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I am very close to my 300th review and need some more questions to answer, preferably not from 1st2thebar!

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Timpson Shops 25/03/2017

Key cutting and shoe repairs.

Timpson Shops Timpson to me are the be all and end all when it comes to things in relation to key cutting; shoe repairs, or anything else in between - if not a little on the expensive side, but you do get what you pay for. They are the sort of shop that will pop up anywhere because their outlets tend to be on the smaller side, and I have seen them in supermarkets (Tesco/ Sainsbury) as well as stand alone shops on the high street or in smaller suburban shopping centres. I have of course just touched on the fact that they do appear to be a little bit more on the expensive side, but this is only really in terms of those more smaller and independent shops that Plymouth seems to have over perhaps more well known names (if there are any!). However for the purposes of this review I shall only be taking in to account the key cutting side of things as this is all that I have made use of, although I shall in proxy be talking slightly on the shoe repair side of things because I have a great uncle that I do some things for - but he is insistent on getting his own shoes fixed, and at 85 is a self confessed stubborn old man! I would use another phrase that is similar to one that he does of course to describe himself, but this is not really the sort of place in which to use such a phrase as I am told that there are a number of ladies about… I am the sort of person who is forever mislaying his keys, and so I need to always getting one cut - you would think by now that I would have learnt to have ...

Telesales 19/03/2017

Can you sell snow to the eskimos?

Telesales I have in the past done a number of jobs that have either directly or indirectly involved me having to carry out some work that is generally termed 'Telesales', and I would just like to write a review based on my own experiences of this particular area of work - most of which are pretty negative, I can tell you! As the name would suggest if you were to break it down in to smaller parts a job that means you are on the telephone, and you are trying to make sales - or generate business whichever way you look at it, but they both ultimately lead generally to the same place. Being based in a call centre or other such similar set up, most jobs within telesales are classed as 'outbound' - meaning that the person who is sat at the desk is making calls out of the centre to people, in order to try and get someone to sign up for a particular service or similar (such as gas or supporting a charity). This is in comparison to an 'inbound' call centre, where you sit by a telephone waiting for someone to call you to get support. For example you may have an issue with your mobile telephone or something has gone wrong with your water supply, and so you ring up the customer service department of the organisation and get help that way. However for the purpose of this review, I shall be looking more at the former of the two - that being outbound call centres. One area that I worked in was what is about to phased out (or so I believe if the adverts on the television are anything to go by), ...

What are the main changes do you plan to do for Spring? 17/03/2017

With a spring in my step...

What are the main changes do you plan to do for Spring? Spring is that time of year that I love the most (maybe perhaps with the exception of summer in some ways but that is neither here nor there!), because of all of the new and exciting things that happen at this time of year - the days are getting longer; trees plants and flowers start to bloom or burst out again, and baby animals are born on the farms. OK so living in the middle of Plymouth I do not really get to see much of the latter one, but there are enough farms in the country surrounding it that I get to see when I go a little further afield. But anyway, on to the matter at hand - those changes that I plan on making for spring. And if you forgive me in making comparisons, my plans for spring are just like the new things that appear that I have already mentioned. For me, the current season of spring that we are entering is an ideal opportunity for me to take stock and to look to the future for new things to happen in my life. At the moment I am currently unemployed through no fault or wrong doing on my part, and so the change on this part is for me to actively find work. This will lead on to me buying a car again, sadly as my last one was a complete MOT failure about a month or so ago. Another change that I am intent on making this spring is to get more fit again, ready for the summer months that if the rest of the year so far is anything to go by will be upon us before we even know it. I will do this by swimming on a regular basis; starting to run as well, and ...

Old Guys - Series 1 (DVD) 15/03/2017

Old Guys Rule!

Old Guys - Series 1 (DVD) My dad will shoot me for saying this, but living with an old guy such as him for so long it was rather interesting when I saw a television series about such a subject! The show is about two older guys called Tom and Roy who live together as friends, with Tom moving in with Roy when Roy's wife left him. And although they are friends, they both try and get better acquainted with a rather attractive lady called Sally - who is their neighbour, and whose son Steve is actually dating Tom's daughter Amber... The episode listing is as follows on this particular DVD: 1. Sally's Party - the very first ever episode, where we get introduced to the different characters. The two men hope to get invited to the party, and everyone seems to try and announce their intentions to those they like (see introduction above). 2. The Therapist - with fantasies and desires running amok over Sally, Roy goes to see a therapist about it. Only for him to introduce the therapist to Sally, where feelings become mutual... 3. Marriage - when money is involved and it becomes apparent when more can be made when he is married, Tom tries proposing to Sally to see if this will work in getting him more money from his pension. 4. The Old Flame - Sally becomes involved with an old boyfriend which causes some distress to the old guys, although one of them becomes good friends with him. 5. The Croft - at the suggestion of Sally, Roy and Tom take a week's break in Scotland and find themselves thoroughly ...

