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      17.01.2013 16:41
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      Take away TV

      There is something about Tom Daley that suggests he always wanted to be on TV, rather than an Olympic diver. When ever you watch documentaries on him he seemed to be doing the sport for his over supportive parents rather than himself, Tom stuffing trophies in boxes, mum getting them back out and polishing them. His eyes lit up for the camera, not the pool. Doing well at diving generated pride and affection from his parents and so what's wrong with that, his attitude.

      Now that his wonderfully positive and demonstrative father has passed, our Tom no longer has to live up to his dads demanding - and vicarious - sporting ambitions and his form has dropped off and the Chinese and others now the predominate force in his events, a bit like Ronnie O'Sullivan when his dad came out of jail. I don't see any way back for Tom in Rio. I think he wants to be famous like all good looking people do and he isn't going to waste that opportunity now to exploit his solid Olympic Games performance. Most of the time he was posing in his trunks at London and playing to the crowd, not going to that special golden place were Olympian gold medalist function. He did well at the Games but he blew the gold. The pressure was too much for the kid and he took the easy option. He told himself it doesn't really matter if I don't win gold to take away the pressure. With dad around those thoughts would have been banished. Anyone who plays sport at a good level will battle those thoughts. The England football team lives by them. Hey, if we lose the Q/F we are still on 70k a week when I get back to my club so what's the problem?

      Whether Tom is gay or not he loves to be the centre of the attention in that gregarious way gay men do and so naturally drawn to the media. The young girls seem to love his gushing camp cuteness and an extremely likeable lad. His TV presenter debut is heading the truly awful reality show 'Splash', beginning on ITV last week, drowned out (excuse the pun) by their screams of admiration from the Grange Hill rent-a-mob. I screamed for co-host Gabby Logan but that's another story. If you are hosting TV shows at 18 then that's your chosen career for me and I hope it works out for the kid as it won't in Rio. Why not strike while the iron is hot and retire from sport at 18 Tom? It would take bottle. Most athletes that keep going when their interest has waned in their sport or medal chances passed just do that to keep the Lotto funding and the lifestyle. I suspect that's the only reason people like Rebecca Adlington and Chris Hoy have yet to announce their impending retirement. It certainly was for Paul Radcliffe. AT least sexy Victoria Pendleton knew her time was right to go and cash in and honest about it.

      Post Olympic Games is the time for the athletes to quite rightfully make a few quid out of the glorious sporting summer. Toms mum has angrily defended her son's appearance on the show whilst his rivals are training hard and other parents defending their kid's right to earn. Handsome Anthony Ogogo and Lois Smith push junk food so you can have a body like them and no one seems to have pointed that put. Many of the medal hero's were paid ten grand each to appear on a one off (and pretty dire) Christmas 'Superstars' last month, looking like it was filmed in December. No one seemed that bothered about winning it as it was so cold and wet and in front of the few fans there to see the stars. But for Tom Daley he has a whole TV reality show to host over the next few weeks and the critics already have the knives out, even though it got a healthy 7 million viewers on first night. It is pretty basic stuff and predictably humiliating to the usual line up of Z - List celebs, that clearly need the money, these shows humiliating enough for them because of that fact alone, a comfort TV we all enjoy.

      The simple ploy is the celebs are trained up by Tom in a municipal Luton swimming pool where the show is filmed and then they dive live on Saturday night, having the option to go from a 1m, 5m or 10m board, no limit on how difficult their dive is. Having to film in Luton is humiliating enough before they even start! The appeal of the show is as equally simple as you want to see how good the young and cute ones look in their swim wear and how bad the middle aged ones - that splash factor. There is a sexy appeal in seeing normally dressed and attractive people in tight swimwear but also the cruel factor in seeing the middle aged spread wobble in slow motion - literally a fish out of water. Some of the celebrities on it are being predictably precious over their appearances and claiming they didn't know what the show was about, which is of course nonsense, the real humiliation that they are on the show to get money to pay their debts and tax bill. Here's your twenty grand fatty now go jump off there and make us laugh with a big fat splash like you don't on Loose Women. It's dancing Homer time with Mr Burns! As most of these guys and girls are washed up or don't actually own a talent then what else is on offer?


      The middle-class and broadsheet TV critics always get sniffy when the working-class enjoy a basic TV show for what it is, like they clearly are with Splash, especially as the same middle-class people secretly enjoy these shows for the same basic reasons. The female viewers want to see if celebrities also have cellulite and maybe an unexpected bulge or two on the guys. I don't mind knowing what the 9th Sugar Babe looks like in a gold bikini and the bra suitably tight to stop a wardrobe moment. I also like the shadenfreude of Omid Djalili belly flopping off the 10 meter board, brave and stupid. But Omid is a cool guy and understands that's why he is on the show. All the celebs understand that. The more naff these shows are the more they are likely to produce the cringe moments we want. We want famous people to fail because they have what we want.

      On the first show handsome and vein Jake Canuso, a scenery soap actor, was not only in competition with Tom to have the tightest trunks on the show but act the biggest tit of the competitors, his pre match warm up enough to get voted off first. Jenny Falconer, on the other hand, the Scottish clone of the previous Scottish presenter of the lottery in Carol Smile, the former seemingly replaced after poor Carol was presumably deemed too TV, is really competitive though. I really can't tell the difference between Carol and Jenny. Can you really get too old for reading lottery balls?

