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When we were expecting our first child (now aged 2 1/2 yrs), I convinced my husband that reuseable nappies were the way to go. I didn't like the idea of dispoables - too expensive; use too many resources (a cup and a half of oil per nappy apparently) and spent years decaying in land fill sites. So £180 later I had a complete set of Bambino Nappies. How excellent I thought. With the added benefit of being able to use them for future children as well. Marvellous idea. And they were for the first 12 weeks of her life. I didn't mind having buckets of nappie soloution around the house, I was saving the environment and money as well. I didn't mind having to change them every hour to keep her nice and dry. At night times, because she slept through the night at an early age, I used disposables. Then, when we went out for the day, I found myself using disposables as well. The final death-knoll sounded for the reuseables when I went back to work when my daughter was 12 weeks old. As she went to a nursery 3 days a week, we had to use more disposables. Then, when she went to my sister-in-laws for the other 2 days, we had to use dispoables. Eventually they ended up in a storage box, more than half of them never used. So what do you get for the money? We bought a complete pack - 18 small prefold inners, 24 large prefold inners and a variety of outer covers in varying sizes from newborn to large (35lbs). The inserts simply fold inhalf to create the inside of the nappy which you then put into the outer cover - waterproof and with elasticated legs. They fasten by velcro and poppers. It's a brilliant idea that I would have loved to have gone on with for longer, but circumstances were against us. They are now the most expensive nursery cloths I've ever bought - the inserts that we had used and washed (!) became good burping cloths.
The title translates as penguins for those of you without toddlers. As I write this, my 2 and a half year old is sitting on my knee waving to the picture of the monkey! If you've got kids, you need to go Twycross Zoo. Just off the M69 junction 1 and on the A444 (all signposted). It's quite reasonable to get in - £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for children and under 3's are free. Once you've parked the car, you're free to come and go as you like, so there's no need to carry the picnic all around the park. In it's favour, the zoo has a wonderful collection of animals, everything from lizards and crocodiles to giraffes and elephants. There's also a massive collection of monkeys of every kind and description, which is wonderful in one way but a bit boring for small kiddies when every cage you go past has yet a nother monkey in it. There are a couple of gift shops and a cafe, but the place hasn't been massively commercialised. It's run the Twycross Zoological Society and is a charitable organisation, so prices are quite reasonable. It's definetly a great day out for kiddies. There's quite a few open places so they can have a good run round and tire themselves out. Our two were asleep in the car before we'd even left the park. (The tiger has been moved to another zoo temporarily while they build a new enclosure, and there are no hippos, but apart from that.......)
I came across the friendsreunited site after reading an opinion on dooyoo, and it seemed rather interesting from the sounds of it. So off I went. You have to register first of all before you can search the database, but once you registered and then confirmed your email adress, you're off and running. Once you've added your details, you can go and see who else from your school has registered as well. BE WARNED! It's quite scary to see all the names and see what people are up to now. If you can't find a particular name, you can search the database to try and find it. Normal membership costs nothing, but in order to get in touch with people through the site (email addresses are kept secret), you have to join and get full membership. This costs £5.00 for a full years membership and enables you to send emails to those you want to contact. Without the membership you can't send but you CAN receive email's. Each school also has a message board so if you're trying to trace someine in particular from that school, you can leave a message on the board. It's also used for remembering old school teachers. You can also add on old school photographs, but I've no idea how to actually do it. If there's a certain someone you haven't seen since leaving school, then take a look. If they're not on there, chances are that there someone is who knows them. I've just received an email from a girl I haven't seen anything from since I left school in 1990, so the site definetely works, and new people are registering every day.