Atlantic Village 14/03/2017

When is a village not a village?

Atlantic Village The Atlantic Village is one of these large out of town shopping outlet that is situated very close to Bideford in North Devon, and is not all that dissimilar to other such places as the Clarks Village that is found in Somerset - it is not your average out of town shopping centre that you would associate with something like Cribbs Causeway as such or a large out of town retail park, but this is one that is slightly different as we shall soon see. The centre is found just off the main A39 Atlantic Highway that runs from the M5; through Minehead and northern Somerset; across north Devon, and right down in to Cornwall. However as the A39 between the M5 and pretty much Barnstaple is single carriageway for most of the way through moorland and towns, the majority of traffic from this direction is advised on leaving the M5 at J27 (which is signposted Barnstaple) which then follows the A361 - although a lot of this road is still single carriageway, it is better developed and in some places is partly dualled on one side of the road to allow for proper overtaking. Once traffic gets to Barnstaple, cars are encouraged to then follow the signs for Bideford with signs for the Atlantic Village being shown the closer you get. If however you are staying in the area then there are regular buses that run past the site, with some buses actually entering the site and dropping people off at the bus stop which is situated almost outside the main shopping area. There is also a train station at ...

Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff 11/03/2017

Llandaff Cathedral.

Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Having visited Cardiff and the surrounding areas a number of times over the last two or three years or so, most things that the family and I would want to see have been seen. But one place that we had not visited is known as 'a city within a city', that being Llandaff - a city of sorts in its own right because of the cathedral that is based there (which is of course the basis of this review), but has since 1922 been a part of 'Greater Cardiff' following the boundaries of Cardiff being extended. With the original building being built in the 12th century (parts of which are still standing), parts of it have had to have been rebuilt or refurbished over the years owing to storms; the 1400 rebellion, and the Second World War. It is an Anglican cathedral (so a part of the Church of England as opposed to it being a Roman Catholic church), with a cathedral school and other church related buildings in its immediate vicinity. Being situated about two and a half miles from the centre of Cardiff and only taking about ten minutes at the most by car, on arrival at LLandaff you would never think that you were still in the midst of a major city (albeit in one of the suburbs). There is parking close by, and access is available for those who cannot manage the steps that are at the front of the cathedral. As well as there being good car access, there are also regular buses that run up to about every ten minutes a day peak times - and as well as this, there is also a train station at ...

The Quay, Ilfracombe 08/03/2017

Coming alongside the Quay...

The Quay, Ilfracombe Having of course been to Ilfracombe for the last thirty years or so to visit family, my last visit was just after Christmas to help to celebrate the 90th birthday of my great uncle on my mum's side. With it being one of those special celebrations that only happens to some of us once in a lifetime, it was felt of course that something just a little bit out of the ordinary was called or - but not a big party as such, but more a special meal with those who were perhaps closest to him over the last few years. Being owned by the legend that is of course Damien Hirst (who owns a lot of the businesses in the same street as well as a large statuette called Verity), it is slightly more expensive than other restaurants or other eating establishments in the area - but with a name such as this to it, you are paying more for this (but on my own personal experience of having been here you do get what you pay for). Found on the main quay in the town that overlooks the harbour on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, there are three main rooms in wine to be wined and dined in. The first is The Bar, which as the name suggests hosts the main bar area (as well as there being an area in here to eat too); The Harbourside Room which overlooks the front of the building to the harbour and can seat up to thirty people, and The Atlantic Room which overlooks the other side of the building and can seat up to forty people - with of course, some of the original works of Hirst hanging there. ...

50 Small Group Worship Ideas - Stuart Townend 07/03/2017

Big ideas for small groups.