      Jenny is retaining her pride from the humiliation by looking good in swimwear and trying to dive well, a sensible tactic. Has been Helen Lederer made up the five for show one and admits she is only on it for the cash and really should no better. Only in showbiz does a 50-year-old woman need to be jumping off diving boards! The obligatory panel of judges scores the dives and the winners of the three shows presumably go though to the final, via a lucrative public phone vote, of course.

      Show One Contestants

      Jake Canuso, actor
      Omid Djalili, comedian
      Jade Ewen, Sugababes singer
      Jennie Falconer, TV presenter
      Helen Lederer, comedian


      Last Saturdays show featured Caprice (model), Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards (ski jumper), Joey Essex (TOWIE), Diarmuid Gavin (TV gardener) and Charlotte Jackson, a Sky Sports presenter. The last time I looked Caprice was in the Jacuzzi in the Big brother House? Not sure how that is going to work. Eddie pulled off an amazing double summersault to win whilst the rather idiotic Joey Essex was bounced out, much to the groan of the young girls in the crowd, the ending all very rushed. The judging bit is the best bit so that will need sorting on Saturday night. The final heat on Saturday will feature Linda Barker (TV designer), Dom Joly (comedian), Tina Malone (soap actress) and Anthony Ogogo, the Olympic boxer.

      On the whole this show is boring and bloated but will work because it's intellectually void and means nothing, throw away TV to much your takeaway to. It doesn't test its core target audience in the way Saturday night TV shouldn't. Strictly does the same thing but a bit more cred because the guests are more A-List and interesting and the all important judges suitably bitchy and camp. You have to get the judges right for these things to work. They must join in your need to humiliate the celebs and then skillfully praise them at the right time. ITV tend to miss the trick and Dancing on Ice their cheaper version of Strictly. And let's not forget that Channel Four did diving celebrities in their reality show 'The Games' some ten years ago. No, Splash is a simple vehicle for Tom Daley to exploit and be exploited and will pull in more of that younger female audience and gay men demographics Strictly has just surrendered by wrapping up.

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        31.10.2012 13:19
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        Syria deserves to be a democratic country, if only the violence would stop.

        The other day i posted a review in the Dooyoo lounge about the Arab Spring in general, but since i don't have many suggestions left, i thought it best to save them and write something specifically in the archive section instead, so here is my "obselete" opinion, specifically on the Syrian Civil War.

        We have seen since the start of 2011 the gradual rise of violence in Syria, which recently escalated so far now that it can be rightly called a full on civil war. Over the time of the Arab spring a number of political leaders have set out sanctions which aren't entirely effective, and now it seems the crisis is only worsening.

        There are some pretty sick things going on inside Syria right now with mass killings of children, torture, shelling and more happening on a daily basis. Tortures on children and innocent people are purely done to either get information or more likely, punish them for rising up against the regime. Assad's troops are often kept much like North Korea is, in a cult of personality. They don't know they are killing their own people, they're told that they are armed terrorists, or the ones that do know better kill them anyway because they are either too scared to rise up against the regime in fear of their health, families, or otherwise, or even that they like the regime and will fight to the death so the dictator they love can stay in power. The reasons the Army knowingly kills it's own people (or rather unknowingly) are infinite but put yourself in their position. If you and your family were threatened to be tortured and killed, or starved, or thrown in jail etc, then wouldn't you kill some "terrorists" for the sake of your loved ones. It's a difficult choice but rather you than me springs to mind.

        It's very hard to get the entire army to rise up and stop the fighting against these rebels because whilst some don't know any better, if you get just a few soldiers who defect, you end up with them and their families facing the consequences. If the whole army turned it's back on Assad at once his regime would collapse soon enough, he'd be killed obviously, by rebels advancing on the palace or through an inside job.

        Now "why don't we help?" you might ask, well things are complicated and not only are diplomatic ties an important factor to consider but also the fact that there's nothing in it for the west. At the end of the Libyan uprising the west got some fantastic oil deals and David Cameron visited libya to much applause from the locals. Diplomatic ties were booming at the end of that, but in Syria there is no oil, and there's a checkered past with the nation that borders our dear ally, Israel. On the 11th 9/11 anniversary an American diplomat was dragged from the embassy and murdered by a bunch of thugs which has set the western ties back a bit, but there were protests in the street against it saying that while he was not a Muslim and he was a westerner, he did help them, and I do specifically remember a banner that said something along the line of "he was helping us, he did not need to be killed" and it's thanks to this revolution in democracy that such protests could have taken place. I've no doubt gaddafi and his ugly as sin face would have stamped that nonsense out immediately. He did have a serious temper. Unlike Assad he displays his anger publicly.

        There has always been a battle between communism and democracy but how can Russia stand by communism when a brutal regime kills it's own people? Simple. The people are fighting against communism, they want to rise up and remove dictators, meanwhile russia is sat there watching all these dictators fall left right and centre, the rebels are winning and the west is helping them. They are angry about it and therefore to keep fellow dictators with good diplomatic ties close to them for the sake of their ideals, they must support them no matter what, so Russia is not bothered if Assad continues to shell his own people, his people are rising up against him, that's not Assad's fault and he must protect himself and his government. Or at least thats the sick twisted way the Eastern Commies see it.

        It will be a long war where both sides slug it out to the death and given the way people are dying and leaving the country, the regime can only last so long. I have no doubt the rebels will win but they only hold small pockets of land in Northern Syria and near the Jordan border, so they've got a lot of work to do over a long period of time. But what happens if they do win, will they turn on the west for not helping, and how will this shape the west's general diplomatic ties with this new democratic country?

