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After we’d located Acciuga (you’ll miss it as well) which is stuck at the end of a row of newsagents between Kensington and Hammersmith and avoided the steely glances from other diners who could instantly spot we weren’t locals, we were treated to something pretty special.

To start I had a delicately assembled pile of tuna tartar with a perfectly balanced mix of pesto and salty olive tamarind. My friend Lucy tucked into a simple-looking but superb-tasting trio of tomato, mozzarella and basil which tasted as if it’d just been flown in from the owner’s home province of Liguria.

Moving onto the pasta – the main element – we both devoured rich, creamy dishes, mine a seafood risotto and Lucy's a heap of deliciously smooth tagliatelle decorated with brightly-coloured courgette ribbons. The pasta slipped from the plate into my mouth almost like satin and would cheer up even the grumpiest Londoner.

Fresh salmon covered in lightly crisped potatoes were a nice but rather plain main dish and we also tried a vegetable, polenta concoction which was brightly seasoned and well put together.

To finish I had a champagne and peach sorbet which was a little more drink than ice cream but still pretty spectacular and Lucy had a sensational chocolate flan which I am STILL envious of.

Look to pay around £100 for two, with wine, and don’t miss out the pasta course. By the end of the meal we still weren’t sure why it was called Acciuga (anchovy in Italian) and still couldn't pronounce it properly but we were left pleasantly impressed by this delicious Italian haven.

 

Porky's review camdenHere at WJ we love some good pulled pork, and we've been there as large supporters from the very start of the BBQ Meat boom in London, but sadly not all can compete with London's finest, and if we told you the new Porkys in Camden could, we'd be telling you porkys…

The problem I personally have with most of the American themed places popping up is how lazy and patronising they are. It is as if they purchased a Dummies Guide to American Food, filled the place with obvious Elvis & Johnny Cash posters, leave their Rock'n'roll classics compilation CD on repeat etc and then you're then supposed to think everything is going to be authentic.

Sadly though, weather they have bought a special oven from American or not, it's not quite enough. The Porkys burger, which consists of pulled pork, bacon and Jack cheese fails to mention a grave error- the bun is not only a supermarket contender but also overly toasted to the point where there is no chance you're picking this one up (which makes no sense with soft meat) and the bacon is somehow beyond crispy (black). And just when we thought we might be being a bit harsh, we tried the sides. The Mac'n'cheese (title taken from the book mentioned above) was sadly not as thick and creamy as you would expect, and the chips could almost be used to make clothes pegs.

Also to mention is that you're not going to find gooey over BBQ sauced meat here. What you might think is ketchup and BBQ sauce on your table is actually a watery equivalent, one where vinegar presides and the other BBQ flavours. These aren't bad at all and actually added to the meal hugely but the shame was that without them the pulled pork could have aired on the dry side and when we first expected it to be ketchup we thought we had got that wet bit on the top no one wants if you don't shake it first.

Topped with the lack of milkshake or smoothie options options on the menu, we went for the raspberry beer, which was like a no frills version of Belgo's amazing equivalent (just 5mins down the road) we we're seriously let down with Camden's attempt to rumble with Soho's best, which is a shame, because it is something lacking in the area (closest decent alternative probably being Byron) but standards have been set here in London and when you're charging around the same prices, you have to be able to compete.

Those that are new to the pulled pork and BBQ meat world might think this place is ok, but for those wanting the best, we recommend checking out the far superior 'Pit Cue' around Carnaby St.

Tips to improve include cooking things less (no one likes hard food), thickening up the Mac'n'Cheese, telling people about the sauces hidden in ketchup bottles and a bit more cheese on the Porky's burger.

Netgear router reviewThe Internet is something that we introduce into our homes, sometimes for work but mostly to provide entertainment, much like we do a TV. But unlike our TV, we don't put much thought into getting the latest and greatest hardware to give us the best quality of service.

We tend to find the cheapest service provider, and with that often get the cheapest free router included. Why? because we tend to assume they all do the same thing.

We pretty much thought the same way - until NetGear got in touch. They wanted to open our eyes to the FullHD equivalent of the internet connection world and sent us a N750 Router. It might cost a little more than most would plan to spend on a router, but is the price worth it?…YES! why? well We will try our best to skip the overly technical talk and just explain what something like this can do for you.

