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    • Maclaren Quest / Pushchair & Pram / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      02.10.2014 16:03

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      • "Does everything a buggy needs to"
      • "Easy to put up/down"
      • Lightweight

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      • "Fabric difficult to clean"

      If you want a buggy that ticks all boxes, this is the one to get

      We bought our maclaren quest when we were flying abroad with our 7 month little boy, so wanted a buggy rather than taking out larger pram. We bought ours from mothercare which didn't have a great colour choice, but we liked the black and lime anyway, which is great for a little boy (most buggies seem to be blue for boys) and is on trend at the moment.

      So as usual with baby equipment, when it is your first time, you feel like a novice so we had no idea where to start and which buggy to get, but all the friends I spoke to loved their maclaren buggies so it seemed sensible to look at them. At first, the price seems a problem as maclarens are significantly more expensive than other brands, but when I asked the sales assistant his opinion, he told me in all his time at mothercare he had never had a return or fault on a maclaren, so I was happy with that!

      We bought the maclaren while it was on offer so it saved us a bit of money, but I can say it was worth spending the extra. I have pushed a few other buggies that belong to friends of other brands, and can say I am most comfortable with the maclaren. I have also had lots of compliments on the buggy when friends have pushed the maclaren for me.

      So features: hood, lockable swivel wheels, adjustable five point safety harness, three position backrest, shopping basket, shoulder strap for carrying the buggy when folded, brake, and the buggy can be folded down with one hand while having a baby or toddler in the other (I have done this on a few occasions too and it is possible and quite easy after a couple of attempts.)

      The folding of the buggy is very easy, and when watching demos of other buggies, seems a lot easier than other brands. The shoulder strap I have found really useful too so when it is folded you can carry it like a golf bag. The buggy is quite light too so easy to lift and carry. When pushing the buggy, it feels really lightweight, even with a heavy toddler in it! And I have tried pushing the buggy on all terrains. It isn't made for very uneven off-road terrain but it does manage with a bit of effort. It even copes well with pebbles which seems to be the worst terrain. The three position backrest and hood are invaluable when baby needs a sleep, and the backrest can be altered with one hand very easily. It also feels very sturdy and secure where some buggies don't seem to give great support. The best thing for me is that the safety harness buckle is truly toddler proof. We haven't had an escape yet!

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    • Marantz MCR610 / Amplifier / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      02.10.2014 14:56

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      • refined
      • "compact "
      • "intuitive to use"

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      It's compact and refined

      This is a product that definitely isn't for everyone, but may be just right for someone who understands it and knows how to use it.
      Very nice. I've paired it with some Bowers and Wilkins 685s when hours of demos and admittedly it is the best system I've ever had.

      It works alright with Airplay, thus I usually use my mackbookpro to stream via WLAN with lossless ALACs on iTunes either controlled directly on the Mac, or dominant the mack via iTunes remote app on associate iPhone. The Marantz device (hardware) additionally controls iTunes on the mack once connected via Airplay. Finally, the Marantz app can additionally management it also, thus there square measure many alternative ways in which to regulate streaming music, all at the same time.

      The internet radio perform is sweet, and permits varied ways in which of sorting out stations either by location, genre, keyword etc.

      CD works well, hundreds quickly etc and sounds smart....but with such a large amount of streaming choices, CDs square measure best to be ripped to files and accessed via USB or streaming.

      It's compact and refined, that i favor in an exceedingly system, and is extremely intuitive to use.

      I was at first terribly stunned it did not have bluetooth, however via Airplay, the Marantz or iTunes Remote app and also the alternative streaming choices square measure superior than bluetooth anyway.

      I paid 499 pounds for it in Dec 2013, and it's currently even cheaper creating it exceptional price.
      Thank you for reading!

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    • Pork Recipes / Recipe / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      02.10.2014 14:21
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      • "Easy "
      • "Good value "
      • Tasty

      Disadvantages

      • "Nothing "

      Chop Chop!


