Tesco CREE aluminium torch: initial review

Lighting is important. Without it, you run the risk of falling off a cliff and dying. Along with a knife and a reliable way to make fire, a torch is a very good tool to have on you.

The question is, what torch to get? You can pick up a multitude of torches at both ends of the price spectrum, tacticool with insane brightness or cheapo things that barely throw light more than a few meters.

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For the princely sum of £10 (\~US\$17) you can pick up what seems to be a pretty good torch from the supermarket chain Tesco. As the name states, it has a CREE LED and an aluminium body. There are 2 variants, a 2 AA battery and a 2 D version (which is £15).

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Size wise, it is very comparable to the Fenix LD20. The Tesco torch is slightly longer -  about a centimetre - and a few millimetres larger in diameter. It is lacking in the features of the Fenix LD20 though. The Fenix boasts 4 levels of light intensity - low, medium, high and turbo - as well as strobe and SOS. The Tesco one just does on and off. Both have lanyard capability but the LD20 has a pocket clip.

On the subject of brightness, I was really surprised at how good the Tesco CREE torch is "out of the box".  There is a noticeable difference in brightness between the Tesco and the Fenix with the Tesco one coming out on top. I was really surprised at this. Granted, the Tesco torch had fresh batteries and the Fenix batteries have been in use for a few weeks but there shouldn't be a massive difference. Am wondering if the lack of brightness from the Fenix is due to a battery leaking its guts and corroding things a bit. Need to clean it up properly.

Not gonna show photos because I don't have a camera decent enough to capture the performances but trust me, the Tesco CREE is good.

Am gonna use the Tesco CREE for a while (planning on using it on my bike) and continue to compare it to the Fenix LD20 but at this point, I think it is a winner.


Il Vicino Italian Resteraunt Review

After a long day out in Albuquerque, some form of sustenance is needed. Pig Monkey found a potential candidate so we made our way there.

Il Vicino is an Italian restaurant specialising in pizza but has other stuff available too. The strange thing about the place is that you order and pay for your food before being seated. However, that has the advantage of not needing to hang about waiting for the servers to get your receipt and all that faffing about.

We got ourselves seated and began to take in the atmosphere. The major feature is the 2 large fired ovens used for cooking the pizzas and other food. Evidently they cook really quickly because barely 5 minutes after we sat down we had our food on the table. Quick service or what?

I can't speak for the others but my sandwich (a Panino Casino) was bloody fantastic. Lots of ham and cheese with a nice side salad. Less than \$10 after tax. It was so good that I left a \$5 tip. Seriously, if you ever find yourself in Albuquerque then get to this place. You will not regret it.

Il Vicino, 3403 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106. +1-505-266-7855.