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I will admit I bought Season 1 after learning that Flynn Ryder in Disneys Tangled was voiced by the very brilliant Zachary Levi. After reading several reviews about the series online and getting great feedback, I decided to get season 1, and boy am I glad that I did.
Since then I have bought Seasons 1 - 4 and have season 5 preordered on amazon ready for the October release.
Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi)
The central character, a lovable "nerd", who is charming, funny, endearing and the all round good guy.
Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski)
Beautiful, but tough as nails, spy Sarah is Chuck's handler, and the chemistry between them is electric from episode one.
Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez)
Chuck's lifelong best friend, who often gets things wrong, but has a heart of gold and is fiercely loyal to Chuck.
Ellie Bartowski (Sarah Lancaster)
Chuck's sister, who helped raise Chuck when their mother left when chuck was just 9 years old.
John Casey (Adam Baldwin)
Sent to protect Chuck along with Sarah, Casey is very loyal to his country and appears stand-offish to begin with, however as his character develops Casey becomes a great character and double act with Morgan.
Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin)
Chuck's brother in law, captain awesome, because everything he does is awesome, in nickname that is well earned throughout the series.
Lester (Vik Sahay) and Jeff (Scott Krinsky)
Chucks work colleagues at the buymore (his real job and then cover job), they are idiots, but loveable idiots.
The basic plot of chuck is simple, Chuck is a computer geek with a normal boring life until his old college room mate, Bryce Larkin, sends him a computer program that downloads all of the governments secrets into his brain, making him one of the most important assets to the US Government and every criminal group you can think of.
I really do love this series, each character really grows thoughts out the series, and blends well with the other characters.
A great spy series that is funny, sweet, romantic, dramatic and has lots of twists and turns. The cast are all great and the storylines keep you interested.
Ok - I will own up now, and say that the only perfume I have every bought for myself is Ronan Keating's - Hope (which was for the Marie Keating Foundation). The reason I never buy perfume is because every year my brothers buy me fancy perfumes for my birthday and Christmas, so I never run out and so never have to buy new.
I got given Marc Jacobs' Lola for Christmas this year by my younger brother, and I have to say the box it came in and the bottle itself was very impressive! The bottle is a very pretty, dark purple with a large colourful, blue, red and purple flower on the lid - it does look great sat on my bedroom dresser!
The perfume has quite a floral scent, which would normally put me off - as when someone says it smells floral I automatically think of the perfume my Grandma wore. HOWEVER... I am very glad to be wrong, this floral scent is refreshing and unique - a very pleasant scent. I can clearly smell the rose with soft touches of peony and geranium, as well as vanilla and musk.
The perfume costs around £35 for the 30ml bottle but from looking around the prices do vary from store to store.
When I wear this I can smell it for around 6 - 7 hours, and can smell if on my jacket, scarf, etc for days afterwards.
My hairdresser uses Aveda products in her salon, and so this is how I happened to come across their products. After leaving the salon I was never able to get shampoo that left my hair feeling, smelling and as managable as it did with Aveda and so I started buying the product first from my hairdresser and then from their online store (I found it cheaper here, as there was no mark up).
Firstly a little bit about Aveda - They produce purely natural, plant based hair care, skin care, makeup and general lifestyle products.
No chemicals are used in the products that can be harsh on your hair and skin - now I know a lot of people would probably say otherwise, but in my opinion and on my hair I can definately tell the difference, and my hair feels so much softer and cleaner after using their shampure.
I have always found that I do not need to use much to get a good lather and I have hair that goes just past my shoulders (so its not that my hair is short). Unless your hair needs a second lathering I only ever need to lather and rinse (never repeating) and my hair is clean and lovely.
I used to find with other shampoos that a slight greasy residue was left on my hair after washing, but have never had this problem with using Aveda. The smell is very pleasent, quite floral but subtle. I wash my hair every other day (as if I wash it every day it tends to go greasy) and it remains feeling fresh and smelling lovely until I wash it again.
The Shampoo can be used on any type of hair, and as it has no chemical is fine for coloured hair (I have highlights in mine and they stays looking bright.
