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I would just like to say b4 U read this review that I keep trying to put capital letters in and it won't let me. Standing in Phones 4 U, I announced to my friend who works there that, "My heart is set on this one". And my heart chose well! (Ok, so this is more an emotional review than a technical one but I hope it helps you anyway!) At first this phone appeared really difficult to use as I have only ever used a Nokia, but now I find it easier than the old one. There is a joystick to move around and a lovely colour screen. The menu is accessed by one push of a joystick and each option is represented by an image. The phone boasts many attractive features such as Music DJ, where you can make your own tunes for a ring tone, Wap access, email: picture messaging and a built in camera. My friend in the shop told me it has 'one of the best cameras on the market' which sounded good to me. It is good, although I still have doubts as to how clear my pictures are because it seems that to only get a clear photo when you hold the phone really still which can be difficult. Personally, I'm not bothered, a phone is for talking to people, not for taking photos with. Since I have got this phone I have seen loads of adverts for it in magazines, described as the new 'stylish accessory'. It makes me think it is being targeted at women but hey, I don't read blokes magazines so I wouldn't know. It certainly is small and neat but ever so slippery. I have dropped it 3 times and chipped it and scratched it. This, I was very disappointed about. The ring tones provided on the phone are not very good at all, but there is ample storage and you can download pretty much anything from the web onto the phone. I like to race through the screens at the rate of knots but sometimes I don't think it lives up to the speed of my Nokia. Maybe this is due to the colour screen and the vast amount of information it h
as on it. A little touch I like is that you can assign photo's to your contacts so you can literally 'see' ; who is calling you. I also have a photo of my boyfriend as a screensaver. There's also a really addictive mini-golf game that comes on the phone. To be honest I played with it for about two days - ignoring everyone around me and extremely annoying my boyfriend. I know its sad but I couldn't stop myself composing tune after tune on the music dj. The novelty does wear off after a while though. My overall opinion is that it's cute and ever so easy to use. The only thing I don't like about it is the screen gets so dirty so easily I have to keep wiping it. It did actually come with a cloth especially for this job, so I can't complain. I have thought of getting a case but then that would cover the camera so I have to be extra careful I don't drop it again. I would just like to emphasise I only had to read the first 2 pages of the help booklet before I could handle this phone, that's how easy it is!
“He’ll (Harry Potter) be famous – a legend... There will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!” Professor Minerva McGonagall. Okay, so I immediately know this opinion will be controversial. My friends tell me I’m mad, but it is written from a Christian perspective. Although I am not a strong Christian follower, I do still believe a lot of Christian values, so here goes as I try to explain them to you lot! Joanne K. Rowling is the now the highest paid woman in the UK. She has sold over 110 million books in over 25 languages. The Goblet of Fire is the fastest selling novel of all times. Now, this is impressive and I’m not criticising her talent, just the subject matter. Harry Potter books have topped the list of the most frequently challenged books (requests to restrict or remove materials from schools or libraries) due to their focus on wizardry and magic. From a Christian perspective, I have not gone Harry Potter mad with the rest of the world. If you were to study the ‘morals’ in the Potter series, you would find these; 1) Rules are made to be broken if they don’t serve one’s own self interests. 2) Lying is an effective and acceptable means of achieving a desired end. So now you’re wondering what the hell I’m going on about in a world full of drugs, abuse, murder and paedophilia. Surely, a character from a book is allowed to have a little bit of ‘harmless’ fun? Well, yes he is, but Harry is often seen to be rebellious and telling lies. Are these the kinds of morals you want to teach your children? Okay, ‘now she’s going mad’ I hear you say. ‘Grange Hill’s representation of children is worse than that.’ Yes it is. But the world seems to be OBSESSED with Harry Potter. 7 Books and movies are planned. There is a trading card game. Numerous t
