was to get connected in my room with no wires at all. My old ...

Corpus Christi College, Oxford 31/03/2007

My Wee College

Corpus Christi College, Oxford I have been a student at Corpus Christi College for just under four years now, studying Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. I am now entering my final term and as such should really be studying instead of spending this much time on ciao; but I think I'd like to write about the place whilst my experiences of it are fresh in my mind and I think now the end is sight I'm getting a little nostalgic for it already. So I thought I'd put down my opinions of it now while the idea is still in my head. I hope it can be of benefit to those who may be thinking of applying to Oxford and are unsure of what the atmosphere would be or which college they should go for. Also I hope that some younger readers who may not have even thought of applying will think about doing so, you by no means have to be a genius to get in, some of the very thickest and stupidest people I've had the displeasure to meet, I met at Oxford and worryingly they did fine. I myself only applied at the last moment, the day before the deadline, cause a friend of mine had decided to apply. It's probably the luckiest thing that ever happened to me, as if I hadn't, I would have went to Queens, never thinking of what I had missed out on. I would have still had a great education I'm sure, I don't think that other universities are that much behind Oxford or Cambridge really, but the crazy mix of people I have met and the opportunities afforded to me have been so much more than I would have had in Belfast. I was the first in ...

MacArthur Park - Richard Harris 29/03/2007

They'll never have that recipe again...

MacArthur Park - Richard Harris It was whilst watching a documentary on the life of Richard Harris a few years ago that I first heard of MacArthur Park. I guess it is a largely forgotten novelty these days, with Harris being mainly remembered as an actor (unfortunately mainly for being Dumbledore when he had so many better roles. The album came about mainly from a slight to Harris when he auditioned for the role of King Arthur in Camelot opposite Julie Andrews on Broadway. He was told he couldn't sing and the role instead went to Richard Burton (another legend). Harris was annoyed by this and as such tried extra hard to claim the role for the 1967 movie Camelot, something he did and to no small acclaim. Although not the greatest of singers he could use his acting and oratorical skills to express great emotion in his voice. This is one of the lynchpins of this album, despite not having a mindblowing range, he can sing a love song like he really means it, and this is very necessary, because when you listen to the lyrics, at times you wonder how anyone had the courage to publish or indeed sing them. This is down to the much mocked and maligned writing skills of Jimmy Webb, who penned all the songs on this album. His main forte it seems to me was as a composer and the music is actually a very accomplished feature of the album, the string section constantly plucking at the heartstrings, like in all the great romantic movies of the sixties. You know what I mean. It also has some fantastic little experimental ...

reveals yourself in 100 questions... 28/03/2007

Become a cokane addict...

reveals yourself in 100 questions... 1. Full name: Conor O'Kane 2. Nicknames: Had one as a kid I have finally shaken off, not bringing that up again 3. Height: 5ft 6ins 4. Hair: Short Black Hair, prematurely greying at the temples, I'm told it makes me look sophisticated and mature… I'm only 22! 5. Siblings: 2 brothers, 2 sisters 6. Do you like to sing in the shower? I sing whenever possible, including the shower 7. Birthday: 28th May 8. Shoe size: 7 9. Location: Northern Ireland 10. Sex: Male 11. Right or left handed: Right Handed, though I do some things such as paint with my left hand, I use whichever seems natural. 12. What do you want in a relationship most: Someone I can have a laugh and feel totally at ease with. I don't think that good relationships require work 13. Status: Single 14. Do you have a car? No but I drive my parents Toyota Avensis. 15. What kind of car do you want? An Audi A3 as a more realistic option but if money were no option it has to be an Aston Martin Vanquish. 16. Fave Movie: Lawerence of Arabia, it's just epic. And Fitzcarraldo. 17. Fave song: Wicked Game by Chris Isaak, at the moment, I go through phases. 18. Band/singer/rapper: David Bowie, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, there's too many to choose. 19. TV Show: Deadwood, Ian McShane is an absolute legend. 20. Fave Actor: John Wayne (see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) 21. Worst food: Sun-dried tomatoes 22. Fave Food: Thai Sweet Chilli ...

Cookworks MK17DOB 27/03/2007

Cookworks works, at half the price

Cookworks MK17DOB The Cookworks MK17DOB, for me, is a great example of how simple no fuss products can be well made for a small price without sacrificing quality. I often feel that with the larger name brands, their less expensive options are usually vastly inferior to their higher price models; the specifications being much reduced and the quality of design and materials used being less than satisfactory at times, usually breaking fairly soon. The larger companies seen to want to breed the notion that the quality of a product should correlate to it's price, hoping to reinforce the idea that you pay more, you get more. That's why as a student I have always ignored any big brand name electronics companies for the little things like kettles and toasters. I knew the ones I could stretch to afford would be rubbish anyhow. So I always stuck to the idea that I may as well go for the cheapest I could get and went down to Argos, and bought the cheapest they had. This is invariably Cookworks for kitchen appliances and when I made my first investment in a Cookworks kettle, I couldn't help feeling that even at the low, low price of a fiver, I was still getting ripped off. However, when I got it home, it did exactly what it was supposed to and never let me down for three years. No faults, no leaks, just a relatively fast working, reliable kettle. Lovely job. When I moved house I left the kettle where it was and I am assured it's still going strong. However when I returned a year later to accommodation ...