At the time of writing the Aveda Shampure costs £10.50 for a 250ml bottle, which is a little expensive depending which brands you compare it to, however, I do find this can last me around 3 - 4 months (unlike other brands I have bought).
I have been using Aveda Shampure for around 4 years now and have no plans at all to switch to a new brand.
Well I know it isn't Christmas, but I love cooking programs anytime of the year, and classic Jamie Oliver is no different! When we were first introduce to the Naked Chef, I was hooked, I love the style of cooking, simple easy ideas from Jamie's own flat. In recent years I have go off Jamie's cooking and documentary programs. However, this Christmas special is from back when he was still likeable and realistic in his cooking for the average person.
The basic idea of the DVD is Jamie Oliver preparing his traditional Christmas dinner. He tries to time everything to make it as easy as possible for the person attempting this at home, and the instructions are very clear and simple to follow.
The DVD is just under 2 1/2 hours long and include cards of the various recipes that are made, which makes things even simpler when you try to recreate this culinary masterpiece in the kitchen.
The DVD allows you to select certain recipes rather than watch the entire thing, which I found very useful, as there were bits I found I need to go back and view again, such as the Christmas Pudding and the Turkey.
The Turkey with all the trimmings
Roast potatoes with garlic and rosemary
Parsnips with thyme and honey
Pork and chestnut stuffing
Extras on the DVD include: American recipes, General Tips for Christmas.
I like this DVD and have watched it several times, and not just at Christmas, I find the Roast Potato and Parsnip recipes have been used in our house for many a sunday roast dinner as well as at Christmas.
Love film is Europe's largest DVD rental (as you can tell from Wikipedia, their website or other reviews on here).
Most DVD rental companies use Lovefilm but under their own banner, I began using WHSmith who changed to Lovefilm last year.
Its a simple system, you as the subscriber you browse through a massive catalogue of DVD's and add the ones you want to your list. You can find films by genre, title, release, actor, and a wide range of other search categories.
It is a good idea to have a few on the list at any one time, so they there is minimal time between Lovefilm receive your returned DVDs and sending out your next ones.
You can assign each title in your list a level of importance (high, medium or low priority), the highest priority discs are sent out first.
The envelope containing the disc is the same used to send them back and you can send up to two discs back in the envelope. You can also request more envelopes if you need to. The envelopes are freepost and so it does not cost you a thing to send them back.
The beauty of the online rental service is that you can keep the discs for as long as you want, there is not return date or late fees, although additional discs will not be sent out until a disc has been returned.
I am on the highest package and so receive three discs at a time and can have as many discs as I want per month.
There are a range of different packages available from £3.99 per month for 1 disc (maximum of 2 per month) to £18.99 for 3 discs at a time (unlimited rentals). There is also now a pay as you go option, but i am not too sure how this works. Packages are also available for computer game rentals, but I have no experience of this service and so would not like to comment.
They also offer a "watch now", which allows you to watch the film or series through your computer. My package allows me to see some films for free online, other packages or films can be viewed online for an additional charge of £3.49.
A recent problem, I have noticed is the unavailability of DVD's that have been released to rent and buy at other outlets. From reading the other reviews on here, I believe that this is due to a dispute between Lovefilm and universal, and while it hasn't affected many titles there has been the odd one that I have not been able to rent because of it (The invention of lying, Valentines day, Kick Ass and Funny people). I have seen been able to see The invention of lying on a plane ride and valentines day through their watch again function). It doesn't look like this is going to be solved anytime soon.
The speed at which the rentals are posted out is very good, there can be a delay of about a day but I often get the impression this is down to Royal Mail rather than Lovefilm, I have had only one occasion when there is been a significant delay of 2 days between Lovefilm receiving my films and posting new ones out to me. However I emailed them and the same day next discs were sent out and they sent an email apology.
Occasionally they do have special offers and you can be rewarded or earn credits for free films (this is a bonus on top of your package arrangement). I currently have 4 film credits available due to a promotion that they ran when the world cup was on.