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          06.01.2003 03:57
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          And so the prophecy stated: There shalt be one, and only one, who will rise above the crimson tides to rule with an iron fist a barren wasteland of middling scripts and corrupt award schemes. He will take the lands by storm, bringing originality and flight to each and every one of his readers' imaginations. Anf first he will bless thou with the knowledge of Weezer's Pinkerton, then he will continue a long and lucrative sprawl as the most controversial, whimsical and readable scripter there has ever been on the site named dooyoo... And here I stand, tall and high, the best writer this site has ever seen, writing clever opinions that people would not even have the capacity to think of before, the capacity to understand. And here I serve you another one of those, one of those opinions you secretly enjoy but hate to admit it. And if so, go ahead and cross the line, put me down on this site, complain to me in the team out of jealousy and rage... but you will always know there was I, and there will only be I, and you will have no chance against me... And to put it ever so eloquently, dooyoo is a microcosm for the world that surrounds us, it's world boasting little difference to the treachery and rarely the love we find on the outside. And as the world heads for darker times, so is dooyoo with the new redesign still seeming like a nightmarish pathway of loading times and pop-ups and the management upset over anybody who accuses or bemuses in any way. And one thing dooyoo teaches all of us, is that there are no friends, there are only enemies, who can either help or denounce you. It's a dog eat dog world and only the jack comes out on top and once the jack is there, there's no stopping him. He will garner the most reads for himself, shake the crown tree so that every award lands on his garden and will do as little as he can to stay in power. And there are numerous jacks on this site... I came to dooyoo to tell
          people about my experiences of the world, to reject or award items and to propose or discuss new ventures, new happenings in our world. I tried to bring in a bit of flair, originality to my opinions, to give this site a bit more than your average by the books read. I did't get the reads, so I was forced into controversial titles, put-downs and exaggeration to boost my count. I got into trouble, big trouble about criticising members and the site and so that era was over and I kept at it by the books (my most crown-productive period- four), until one day I realised, what the f**k? I'm not letting anybody, and I mean anybody, tell me how to run my system and so the sparkling wit, originality and controversy I entered your world back with a bang, that few heard, but it certainly made an impact on those who heard. If you don't want to read my opinions, then don't. If you want to put me down then fo it to my face, and not behind my back to the dooyoo team. This time, I'm not in it for the amount of reads, I'm in it for those people who do read, who enjoy what I write, who I've made an impact on. And if that isn't your main agenda, if behind every word, there's a secret hidden message, a subliminal ratings advertisement, then you are certainly not in it to provide, you are here to take. That said, dooyoo is a wonderful, but corrupt, sounding board if you're an established writer, but if you aren't you better slave down and read peoples' opinions and kiss a helluva lotta ass if you want to be big. On the other hand, you could go the short way and be controversial. Many people have criticised me for not reading and rating enough. Can I ask you, does it affect you if I can't be bothered? Am I your servant, if you click your fingers, will I wash your toes? The answer is no way, if I don't want to read or rate, it's because I cannot be bothered to read overhyped, overrated opinions. I'll mainly g
          o for the offbeat titles or rely on people who I know write some good stuff, utero and lookaroundcafe2, Bones and NikkiH being a few. I can rely on these people to epand my horizons, others will cash in on my reads, not caring about who reads, as long as they get those reads. I will not name these people, the amount would take up a few pages at least. Dooyoo is corrupt, the system does not function. Certain individuals gain far more reads and awards than others for writing worse reviews than other, less-known talents, just because they are a guide, or because they have "connections". If things swing my way, I say scre wthe read and rate system, if we write fantastic opinions, let those opinions garner what they truly deserve. There are people out there now who rely on status or titles to get away with anything they want to. There is a very clear hierarchy on this site, a very unfair system that randomly lets some prosper and some stay far behind in the ratings war. As I said, it's a mimic of real life. But if you want to write great material, and not get any reads, that's your decision, I myself think it is largely unfair. To put my point clear, if I was made a member of the management today, you'll all openly love a seemingly-pretentious piece of crap like this. I write to make an impact and the less reads I get, the less impact there is, the less point there is to doing it. If people carry on with this mentality, the site will collapse. There needs to be a revamp if things are not to go awry here. I am suggesting a petition, you will read fll details below, for a revamp of how this site works so that everybody gets their fair share of the game: - "I, Pinkertonisrad, propose that dooyoo is revolutionised. People should be getting miles, on the quality of their material, and not how many reads they manage to get. Each guide should read and rate accrdingly every opinion in their particular field, the ones
          gaining the highest ratings (forget the not useful system, out of ten) will be posted on a leaderboard. This will encourage competetition, which makes all business thrive. After this initial rating ahs been made, you will be able to get miles for how many reads you obtain and obviously the better opinions will obtain better reads. It will not depend on WHO you are, it will depend on WHAT you do" So, in conclusion, don't look at this as light entertainment, this is real and it's up to YOU to how real this can be. Please sign this in the comments section and give me any comments on my opinion. In conclusion, the dooyoo team's arrogance the complaints from everyone is touching, but, frankly, I don't give a shit.

