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Expanding in the UK Swagbucks is a reward site which has been around in the UK for a while, and I see there are already a number of reviews on this site, but I thought I would add my two pence worth as some changes have recently taken place, and more are on the way. Just so you have an idea of my experience on the site, I joined on 30/08/11 and since being a member, I have earned over 52000 Swagbucks (the site's currency) which at today's prices could get me about £300 in Amazon vouchers. Amazon vouchers, and what else...? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So what can you get on Swagbucks? I usually go for the Amazon vouchers, are they are among the best value, but knowing what I now know about Amazon and their massive tax avoidance, I might have to go for something else. It used to be cheaper to buy 5 x £5 Amazon vouchers that 1 x £25, but thankfully they have responded to user's feedback and corrected that. When I first joined, the only alternative was to choose Paypal vouchers, which work out a bit more expensive, but as SB develop their UK operation, new vouchers are added all the time. iTunes, HMV, New Look, Marks & Spencer, Lovefilm and Now PizzaExpress have joined the ranks. Typically, a £5 card costs 849 bucks. What else can I do with my bucks? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Members are also able to donate bucks to charity, and this part of the site now also has a UK alternative, the British Red Cross. You can donate as little as 5 bucks. Although there are a number of items for sale, ...

La Pedrera, Barcelona 05/12/2006

A good overview of Gaudí's work

The Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh 27/10/2006

No Oscar for Holyrood

Abbaye du Mont Saint Michel, Mont-St-Michel, Basse-Normandie, Normandy 25/10/2006

The archangel in the sea

Snakes On A Plane DVD 10/10/2006

It passed the "numb bum" test!

Bar Brel - Glasgow, Glasgow 18/09/2006

A great dining experience in Glasgow's West End. 11/09/2006

Click all the way to the bank (well, the e-bank)

Lush Marilyn Hair Moisturiser 04/09/2006

Do blondes really have more fun?

Suenos Spanish Course - BBC 31/08/2006

Sueños is Spanish for dreams

Carnac, Brittany 12/08/2006

Stoned in Brittany

Island of Brehat 10/08/2006

Island adventure

Island of Brehat The island of Bréhat, actually two islands joined by a tiny bridge built in the 18th Century by Vauban (the man responsible for much of the fortifications built around France at the time), is situated North-Northeast of Paimpol, in the Côtes d'Armor, Brittany. We decided to visit one day, not knowing very much about it other than it was meant to be very pretty and cars aren't allowed there. If you have read my review on the island of Gigha (Scotland), you will know that this is the kind of place I love the most. ~How to get there~ *************** ***** If you are driving, to go to Bréhat, you first need to get to Paimpol and from there, the island is well signposted. Five kilometres after Paimpol, you will come to the 'Pointe de l'Arcouest', the point where you can get a boat to the island. The 'Vedettes de Bréhat', a boat company, has got the monopoly for transporting people to and from the island. You can leave your car at the car park, either near the wharf or a bit further up the hill. The car park cost €5, and they undertake to check the car park regularly for thieves. If you don't have a car, you can go to Paimpol by train and from the station get a bus to the point. Take time when you are there to admire the beautiful viewpoint. Although there is only one company to travel with, you have two options to get to Bréhat from the Pointe de l'Arcouest. You can either go directly, a short 10 minutes crossing which will cost you €8 (£5.40), or you could elect, as we ...

Asterix at the Olympic Games - Rene Goscinny 05/08/2006

These Romans are crazy!

Asterix at the Olympic Games - Rene Goscinny In France, comics are thought of as an art form in their own right (often called 'the ninth art'). They are called Bande Dessinées (which translates as 'drawn strips'), or BD, a name which doesn't prescribe the content as much as the word comics, which could be looked upon as somewhat derogatory. There are BDs on a wide variety of subjects, and they are not just for kids or nerds to collect. In fact, reading BDs is something most French people do or have done at some point, and Asterix is probably to be found on most families' bookshelves. I think I have read most of them in French in the past, and am currently enjoying reading my son's books in English. ~A few facts and figures~ *************** ************* If you have never heard of Astérix, then you must be the only one! With 33 books translated into more than 100 languages, Astérix has also been the hero of a few animated movies, of a couple of live action movies (the least said about those the better), of video games and even has his own theme park. More than 5 million copies of the latest book were sold within 3 months of its publication, 1.2 million in 6 days in France alone! It is expected than 300 million copies of the next instalment will be printed and distributed worldwide. ~A little 'history'~ *************** ** Let me start at the beginning, in 50 BC. "Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely… One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not ...

Getting around in Barcelona 30/07/2006

Barcelona es teva.

Le Bonheur (DVD) 27/07/2006

Enjoy bunny, enjoy! 22/07/2006

The cheque's in the post!

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