Overall my experience with Lovefilm has been a positive one and even with the Universal problems I haven't really noticed a massive difference.
And with three of us in our household we get through a good number of DVD's a month, so for us this service is excellent value for money!
For the first month free please click here: http://www.lovefilm.com/yhq49php7/visitor/sign_up_1.html
Heroes is American series about a group of normal people with supernatural powers, no two people have the same ability and now all abilities are good.
We have had 3 seasons here in the UK and although it lost its way with the writers strike in Season 2, series 3 was just as brilliant as the first. You really do need to concentrate to see all the twists and turns in the third series but it is definitely work an hour of your undivided attention.
Not all characters have abilities and not all of these with abilities (good or bad) used them to help people.
There are a lot of special effects in the show and the heroes are constantly saving the world, which makes exciting viewing.
I enjoy the way that all of the characters are interlinked, which becomes more apparent as the show continues. New characters are constantly being introduced by here are some of the main ones:
Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is following in his fathers footsteps and researching this genetic ability and helping the "heroes". He soon becomes jealous of his friends with abilities and feels left behind. He is a kind and caring man, but will his green eyed monster take over - I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen the show! I do like Mohinder but he has become a little whiny in the last series.
Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) has been a main character since the beginning, he is the good guy, he just wants to use his ability to help as many people as possible. He often has to make tough choices but he is strong and has a heart of Gold. This is one of my favourite characters and has been since the beginning.
Claire Bennett (Hayden Panettiere) is the cheerleader we all hear so much about. Claire has the ability to heal herself and begins to think that she is invincible, getting herself and others into a few sticky situations. While I think the character is important to the show, she is one of my least favourite characters in the show.
Noah Bennett (Jack Coleman), Aka The man in the horm-rimmed glasses or HRG, is Claire's adoptive father, he initially appears to be an ordinary businessman and father, but he really he is part of a secret organisation that tracks people with these special abilities. Quite a complex character who has grown over the series.
Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) has the ability to time travel, an ability he has dreamed of all his life. One of my favourite characters along with his side-kick Ando. Hiro is childlike and innocent, but funny.
Sylar (Gabriel Grey) is the ultimate bad guy, a great character who is complex and well thought out. His part is the show and in the lives of our other heroes is wonderfully written and played out.
I really enjoy this show, and think that the twists and turns just make you want more and more. Can not wait to see how the twist at the end of the 3rd series turns out.
The company that I work for are members of the FPB, and having used the website numerous times and spoke to the advisers on the phone a few times when we needed help, I thought it was about time I wrote about them.
The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit organisation who helps small businesses with every aspect of running a company successfully.
There website www.fpb.org (which is my main source of contact with the FPB) is www.fpb.org and there are a number of different sections to it that I will discuss.
Being a member of the FPB rather than just visiting the website gives us access to a number of different resources:
I have called this helpline a few times and the staff has always been extremely helpful and friendly. They were available when we needed them and help us resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
I use these quite a lot, there are three business guides available - a credit control guide, an employment guide and a health and safety guide. The employment guide is brilliant and we refer to it regularly to help within the company. It is very easy to use and understand and we can always find the information we are looking for.
The healthy and safety guide is another that I regularly use. This is an excellent guide to health and safety issues and we regularly refer to it. As with the employment guide it is extremely simply and easy to use, and it is easy to understand and find information.
There are a number of downloadable templates that we use much more often than we ever thought we would. There is a job application form, job interview template, job offer and rejection templates, contract of employment, absence management template, equal opportunities templates, grievance procedure and disciplinary procedure templates and reference letter templates, plus a credit control letter template that is free to members and non-members.
These really are one of the most useful things, and we couldn't do without them now.
They do also provide discounted business services but I have never personally used any of them, although I believe my colleagues are very impressed with the rates they can offer.
On the website there are a number of different areas that I regularly visit but the two I return to the site on a weekly basis for are: Hot Tips and the News sections.