Werner Herzog Box Set Vol.1 (Box Set) (DVD) 23/07/2006

Kinski and Herzog, The Great German Double Act

Werner Herzog Box Set Vol.1 (Box Set) (DVD) I bought this DVD box set a few months ago on the strength of two things An article in Empire describing the star of these movies Klaus Kinski, his crazy behaviour and sometime homicidal relationship with the director, Werner Herzog. They both at times have made efforts to kill each other but at the same time produced probably their greatest films whilst working with each other. These films make up this six DVD box set. The other thing to pique my interest was the entry of one of the films in the top 40 of Channel 4's 100 greatest movies, Fitzcarraldo. It was the only film on the list which I had never heard of and what's more, no one I knew had heard of it. The idea that the story of a man obsessed with opera, trying to raise the money to build an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle could be the basis for a great movie seemed a crazy one and stuck in my head. I had to see this film. I never saw it for a few years and when empire's review came out of the box set I decided I'd use up some Amazon vouchers I had to buy it straight away. I knew it was a risk as this was German cinema after all, not an area I held a lot of knowledge on, and a couple of the movies were shot in German and so I would have to put up with a dubbed version or subtitles. This did not appeal to me greatly, as german is not a language I find enjoyable to listen to, my God awful high school German teacher was enough to put anyone off the language, but I allowed it would be worth it. The ...

Logik LDR1 29/12/2005

Logik... It Makes Sense.

Logik LDR1 In the run up to Christmas it was decided that the time had come to give in to those ads on the BBC, the ones with the big floating heads in the sky that are made up of small floating heads telling us to go digital. It's a disturbing advert which kind of makes me glad that the BBC isn't a commercial channel. Having spoken to a number of people about what was the best way to go digital, most had told us that their cheapo set top boxes worked absolutely fine and had no more trouble and worse a picture than those who had either spent big money on a set top box or got a digital TV. And it just so happened that in the store my sister works in the Logik LDR1 came on the shelves at £25.99. This was about as cheap as we'd seen and her staff discount made it an even cheaper prospect, so we allowed that it was worth a pop even if it did turn out to be rubbish. I'm not a fan of going for a brand that I have heard nothing about, and I have yet to hear anything about any other Logik products but I have to admit these cheaper pieces of kit may not look as good as their big brand competitors but they seem to do their job every bit as well. When we first got it I dreaded the installation process, we have an absolute myriad of wiring in behind our TV, what with booster boxes, aerial cables, scart leads for dvd player etc. I anticipated having to get one of those 3 way scart adaptors which I wanted to avoid, firstly because it would add to the clutter and secondly, I like to keep it as ...

Black Tie White Noise - David Bowie 22/12/2005

One For The Fans, Bowie Virgins Look Elsewhere!

Black Tie White Noise - David Bowie First of all I'll address the album on its own merits. For those who are not already confirmed fans of David Bowie I would advise you look at either his earlier albums or his more recent works, Heathen or Reality. This is very much an album which suffers from perhaps too much experimentation, too much of a hangover from Bowie's time as a member of the band Tin machine. Too much saxomophone as Homer Simpson would put it. And overuse of the trumpet solo is another offence. It sounds of its time, the early 90's, which is not a great thing really. There are a few tracks which are standouts which are worth buying the album for, specifically Jump They Say (which is actually about the suicide of a showbiz friend) which has a lot of energy to it and interesting lyrics, as does the title track. I'm also partial to the cover of the cover of Creams I Feel Free, but more for the amusement factor than anything else. I'll give a quick comment on each track now. 1. The Wedding - An Instrumental intro, its none too memorable and sets the tone for the album, overuse of the saxophone is a fault throughout, interesting use of church bells at the start is the only link I can see to a wedding here! 2. You've Been Around - Here the use of a trumpet solo works better than almost anywhere else on the album and the catchy refrain of You've been Around makes this one of the stronger tracks. 3. I Feel Free - Okay, I'm sure any cream fan would see this track as sacrilege but you have to hand it ...

Volkswagen Bora 1.9 S TDI 14/12/2005

A Golf With A Boot, It Can't Be Bad!

Volkswagen Bora 1.9 S TDI I never liked the name Bora, it invites too many obvious puns in the vain of bore, boring, boredom. At least it would have, if they hadn't gone and made such a cracking job of it. The Bora is the successor to the Volkswagen Jetta, i.e. it's the Golf with a boot. Working off the chassis of the Golf, these cars have always been good and the Bora is no exception. I don't personally own one but have had the use of my uncles on a regular basis and can testify that it is as good a car as is on the market in this sector. It is spot on in the looks department with a styling which gives it a look of strength about it, its kept simple but sophisticated and despite being based on the golf has a different, more mature look to it. Not that this is an old persons car, the higher spec models, especially those with metallic paint and a subtle bit of a body kit makes for a car to leave the boy racers drooling and theres a good few of them out there. The interior is functional, not particularly stylish, but has a good quality to it. This is a Volkswagen after all. Little things like the spring dampered handles above the door smack of quality which belied the price of the car, folding back smoothly instead of snapping back like the would on a lesser make of car. You have a few nicely designed cup holders and everything else you would expect depending on the model you choose, though look out for those with air conditioning when buying second hand, it's worth it. The alacantra velour ...
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