      I was brought up in a meat eating household with a father who was a butcher by trade so I do love my meat and especially enjoy Pork. This is one meat which is not only very versatile but also rather cheap to purchase too. One cut of Pork which is good value and widely available is the chop and my mother taught me two very easy, tasty ways to cook these:

      Cheesy Apple Chops

      Ingredients
      Pork Chops
      Apple Sauce
      Grated Cheddar Cheese

      Method
      1. Simply place the desired number of pork chops on a baking tray and cook in the oven until almost done.
      2. Remove from the oven and using a spoon place a good spoonful of the apple sauce on top of the chop and then sprinkle over some cheese.
      3. Place chops back into the oven for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has begun to brown.

      Sage & Onion Chops

      Ingredients
      Pork Chops
      Sage & Onion Stuffing
      Ready Salted Crisps
      1 Egg

      Method
      1. Whisk the egg in a bowl and crush the packet of crisps and mix with the sage and onion stuffing and place on a dinner plate.
      2. Take each chop and dip it in the egg then the stuffing/crisp mix until the chop is covered and place on a greased baking tray.
      3. Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until the chops are cooked through and the coating is golden and crispy.

      Either of these chops are great served with potato wedges and salad. The sage and onion chops also taste delicious served with potatoes, vegetables and gravy to make an alternative roast dinner.

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    • Palmolive Naturals Milk & Honey / Bath & Shower / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      02.10.2014 12:43

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      • "cheap when on offer"
      • moisurises
      • "lovely scent"

      Disadvantages

      • "difficult to open"
      • "no hanging hook"

      Milk and honey shower gel from Palmolive

      I tend to buy whatever shower gel is on offer, although do have a few *special* gels just for me, such bas my beautiful Anais Anais shower gel. My most recent everyday purchase was a bottle of Palmolive milk and honey shower gel priced at just 90p from Tesco.





      Milk and honey shower gel contains, and I quote, moisturising milk and extract of 100% natural Aloe Vera and honey. Aloe Vera has been used as a beauty aid for thousands of years to help moisturise and protect the skin from the elements. There is evidence that Cleopatra took honey and milk baths to maintain her youthful appearance.





      The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle that shows the honey coloured gel inside. It has a really awkward flip up lid that I find difficult to open, especially with wet hands! The bottle has no hanging hook either, another negative in my book!





      However once you have battled your way into the bottle the gel is easy to squeeze out. It has a good thick consistency and a lovely sweet scent. It lathers well and feels silky on my body. Unfortunately the lovely scent soon fades, unlike another expensive gel I have. After use my skin feels soft and well moisturised so full marks here!





      Overall I think this is an excellent shower gel to buy when its on offer ( and is often is). I would not pay more than £1 however due to the awkward lid and lack of a hanging hook.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      02.10.2014 12:30

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      • "Ease of use."
      • "It's very quiet."
      • " although its below my normal line of vision to see it all the time.."
      • "It looks great"
      • "Speed of use is exceptional (well it is in my experience)."
      • "A much more powerful and efficient computer than I previously had."

      Disadvantages

      • "No others that I can report at the moment."
      • "Could be a bit more in the way of instruction - see review."

      A first rate and value for money service from PC Specialist

      I ordered this I7 model from PC Specialist (my first time)to replace a Pentium 2 that I'd had for a least 10 years; it was having difficulty in multi-tasking and opening larger files. My job and work facilities allowed me to use a more advanced computer in the office so I had no real need to use at home. I've now retired and have the time to use a computer more fully; use will be limited to general household issues, general surfing for info (travel etc) editing photographs and odd video - do not have a need for playing games or downloading movies or music.
      The service provided by PC Specialists was excellent from start to finish. Although not an IT black belt, I found no difficulty in finding what type of system I wanted (more importantly needed);the selection process was outstanding. I particulary found the drop down selections, help and the ability to tailor the build to my needs and budget throughout the process. I chose the I7 build because it's performance is at higher end and I don't wish to be upgrading or changing in the near future. The final cost was far less than ready built systems I have investigated on line, quoted at a local IT facility and seen in stores like PC World.
      PC Specialists kept me fully informed on the pre-production, build, QA and delivery process and the system arrived on time and in perfect condition.
      If I have one observation its that the welcome/set up booklet is too generic to all the other systems the company produce. A certain level of knowledge is assumed in order to set up the system at home (an installation service is provided bu until you see the manual its not always clear if it is needed). I ended up with a black flat cable with ends that are not obvious where they should be plugged in and a sealed packet marked ASUS with two electronic pinned components with no explanation as to where they should go. I haven't used them and the system appears to be running okay - any advice?

