The Battle of the Superminis

The Battle of the Superminis

This year has seen some tough competition in the Supermini sector as car manufacturers have really upped their game.

The likes of Mazda, Ford and Mini have been rewarded for their efforts by winning various awards over the past year. The competition between the car manufacturers can only be a good thing for motorists as they really do have a great choice to pick from.

The WhatCar? Awards are widely thought of in the industry and therefore the winners should feel pleased with their efforts. In the 2009 hot hatch category the Mini Cooper S came out on top – this was taking cars from all price categories into account.

Although the Mini Cooper S is quite pricey it really does offer great value for money – you get what you pay for. This particular model is also really fuel efficient – it has a fuel economy of 45.6mpg – which is better than the likes of the Nissan Micra. With the Mini you also get great retro looks which have a lasting appeal.

At the World Car of the Year Awards the Volkswagen Golf VI was crowned the World Car of the Year which is great praise indeed. It was chosen from an entry list of 51 cars. Other close contenders for this award were the Ford Fiesta and the little Toyota IQ.

The Golf has always been one of the leading hot hatches and is renowned for its superb performance, reliability and ‘coolness factor’.

Aside from these cars the Ford Fiesta is another hot hatch that has done extremely well this year – winning multiple awards.

The new-look Fiesta has won a lot of praise for its dynamic and exciting styling. It was handed two awards from Auto Express magazine, it was named Overall Car of the Year and was placed at the top of the supermini category. The cabin has also been praised for being ‘cutting edge’ setting the standard for future cars. The new Ford Fiesta was a unanimous choice by the judges in this sector showing just how highly thought of it was!

I’ve certainly seen a large increase in drivers owning a Ford Fiesta, London seems to be a hot-spot. The Fiesta comes in some great colours which really makes it stand out from the crowd.

So, this year has been especially good for the supermini’s, time will tell if the trend continues in 2010 – or perhaps it will be the turn of another sector to step up their game.

Lucy Penn is an online marketer and researcher who is currently researching the Ford Fiesta in London at

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How to Watch Eagles vs. Cowboys Live Stream Online

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The Eagles and the Cowboys square off Thursday for a Thanksgiving Day NFC East matchup that will determine who takes control of the division. Both teams are tied for the division lead at 8-3.

The last (and first) time these two teams met on Thanksgiving was in 1989, when the Eagles shut the Cowboys out 27-0 in a controversial game that has since been referred to as the “Bounty Bowl.” However, even though Philadelphia is coming off a blowout win against the struggling Titans, they will surely have to bring their A-game on Thursday as Tony Romo has been almost unstoppable on Thanksgiving since 2006 as a starter. Romo is 6-1 (having missed the 2010 game vs. the Saints due to injury, and the single loss against Washington in 2012), with 18 TDs, 6 INTs, 2,033 yards and a QB rating of 107.27 in Thanksgiving games. However, there is no denying that Chip Kelly has turned the Eagles offense into one of the most explosive units in the NFL, and their defense and special teams has 10 TDs on the year, more than any other team in the league.

With only five games left in the regular season, this is a must-win match up for both teams, and the historic and passionate rivalry between the two is sure to produce some hard hits and big plays in this can’t-miss game.

Here’s how to watch …

How to Watch on TV

The game is set for a start time of 4:30 PM EST and will be broadcast on Fox, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth, and Erin Andrews on the sideline. It will also be shown on the NFL Network’s RedZone channel for a special Thanksgiving Day broadcast, with regular host Andrew Siciliano.

How to Watch on Mobile

For those with “The More Everything Plan” from Verizon, NFL games can now be streamed live on the NFL Mobile app for $ 1.99/month.

The game can also be streamed using the Fox Sports Go app, but only for tablets and computer, as it is not available on phones due to league restrictions.

How to Listen on Mobile

For those interested in listening to a live audio stream, is offering the Audio Pass for a $ 19.99 season pass. The game will also be broadcast on Sirius XM Radio — the Eagles broadcast is on station XM 225 (Internet 823), and Cowboys broadcast is on XM 85 (Internet 808).

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Wine Aerator ‘The Single Glass Solution’

Wine Aerator ‘The Single Glass Solution’

If you enjoy a few glasses of wine in the evening, and have the good sense not to indulge in the whole bottle, then there are a few tools on the market that will make your wine experience smoother, easier and less expensive. You can make a single bottle last over several days, with a few high tech and low cost tools.