The hot tips are brilliant little tips and hints for help with your business some of my favourites have been:
Tips for hiring temporary staff
How to get started on Twitter
3 top tips for finding new customers
5 top tips for delivering effective presentations
A beginner's guide to web statistics
These are short informative tips that are extremely interesting and usually very helpful.
The news section gives the latest news that the FPB are involved in, and as they are constantly working for small businesses there is often a lot of news articles here.
Some of the most recent news articles include:
FPB proposes a tax environment that supports small businesses
Research finds mixed results on payment for council suppliers in the North West
South West firms believe economy will recover but worry about lack of finance
Research finds Northern Ireland's councils are worst payers in Britain for suppliers
The news is very interesting and lets the members know what the FPB have been up to or just important issues that will affect us and our company.
Finally I need to mention the campaigns run by the FPB and placed on the site, as I do regularly have a look at these.
The FPB runs a number of different campaigns over the year to support small businesses across the country. One that I find extremely interesting is their Hall of Shame (who wouldn't love this section!).
This is part of the FPB's campaign against the practise of companies who delay payment to suppliers. Over the years there have been some big named companies on this list and it is extremely interesting to see who makes it each year!
Before One Tree Hill, The OC and Gossip Girl came Dawson's Creek, the pioneering American teen drama that ran from 1998 to 2003.
Set in Capeside Massachestts (a fictional American town) there are initially 4 main characters.... Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen. With Andy and Jack joining in the later series, and Audrey once they head off to university.
The four talk as thought they are university scholars when really they begin the show as 15 year old high school students, but get past that and you have a really nice teen drama.
Dawson Leery is played by James Van Der Beek - In the first few seasons Dawsons is the lead character, until they go off to college when it really becomes Joey's creek. Dawson is a film fanatic who idolises Steven Spielberg. He falls in love with the girl next door - Jen, and then with the girl down the creek - Joey, and is very close to his parents. He is a nice boy, who always does the right thing, and always tries to follow his dream of film making.
Joey Potter is played by Katie Holmes - Joey is the tom boy next door, but stunningly beautiful. Joey is in love with her next door neighbour for years - Dawson, she grows a lot through the series and develops a unique relationship with Pacey, with the question of will she choose Pacey or Dawson being a reoccurring theme through the series. She is a nice girl, who has a bit of a wild side, is has a heart of gold.
Pacey Witter is played by Joshua Jackson - Pacey is the bad boy, black sheep of his family. I love this character, he is funny, witty, charming and very likable! Pacey does not go to college like the others and carves his own future in the business world, some ventures go well, others not so much.
Jen Lindley is played by Michelle Williams - Jen is the bad girl of the creek, shipped there by her parents who couldn't cope with her any longer. She falls for Dawson, but lets face it she will never be Joey in her eyes. The character does mature and grown but remains a little reckless and adventurous.
Jack McPhee is played by Kerr Smith - Jack broke the mold on the creek, while despite having relationships with the majority of the leading ladies, his character is gay. Jack has many ups and down being the "only gay in the village" but is happy in himself and is an inspiration to others to be yourself.
Andie McPhee is played by Meredith Monroe - the brainiac of the group, she has a lot of problems and does not remain in the series as long as her brother. She has a relationship with Pacey but when it goes wrong she struggles to cope.
Audrey Liddell is played by Busy Philipps - Audrey is Joeys roommate in college, she is a rich girl with an adventurous spirit that makes Jen look like an angel.
The show has a great cast, who at the time were unknown actors. They work very well together and play the characters brilliantly. I loved this show during my sixth form and university years, and I was sad when it finished, but I was glad with who Joey finally chose.
If you enjoy One Tree Hill, I would give this a go, I still often watch my DVD of this series and thoroughly enjoy it.
We have recently bought a holiday lodge at Gatebeck holiday park on the outskirts of Kendal. It is in the perfect location to appreciate all of the surrounding natural beauty, as well as being close to shopping centres and markets while still enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the countryside.
After viewing the complex and lodges, we decided to buy a lodge at this complex, as it was such a lovely place with so much surrounding nature.