50 Small Group Worship Ideas - Stuart Townend Just to put some context to this particular area of religious book, these days Christian churches have a lot of 'small groups' in existence - as well as their having the usual bulk standard Sunday service (or services in many cases!), there are small groups that meet during the group. Stuart Townend is perhaps best well known in the Christian circles as being a singer-songwriter, having started off singing and playing as background support for other similar Christian artistes back in the 1980’s - and then writing some of his own stuff, which led him to becoming more well known through not only others playing his music but there being Christian festivals that Stuart Townend started to come more to the forefront of. One of his ‘things’ as it were is to provide the church of today with high quality resources with deep theological insights, but in more of a simple down to earth approach that would seem to attract more people in than perhaps people in other similar situations. This is perhaps shown no more in this devotional study guide that was published back in 2006 - it is a book that is designed be used more by smaller groups of people within a home setting, which perhaps a lot of people would find more easier to get to grips with than in a larger church setting (or similar). There are as the name would suggest fifty worship ideas for small groups in the book, and these are contained within three main areas - God the Father; Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The book contains ...

Car Cane Mobility Aid 05/03/2017

Lean on me - or leathal weapon?

Car Cane Mobility Aid A few months ago when my mum was finding her osteoporosis and other back problems were causing her difficulties in getting in and out of the car, we came across this particular product which at first was thought of as aiding her a great deal - or so we thought, until we actually bought it that is! Seeing the adverts on the television on a good device that can help in getting in and out of the car and at a fairly reasonable price, this was something that was considered to be useful - it may not need to be used the whole time, but it was one item that was to be kept on hand in times of crisis. The height of the product is 7 cm; the width of it is 18.5 cm, and the depth of it is 29 cm - which is a lot bigger than I had originally imagined it to be, especially as on the adverts the claim was that it can be stored within the car. Luckily my dad has a fairly decent sized vehicle in which to store it (a seven seater Vauxhall Zafira), and so therefore he can just about fit it in to glove compartment of his car. It is intended to fit in to a D shaped fixture that you can only see when you open the car door, and it is strong enough to hold weight up to 160 kg (about 25 stone). However the first time that it was used, it took my mum longer to try and attach it to the car door than it would normally take her to get out - and being less than half the maximum weight it is meant to hold, it moved and almost came free. Luckily she wasn’t stood in an upright position and managed to flop ...

Os Landranger Ordnance Survey Maps 04/03/2017

Show me the way to go home!

Os Landranger Ordnance Survey Maps Having completed a large number of walking expeditions and other such activities as treasure hunts or school coursework, I along with other members of my family and close circle of friends have always had the need to have a map or something along those lines that provided us with a high level of detail - and general AA or Collins road naps have not really provided us with that much detail, hence making quite a lot of use of Ordnance Survey Maps. With respect of Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, all of the current Ordnance Survey maps cover the rest of the United Kingdom mainland - including all other islands such as the Isle of Man; the Isles of Scilly; the Isle of Wight, and all outlying islands beyond the most northern parts of the Scottish north coast. There are currently some 204 maps or thereabouts that cover all areas of land (and sea where it is close enough to mainland areas or suchlike), and is worked out in such a way as this. Number one covers the most northerly parts of the outer most islands from Scotland; winding its way back down to the mainland, and then working its way down through the rest of the country with the highest number being the most southerly possible part of the land at Cornwall. However it is of course laid out just like a road map would be (but in reverse of course), with the maps going from west to east across the country with those parts immediately south of it being of a rather more higher number in terms of the map reference - ...

Dad's Army - The Movie (DVD) 28/02/2017

Would you trust this lot to fight in the war?

Dad's Army - The Movie (DVD) Film Only Review. It has to be said from the outset that this film that I am reviewing is in fact the original 1971 film, as opposed to the 2016 one that has come out more recently. Dad's Army The Movie is of course one of the many spin off films that have come from a television series of its namesake, and in some cases it can follow roughly the original storyline or idea that made it famous in the first place. However this is one of those films that is slightly different to many of the others that have come out, as most films have only really appeared some time after the actual show in itself has finished. But this one was actually filmed in between series three and four of the original show, and so therefore only contains material that has been based on the first two series of it. Being filmed during 1970 and released in 1971, it shows the formation of the Home Guard during 1940 in preparation for the impending doom that was to be caused during the first months of the Second World War. Of course as we all know, the Home Guard was established to become a nationwide corp of volunteers to assist in whatever way they can in the war effort - but are too old or too young for national service, as is shown in those people who were in the film. The main cast list for the film is as follows: Arthur Lowe - Captain Mainwaring John Le Mesurier - Sergeant Wilson Clive Dunn - Lance-Corporal Jones John Laurie - Private Frazer James Beck - Private Walker Arnold Ridley - Private ...

Polperro in General 24/02/2017

Polperro.