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    • Michael Kors Ladies' Chronograph MK5605 / Watch / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      02.10.2014 12:29

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      Awesome watch that can be worn on all occasions!

      I love Michael Kors watches. They have so many different dial colors, case colors/ materials, strap colors/materials. I have quite a few of them and all of them are of very good quality.

      This one is a Gold plated quartz movement watch and comes in a beautiful black box. I got it as a gift so I can't tell the exact price but I checked online and it retails for around 170 pounds($275). This one is very wearable and water resistant up to 50 meters.

      If you have a very small wrist it might look big but it’s great if you enjoy wearing watches on the larger side. You can give it a try and I’m sure after wearing it a few times you will get used to the size. It goes with every outfit be it classy, fancy, jeans, t-shirts so I have worn it on casual and formal events.

      The color is the same as it was a year ago it hasn’t faded or anything. However there is one negative point that it is scratch prone but if you use it carefully you can manage to avoid that. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that because it’s gold you cannot sport it with silver accessories.

      This MK watch has a champagne dial. It has a 42mm PVD Gold plated case, a gold plated bracelet and a stone set bezel.

      If I had to chose my favorite watches amongst my collection this would easily be in the top 3.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      02.10.2014 11:31
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      • "Fast Build Process"
      • "Brilliant Build Quality"
      • "Excellent Delivery Service"

      Disadvantages

      • "Lack of Updates during build"
      • "Logo on Case"

      Excellent Service. Would Recommend.

      I am very happy with my purchase. The build was done as scheduled and delivered to ROI within 3 days of dispatch.

      Website ease of use:
      The website is very well designed, and allows someone like me who knows very little about components to put together a very powerful PC. My only complaints are minor UI choices which I'm not a fan of (such as having the cases in a scroll box as opposed to a list that shows you all at once) but these are extremely minor and don't detract from the experience in a major way.

      The Ordering Process:
      Seamless. I ordered on a Friday and paid by bank transfer. My order was confirmed before 10:30AM on Monday and went into Pre-Production. The various forms and options on the website were clear and easy to fill out.

      Communication:
      This would be my only qualm with my order. I found the updates during the build to be sparse, and it was unclear as to how much progress had been made during each day of the build. Perhaps something PCS could would work on would be a daily update during the build phase of the project.

      Quality of Product:
      I've only used my PC for a brief few hours since delivery, but I'm really happy. The computer feels really well built, the cable management in the case is nice, no problems setting up. My only problems would be the PCS logos which are on the case (something which is not advertised) and the fact that the Windows Activation Key is placed on the case in an area that, because of the contours of the case, is difficult to read.

      Delivery:
      Extremely happy. Delivery was prompt, packaging was sturdy and reassuring, the inflatable insert which is in the computer case was a nice touch.


      All in all, I'm very happy with my order. While I know PCS are somewhat overpriced when compared to doing a self-build, I now feel reassured with my choice to use PCS because of the quality of the product they have delivered.

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      02.10.2014 10:30
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      • "Well presented audio guide"
      • "Fascinating Slice of History"

      Disadvantages

      • Expensive

      Highly recommended for History fans

      Westminster Abbey was founded in 960AD and has been the site of many royal coronations, weddings and funerals since. Most recently it was where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in 2012. Some royals from history and buried here, as are a number of important people from British history such as Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens, and many others have memorial plaques.

      It is currently £18 for adults, £15 concessions, secondary school age children are £8, and primary school aged kids are free. You enter via the Great North Door and you may have to queue at peak times.

      I did the included audio tour narrated by the actor, Jeremy Irons, who does an excellent job. It covers construction, architectural designs and key players in its history as well as those interred here, and will start in the magnificent nave with a mix of Norman and gothic styles. Look out for Science Corner with a prominent memorial to Sir Isaac Newton. There are plaques all over the floor, some are people you will have heard of, some less famous but having made a contribution to British history at some point. It is quite fun spotting all the people from history you have heard of.