Along with my partner's parents we bought a 2 bedroom lodge, which we just loved after viewing. There is plenty of natural light through out the lodge and it is much more spacious than we ever imagined. It is such a beautiful holiday home and I am so happy with our decision to buy one.
The lounge has an extremely comfortable feel and the place has central heating, as well as double glazing, to keep the place nice and cosy.
The luxurious kitchen has a fridge, freezer, gas cooker and grill, plus the laminate flooring makes the place feel light and airy with lots of space.
There is an onsite laundrette and dog paddock, which my in-laws love. Plus there are a lot of country walks and fishing spots close by, as well as Leighton Moss (RSPB site).
Their website is: http://www.sllodges.co.uk/Gatebeck where you can find much more detailed park information.
We stayed for the first time at our holiday lodge this summer and had a fantastic time, the staff were extremely helpful and friendly, as they had been in the past when we were viewing the place. We were lucky and the weather was very nice throughout our stay so could enjoy plenty of nature walks around the area.
I believe that Gatebeck only has owned lodges but many of these do seem to be rented out to holiday makers during the summer.
There is plenty to do while at Gatebeck including South Lakes Wild Animal Park, The Aquarium of the Lakes, The World of Beatrix Potter, Lakeland Miniature Village, Ruskin Museum, Grizedale Park, Homescales Activity Centre, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Windermere Lake Cruises, plenty of walks, world-class bird watching, fishing and golf.
We plan to go back in April this 2010 and take my two nieces as they will love it.
I just received my new pair of Giorgio Armani sunglasses from Sports Shades Online and just had to write about my experience.
I wear glasses so needed prescription lenses, I am guessed because I had to sort this out my experience may be slightly different to some people who just order the glasses online and get them delivered.
After getting my glasses from specsavers at Christmas (my niece accidently snapped my others in half on boxing day and without a spare pair I just needed somewhere that could do them straight away). I did not want to get my sunglasses from there, I have had quite a few problems with the lenses in my glasses warping and they had a limited range of sunglasses to choose from.
I was chatting with one of my friend about wanting a new pair of Sunglasses before my holiday to Greece (we fly on Saturday and I can not wait!) and she told me to try http://www.sportsshadesonline.co.uk so I went onto the site and found a few different designs that I like then sent them an email asking about the prescription lenses.
The website was simple to use and it was easy to find what I was looking for, I just browsed around the site, although it seems that if you are looking for a specific style or brand they would be pretty easy to find.
As I emailed them asking about prescription lenses, I got a call from Deborah (their online manager) that same day, introducing herself and explaining that the frames I have pick would be difficult to add prescription lenses to, but she chatted to me about what I needed then sent me through a few different styles similar to the one I had chosen that could be used with prescriptions.
I browse through them at my own leisure, there was no pressure selling! I then emailed her back with three that I like. She called me and with her advice and help I chose the Giorgio Armani sunglasses (http://www.sportsshadesonline.co.uk/prod_info.asp?prodid=1993).
I did a Google search for the Frames and found Sports Shades Online were by far the best value, with free UK delivery.
Sports Shades Online: £139.99
Edel Optics: £147.00
London Eyewear: £148.00
Sunglasses UK: £155.00
After we had sorted out my prescription I went online and order the glasses plus my lenses, the process was extremely simple and easy and I had no problems what so ever.
In total my glasses cost me £249 which considering I went with the more expensive coated lenses was very reasonable.
The package arrived very well packaged in its case with a lens cleaner and the original lenses (just in case I even want normal lenses in them). They also came with there Armani certificate of authenticity.
I had never bought my prescription sunglasses online before but I spoke with Deb at Sports Shades and she was so helpful, and talked me through everything. I can not wait to show of my brilliant new sunglasses in Greece next week.
I will definitely be buying from Sports Shades Online again!
Scrubs started off in 2001 with 3 nervous, funny interns joining Sacred heart hospital, and I have followed them ever since. We are currently on season 8 in the UK on E4.
