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Jesus Christ. I was on the train playing for 90 mins, got enough xeno points to buy every item for the alien and I still have a he'll of a lot to spare. Got to a stage where one slash attack killed flamethrowers and got myself up from level 25 to level 42 AND STILL ONLY 2 STARS!!!!!

Anyone know what the hell it takes?

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Shropshire Lettings Ltd
11 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury SY1 1HL
A few initial difficulties early on that seem to re-occur. Will give a more detailed review once/if the problems are resolved.
Quality Poor - Fair
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Broomcroft House
414 Ecclesall Rd S, Sheffield S11 9PY
Well the place was ok at first. A little under staffed but they only just managed to get by. I would have given it a good rating until recently when my Gran went to hospital and came back to find jewellery stolen from her room. The manager even had to be pressured into warning the other residents to take more care with their belongings as someone on the premises has been stealing.

Considering this is a BUPA home this isn't the sort of experience residents are paying a ridiculous amount for.

This negative review and others will stay online until this matter is resolved.
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Shropshire Lettings Ltd
11 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury SY1 1HL
After a few initial difficulties they have come through in the last few weeks as good agents and resolved the problems we've put to them.
Quality Poor - Fair
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Parklane
12 Swinegate, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4AG
After my experience with these guys I rather proudly made a facebook hate group for the company in 2008ish. Within the space of a week it had over 500 members. Luckily I remember most of the stories about parklane before they reported the group and took it down, which I feel people must be made aware of as this company will try and squeeze as many pennies out of its tenants as possible. I’ll post what I remember after I type up my experiences.

Firstly my experience with them. We found a nice flat, (on the outside anyway) and it had quite an unusual layout inside so we liked the place from early on. Now there was a bit of mould on one wall which we were assured would be removed by the time we moved in. This mould was never removed or even addressed for the whole year I was there. By the time I left it had spread across the whole of a bedroom wall, to the living room on the floor below. This started to rot the curtains, carpet, sofa and clothes within the cupboard near the wall, the lad that was in this bedroom was also an asthma sufferer. Despite several emails requesting they address the issue, they only bothered to look at the problem when they started to show new potential tenants around. The attempt to solve it was stick a de-humidifier in the living room. Apparently they sent someone around to fix the rainwater pipes which they thought was the cause of the problem. But one housemate (who was abit lazy) was in the house every day and never noticed anyone do anything to it.

The next issue. The electric shower unit started melting due to it not being fitted properly and started smoking and burning from some exposed wiring. This is a little un-nerving when you have a shower and exposed electrical wiring is near running water. This took a month to fix.

Problem number 3. late one night someone decided to kick the front door down and try and break into the flat while we were all in. luckily there is a front door then another door into our flat which they couldn't get through. This happened on a weekend and the company didn’t have anyone available in maintenance that works at weekends. the emergency number they gave us took us to an answer machine. So our main front door was left without a lock on it all weekend. When the lock smith came out to look at it, we were told it would take a week to get the parts and advised we just make sure the door is pulled shut when we leave the flat. Between my housemates we tried to make sure someone was always in to make sure no one came back to finish the job during that week.

Next problem. I think we had about 3 different dishwashers while living in there. each one either leaked all over the floor due to it been a very cheap and broken second hand washer, or the plumber that fitted the thing did a terrible job of it each time. Also the comment below mine about parklane calling without giving any notice happens more or less all the time. about 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning there was a showing which no one had told us about. the member of parklane then gave me continued abuse about how its in the contract that we have to make the property presentable when potential tenants are being shown around and we weren’t keeping up our side of the contract and she threatened legal action.

The last of the problems now. When we left they tried to take our deposits from us as well (this was in the days before deposit protection schemes). Despite us cleaning the place as much as humanly possible they claimed they had to clean the property at a cost of £100 and they had to replace some light bulbs at the cost of £50. Fortunately after all our experiences with them I took photos of everything prior to leaving. As soon as I told them I had photos of the flat been immaculate when we left and pictures showing all the light bulbs working, they instantly gave us back our whole deposits and didn’t even apologise. Ok I’m thankful they gave back the whole deposit but I just blatantly showed they were trying to take money of us without good reason.