I have two daughters who are now aged 2 1/2 and 14 months. I'm now 27, and have NEVER had nits before, so I was horrified when I found out that both me and my eldest daughter had seemingly an entire family network of them on our heads. I was expecting them to get them when they started school, but not at such a young age. Seeing as they're both so young, I was adamant that I wasn't going to dump a load of chemicals on their heads at such a young age, even it is to get rid of nits. So off I went to the chemist to see what was available without any chemicals in it. I bought a bottle of Nice n Clear lotion that is chemical free. It's not cheap - £7.99 for an average sized bottle. You wash the hair with normal shampoo, then put the lotion on and comb through throughly for at least 10 minutes, then leave the lotion on. It's a bit stinky, but it works!! After combing through both my eldest daughter and myself, I had loads of the blighters floating around in a tub of water. Yuck! But at least they were dead. As nits have a 14 day cycle, you repeat the process on every 3rd day until the nits have gone. The lotion itself contains amongst other things tea tree oil and coconut oil. Nice n Clear also have a very good website where you can find out more about nits and how to get rid of them, as well as ordering online. The web address is www.lice.co.uk. I've also bought some tea tree oil shampoo to help prevent nits coming back again. It's also worth mentioning that if you discover you or your children have nits, you need to de-bug the whole family, and change the bedding, as the eggs could be in the pillowcases etc. Some doctors will give you a prescription for headlice treatment, but the treatments on prescription are almost sure to be full of chemicals. If you want a natural way to get rid of them, try Nice N Clear.
The brief summer heatwave has obviously had an adverse affect on people this year as 'Race Riots' continue to hit the headlines. At the risk of offending people, I'm going to share my thought and opinion with you all, afterall that's what Dooyoo is about isn't it. The theory behind the race riots I can understand in a way. There's too much feeling of 'us and them', too much segregation and not enough integration. However, it's not that simple is it? A lot of it is down to mindless, brainless idiots who turn out to throw bottles, bricks and abuse at the police and each other because they think it's fun and beats sitting down the pub/youth club etc for a night. This side of the argument I am totally against and cannot understand. So let's go back to the theory behind it. If it's a case of us and them, which it isn't always I know but for the sake of argument let's imagine that's all it is. Whilst I'm NOT racist, I do believe in equality for all. Here are a few examples. A white friend of mine was being harrassed and threatened by a group of black youths in his area. He was given NO help by the authorities. However, if he had been black and being hassled by white youths, the local council would have installed a burglar alarm; double glazing and other security measures as it would have been classed as racist attacks. Even the council representative admitted that this was wrong - he should have been treated qually, but wasn't. As aresult, he was forced to move out of his flat. A local woman, quite a few years ago, had her colelction of porcelain pigs confiscated by the police. Why? Because despite living in her house all her life, and being white, the area had become predominatly asian, and complaints were made about aforementioned procelain pigs being on display in her front window. They were considered offensive and attagonistic, and so were confiscat
ed when she refused to remove them herself. Now, is it just me or does this seem ludicrous to anyone else as well? Schools are not integrating students of different religions because they have a catchment area predominatly white/asian/black etc. They don't have sufficient mix of race in the area to be able to integrate the children together. Not their fault, but down to society because we subconsiously create our own exclusion zones. Our area is predominately white, whilst the majority of the coloured community, be they black, asian or of other background, live on the other side of town. How then can children be expected to accept each other for who they are and not the colour of their skin? I don't know. I do not have all the answers, merely questions. Why the riots then? Apart from being brainless, I can only imagine that people have got fed up of nopt having their voices heard and opiniosn listened to and have opted for the violent "hello I'm trying to say something are you listening now" option of rioting, looting and burning. It's certainly worked - it's caught the attention of the media for starters. And what of those left to clear up the mess? Of the police officers merely doing their job, being met with an angry mob throwing bricks and petrol bombs, burning everything in site. Of the residents, who have to clean the mess up in the morning; have their property damaged and cower behind the sofa for the night wondering if they'll live to see the morning? There has to be another way, but what that is I don't know. Like I say, I have no answers, merely questions. But until we can all learn to live in harmony, with people of all colours getting along together, then this problem will keep on rearing it's ugly head time and time again until we all say enough is enough.