The main character in the show is JD - John Dorian, who is sadly leaving at the end of this season, I am not sure how well it will work without him, although over the years other characters have been developed and are just as key to the show as JD is. JD's internal thoughts narrative the show, although on occasion we have heard the thoughts of several other characters. Zach Braff is great as silly, lovable JD.
JD's best friend and bromance (man friendship romance) is Chris Turk, who met JD at university. Turk is a surgeon and very quickly in the show meets head nurse - Carla, who he marries and has a child with. Turk is a little more manly than JD, but the interaction and relationship between the two is fantastic, and summed up beautiful in the number "guy love" in the musical episode.
Turk is married to Carla, who has been at the hospital for years. They quickly fall in love, though she often plays second fiddle to JD and Turks relationship. She has a baby with Turk, Izzy, and she rules the hospital.
Carla is best friends with Elliot, the third intern, who also has an on-off relationship with JD. Elliot is very neurotic, and is the whitest white girl you'll ever meet. She comes from a wealthy background and works hard to be taken seriously by her superiors and peers.
Dr Cox is JD's mentor and the best character in the show. He finds JD annoying although the have bonded and developed a good relationship. Cox is married to Jordan with two children, there relationship is great, the whole family on the surface is quite mean to each other, but every now and they are very kind and you see those touching moments.
The janitor is JD's arch nemesis, and is often playing pranks on JD for no particular reason. This is an odd, but fascinating character.
Scrubs is very funny, different and occasionally heart warming.
So no one told you it was gonna be this way......
Friends is a US TV show which became an international hit and made massive stars of the six main characters. You only have to hear the theme song intro and you know the show. The show finished 5 years ago yet is still shown every evening in the UK, which shows what a massive success it was.
I love friends and own the entire series on DVD. It is set in New York, in an apartment complex and coffee shop just across from central park (the coffee shop is Central Perk). It was first broadcast in 1994 and the final episode was first aired on 6th May 2004.
The show is about 6 twenty and then thirty something's, three guys - Chandler, Joey and Ross, and three gals - Monica, Rachel and Phoebe. We follow them through the trials and tribulations of their lives, with lots of comedy thrown in.
Rachel is played by Jennifer Aniston, who comes into the show as a rich daddy's girl, fleeing from her wedding. Over the series Rachel's character develops into an independent mother, who works at Bloomingdales and Ralph Lauren. She is very pretty and has a complex relationship with Ross. Initially she lives with Monica, then Phoebe and in the end she and Joey make perfect roommates. She is fun-loving and pretty care free.
Monica is played by Courtney Cox, who is a neurotic chef, with a little ocd when it comes to cleaning. Monica is more serious then the other girls and often play "mother" to the group - looking after them and cooking for them. Monica and Ross are brother and sister, and this tends to be where we see her sillier, more immature side. Monica and Chandler eventually fall in love and settle down, which I loved as Chandler is my favourite character, as with so many other people.
Phoebe is played by Lisa Kudrow, and she is the dizzy, free spirited blonde. Phoebe is very care free and goes through life without a worry in the world, even though she has had the hardest life, she takes it all in her stride. Phoebe and Joey have a nice relationship, I think that their simple-ness bonds them, and they make a great team.
Joey is played by Matt Le Blanc, and he is a good looking actor. Joey is pretty stupid and loves women and food. He becomes a bit star and then loses it, he lives with Chandler for a lot of the series and they love each other like brothers. Joey has a complex relationship with Rachel for a period, but they work through it. Joey is lovable and fun, and a heart of gold.
Chandler is played by Matthew Perry, and he is the comedian of the group. Chandler struggles with the woman which makes living with Joey difficult at times, he is a little soft (see the bully episode) and his defence is to tell a job. Chandlers parents have left him with some lasting emotional scars, but with the help of his friends, particularly Monica he is a loving guy with a lot to give.
Ross is played by David Schwimmer, and he is a science geek who is Unlucky in love, his first wife left him to become a lesbian, she then found out she was pregnant, so he, Carol (his ex-wife) and Susan (Carols partner) raise their son together. Through out the series Ross gets married (and divorced) three times, and has two children by different woman, but the love of his life will always be Rachel. They have a turbulent relationship at times, but do manage to remain friends.