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            (Obsolete opinions, eh? Okay, here goes nothing...) Now look here, Britons. Just because the revolt has been crushed, thousands of us killed or enslaved and most of our towns burnt doesn't mean we all have to descend into petty squabbling, does it? What happened to the Triumvirate when they started bickering, eh? A couple of well-placed daggers soon sorted that little problem out. Well, okay, we had a vicious civil war, but this is Rome we're talking about - you're not going to have a nice quiet handover of power and a jolly writeup in the Daily Gazette about the tribune's wife's new hat, are you? So, we have to decide what to do here. This mouthy Boudicca woman was a dead loss - all she'll be remembered for is having a madly incaccurate statue put up and being buried under a railway station. So she's out as a leader, isn't she? I say we should accept the Pax Romana like our good friend King Tobidubnus down in Noviomagus Regensis, and benefit from the skills for which our conquerors are justly famous - roads, walls, throwing Christians to the lions. (Speaking of which, how *do* those people manage with only one God? He must get seriously overworked.) What's that, Tintax? You think we should launch another revolt? Cobnuts! We'd be crushed in minutes and thrown to the lions. Actually, this area here would be a good place for a circus, if only we can get them to serve some baguely palatable mulsum instead of the usual slop. And let's have a few fountains around the place, eh? They've got one up in the walls of Luguvallium that they say could last for six hundred years - now that's what I call workmanship. Finally, comrades, I ask you to welcome a friend of mine up from Rome, Marcus Didius Falco, who's here on Vespasian's business - something about a bath-house contract, I believe. Okay people, let's make it happen...

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              02.09.2002 01:49
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              Ah super. A dooyoo category lacking a jillmurphy opinion. Woohoo! Euro Panel is part of Skopos, dooyoo's surveying sideline. We all know about paid internet surveys don't we? Y'know, those market research thingies that pay you a shekel or two for joining up and answering questions about airlines and chewing gum and mobile phones and all things consumer. It's one of those. I quite like answering quizzes and surveys so I joined up ages ago. Did you even know that Euro Panel existed? Dooyoo have the odd pop up campaign about it, but they don't seem to promote it heavily, so maybe you didn't. Oh well, you're not missing much. I should tell you about them really then... Well, you can join up if you go to www.euro-panel.net and fill in all the bits and pieces - name, address... oh. No you can't! You need a Key Code! And if you ain't gone one then um... well you have a problem: "You can only register with the Euro-Panel if you have received your personal key-code from us. Please enter your personal key-code into the following box. (If you have not received your personal key-code from us, you cannot register with the Euro-Panel. To ensure scientific quality, we cannot give out key-codes on demand.)" and: "Participation in the Euro-Panel is only possible upon invitation. For scientific methodological reasons, we cannot allow self-registration of members. The possibility of self-registration with a panel would lead to distortions in the panel?s member-structure and limit our studies? generalizability. Those invited to participate in the Euro-Panel are given a personalized key-code in the invitation (this happens only once). However, we cannot give a key-code to anyone upon request. Invitation to participate in the Euro-Panel and assignment of a personalized key-code follows a process of random selection. Further requirements for participation are: -
              members must be at least 14 years old - residence and bank account in Great Britain - internet access and a personal e-mail address" Is what they say on the matter, rather snottily. Deary me. Well, I joined up on the launch when they actually WANTED a nice large cross section of people for samples! Perhaps if you emailed Katie or GilesTheMD they might be able to help. Oh, let's press on anyhow. What happens, if you ever get a Key Code, is that [very] occasionally an invitation to participate in a survey will drop into your email inbox. You click on the link and spend ten minutes answering questions on whatever the subject of the day is. It's all very simple. It's all done by lots of other people on the internet too, all competing for business. So why is that I don't think you're missing much if you don't have a Key Code? Well, it's the rewards y'see. The idea with paid surveys is that you give time and information and the company you give time and information to give you some sort of payment in return. Like all the others, Euro Panel offer rewards. Theirs are in the form of Bonus Points. Each bonus point is worth half a euro. When you get to eighty bonus points you can cash in, and your forty euros will be worth about twenty five quid. In eighteen months of membership I've responded to each and every one of the dozen (so you see, hardly frequent), maybe a few more, emails I've had from Euro Panel and so far I've amassed the grand total of 24 Bonus Points, only a third of the way to cashing in. Most rewards are done by prize draw you see, and I'm not lucky, I never win one of those 15 or 20 Bonus Point prizes. Compare those rewards with um... ok, for example, with www.globaltestmarket.com where in 2002 I've answered twelve surveys of similar length to those sent by Euro Panel (about ten or fifteen minutes at most) and received two $50 Amazon gift vouchers, or with www.myvoice
              .co.uk where a three minute visit twice a week has provided me with one £20 High Street voucher and almost half the points required for another. Or what about a REALLY spiteful comparison: Euro Panel versus www.ciao.com where I receive on average four (seven in August) similar surveys paying between £1 and £2 each with money sent (sometimes late but always sent) monthly, direct to my bank account providing my balance is £10 or more. So you can see, if you don't have one already, I'd not hassle Katie for a Key Code. Euro Panel, who are in profit apparently, don't share that profit awfully well. Don't bother. I think I'll delete any further invitations from them without going to the surveys. To be honest, I've only been doing them anyway out of a sense of misguided dooyoo loyalty. Oh well! [Apologies to all my lovely readers who've bothered to click on this opinion (and to Nick who works for Euro Panel, is a thoroughly nice bloke and a sex god to boot). Normal Murphy reviewing service will be resumed as soon as the site's working properly again.]

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                20.05.2002 03:26
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                - My Research into P&ONSF- P&ONSF were formed in 1997. Originally, the company was simply North Sea Ferries, a jointly run company by P&O and dutch company Nedlloyd. In 1996 P&O bought out Nedlloyd's share. North Sea Ferries operated the passenger Hull - Zeebrugge/Rotterdam, and the freight only Teeseport-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam. These routes were joined in 1997 by P&O European Fewrrie's Felixtowe-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam routes, and P&ONSF was born. Last summer I went to Germany as part of my 'well deserved' summer break. Leaving Newcastle after lunch (by car) I arrived in Hull around 2 hours later, destined for Rotterdam. Access to the port was relativly easy, except there was a long queue waiting for me to join, but the site that greeted me at the terminal shocked me (in a pleasant way). What was docked in the harbour? A huge, brand new, super-flash 'cruiseferry' called 'Pride of Rotterdam'. Now this was the first time I have travelled with P&ONSF, and when I saw I was travelling on a 'Pride of Rotterdam' my thoughts were of a 1980s ex Townsend Thoresen vessel, renamed, re-painted and shoved on a random route. But this, this was different. Why, it was actually quite good! The vessel has been designed so that it looks modern now, but it still will in 20 years time. So because of this, you have this half-modern decor eveywhere. (example: cool colored walls with frilly carpets.) The ship is so new it crosses the North Sea in an incredibly (well, for an overnight route) short time. Every cabin has it's own 'bathroom' (mainly a wardrobe sized room with shower, toilet and sink crammed in there). But its better than other ferries (where your washroom facilities are in a large, low-ceilinged room with a flooded floor, hardly any lights and some distressed-looking bloke crouched over a sink. Well, in my experience anyway) so that makes it good. the food is great, and for good prices as well, there
                s plenty of deck space to stroll on, and theres a range of bars, lounges, discos and cinemas etc. to keep your energy levels high. The shops are well stocked with a variety of both good and unusual products. Some members of this site may be pleased to hear that there are no reclining seats either! Once you go off to bed, you should'nt be too disapointed either, because the beds are comfy and quite roomy as well. There's a wake up call in the morning so you can be ready to disembark (having had breakfast in one of the several areas first) when the Ship arrives in Rotterdam. All in all, a superb voyage, I'm planning to do it again.

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                  • "Too Short / No Sequel"

                  Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning star as Lester and Carolyn Burnham, a couple living a seemingly perfect marriage in a picket fence district of a typical American town. However under the surface their marriage is far from perfect. Lester is experiencing a mid-life crisis, which isn't helped by his lack of motivation for his job, a rebelling daughter, and his self-absorbed wife. However after meeting one of his daughter Jane's friends -- Angela (Mena Suvari), he becomes infatuated with her. He then decides to change his life by quitting his high-paying job to work in a fast-food restaurant, and by taking drugs supplied by Ricky Fitts -- a strange teen who has recently moved in next door, and with whom his daughter has become increasingly close to. However despite all this his life continues on a downward spiral -- as does everyone else's he is associated with until one day when his life change forever -- literally. Having won Five Academy Awards, and a clutch of other awards, American Beauty has a lot to live up to, and in terms of performances, it does so admirably. Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning give absolutely faultless performances, with a supporting cast of relative newcomers, who all also give highly believable and realistic portrayals of their characters. However unfortunately the plot of the movie is not quite as good. Whilst the idea of Lester "dealing" with his mid-life crisis amongst other problems sets the scene for the whole movie, the continued arguments and disagreements between Lester and Carolyn can get tiresome after a while, and it is beneficial to the movie to include other character interactions such as those between Jane and Ricky, in order to inject some much needed interest on occasion. In the movies favour there are several comedic moments, which help lighten the mood. American Beauty is not a bad movie -- not by any stretch, however more events in the plot could've made it more interesting. Not a movie if
                  you like big explosions and car chases, but worth seeing for the brilliant performances of the cast, and indeed the flawless directorial debut of theatre director Sam Mendes.

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                    • "This op is a pointless waste of time! "

                    What is an obsolete opinion? Is this a real category? Am I just pretending to be stoopid? Who knows. - Advantages: Can there be an advantage to being obsolete? - Disadvantages: Nobody knows what it is! , It's not useful anymore!, This op is a pointless waste of time!

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                    15.10.2001 20:13
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                    Euro-Panels is a marketing company that pays you in EUROS for completing surveys. I first became aware of this site from an email I received through Dooyoo on the 3rd of August 2001. At that time I did not pay much attention to it. However after reading several opinions on the site I decided to give it a go and was not entirely disappointed. Becoming a member of the Euro Panel is not open to everyone. You will need to be invited to join. Euro Panel is a joint project organized by Dooyoo and Skopos Gmbh. It was in this regard that Dooyoo sent out these emails to certain members to join the Euro Panel. I am not quite sure how many members Dooyoo sent these emails too, but it appears that it was quite broad based. Contained in the email is a link, which has a built in “KeyCode” and once clicked it will take you first to a page where you need to select you country and then directly to the registration process, which consists of two parts. The first part will ask for your name, address, email address, date of birth and password. Once this has been completed you will need to wait to receive an email from them in which they will invite you to come back to the site to complete your personal data. This will complete the second part of the registration process and you will then become an active member of the Euro Panel. This second part of the registration is technically your first survey as you will receive your initial rewards for this. How Does it Work ---------------------- Once you have completed the registration process you will shortly start receiving invitations to participate in surveys. These will come on a regular basis, as stipulated on the site. However this will never be more than once a week. Due to the popularity of the site it often occurs that a greater number of members, than what is required, show an interest in completing a survey. If this happens then they need to limit the number of members taking
                    part. Therefore it is imperative that you complete the survey as soon as possible, after receiving the invitation. How and What Do You Get Paid --------------------------------------- By completing surveys you are awarded “Bonus Points”. The value of each Bonus Point is 0.50 Euros, which is approx 30p. Upon registration you will be awarded with 2 Bonus Points. Once you have completed the second phase of registration you will be awarded with 3 Bonus Points i.e. a total of 5 Bonus Points for Registration, which is equivalent to £3.00. Not bad at all. The number of Bonus Points you can earn for completing surveys is not fixed. It will depend on the type of survey being conducted and the amount of time spent on it. The email invitation, that you will receive, will stipulate the type and the amount of reimbursement available for each survey. You will need to acquire a total of 80 Bonus Points in order to request payment. This is equivalent to 40 Euros (as mentioned above). This amount will be transferred automatically to your bank account as soon as you have reached this target. You can also check your account balance at any time by clicking on the available link. Finally each an every participant in any survey will be qualified for a Raffle Ticket, which will be entered into the regular raffle draws for various prizes. They have not specified what the prizes are, or at least I could not find it on the site. Overall this looks like a useful site. It is also partly owned by Dooyoo, so that’s also quite reassuring. How good this will be will depend on the number of surveys that we receive. This in turn will be linked to the overall online trade in general. I now await my first survey in earnest and will update this op to inform you how many Bonus Points I got for it. For those of you received any email from Dooyoo and have not joined then please check your I
                    nbox for mails dated 03/08/01 and join up now.

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                      02.10.2001 03:03
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                      A few months ago I was asked if I would like to join the euro panel, a spin off collaboration incorporating dooyoo members to take part in surveys and what not. What's in it for me I ask, well you get points in exchange that can be collected and then cashed out as euros in your bank account. Sounds good I think so I sign up and do a few questions on sign up to start off my points earning. Well it's now months later and I have a grand total of 9 points in the bag. Not bad you may think but you have to reach 80 points before you get a payout and comparing that to the time it took to get 9 points...well you get the picture. So what is the problem here? Well obviously this is a site that gathers consumer research and for that you need companies who need the information. This site stretches across many European countries so there must be a few companies around in need of marketing information. Whenever a new survey is in the works you are notified. But on the majority of occasions there is no guaranteed payout. Instead in exchange for completing a survey you are entered in a raffle to win a small sum of points. It's doing 5-10 minutes of work on the internet for probably no gain and I'm sure many work to the ethic you don't get something for nothing in this world. Some may say it's the taking part but lets be honest we like a community in a sense like we have on Dooyoo but would many of us care as much if there wasn't incentive-Somehow I doubt it. If there was a points reward for every survey then I'd take part with no hesitation but if not then I'm sorry you don't get my time which is better spent elsewhere. If this raffle situation is necessary then why not give an indication of a user's odds of winning. This may make it seem more attractive and worth the effort. I'm all in favour of earning extra money but as it stands it's going to be a long time before I see anything fr
                      om euro-panel.

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                        10.09.2001 02:25
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                        It was a couple of months ago when I joined up with euro-panel.net I heard about it via an email and decided to join up since I had nothing to lose. Euro-panel is an online marketing agency it’s based across Europe with members in France, German, Belgium and Switzerland. For each survey you complete you are allocated reward points, sometimes you are ask to complete surveys just a raffle draw where the winner wins 25 points. The surveys are simple and normally one where you have to pick an answer, a survey will take anything from 2-10 minutes. Becoming a member is I am afraid not so easy only those members with a key code can register: “You can only register with the Euro-Panel if you have received your personal key-code from us. If you have not received your personal key-code from us, you cannot register with the Euro-Panel. To ensure scientific quality, we cannot give out key-codes on demand. So, unless you are sent an e-mail from dooyoo (where I was sent one from) then you can’t become a member. A shame really! You need a valid e-mail address since you use that as your sign in name and are informed about surveys, so like visitorfriendly.com there’s no need to visit the site to check if you have surveys to complete. When you sign up to become a member you will be asked to give details on your hobbies and interests which will determine the surveys sent to you. You get points something like 5 points for signing up so you are already on your way. The range of surveys you get is good and therefore they make completing them quite fun, your answers to questions determine what type of survey you will get. The last survey I did was last week for beep.com worth 8 points and all that was required was rating a range of web sites. Some of the sites I wasn’t so familiar with so I had to go and visit them. The web site is a bit of a pain to load up, when you click on the e-mail link you hav
                        e to visit the main homepage click on the UK map and then you arrive at the UK euro-panel. However, the site is very easy and very professionally laid out. Everything is easy to find and if you want to change your data then you can easily do so. The rewards sometimes you will be automatically be given points for completing a survey or entered into a prize draw. One reward point is worth 0.5 Euros, a European site hence not in pounds, when you have collected 80 reward points you can cash them in. At the moment I am on 15 which is along way off. You get one survey a month so again this won’t make you rich instantly but more of a long-term venture. I enjoy answering the surveys so I don’t mind doing this scheme even though sometimes you may not get any reviews for a long time. Overall euro-panel is a growing online marketing agency and with more members it should mean more surveys.

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                          25.07.2001 04:18
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                          The Euro-Panel is an online market research agency, that has members across Europe completing surveys about all manner of things. It can be found at www.euro-panel.net and is open to just about anyone to join. We all know the Dooyoo system of doing things and earning points, and those points building up to make money. Well, the Euro Panel works in a similar way. And the good thing is that they are all high quality surveys, that are quick and easy to do, unlike the ones you get stopped to do in the middle of the High Street. Let me explain further The Euro-Panel works by asking you to complete questionnaires, of varying lengths and on varying topics. The latest survey I completed (I actually just completed it a few minutes before writing this) was on two subjects, Web sites and Alcohol. OK, they are completely unrelated, but if you look closely as you go through the survey there is always a link. Here you got asked about a few web sites, then about alcoholic beverages, then about alcoholic beverage web sites, such as Budweiser.co.uk. So there's the link. The surveys are on a variety of things, and sometimes involve a bit more work than others. One survey I completed involved me using Pricerunner.com and DealTime.com (I think those were the two, but that doesn't matter anyway). In the middle of completing the survey, I got taken to each of the sites and asked to find the cheapest microwave I could, and then complete the rest of the survey on how I got on. There is plenty of variation in the surveys that you complete, but several things remain constant, all good thankfully. The first is the quality of the survey. They are all very well laid out, with compact, simple questions. The site is also very quick. All the surveys are in the format of one question per page, so after completing a question, another page loads with the next. My connection is quite slow, on average just less than 30kbps, yet each page loads remarkably quickly,
                          so you never get fed up waiting. In general, the site is very well laid out. It all looks very professional, with a bit of a modern feel to it. Login and registration is simple and very standard. A good feature is that you use your e-mail address as your login name. Nowadays I've got so many login names for various sites that I have trouble remembering them all, but sites like this that use your e-mail address solve that memory problem, and also solve the problem of you having to go through endless different user names to find one that hasn't already been taken. The surveys are generally not very long. The one I completed earlier took no longer than five or six minutes, which is what they estimated, so that shows that they are pretty honest and don't want to mislead you. The longest one took me about fifteen to twenty minutes, and was the one that involved looking at other web sites, as I mentioned above. So they never take very long, so you don't waste much time. Now the important part, the rewards. The rewards come in two forms, points and prizes. You either get a fixed number of points for completing a survey, or get entered into a prize draw. In general you get points, and sometimes both. The points won't add up too quickly, but as every Dooyoo member knows, time and patience will see the rewards, which aren't always financial. The points translate into Euros. Obviously being a totally European site, they couldn't very well just convert them into pounds, francs, pesetas or lira as they would be bound to put some ones nose out of joint. One point is worth 0.5 Euros. Roughly translated, each point is worth about 30 pence. Not bad really when you consider you can expect at least 5 points for completing a survey. Before you can redeem your points, you have to collect 80 of the things. I've haven't got there yet, so don't know how to cash them or what they are like when you do with regards s
                          peed, but watch this space… In general this is a great site. It looks great, is quick and easy to use, but is no get-rich quick scheme (but what is?). It does no harm to have a go. Its quick, easy and painless. My only criticism is that you don't get too many surveys to complete, but they are targeted in some cases so you might not get to enter all the surveys that are available. In my experience, I've completed about one every fortnight, so that’s not to bad. In general, it well worth a go, but if you're after a quick way of making money, then don't bother, because you won't. As a footnote I should also mention that the Euro-Panel is in some way connected to Dooyoo. I don't quite know what the connection is, but it was through Dooyoo that I heard about. If I find out what the connection is, then I'll update, or if anyone else knows, leave a comment. ************************************** * UPDATE - 25th September 2001 * ************************************** Sorry to everyone that I didn't make the point that you have to be invited to join. It was so long ago that I joined I had totally forgotten about the invitation. Once invited though, it is a great scheme, though the benefits don't mount up that quickly. Having said that, you don't have to do much to get the points in the first place, so they are pretty generous. Also, the regularity with which you receive surveys does seem to depend on your interests. The more interests you have, the more surveys you'll probably get, though personally I wouldn't endorse answering questions in a way that should get you more surveys, as this isn't in the spirit of things, as it is a geniuine research study that they are trying to carry out.