Thanks to ebay, I am now the proud owner of a Book of Shadows ( a spellbook), a Ouija board, toys for the kids, a Winnie the Pooh hunny pot and books to start my OU course next February. Also thanks to ebay, I have riased some much needed cash by flogging some of my unwanted items. My best yet is selling the Madonna Sex Book for over £100! So what is ebay? It's basically one of, if not THE, best auction site on the net. It's easy to use, fun and addictive. First off, you need to register as a member. Once you've registered, and chosen a password, you're free to bid and sell to your heart's content. Bidding is the easy part. You simply browse through the endless categories, find an item you're interested in and place a bid. If you successfully become the highest bidder, you get an email to tell you so. If you then get outbid, you get an email to let you know so you can go back and revise your bid. You can choose to 'watch' items without bidding on them, so you can wait until the end of the auction before placing your bid, or just let your curiosity get the better of you. When it comes to selling, it's just as easy. You complete the selling form, choosing a category, giving the item description and the methods of payment you accept amongst other things, and then watch the bids come rolling in. You can download pictures of your item which will help sell the item quicker. It's free to bid and buy as much as you want, but fees apply if you want to sell items. The fees vary depending on how many pictures you download, how many categories you list your item in and whether or not you put a reserve price on the item. To give you an idea on this, seliing my Madonna Book with 5 pictures cost me £1.80, with a Final Value fee of £2.90. You pay commission on the winning bid for each item which is usually around 5% unless you go over a certain price barrier. You then receive an invoice from ebay when it's time to pay your account. Another good point about ebay is the function to leave feedback about other members. If you received prompt payment or the items were delivered quickly and safely, you need to leave positive feedback. If on the other hand payment was late, the goods were nothing like the description or arrived badly packaged and damaged, you need to leave negative feedback about the particular member involved. This way other members can see who is reliable when it comes to payment etc and who isn't. You can also set up a PayPal account for transferring funds to international sellers/bidders. It's also handy if you win a UK auction and want to pay the seller quicker to safe waiting for snail mail to deliver your cheque. The downside however is that every time you want to place a bid; sell something; view your profile page etc etc you have to keep entering your user name and password. I know it's all in the name of security but it gets a bit annoying after a while. All in all, ebay is without a doubt one of the best auction sites I've come across. Beware though, finding bargains can be addictive!
I've been visiting the Superdrug site now for ages, but only to get my daily quota of ipoints. I usually click in, get my points and click right back out again. However, last week I decided to have a look around. I needed bits and pieces for me, darling daughters and darling hubby, so thought I'd give it a go, especially as it was mid-week and I didn't have the time or energy to wander around town. The search facility is pretty impressive - you can type in something as vague as MUSK and get a whole aray of products brought up for you. So off I went on a one-woman mission to single-handedly keep Superdrug afloat. They also have some quite good offers on, along thel ines of buy two get one free or buy one get one free. The downside to this of course is that these kind of offers are quite popular so you can't always be sure of getting the items you want as they often go out of stock quickly. The range of products is pretty good, covering everything from bottle teats to athlete foot cream and everything in between. If you spend over £20 at the moment you get free delivery at a saving of £2.50. Delivery is excellent - I placed my order late at night on a Tuesday and the goods were delivered on the following Thursday, nicely packaged and securely in one piece. You also get confirmatory emails to confirm that they've received and then despatched your order. They only list the quantities of what you've bought and NOT the item descriptions to protect your privacy. One of the bonus points of Superdrug is that if you need regular prescriptions, Superdrug will send you an email when they think it's time for you to get a repeat prescription. They then, providing you've filled in the necessary forms for consent and updated your prescription/pharmacy file, will contact your doctor for the prescription and then deliver it for free to your door. No more messing around, traipsing t
o the doctors and then the chemist. Bonus! The major downside to the site is that you can't pay by Visa Electron or Solo, but let's face it, both cards are pretty useless anyway so it's not really that surprising. You can of course pay by the usual Switch Visa etc.
Now that summer has finally decided to put in an appearance, these new Sure Deo wipes are a must for those of us with sweaty pits and colleagues with sensitive noses. They come in a handy baby-wipe-like pack of 14 wipes that you use to 'freshen'up with during those long hot days stuck in an office with no air-conditioning. They're nice and soft and smell quite nice, although I've only seen them in the "Cotton Fresh" fragrance. At £1.99 I think they're a bit pricey when you consider that on a good day I use 3 of them throughout the day, but the fact that they refresh and deodorise in one easy step and without contributing to the ever-growing hole in the ozone layer by liberally spraying every half an hour is a definite bonus. The good thing about them is the packet isn;t that large, so no matter how cluttered your handbag is, you should be able to squeeze them in along with the contents of your entire make-up selection and the kitchen sink. Worth a go, especially while the hot spell is with us.
***SEE BELOW FOR AN UPDATE THAT WILL SHOCK***** Drinking and driving - two words that shouldn't go together but quite often do. But it's not just Christmas that brings on the idiotic habit of downing several bevvies and driving all your mates home - it's summertime too. Let's all pop to the pub for a quick pint or two, no, let's make it 3 and don't worry of COURSE I'm okay to drive. When I worked for the Police, part of our training involved a visit to the RTA Investigations Unit. We were shown pictures of accidents on the motorway as a result of fog; bad driving conditions and worst of all, drink-driving. The results were horrific. We're not just talking about a bit of a swerve and "Oops, there goes my wing mirror", more like "Oh dear, I appear to have hit a big immoveable object such as a tree or wall and now I'm dead" WHY??? What's so difficult about phoning a taxi to get a safe lift home? But of course, the taxi fare could be spent on another round of drinks, and your own car is sat in the carpark waiting to be driven home again. It'd be SO much hassle to come back in the morning to fetch it, and just this once isn't likely to hurt anyone is it? Or is it? So why do so many people do it? Personally, I think there's some confusion over the legal limit to drink before driving. Being a somewhat wimpy drinker since having the kids, I know that after a pint I'm slightly squiffy, and after 2 pints....well, forget it. The average-build bloke would probably be able to have 3 pints and still get away with being under the legal limit and feel fine to drive. What affects me is different to what would affect you if you get my point. I know damn well that after 3 pints, despite average bloke feeling fine, I'd be all over the place BEFORE I got behind the wheel of a car. My point to this somewhat all-over-the-place waffling is simple. In fa
ct, my idea for reducing the number of drink-drive related deaths and accidents is simple. It's two-fold and works like this: 1) Bring the legal limit down to zero. Anyone who has so much as a sniff of a bottle of shandy shouldn't drive. How simple is that?? Let's just cut the waffle, reduce it to a zero-tolerance and have done with. No more excuses like "Well, I've only had two pints, I thought I'd be fine". 2) Treat convicted drink-drivers as murderers. Let's face it, murder is classed as a pre-meditated killing - ie: you've thought abouti t and then done it. Drink driving should be treated as the same. You know you shouldn;t drink and drive, but you've chosen to 'risk it' just this once to save the £20 taxi fare and the aggro of collecting your car in the morning. In the process of saving aforementioned £20 and aggro, you've written off your prized possession; smashed into two other cars before ploughing through a garden wall and killed one of your passengers. Hello???? Can someone please explain to me how that can be worth it? How would you feel if, at best, you wrote your car off, increased your car insurance premiums and added a few points to your licence for being such a lazy and ignorant so-n-so? Still worth £20? How would you feel, at worst, lying in a hospital bed recovering from multiple injuries inflicted by your own shear stupidity, knowing that your best mate is dead and having to face his/her family to explain what you'd done, especially if said now-dead best mate was mother/father to young children; married, etc? Still worth the £20 taxi fare? What about the poor policeman, just coming to the end of a shift when he get's an Immediate Response to an RTA 2 miles away? He not only has to mop up your literally bloody mess, but complete the initial accident reports, identify who you are and THEN, an hour after the end of his shift when
he/she should be back home with their families, has to explain to your distraught parents/partner/children that you've wiped yourself off the face of the planet by thinking you were ok to drive? Have I got my message across? Probably not - because out of all the people who eventually pop by to read the insane ramblings of a mental woman, there's bound to be one complete prat who thinks he/she is superhuman and still ok to drive. I hope not - I'd like to think of everyone who participates in dooyoo to have more brain cells than an amoeba, but the fact of life is that drink-driving happens. It happens everyday - so until it's given the same sort of treatment as murder, it'll probably keep on happening. More people will die; innocent as well as stupid; and more heartache will affect families up and down the land. **Still think it couldn't happen to you???*** Thank you for reading this far! ***UPDATE*** How's this for shocking? On the same day that I wrote this, a chap that works as a HGV driver at my husbands place of work was arrested for drink driving in the company vehicle - a 17.5 tonne (unloaded) wagon - one of the big things you see tanking down the motorway to deliver your groceries to Tesco's and the like. What a moron!Can you imagine the damage that would have been caused if he'd drunkenly carrerred out of control down a busy high street? Or lost control on the motorway whilst doing 65mph?
Heroin addiction. What does it mean to you? It probably conjures up some scene out of a film where everyone is doing it, having fun, feeling great etc etc. How far from the truth can you get? One of my friends son's is an H addict. He's on the dole - he can't get a job because of his convictions for theft as a result of his habit. Because he's on the dole, he doesn't have enough money to support his habit - and so the circle continues. On a 'bad' day he can do £50 - which is funded by stealing from his friends, family, relatives etc etc. No one leaves him unattended - ANYWHERE - for fear of him stealing something that isn't nailed down. His 9 year old sister has found him in her bedroom with the flex from the TV tied around his arm just as he is about to inject himself. His mum is at her wits end - to the point of considering suicide to get away from it all. He's lost everything because of his addiction. He's lost his friends, his money, his looks, trust and most of all control of his life. He isn't allowed to see his 2 year old daughter anymore because of the mess he is in. He's been in tears about it all - but feels there's nothing he can do. No-one is prepared to help him - there's a six month waiting list to get onto the local health authority's treatment programme - or he can pay £3000 and go into private rehab. £3000 isn't a lot to get his life back but it's not the sort of money he or is family have. The doctor has basically told him to go away and stop wasting his time. And it's not like he isn't clever - he is! Given the right guidance and treatment, he could be the best car mechanic ever to have set foot on this earth, but he can't get that chance. Until the cycle is broken and proper help is made available to addicts, their only option seems to be to carry on until they die. What a waste! If we giv
e addicts the help that they need, they can be brought back into society as productive people and not left to die in some dark dingy alley after getting a fix. The crime rates would reduce - afterall they wouldn;t be stealing to fund their habits, but most of all we could give them back a sense of purpose and reason for living. The next time you see an addict, or hear of someone who has lost a friend or loved one to the cycle of substance abuse, don't be too quick to condemn them as useless druggies. For anyone thinking of trying heroin - PLEASE don't!! It's not worth it - financially or in terms of your health.
So, you've finally joined us in the mystical world of dooyoo....come on in and join the fun. Before you start writing opinions, though, here are some hints and tips on how to dooyoo successfully. It's probably all been covered in other opinions, but let's go through it all again shall we? First of all, if you're in it for the money then leave now. Dooyoo is all about sharing what you know with others and helping others to make informed decisions about products and services. It's NOT about writing 200 opinions in a week and reading none. It's about making friends, having fun and being part of a community. Let's cover the basics.... ***Writing** For each opinion you write, you get 100 miles, equivalent to 10p. Every time your opinion is read, you get 5p. Let's say that you write 10 opinions in your first day, each sticking strictly to the 75 word limit. That's £1.00 for starters. Now let's assume that each opinion is read 10 times each. That's 50p per opinion, so another £5.00. Not bad for a day's work is it? Or is it? Opinions that stick relgiously to the 75 word limit tend to be rather annoying. They stick out like a sore thumb as being written by someone who either churns out opinions or is writing about anything and everything that they vaguely know about in order to clock up the miles. People will soon notice that your opinions are not very informative; written quickly and don't go into enough detail. People will start to ignore your new opinions. ***Ratings*** If you churn opinions out, chances are your ratings will suffer. This in turn will send your opinion plummeting to the depths of the list, never to be seen again and not earning you any more reads. Rate others opinions honestly. If you don't think it's useful, then don't rate it as VU just because you everyone else has. If you think there was someth
ing the writer should have included, or have any other comments about the opinion, then leave a comment. Constructive critiscm is just that - to be taken constructively to help people write better opinions. You'll probably get some on your opinions too - I know I have, and hopefully it's made my opinions better for the sake of it. Don't rate someone else's opinion unfairly, just because you want to send their's to the bottom, or because you don;t agree with what they are saying. Rating is not about whether you agree with the writer or not, but about whether the opinion itself was useful. If someone has written an opinion about, for example a Kirby hoover and you think that Kirby's are the best thing since sliced bread but the writer doesn't, don't rate it NU or SU. If they've covered all the points about what the machine does, how much it costs, whether or not it was worth the money etc, then rate it accordingly. I'm actually ashamed that out of the 300-odd opinions that I've written to date that I've amassed 17 NU ratings. Presumably from my older opinions which need some serious re-editing. ***Reads*** By reading lots of opinions, you will find that people come back to read yours, thus improving your hit rate and clocking up more miles. It shows in your profile how many opinions you have read, so people will know if you're in it for the money and not as part of the community. If you've written 30 opinions and only read 3, then it's time to think seriously about your motives. If you've got time to write, then you've got time to read. ***Grammar**** Although dooyoo is about sharing your opinion, make it easy for people to read them. Writing one huge chunk of text with little or no punctuation and no full stops and just going on and on and on is incredibily annoying as well as being difficult to read and if youre spel
ling isnt brilliant then do it in word so you can check it afterwards and dont write in CAPITALS AS ITS CONSIDERED AS SHOUTING AND JUST AS ANNOYING. I know that that last piece probably hasn't worked as well as I'd have liked, but hopefully it's got the point across. If you're not sure about what you're doing, then read loads of opinions before you start writing them to give you an idea of what you should be aiming for. Above all, dooyoo is about having fun, and making friends. Yes, the monetary rewards come in handy, but that's not what it's about. So now that you'vre read loads of opinions about how to get started, off you go, and don't forget that if you're not sure about something, then someone will help, whether it's a community manager or someone with an email address in their profile. Finally, I don't claim to be perfect. Heck, some of my early opinions were garbage, and I'd like to think that the quality has improved since then.
Firstly some advice if you're thinking of buying a new carpet and have kids/pets/visitors. DON'T buy a lilac carpet - no matter how sexy you think it will look when it's in place. I made this mistake - and now my lilac carpet is only sexy around the edges and under the sofa. Having toddlers invariably puts your carpet, whatever colour, under strain. I've lost count of the number of times that the carpet has been covered with cola, sick, wee, baked beans, curry, ashtray contents, coffee, etc etc. Despite having a Kirby, try as I might I cannot get the stains out of my carpet. Let's face it, there's only so much strategic moving of the furniture that you can do to cover up some of the stains. I've tried a lot of various carpet cleaning shamppos on the market, and this is the best of a bad bunch, but then maybe I'm expecting far too much for 1.99 a tin. The 1001 carpet & upholstery cleaner comes with a brush on the end, so that after spraying liberal amounts on the affected area (after removing any stubborn baked beans that don't want to move and wiping up any excess) you can then give it a good seeing to with the brush. You then leave it to dry and then hoover (or Kirby as the case may be) over said spot and it SHOULD have gone. I say should, because although it does get the worst of it out, there always seem to be a mark left, and try as I might I cannot get rid of it. The mouse doesn't smell too bad - neither totally overpowering nor non-existent. It's actually a lot better on the sofa and chairs than it is on the carpet. Very handy for when drinks get spilt on the sofa during tigger bouncing sessions or when beloved child throws up everywhere. TOP TIP Instead of buying a carpet if you've got toddlers, simply rip it up and stick to concrete. Ok, so it's not such a soft landing for doing tigger impressions on the sofa, but I'm sur
e it'd be easier to clean. You could always wrap the kids in michelin-like suits to protect them - drastic I know but it's something I'm seriously considering at the moment.