      On from the nave the tour takes you to the Quire area which was smaller than I expected, then the Alter. Henry VII’s Lady Chapel was a highlight, built in the sixteenth century, it is an impressive decorated room containing the tomb of Henry and his wife, Elizabeth of York. To the right of the Lady Chapel are the tombs of Margaret Beaufort and Mary, Queen of Scots amongst others. On the other side of the Lady Chapel is the tombs of Elizabeth I and Mary I.

      There are further monarchs as you pass by on your way back. You could even organise a game of Dead Royal Bingo if so inclined. There are over twenty royal graves here including that of Anne Neville, whose royal husband ended up under a Leicester car park and one of Henry VIII’s wives (head intact).

      Next up is Poet’s Corner which was another highlight. Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet buried here and other writers buried here include Dickens, Browning, Tennyson and Kipling. Others have memorial plaques.

      I really enjoyed my visit and had a short wander after the audio tour finished, to check out other parts marked on the free map. All in all we were only here about 90 minutes, which makes it an expensive afternoon out. Visiting, on Saturday lunchtime was also busy and crowded. You need to be patient if you want to explore all the nooks and crannies, and unusual tombs as the place is full to the brim. To get the most out of your visit, if you have the opportunity, have a look at the detailed website to decide who and what you want to see the most. Highly recommended for history fans.

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      02.10.2014 09:46
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      • none

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      • everything!

      Squeaky chicken dog toy



      I have a mad setter who is very choosy about everything in his life and that includes his toy! I have often come home with what I thought was a fun toy only to have him turn his back on me! However he does have a passion for anything that squeaks. Whilst browsing on Amazon I spotted an inexpensive squeaky chicken dog toy and decided to order one.



      The toy arrived quickly and as I had only paid £3 for it I wasn't expecting it to last long! As far as I can remember the chicken was about 10 inches in length and was made of soft plastic. Initially I thought it felt quite robust as far as dog toys go.



      I was keen to see my dogs reaction and wasn't disappointed! He took to the toy immediately and started to rum around like the mad dog he is! The toy was tossed into the air as the loud squeak sent him into a frenzy. I always supervise my dog when he is given any new toy just to ensure it is safe and doesn't fall to bits. It this case it was just as well I did.



      Within minutes the head of the chicken came off exposing a short plastic tube that is used to fix the head to the body of the chicken. M,y dog immediately started to chew the tube resulting in bits of plastic splintering away. Needless to say I removed the toy and threw it in the bin. I think this toy would pose a very serious choking hazard for a young puppy especially if they were left alone with this dangerous toy.



      Overall what started out as a bargain fun toy ended up being an expensive few minutes play! Not recommended!

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      02.10.2014 09:00
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      • "durable and comfortable "

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      • None

      Good quality lead and collar set

      I bought this at Pets at Home because I wanted something durable and good quality but cheap because I knew it was only going to last a few months before needing replaced for an adult sized one.

      This fit the bill as far as collar and leads went and saved me having to buy them separately. For both the collar and lead together it cost 5.00. There were loads of different ones to choose from including really cute designs but I decided to be practical and went for a boring black so that he wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of the other dogs on walks.

      The collar can fit dogs with necks sized between 20cm and 36cm and can be adjusted when your puppy has a little growth spurt. Puppies grow quick and it doesn’t take long before the collar will be too tight so remember and check regularly.

      I liked this one because the collar was very lightweight and he hated wearing a collar to begin with so I wanted something that was lightweight and comfortable for him so that he wouldn’t get too annoyed by it and not spend the whole time trying to get it off.

      The lead is made from the same material as the collar and is a metre in length. Again it is lightweight but perfectly strong enough for a puppy. I liked the fact it wasn’t too long as I was trying to get him used to walking beside me and thought there was plenty of time to get an extendable lead so he could explore and sniff but to begin with the most important thing was learning him to stay close to me when we were walking and this helped as he couldn’t wander too far from my side when wearing it.

      This is a really good collar and lead set and is suitable for both puppies and small breeds of dogs. It is very durable and hard wearing. My puppy chewed the lead several times and although it got a bit frayed it didn’t break or snap and I was happy with both the quality and the price of this.

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      02.10.2014 08:44
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      • "Helped with house training "

      Disadvantages

      • "I didn't like using it really "

      A good tool for house training

      I was completely against buying a dog cage for my dog when he was a puppy as I just didn’t like the idea of locking him up when I was out as I think a pet should have the run of the house. Unfortunately my romanticised ideal wasn’t very practical as he would go to the toilet all over the house and also chew things he wasn’t supposed to.