During this whole time we still paid full rent despite all the faults. Legally if you can demonstrate the letting agents have broken the contract first you are no longer entitled to keep up your side of the contract. We were well within our rights to withhold rent but due to our studies and work commitments we didn’t have the time or want the stress of taking this approach. Parklane takes advantage of this fact with a good 90% of its student tenants.

Half way through our time there I felt I we had endured enough of parklanes blatant disreguard for its tenants and I made a facebook hate group for the company. The number of people that joined over a short period was unbelievable. Approx 500 within the first week. I put plans on this group of our flat showing every fault over the last year (I’m an architect so quickly drew up the plans), so they knew someone in our flat started the group. As a result they called all of us threatening to sue us unless the group was taken down. Unfortunately they reported the group and it eventually was forcibly taken down after around 3000 members had joined. I also put up pictures of all the staff from the company website, and the amount of abuse under these face was unbelievable. Under the manager I remember one comment saying “I would gladly brick this fat f**ks face in”.

Anyways everyone had a horror story in this group. A few that stand out the most to me I’ll list below;

One girl in a property with an ensuite moved in to find the toilet had over-flowed and there was raw sewage in her room. Obviously the place was uninhabitable, so she stayed at friends. Parklane still had the audacity to send rent payment requests to this girl, threatening legal action again, despite the fact she hadn’t spent a day in the property due to a bedroom full of floaters.

Another story on the group, a number of parklane properties came with a large flat screen TV as an added attraction to get people to move in. Surprisingly a large number of these properties were broken into shortly after new tenants moved in, the only thing stolen been the TV and parklane expecting the occupants insurance to cover the costs.

And lastly a story that made the BBC news. If you google “parklane sues girl BBC” a story will come up about a student that quit university to nurse her dying mother and she cancelled her tenancy with parklane and never moved in (despite paying £1500 for her first term). A month after her mum died parklane threatened to sue the girl for lack of payments and sent a letter to her requesting £2220 with the word “deceased” next to her mothers name as the guarantor.