When Q first launched on Digital tv, it was wonderful.. You could pretty much gurantee that in any given hour you'd see at least 2 Red Hot Chilli Peppers videos, Aerosmith, Foo Fighters and the like. Now that it's being going for a while, more video's have been added to the play list and it's starting to turn into a better-quality version of the Box. It works like this - there are a list of videos available - you ring up, pay 25p or whatever for the cost of the phone call and choose the video you want to watch. You then wait....and wait.....and wait utnil your video comes on. The nice thing when it first started was the lack of adverts. You could sit back and watch videos for ages with hardly an advert in sight. Now, after seemingly every second video is an annoying advert for some "Claim if you've ever stubbed your toe" company. Given that the Box is aimed at under 11's or those with no sense of music at all, (apologies to any SClub 7 fans but it's true), then Q is the grown-up version of music television.
I love Stephen King books, and generally the books are better than the film version, and this remains true with the book, but only just! Having seen the film a while back, I knew I would HAVE to read the book at some point. After finally giving up on hubby taking note of the hints I'd been dropping to buy it for me, I bought it myself. The book is done in the "I'm telling you story" sense in that it's written as a narrative and not as a story if you know what I mean. The story is based on the experiences of the head warden on Death Row, known as the Green Mile, and his fellow wardens and the inmates. Paul Edegcombe is the head warden, and John Coffey is the in-mate brought in after being convicted of the rape and murder of two young girls. But Coffey has a special gift - is he really what he seems? And just who does 'Billy the Kid' think he is? It'a always really hard to write an opinion about a book/film without giving the story away completely in case someone reading this hasn't already seen the film or read the book. I'd hate to spoil the ending for anyone, so all I can say is that ending in the book is slightly different to that of the film. If you've already seen the film, then you need to read the book as well. If you haven't seen the film or read the book then you need to - you're missing out on a wonderful story that will have you crying at the end of it.
Ok, I'll admit that up until about a week ago I always thought having breakdown cover was the equivalent of spending £90 odd a year for someone to come out and change a tyre for you, or bring you some petrol. A waste of money in other words. However, a week ago we were going to go to Southampton for the weekend to visit the in-laws. As we had bought a new car and not really given it a good blast down the motorway, we joined Green Flag through Churchill Insurance. Thank god we did! The oil pump went on our car, and as we were nearly there we carried on going, oblivious to the trouble and damage we were causing. To be honest, we thought we were out of water or oil or something else and that was why it was overheating. Anyway, we were wrong. As it happens, we got to the in-laws just as the engine started to make horrible loud noises, and knew we had no hope of getting 150 miles back up the motorway home. On the return journey, we managed to get 4 miles up the road when the poor car protested about being driven and packed up on the M27. I rang Green Flag and was told there would be someone with us in 20 mintues as we were on the motorway and had two small children with us. They actually arrived after 3/4 of an hour. After determing that poor car would not drive another inch, the chap then decided to call another vehicle out to tow us off the motorway. Thsi took another half hour to arrive, by which point both babies were awake and none too amused. After being towed off the motorway and back to base, the car was then loaded onto the back of a vehicle carrier after another half hour wait, and then we were on our way home. Despite the length of time we had to wait, all of the chaps who came out to us (3 in total) were very polite and willing to do anything to help with the kids and changing car seats about etc etc. Four days later, I received a questionaire from Green Flag, asking if everything
had been ok with the service. At the bottom, it asked me how long the operator had told me I would have to wait, and how long it actually took them to arrive. If there was a difference, did I want to claim under their Rapid Response Guarantee?? Having no idea what that was, I mentioned it to someone at work who said "Yes! You DO want to claim - they'll give your a tenner for being late!" I've only just sent the questionaire off, so whether or not I'll get my tenner I don't know. I'm afraid I can't give you a definite price as I'm paying for it over the remaining term of my car insurance which runs out in January, but it's cost me around £66 for the highest level of cover until then. Bargain - when you consider that without it it would have cost us around £650 to get the car towed home!