      I was convinced about getting a cage for him because I read loads of articles saying it was the best way to toilet train them with the theory being that a dog won’t want to dirty his own sleeping area so will learn to keep it in until you get home and let him out.

      I bought my cage from Argos where it cost me 29.99. This was for the small cage though there were bigger ones available too. The small cage was more than big enough for my puppy and would still be big enough for him now that he is fully grown as it is a fairly decent size.

      The cage is metal and is foldable for easier storage. Once it has been unfolded and clipped into place it is quite sturdy and secure. It comes with a plastic try for the bottom which is removable for easy cleaning. There are two doors which are easy to open and close and are secure when closed so you can be sure that your dog won’t get out of the cage while you are out.

      The quality of the cage is really good and I had no concerns with it at all. It broke my heart when I put the pup in it for the first time as he cried and did not like it at all but he soon got used to it and in fact he would end up running to his cage and sleeping there when the door was left open and it definitely helped with toilet training him. I don’t use the cage now as my dog has the run of the house when I am out but it really did help in the beginning and I am glad that I went for it as I think it really speeded up his house training considerably plus it ensured that he didn’t chew anything of value when I wasn’t there to supervise him.

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    • Willow (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      02.10.2014 07:22
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      • "Great fun"
      • "Excellent performances"
      • "Terrific visual effects and music"

      Disadvantages

      • "A few underdeveloped characters"

      Lucas's most underrated movie.

      From what I have been able to gather on most parts of the net, this is a movie that George Lucas detractors love to hate. And I cannot understand why. For me, WILLOW has been nothing but a rollickingly fun piece of entertainment from the creator of STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES. Not only is this one of my favorite fantasy movies, I consider this one of Lucas's best productions outside of the aforementioned successful franchises.

      The most glaring attack on WILLOW is that it is an inferior imitation of STAR WARS--only in a medieval time and on ground. I have found this accusation laughable; despite sharing many similarities (the earnest, good-hearted young hero, roguish companion, snappish love interest, two comic sidekicks, bad guy general wearing a mask, evil queen, yadda yadda yadda), WILLOW is in a class by itself. The plot--which involves an aspiring magician-dwarf attempting to protect a mystic child from a nasty empress--is nothing at all like STAR WARS. In fact, Lucas has been quoted as saying that he actually planned this movie long before he made his now famous trilogy. Is the story original? Not really. But no movie is ever really "original"; in fact, some of the best loved films have actually drawn upon inspiration from various other sources. As a movie that falls into this latter category, WILLOW does not succeed because it is imaginative or derivative. It simply weaves its own magic spell and ultimately enchants one over.

      It is the well-defined characters and their relationships which partially make WILLOW a lot of fun, and much of the credit goes to the talented cast. Lucas's STAR WARS prequels have been attacked by critics for the sometimes stale performances from the actors assembled, but the same could never be said of WILLOW. As the title character, Warwick Davis displays sincerity, warmheartedness, and an incredible ability to showcase maturation from an insecure farmer to a nurturing protector and unlikely hero. Val Kilmer's portrayal as the self-serving yet courageous swordsman who joins Willow makes for delightfully entertaining chemistry between him and Davis. Joanne Whalley plays Lucas's meanest heroine yet; a princess who at first is assigned to carry out her mother's cruel deeds yet eventually falls in love with Kilmer. (It is reported that they both got married after the movie was completed.) Kevin Pollock and Rick Overton provide deliciously campy humor as the pint-sized "brownie" sidekicks, and Jean Marsh is frighteningly evil as the villainess of the piece. The rest of the cast, including the late, great Billy Barty, turn in equally compelling performances as well.

      Lush, stirring orchestral scores are a mandatory ingredient for a fantasy movie, and James Horner's soundtrack--which remains arguably one of his best to this day--not only overflows with choral beauty and sizzling action cues, rivals John Williams' work on the STAR WARS movies in terms of staying power and magnificence. The special effects provided by Lucas's own Industrial Light and Magic, although a little dated in comparison to today's efforts, are nonetheless impressive for their time and succeed in bringing WILLOW's medieval settings to life without distracting from the experience.