Recently they had somehow blocked google reviews from appearing as I tried to post this before but it was taken down. Just noticed that people can put reviews back up, and the amount of contempt myself and other people have for this company means we relish highlighting there total incompetency at any opportunity so I’m putting my post back up again. Apologies for the long read but this is how passionately I want to prevent this company from ruining other student lives. Final years are stressful enough without having to deal with the failings of this company.
Quality Poor - Fair
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  • Leeds Metropolitan University
    Architectural Technology, 2005 - 2009
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
    Business Computing, 2003 - 2004
  • The Dronfield School
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I am happy to hear from the people I know or fun new people who can hold a conversation and not take life too seriously. That said, I don't want to talk to flashers, perverts, retards or readers of mills and boon. If you are easily offended or buy womans weekly and live with your mum, dad, nana, 5 cats, a dog and a budgie in Dudley then it's probably best that you just click that little x at the top of the screen. It would be most excellent to meet more people in this neck of the woods, though preferably not through dogging.
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it is nice inside. but in terms of appearance it is basically the armoury next to the armoury. very similar style to the pub next door. the food however is a lot more affordable compared to the armoury. it's typical pub grub. nothing outstanding and amazing but it does the job and fills you up. agree with the previous review. There's a lot of restaurants around here so you have to fit a niche to survive. the above is all relatively ok and I'd go back still based on the above alone. the one thing that will probably put me of going back though was the DJ. the venue felt like it was trying to be everything. bar, restaurant. pub, night club. it was to much. the venue has the look of a nice pub/bar then later in the night a DJ came in playing really dancy music. it didn't suit the venue. talking to a couple other guys outside they told me the even asked him to tone it down a bit. We requested an ed sheeran song and we got a loud dance remix version. it jus didn't work. the venue has a nice relaxing bar atmosphere. If a jazz band or acoustic band or a piano in the corner played modern slow songs that would be perfect. the one thing missing from the armoury is no music. this place is large enough to have chilled out music in the background and you can still hear each other talk and have a conversation. There's an abundance of near by dance bars and clubs that are far more established and survived the test of time that people would be more attracted to when looking for that sort of thing. it's still early days so I'm hoping the place is finding its feet still. it would be a shame if it didn't pull it off. There's a number of bars opening all the time in Shrewsbury and this is a nice location and interior. it just needs to find its niche that fits with venue.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
One of the best cocktail bars in Shrewsbury. For a long time Libertine was one of the newer cocktail bars with a nice new quirky retro atmosphere. But like many things in Shrewsbury it was quite expensive. (Don't quite know why that is around here). Then the Alb opened. very similar in terms of atmosphere and service provided. Although the Alb is a lot better with the food it offers and the price is more affordable. There's also quirky things like the spinning wheel behind the bar to pick a random cocktail, and games lying around the place. The beer garden and the quiet hidden room are also nice features. Usually go on Sundays as its cheaper drinks and the quiet room at the back allows you to have a conversation. Many other bars in Shrewsbury that play music, play it loud so it becomes hard to actually talk to friends. The Alb offers the choice (although the music played in the bar isn't that loud anyway). One thing that I can think would go down well in there is maybe the occasional acoustic live band. But as it is the Alb is one of the best bars in Shrewsbury.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Top little camp site!!! The back of the pub is a medium sized camp site. I'd guess you can get about 50ish tents on there comfortably, but as its a smaller camp site you have a better environment and more space. Also its size helps by not causing huge que's for the shower blocks (which are also a very good quality shower area). If camping isn't your thing then the barn that houses the shower area also has hostel like rooms with bunk beds which also looked quite nice and warm inside. There is the convenience of the Royal Oak pub on site. The pubs food is traditional good pub grub that will easily leave you satisfied. Its open quite late as well and there are lots of little hidden rooms in there for a nice late night social atmosphere. The basement area under the original building is quite quirky. There's a good selection of ales for the seasoned drinker as one of the previous reviews mentioned. Something I found unique was the ale sampler plater where you get 3 small glasses of ales on a timber plater for £3 to try and see which you like. The rear of the pub has a nice sheltered beer garden area if you want to stay up later for drinks (as long as your not too loud and respectful to the other campers). The pub is also open early for those wanting breakfast or a morning coffee. Literally less than half a minute from the site, there is an abandoned railway line. This is a long flat track ideal for cyclists and is part of the peak cycle trail. 2 miles down this track there is a cycle hire shop if you don't have your own bicycle. We also found a nice walk in the opposite direction from the cycle hire firm that leads to fox hole cave. This area has high hills for good views and some cliffs which were good for climbing/bouldering so there is plenty to keep you occupied near by. Lastly the site is dog friendly which was brilliant for us as we recently adopted a 4 legged friend. Over-all one of the best camp sites I've been too.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Well the place was ok at first. A little under staffed but they only just managed to get by. I would have given it a good rating until recently when my Gran went to hospital and came back to find jewellery stolen from her room. The manager even had to be pressured into warning the other residents to take more care with their belongings as someone on the premises has been stealing. Considering this is a BUPA home this isn't the sort of experience residents are paying a ridiculous amount for. This negative review and others will stay online until this matter is resolved.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
If I could give zero stars for a rating I would but then my review wouldn't appear. The take away side is convenient in Headingly when out late but to be fair you might as well make the walk to anyone of the billion other take away places that aren't that far away in hyde park or even closer the ones down the road by the spar, which are open later and most offer more choice. Anywhere else is also more affordable and a lil bit more value for money. Eg meal deals for one. The restaurant side isn't anything to shout about as well. Very dark, nothing interesting and has about as much atmosphere as a funeral (and considering the age of some of the patrons it looks like a funeral could happen sooner than you think with some of them). I also used to pop in on a mate that had the misfortune to work there once as well. The owner (some irish lady is the only distinguishing thing I can remember about her) treats her staff like something she's scrapped of her shoe so it's understandable why many of the employees don't have a grin on their face or add much to the atmosphere. Plus to top it all of after hearing a few stories about the amount of rats around the back and the owner of the building turning up drunk at night demanding chips and making a state of the place. It's kind of left me not to keen on getting food there unless I'm bordering on starvation. Even then I'd probably hesitate.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago