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Month: May 2004

Games: Grow

GrowOk, by looks of things in Grow from Eyezmaze you are meant to “grow” your own little planet by adding certain items in a certain order so they trigger events…

Easy? Except you’ve got to work out the order that things trigger other things and if you don’t have an item at a certain level then things go wrong… I’ve managed to get a score of 12,300 (that’s everything at ‘Max Level’ apart from the ladder – level 1 – and the cube – level 9). Can anybody do better?

A few clues follow:

Techy: Really cheap International Calls

Ok – now phone prices are getting silly. Using a service I found two days ago called Telediscount, my parents can call me when I’m in holiday in Japan at a cheaper rate (1p per minute) than when I’m only 12miles away from them in the UK (around 2-5p per minute.

It was bad enough that I can now could call the States for 10p per minute via Komtel, but with Telediscount – 1p per minute?!?

Somebody please explain to me how it can be cheaper to make a transatlantic international phone call than it is to call the house next door? (NTL charge me a minimum of 1p per minute off peak, 2p on peak for local calls – US calls via Telediscount’s 0844 8 610 610 number are 1p per minute at ALL times!). And, no, you don’t need to “sign up” to telediscount or anything – just start calling.

Scary innit!

Oh – it gets better, using their 0911 50 101 50 “Premium rate” number (15p per minute) – I can call UK mobile numbers at, I believe, less then the rate the mobile phone operators charge the network(s) for terminating call charges.

Cheap telephone (phone) calls ahoy!

Holiday: Books to buy

I’m thinking of taking a holiday sometime in August or September and it’s just deciding which books to buy… I’ll leave you to guess where I’m going (hopefully) by the book list: any comments on the choice of books or areas to visit would be appreciated 😉

Lonely Planet Tokyo (Travel Guide) – Chris Rowthorn – £6.99 [Order from]
Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guides) – Chris Taylor, John Ashbourne (Editor), Andrew Bender (Editor), David Atkinson (Editor) – £11.89 [Order from]/
Lonely Planet : Japanese Phrasebook – Kevin Chambers, Wesley Palmer, Yoshi Abe (Editor) – £4.50 [Order from]
The Rough Guide to Tokyo (Miniguides S.) – Jan Dodd, Simon Richmond – £5.59 [Order from]
Japan: The Rough Guide (Rough Guides) – Simon Richmond, Jan Dodd – £10.49 [Order from]