      As mentioned, WILLOW was savagely attacked at the time of its 1989 release (and the film sadly did not get the recognition it deserved at the box office)--believe it or not, there are still some who despise the movie even to this day. One wonders if the critics who penned their petty complaints saw the same film everyone else did ("unengaging?" "a film where nothing much happens?"). If there is even one issue I could address, it may be that some of the incidental characters lack depth and come off as a tad one-dimensional. But such a criticism is irrelevant, because WILLOW is, all in all, a very entertaining, involving little film that offers plenty to enjoy for fantasy buffs. There are showstopping action sequences, laughs, and some very impressive visual effects, yes, but at the core, WILLOW has a lot of heart... one of the major assets that most of today's big-budget CGI FX fare tend to neglect these days. It is mainly because of this, and more, that this grossly underrated film has garnered such a loyal following, and, as with most treasured classics, maintains the test of time after more than one viewing.

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      02.10.2014 06:57
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      • "Great voice acting and music"
      • "Good animation and plot"

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      • "References mostly for fans"

      A quacker of a little "treasure" from Disney.

      While Disney has not been producing much of high quality animated films these days, few will deny that in the late 1980's and mid 1990's, the Mouse House was in its heyday. After a period of turmoil without their former founder, the company had risen to stardom with its 1989 musical, THE LITTLE MERMAID. The success of that film led to other equally acclaimed masterpieces, notably BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which was fortunate enough to win the Oscar for Best Picture. In the period between these two works of art, though, the company released two animated features that were pleasant diversions but didn't ignite ticket sales at the box office. One of them was THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, a non-musical sequel to a mediocre 1970 film (which actually improved on its predecessor in many ways). The other--and even lesser known--production was DUCKTALES: THE MOVIE--TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP.

      An unashamedly small, likeable film, DUCKTALES--THE MOVIE did not quack up much box office gold in its theatrical release. Based on Disney's popular animated series of its time, this theatrical feature--as you might expect--plays very much like an extended episode of the series, with slightly beefed up production values. Audiences unfamiliar with the show are most likely to be confused with its unexplained references to terms like "Junior Woodchuck"--a problem not uncommon with other theatrical spin-offs of television shows, e.g. THE CARE BEARS, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, etc. The stars of DUCKTALES, which include self-proclaimed "quad-zillionaire" Scrooge McDuck (impeccably voiced by Alan Young) and his mischievous nephews, Hewy, Dewey, and Louie, are household names with many people, but their co-stars--which include bumbling pilot Launchpad McQuack and Webby (Webbigail for you completists)--are only familiar with those who have tuned into an episode or two of the show. This is probably what sealed DUCKTALES--THE MOVIE's box office fate; it caters more to fans of the show rather than a mainstream audience.

      That said, DUCKTALES--THE MOVIE is a very pleasant way to spend 74 minutes. The film bounces along at a fast pace and maintains a kinetic sense of energy, particularly the opening and climactic sequences. And there's nothing at all about the film that may be deemed too unsettling or inappropriate for children (what, you expected an R-rated material from Disney?).

      The best way to describe the plot is a mixture of INDIANA JONES adventure and Disney's own ALADDIN. The first 20 minutes of the movie, in which the ducks--on a hunt for Collie Baba's treasure--find themselves braving a booby-trap infested hidden pyramid and outrunning scorpions, recall the roller-coaster excitement of the aforementioned Spielberg-Lucas series. Things get slightly slower around the middle when the ducks unleash the contents of a magic lamp containing, yes, a genie. Voiced with zest and humor by Rip Taylor, this Genie may not have the adult appeal of, say, Robin Williams' Genie in ALADDIN, but he manages to extract a giggle from the audience without being too over-the-top. His lively presence--and the nephews' dilemma of trying to keep his identity a secret from their miserly uncle--makes it easier to sit through the middle portion. The final 20 minutes of the film, in which Scrooge and company attempt to recapture their money bin from a compulsively greedy weasel, Dijon (Richard Libertini), only to deal with the Genie's former master, Merlock, a centuries old villainous sorcerer with the commanding voice of Christopher Lloyd, builds to a high-flying (literally) climax that I've rarely seen other Disney films match.

      Based on the above description of the plot, it is tempting to dismiss this movie as an inferior imitation of ALADDIN, particularly where the Genie sub-plot is concerned, but since this movie was made long before that film, it instead holds up as an original story. Technically, DUCKTALES isn't exactly on the same level as, say, THE LITTLE MERMAID or other Disney Renaissance features, but then again it was hardly intended to be. The animation, produced by the now defunct Disney Animation Studios in Paris, is appropriately matched and showcases some spectacularly exciting effects, particularly any moment when Merlock morphs into eagles, rats, bears, cockroaches, panthers, etc., and especially at the climax when Scrooge's money bin is transformed into a creepy-looking castle. Simultaneously, though, the artwork is more "simplified" than the usual Disney treatment--not that it is a bad thing for this type of feature, but it's noticeable in places.

      More pleasing about the film is its kinetic musical score, composed by David Newman (THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER and ANASTASIA). This is one of the finest ever written for a Disney film, and it's a shame it hasn't been commercially released on CD. It should also be noted that there are no songs in this film (unless you count the DUCKTALES theme over the closing credits)--this gives DUCKTALES the distinction of being one of Disney's "songless" productions (other notable entries including THE BLACK CAULDRON, THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, and ATLANTIS--THE LOST EMPIRE).

      Although not on par with Disney's better classics, DUCKTALES--THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP is a breezy, fun romp that actually holds up pretty well even after its initial 1990 release. It's too bad that Disney reduced themselves to churning out direct-to-video sequels, none of which matched the excitement or energy of this film or even the heart or human appeal of A GOOFY MOVIE, another inspired by a TV series movie. Compared to most of these other pointless secondary chapters, DUCKTALES--THE MOVIE remains fresh, funny, and enjoyable, especially for youngsters and, yes, fans of Disney-cartoons in general.

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      • " through Hesus. Seen by the etes of a child"
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      Perfect for family or alone to discover Heaven through Jesus

      This book really struck my interest while I was shopping with my children one day. I was a little skeptical at first, because in this day and age, anyone will write a book about anything to make a buck. I threw it in the cart, figuring that I would give it a chance. When I got home, I started reading and could not put the book down! Everything that the child, Colton, claimed he saw, experienced, and the people he met, were all backed up Biblically or by his parents. This is a great book to realize that God can use anyone in any situation that they are going through in life to fulfill His Purpose. In this book, God used the experience of a child to teach the faith and Truth to adults, and to teach both Born-Again Followers of Jesus and those that are not that pick up this book that there is a place called Heaven and that the Savior, Jesus, that will wash our sins away if we ask him to, is there, waiting to greet us with love that we have never imagined. This book also reminds us of what the Bible says, that Jesus will be coming soon. We must remember to be ready. They also have the Heaven is for Real movie. Both the book and the movie are suitable for children and adults of all ages.



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    • Pulsar PS9008X1 / Watch / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      Lovely watch from my lovely wife.

      I got this watch on my second anniversary and I felt like a child again. Not only was it the first gift I got from my wife, but boy it was and still is elegant and stylish. It came in a small little box that said Pulsar by Seiko. Although I am not very watch savy, I had known for some time that Seiko was Japanese brand that had a very good reputation indeed. My uncle had gifted my father a Seiko he had bought when he was in Japan - and my father's watch still runs to this day after 20 some years.

      I digress, though this watch isn't a Seiko, you can bet that it still has quality. The two tone gold-titanium round case is complimented by a similar two-tone clasp bracelet - one which I might add is a bit on the thin side. No matter though as a local store was able to remove two links in order for it to fight my wrist.

      The watch is remarkably light as it is titanium and is a delight to wear. It goes well with almost any look from casual to full out formal wear - even if you are suited and booted up for a special occasion. And thats why I love it. The fact that I can wear this every day and everywhere I go makes this gift all the more special.

      Perhaps I should mention that the dial is very readable as the gold tone stands out from the white face and there is a small number indicating the date. But that to me isn't as important as how premium the watch actually feels.

      I have no doubt that this will serve me well, not least for the fact that I do remember to take it off during the night, but also because it is by Seiko. It is an excellent gift for your loved one.

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