Polperro in General I am not one for small villages or equivalent at times, but there are some instances in which it is nice to move away from the hustle and bustle of the larger city and town life and go to somewhere to unwind from it all - and Polperro is one of those places in which I love to do so. However with it being a typical quaint seaside village, it is of course only really the sort of place that you would visit during the course of a day - unless of course, you are staying in the area and make the most of it. There are various campsites or hotels including bed and breakfast establishments in the area, many of them open at various times according to the time of year. Shopping wise there are only a number of fairly exclusive shops in the area that range from local food shops, to the more surfing type ones and beyond - a lot of which can be quite expensive, but then again you do get what you paid for. This would also go for nightlife in the same way, as there are only really a small number of local public houses in which to take advantage of here. Polperro is however only really the sort of place that one can get to if you have your own transport, although it has to be said that there are some bus services that run - not only from Plymouth, but also from other towns within Cornwall too. The nearest railway station is some miles away in Looe, and taxis otherwise would cost you quite a considerable amount of money. But to make it worth your while there is also a fairly large beach ...

Budgens (Shop) 22/02/2017

Budgens - big on being small.

Budgens (Shop) What is now the firm called Budgens was originally started all the way back in 1872 by John Budgen in Maidenhead, and now serves all of England and Wales. They serve local communities in different ways, including local shops in residential areas or within slightly larger shopping areas or high streets. Their style of management and ownership is similar to that of Spar; Londis, and other such chains - inasmuch as someone buys in to the name as it were, and operates the shop as their own independent business but having the backing of a larger organisation. This is of course the opposite to the bigger supermarket names, whereby of course it is the other way round with the big names owning all of the rights to the company and each shop is run by a more central group of managers and so on. But by running a business in this was, an individual or a couple of people get to run their own business of sorts whilst still having some backing should they find themselves in times of trouble. With having the nearest Budgens store some twenty or so miles away from where I live in Plymouth all the way at Totnes, I have to say that this is not really a shop that I would frequent too often - but just enough that I feel that I would like to write this review on it. The shop is situated part way up the main Totnes High Street, and is to be found in a little courtyard that has some much smaller independent shops surrounding it. This particular shop is one that sells pretty much everything ...

Silver Birches - Adrian Plass 19/02/2017

Where is the Silver lining...?

Silver Birches - Adrian Plass Adrian Plass for those of you who may not know or him (or indeed have ever heard anything about him!) is a Christian speaker and author, first coming to the fore back in the early 1980's. Married with a number of children, he was originally a social worker for disturbed children and young people - however was advised by various people on turning to writing when he suffered a sever nervous breakdown. Having over the years written some twenty or so books including collaborating on a handful of others, he writes in such a way so as to make you think deeper about your Christian faith. Most of his works are fiction based, although it has to be said that a lot of the things that he writes about are based on his own experiences or that of those who are perhaps closest to him. Some of his works are of more of a humourous bent whereas others are more short story or (theatre type) play to be performed, whereas others as already noted in a roundabout way non-fiction or novel based - and this particular one is more of the latter, it being more a novel based story. And although it is a work of fiction, some of the characters in it could be seen as being based on real life characters - but any real direct liking is just pure coincidence I believe, however I cannot comment if this is true in this case as what happens to the main character has not happened to Adrian Plass. It follows the tale of David Herrick, who a while after losing his wife gets an invite from one of her friends to ...

ITV - Heartbeat 18/02/2017

Heartbeat, why do you miss when my baby kisses me...?

ITV - Heartbeat A fine throwback to the (apparent!) good old days of the 1960's or thereabouts, Heartbeat is a television programme that was made in more recent times and takes a look at mainly the police force based in a town called Ashfordly and a village called Aidensfield in the Yorkshire countryside - or North Riding of Yorkshire, to give the area its proper name. Being shown on ITV (starting on mainstream ITV channels and now being shown on other cable channels across the more widespread ITV network), it ran for eighteen series between 1992 and 2010 - being based on a series of books called Constable that were written by Peter Walker (himself a former police officer), the show was originally based on a character that was played by Nick Berry (who of course starred in Eastenders and actually also sang the theme tune for this show too). Arriving with his doctor wife from London, the show started off with us seeing the many different experiences that they had - being 'southerners', they were treated with deep suspicion and this along with other storylines intertwined formed the first series. The show then developed on further to include many more police related storylines; coupled with more minor medical inputs and the personal lives of many of the people who lived in the area - there were many local characters who were all involved in many different ways, from police matters to personal matters with other such things in the middle. It has to be said that although the series has ...
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