We all know that wine needs to breathe in order to release the flavors and smooth the rough edges. Red wines especially benefit from contact with the air, some needing several hours in contact with air to properly oxidize and mature.

Wine Aerator

Usually, the best glass from a bottle is the last, thanks to the effects of breathing- if you use an aerator, you can get that fully aired taste in seconds by maximizing your wines contact with air right out of the bottle. Many aerators are calibrated to help tame the tannins in single glasses. Simply pour and enjoy.

Wine Vacuum

Remove the air from your opened bottle and instantly return it to its near-pristine state – you can easily preserve a bottle for enjoyment over a period of days, saving dollars and cents over the year.

Preserving Spray

Serving a similar function to the vacuum, wine preserving sprays leave a cloud of inert gas on top of the liquid in your bottle, pushing the lighter weight air out and preventing further contact with oxygen to prolong the life of your wine.

Proper Glasses

Yes, the glass shape does matter – look for Burgundy or Bordeaux size glasses for reds, these generally have wider bowls to increase surface area interaction with the air, and to better. Glasses for white are generally more petite.

Weekday Wines

A common trend in wine lovers is to cultivate the art of the “weekday wine.” Over time, you’ll come to know and love a few trusted vineyards and can incorporate larger purchases into your budget. Buying wine by the case is an excellent way to stretch your vino budget. You’ll often receive the equivalent of one free bottle with each case of 12. Even if you only buy 3-4 cases per year, that extra savings can be put towards a few exceptional bottles for special occasions.

It’s good for you

Studies have shown that a glass of wine a day can do wonders for your health, so enjoy your nightly glass of wine guilt-free.

Finally, one site for you to get all the information you need about wine aerators and how one complete breathing system can completely change the way you enjoy a glass of wine.

Absolute Triathlon Coaching launch exclusive Race Team

Absolute Triathlon Coaching launch exclusive Race Team

Midlands based Absolute Triathlon Coaching will be officially launching their brand new Race Team on Saturday March 19th at the Dambuster Duathlon talking place at Rutland Water.

The race team is a new initiative from Absolute and is open to all their private coaching clients, regardless of ability, and will provide athletes with a comprehensive the support package usually only associated with professional race teams including sponsored race kit, sports testing, training days, physiotherapy support and injury rehabilitation.

Head Coach Steve Lloyd said “We are constantly looking at ways to add value to our clients’ experience of triathlon and have been developing the Race Team project for some time working with potential partners and sponsors.  We’re excited about making this fantastic opportunity available to all our clients especially as it will be incredibly motivating for our novice athletes to have this level of provision.”

The race team athletes will also be invited to exclusive, complimentary training days where they can access a full range of services including swim analysis, drill and technique sessions for running, bike skills and injury prevention sessions delivered by physiotherapists.

Absolute Coach Nick Dunn commented “We have already completed two successful training days at Nottingham University prior to the launch and plan to repeat them every few months. With the race team launching imminently it was essential to get everyone talking together and bonding as a team. The great thing about these days is that our clients range from novice to successful age group triathletes so they can be really inspirational, in fact a few of our clients will go elite shortly.”

Although the basic benefits can be accessed by all, athletes competing at a high level will be rewarded with a premium package of additional sponsored support, details of which will be announced shortly.  For example, top performing athletes will have the opportunity to have a fully expensed racing bike and kit.

Absolute’s bespoke coached programmes start at just £60 per month and all distances and standards are catered for.  For more information please contact Jayne Lloyd on 0115 9607912 / 07795 342639, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Steve Lloyd from Absolute Triathlon Coaching is one of the UK’s leading triathlon coaches.

Steve is a highly qualified and experienced British Triathlon Federation (BTF) Level 3 Tri Coach, ASA Swim Teacher and a Strength & Conditioning Coach.

As well as being a professional freelance coach Steve is also Head Coach for Absolute Triathlon Club in Nottingham & Worcester, Regional Head Coach for the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) in the West Midlands and a Coach Educator & Assessor.

As an athlete Steve competes at Sprint and Olympic distance and qualified for the 2010 age group European Triathlon Championships held in Ireland.

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