There are 10 series of this wonderful programme, with 24 episodes in each series. It is great and timeless.
Jo Frost is Supernanny, a very experienced Nanny who visits families who are having problems controlling their wayward, naughty children. It is shown on Channel 4 and E4 in the UK and I love it.
It is filled with badly behaved children and usually clueless parents, who call in Jo to help them improve and hopefully stop their bad behaviour. The children are usually rude, disruptive, cheeky, violent and unruly, and it is often due to problems with the parents rather than with the children.
The format of the show is very similar each week, there is a video with a family asking for help. Super-Jo then arrives, marching down the street in her business suit ready to sort out the family. She then observes for the day, and within 2 minutes of her arriving the kids and parents display the behaviour that needs help. There is then the parent meeting where Jo goes through the problems with the Mum and Dad and confronts them about the issues causing their children's behaviour.
Jo then changes into more "fun" gear when she holds a family meeting where new rules are put into place, and reward charts are hung on the walls. She then spends about a week with the family (in the TV show it seems like a week, I have read that it is actually closer to a month, I just don't know how true this is), helping them put her techniques into practice (some of which we will go into later).
Jo will then leave the families for a week to see how well they cope without her, usually they cope well at first, then all hell breaks lose. Jo will then return and go over the footage of the previous week with them, pointing out good areas and bad. She then stays another week with the families to help them work on their techniques.
At the end the kids are well behaved and the families are happy as Jo walks off into the sunset (ok not quite but close enough).
1) The Warning
Jo firmly believes that you should explain to children what is expected of them. By giving them a warning you are giving them the opportunity to correct bad behaviour before they need to be disciplined.
2) The naughty step
If the child ignores the warning and misbehaves again, they are to be placed on the Naughty Step for 1 minute for every year of their age. If they leave the step they start again, and they stay there until they have done their full time. Once they have completed their time the parent goes over and explains why they were put on the step and asks for an apology. If the child will not apologise they do time again.
3) The reward chart
Jo believes that as well as correcting bad behaviour it is very important to reward good, lots and lots of praise should be given to kids and a reward chart lets them work up to a special treat for continued good behaviour. Move up a space for good behaviour and down for bad.
The show is narrated by Jo, who talks us thought everything, although it isn't hard to work out on your own. I do enjoy this show even though it is pretty repetitive, as the format never changes, just the families who often have the same problems.
For absolutely ages my brother and his wife have been telling me that I have to start watching bones... so when I saw season 1 on offer at Asda about a month ago, I bought it.... and I am now hooked. I have watched season 1 and 2, and plan to buy season 3 this weekend.
Bones is different, funny, gory, intense, witty, dramatic, and a show I am now addicted to. It ticked all the boxes for me: with brilliant characters and character development over the series, plot twists that you really aren't expecting and great stories.
Bones is a crime drama about a forensic anthropologist (Temerance Brennan or "Bones") and her crime solving partner FBI special agent Seely Booth ("Booth"). The show is based on the booked by Kathy Reiches.
Bones and Booth do their crime solving at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington DC, they solve their crimes by Bones and her team examining the remains (bones) of the victim and establishing how, when and where they died - it is all very clever.
I think the beginning of Bones is similar to the beginning of each House M.D episode, with us discovering the body. We then follow Bones and Booth as they investigate the case. It isn't all about the case through, through the series we learn more about each of the characters and their relationships develop with one another.
So who is who?!?
Temperance Brennan is played by Emily Deschanel and is known in the show as "Bones". Bones is very very clever, and is an expert at examining bones. She is also a best selling author, which provides some great interaction between her and the others and this try to figure out which characters are them. She is pretty socially unaware, and uncomfortable in social situation, being much happier in her lab. She has a complicated relationship with her brother, and her parents went missing when she was young. It has taken me a little while to warm to Bones, but I really like the character now, and I think the reason they have her a little hard to relate to in the first season is because this is how Bones is meant to be, it fits her character that the audience feel the same as strangers meeting her for the first time. But once they get to know her, like Angela and Booth we get to really like her.