Will having a new router speed up your internet? Technically no, that is down to your service provider package…but what it will do is boost everything else you can use your WIFI/Network with. For example…

If you're sending/streaming files to another computer in your home/workplace over a network or with OSX's AirDrop feature etc, the files will transfer much faster. Most modern routers work on a 2.4ghz speed so sending those big files become a pain, however this device lets you connect your computers to a 5ghz speed! a difference you really need to see to appreciate, but basically sharing larger projects won't be a workflow hinder that leaves you hating progress bars anymore.

Plus when leaving things such as phones, tablets etc on the 2.4ghz connection and using the 5ghz option just for your main computers, any possible interference is cut short. I personally don't know how common that is, but it would make sense to keep them on separate WIFI connections and free up some congestion with data sending/receiving.

But even more handy with the N750 is the USB port! What does this mean? It means you can plug an external hard drive or memory stick in and access that not only over the network, but also over the internet from another location…confused? Ok…imagine you have your uni work, family photos etc on a memory stick, but you don't want to carry it around because you tend to loose/break them? (I sure do) well, stick it into your N750 router, head off out and as long as you've set the router up properly (which is surprisingly easy) you'll be able to log into your memory stick from your uni's internet or even via your 3G connection on your smartphone…in short, meaning your all important files can always be with you, but without you having to actually carry them on your person. Oh the wonders of the web.

Oh and you can plug a printer into said USB port and turn it into a wireless printer, saving you a few extra quid forking out for a new wireless one because moving your laptop to the printer annoys you.

Add to that some other handy features such as Parental Control settings, 4 wired ethernet connection ports, great online and phone support, and a WIFI pairing button (meaning getting a wireless printer online is as simple as pressing a button to let them find each other) and you're winning!

Techy Note:

The only minor flaw we found was that when connecting an external hard drive to the USB to use as a NAS drive, the Router seems to prefer a FAT formatted drive over an OSX Journaled partition and creates a FAT partition on the latter which caused an issue later for us with mounting permissions in OSX. But changing the format takes 2mins with OSX's Disk Utility app and it now runs like a dream in FAT/NAS harmony.

We personally can honestly never look back now…if its not a 5ghz router with USB options and all the other little handy options in the routers settings? We don't want to know anymore…much like when you see a FullHD movie for the first time, you acquire a whole new appreciation for quality.

Well done NetGear, you won us over.

Andrew Hughes

Only three things get better with age: wine, towels and the Fast & Furious franchise.

It’s surprising that something so ham-fisted can be so enjoyable, and yet director Justin Lin and his ensemble cast of semi-stars have achieved the seemingly impossible with Fast & Furious 6. It’s a raucous action melodrama like all of its predecessors, but manages to get by on the good will of the audience and the audacious one-upmanship of its set pieces.

The film expects you to have been paying attention to the plots of its predecessors, rewarding legions of fans with a surprisingly ambitious attempt to keep the story consistent and push things forward to the 7th instalment ahead of its 2014 release.

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of street racing Robin Hoods are dispersed internationally after the $100 million heist at the climax of Fast Five. But US agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) presents them with a compelling reason to reunite and take on British bad guy Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who’s been carrying out daring attacks on a variety of targets using his own crack squad of wheelmen and women. Letty (Michele Rodriguez), presumed dead after the events of the fourth film, has reappeared as part of this criminal concern and Dom wants to do his best to bring her back from the brink of incarceration or death.

It’s hilariously sincere stuff, but then that’s always been the charm of the Fast & Furious franchise. Slabby, macho men exchanging gruff, cliché-strewn dialogue is as enjoyably silly as the automotive escapades in which they frequently indulge. There’s also plenty of torture and shooting, although most of it is bloodless to preserve the film’s lucrative 12A rating.

The rise of the comic book movie has made each Fast & Furious release seem relatively refreshing, thanks to minimal use of CGI and a reliance on good old fashioned camera trickery. Much of the film takes place in London, whose cramped, labyrinthine streets make for some death-defying road battles. What holds your attention is that each new bout of action expands on the scope of what came before. Sure, there aren’t alien armies streaming through a wormhole in the sky and levelling whole cities, but Fast & Furious 6 doesn’t feel any less epic.

On top of all this, the film manages to leave the audience excited about the prospect of yet another sequel arriving in a little over a year. If the balance of awful and amazing remains the same, it should be deserving of your anticipation.