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                            07.06.2001 04:04
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                            Euro Panel is yet another one of those get paid to do survey sites, but unlike other sites everyone on Dooyoo has heard of this one. It's run by the same company as Dooyoo, in conjunction with Dooyoo. There was even a Euro points panel in everyone’s user profile, but that seems to have disappeared with the redesign. Of course, just about every Dooyoo member was invited to join and I would imagine it worked out pretty well for Euro Panel, as the nature of Dooyoosers probably meant that the vast majority would sign up. Funnily you can't actually sign up on the site itself - you must be invited to join the site, presumably through the various European Dooyoo sites and any other partners Euro Panel have. So what do Euro Panel offer? They, like a lot of other sites, offer to pay users for surveys they complete online. The reward for each survey differs depending on the length and nature of it, although I have heard of rewards varying from 2 points to 15 points. Each point you gain on the site is worth 0.5 Euros, so you can be paid anywhere between 1 and 7 Euros per survey. As always I'm not 100% sure as to the value of the Euro, but I think I am right in saying that you get about two Euros to a pound. Surveys are sent to you as and when you are required (more on that later), and you are informed of a new survey by email. Sometimes the survey is only available for a number of days, or to a certain number of users, so it pays to get to the site as soon as possible. Sometimes there will be a few primer questions to see if you are suitable for the questionnaire. If you are then the survey continues, but if not you are told your services are not required (although you may get a small payout, or entry to a prize draw). You get 5 points on registering, 2 for the initial sign up and then a further 3 for entering your personal details. Payment occurs when you reach 80 bonus points (40 Euros, or about £20). <
                            br>The thing is, I have signed up with many of these such sites, but they have all been pretty useless due to the very limited number of surveys you receive. I had hoped Euro Panel may be different........but I was wrong!! I know other people have received quite a lot of surveys, but I have had one which it turned out I was unsuitable for anyway. It seems I am just not in that category of people to which the surveys relate, which I guess is fair enough. My only qualm is in the way this, and other such sites pay out. The proportion of people who get to the payout level must be minimal which means that all the surveys they did complete were done for free! I had actually forgotten all about this site until I happened to see the category on Dooyoo, such is the length of time since I received a survey from them. This raises a question; why couldn't we sign up using our Dooyoo accounts, then the money we got for doing surveys could be paid in to our Dooyoo accounts. This would be a much better situation to be in, as however many or few surveys we completed we would still get the rewards. The surveys could even have been conducted through Dooyoo, meaning no need to go and sign up with another site!! The site isn't what you would call a looker. It's rather plain and to be honest, boring! Its pretty much plain black text on a white background, with some dull colours surrounding the edges of the text. The surveys are very plain too, just literally being a question with a choice of answers. There isn't much to the site either, apart from the bare minimum. There is an overview, a FAQ and a privacy policy, as well as a section telling you about the payments. Once logged in you get to check your account balance as well as any surveys waiting for you to complete. One nice feature is that you can close your account when you want to, which is surprising by its omission on most sites. Money is paid direct to your bank at the curre
                            nt Euro-pound conversion rate. I never like giving bank details out, but I think I can trust Dooyoo. The only problem is that I'm never ever going to get near to that 80 point mark!! The idea is certainly there, and the execution is as good as any other survey site I have been involved with. The problem is that no survey site has ever been good, for me at least. I don't know who their target market is, but it doesn't appear to be me!! If the payment was integrated in to Dooyoo then I would be happy to continue with the surveys, but as I have no hope of reaching the payment level I see no reason why I should fill in questionnaires for what is basically free!! Now where was that quit button!!

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                              29.05.2001 18:13
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                              Having signed up to Euro pannel, I have been waiting for a week or so to get going with the surveys - having been tempted by the 50p to 2pound payouts offered. Basically, what they had said when I signed up was that they were some big research project (no details about any specific focus that I can recall) Europe wide. Like many online survey groups, they were willing to pay people to take surveys, which isn't a bad way to earn your beer money. There wasn't all that much information about what the survey's were going to be like - you just filled in the form and waited for them to get back to you. So I waited. I had a mail today saying "Unfortunately, for scientific methodological reasons, we can not allow self-registration of members any longer. The possibility of self-registration with a panel would lead to distortions in the panel's member-structure and limit our studies' representability. Consequently,we are unable to offer you membership in our panel. We regret that and hope you understand." Many months have passed since I wrote the above. Out of the blue, I had an email from euro panel inviting me to sign up. It was quick, painless and not mind blowingly lucrative. ( a whole 5 points for signing up.....)It looks like they will email me to participate in surveys for which I will be paid in points. As is so often the case, these points do not relate dierctly to anything. 80 points are worth 40 Euros, which has some logic to it. (80 points being the magic amount that causes them to pay up) 40 Euros is? Well, it wil depend on the exchange rate if I ever get enough points to cash in. I don't hold out any great hopes. Conclusion so far? Another way of using up your time and earing pin money - fine if you are a survey junky, but it isn't going to pay the bills. Be warned that you probably won't hear from these people until about the time you thought they had stopped existing. If
                              anything exciting happens, if I earn a small fortune or what have you, (laugh) I will of course come back and share this glorious news. In the meantime, I remain sceptical, but quite unable to resist.

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                                21.05.2001 05:15
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                                Everyone on dooyoo must've heard about Euro Panel as both sites seem infamously linked, what with the previous banner advertising and email invitations. The Euro Panel seems like a nice enough idea. This European consortium of researchers or whatever want your data, and they pay you for it (which entices us) so they can build up a picture of results to be applied in a number of ways such as letting companies and so forth letting them know how to improve their services more if neccessary. A private dooyoo in a way. It's great, you help them out with surveys that you're informed about, and you get paid. It sounds nice enough, but when a site has only posted 2 (personal, albeit mandatory for continuation) surveys since possibly premature inception it seems a pointless concept. A bit like buying seeds when you really wanted to buy a bunch of flowers. The site's well designed, the concept and the navigation and the process of it all seem very clever, but if there's no content to release yet, why bother. Euro Panel has huge potential to be a worthwhile site, but only really when it does send surveys out, so that they can begin collating data, and we can begin slow steps to possibly cheques every annum. Euro Panel isn't rubbish, or very good. It's neither because there's no content to judge, just a site where you register your details for now and hope for a time when the Euro Panel scheme wheezes, coughs and kicks into action. It doesn't hurt registering now though atleast, assuming it will eventually be a regular functioning site, and hey getting paid for answering a few questions is always nice, and because it's part of the dooyoo family in some sense I think, it'll probably last and payment and information will run in a continuous circle. For now, I'll be waiting patiently for a pulse from the Euro Panel.

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