Seeley Booth is played by David Boreanaz, of Angel fame. Booths is a strong, handsome, FBI agent. He is charming and instantly likable, he is friendly and compassionate in his friendship with Bones - their relationship is very interesting and enjoyable to watch. He cares dearly for these close to him and looks out for them. Although being an ex army sniper, he can be tough when it is needed.
Angela Montenegro is played by Michaela Conlin, Angela is an artist and Bones' best friend. Her job sees her sketch the victims as well as produces 3-D holograms of how the death occurred. Angela is very happy, bubbly and likable, She is the one who finds it hardest to be clinical about her work, and often struggles with the deaths and murders that they are investigating.
Jack Hodgins is played by T.J Thyne, who is very odd but very lovable. Hodgins is a bit of a womaniser, whose expertise is in identifying spores and minerals. We learn early on that his family is very wealthy but he wants to keep it to himself and only Booth and Angela know.
Camille Jaroyan is played by Tamara Taylor, and she runs the Forensic Division. Her and Booth have a romantic past, which is fun to watch with Bones and Booth when she first comes into the series. She is very different to Bones and this along with her relationship with Booth leads to tension between the two in the work place.
Zack Addy is played by Eric Millegan. A geeky assistant to Bones, makes the show quite light-hearted and funny. Very similar to Bones, he is a graduate who is learning from her.
Bones is very different to any other show out their but has the wit and charm of many hit American show that have had success here in the UK. I would highly recommend it as essential viewing! Great Great Show.
The Gilmore Girls is a TV series that I had been hearing good things about for a while, and kept trying to catch episodes but it is unfortunately on TV when I am at work.
DVD Rental company to the rescue - I have watched the whole of series 1 and 2 now through renting the discs, and I can not wait to start receiving series 3.
This show is American and originally ran from 2000 to 2007 (I am a couple of years behind). It follows the lives of mother and Daugher, Lorelai and Lorelai (better known as Rory) Gilmore, how live in the idealic town of Stars Hollow.
There is a slight back story which you learn pretty early on - Lorelai fell pregnant in High School and raised her daughter alone, after the father left, and he parents were less than pleased. The town has a close community.... which includes Dinner Owner - Luke, Best friends - Lane & Sookie, & Grandparents - Richard and Emily.
I find the characters extremely likeable and I am really enjoying the series. Rory is the more sensible of the two, and Lorelai the child in the relationship (most of the time). The mother / daughter relationship is really nice, and also the girls relationship with grandparents Emily and Richard is nice to watch, as they transition from uncomfortable Friday night dinner to a loving family. The banter and spark between Luke and Lorelai is enjoyable, and the will they, won't they is brilliant!
Lauren Graham plays Lorelai Gilmore. Lorelai is very independant and is extremely proud of everything she has achieved for her and her daughter.
Alexis Bledel plays Rory Gilmore. Rory is a very smart and sensible girl, she is also independent and driven, like her mother.
Scott Patterson plays Luke Danes. Luke owners the diner that Lorelai and Rory practically live in. He is a bit grouchy, but loveable, with a heart of gold and a real soft spot for Lorelai.
Kelly Bishop plays Emily Gilmore. Lorelai's mother. Emily and Lorelai have a difficult relationship although over time this is getting better.
Edward Herrmann plays Richard Gilmore, Lorelai's father. Richard is hard working and has a very close bond with Rory.
Melissa McCarthy plays Sookie. Sookie is Lorelai's best friend, she is scatty and obsessie about her cooking, but very loving and friendly.
Keiko Agena plays Lane. Lane is Rory's best friend, she has a very strict mother, and can often be found sneaking out of her house to see her friends.
There are far to many likeable characters, such as Kirk, the town excentric, or Babette, their wacky neighbour, Dean and Jesse - Rory's love interests. All the little character make the show just as much as these bigger Characters.
I am really enjoying this series, and would strongly recommend it.