oys, e.g. Lego, Uno cards, assorted hi-tech toys, a line of clothing, (invisibility cloaks) video games, computer games and sweets with flavours such as grass, sardine and vomit are all available or planned. Sorry to sound old fashioned (didn’t think it was possible as I’m only 18) but that is disgusting. What happened to pink fluffy bunnies and everyone living happily ever after? So, you might just put it down to consumerism, capitalism, and the society we live in. All films have such merchandise available right? Right, but other films are not about black magic and occults. Everyone knows that advertising is influential, so surely all these books, films and merchandise are going to be of some influence to their consumers. ‘POTTER FANS TURNING TO WITCHCRAFT’. (This is London, Aug 4th 2000) In this article, Andy Norfolk the Pagan Federation media officer explained, ‘In response to increased inquiries coming from youngsters we established a youth officer...It is quite probably linked to things like Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. Every time an article on witchcraft or paganism appears, we have a huge surge in calls, mostly from young girls.’ So what are the children saying about Harry? “I would like to go to boarding school like Harry Potter” “This book is amazing and contains magic spells I wish I can do in the real world” “The story really made you feel like you could be a witch or wizard” Yes, the children can differentiate between fantasy and reality but what if they do start to conduct spells? How do you know there is nothing in it? What the bible says: Deuteronomy 18:10-12 ‘Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone w
ho does these things is detestable to the Lord...’ So in other words, God hates these things. Now there must be a good reason for him to hate these things. If God is good and God is love then he only wants the best for us. Believe it or not, I think there are evil spirits in the world and all those mentioned above are not in this world for your best interests. “But it’s only a story” you shout at me, wondering when I’m going to stop. If it’s only a story then why are Rowling’s characters named after real occultists form the 19th Century? I believe in the bible and that they are the words of God, so here are some more references if you want to look them up. Galatians 5:19-21 Leviticus 20:27 Deuteronomy 18:4 There are more but I’d better stop cos I know I’m not supposed to advertise on dooyoo. Like it or not, I believe in the Devil and think he is having a good laugh at fu**ing this world up. I think his influence is in a lot of things, including Harry Potter, which has even managed to take the piss out of poor Prince Harry. I am sure you have all seen the mimic poster ‘Harry Pothead’. Poor guy, if I was a prince and my mum was dead I would be doing a lot more than cannabis. Please do not think I am getting at Rowling herself, I would not like to insult anyone. She has a very rare gift that encourages children to read. Her books are well crafted and imaginative that even adults enjoy reading. I’m not saying I’m shocked at why they are so popular. I know the devil is clever and he’s constantly manipulating things in the world to confuse us so I just thought I’d let you lot know! I mean, if there is a God and what I say is true – it needs serious consideration! If anyone has a comment on this, I’d be interested to know! Bye.xx
Wow! I finally made it to The End and it was definitely worth it. My mission started at 2pm, Sunday afternoon. I had already been to two clubs and this was definitely the end when I found it but you can imagine the state I was in. My boyfriend and I managed to get lost around Tottenham Court Road area and ended up walking for about an hour trying to find the club. As it goes with London, everyone was foreign so no one knew where the club was. We asked about ten people for directions but all were wrong and we found ourselves walking around in circles. So here’s the directions now, in case you need them; Tottenham Court Road tube. Walk down New Oxford street past a huge ugly grey building called Centre Point. (Which should be on your right.) It is very tall and not hard to miss. If you are going in the right direction you should come to WEST CENTRAL STREET on the right and The End is down there. It’s about a 5 – 10 min walk if you are sober. Security were friendly enough. Stricter outside than inside which is fair. They are not hard to miss in their bright blue bomber jackets but trust, they look scarier than they are. The End is quite a new club, which was reflected inside. It is actually owned by Mr C from the Shamen who has done a better job to the club than his singing career. It’s built in the style of the viaduct arches. But is too nice to resemble just a tunnel. There are two rooms of music. I went to Riot! Which was bangin Hard house of course. I was very impressed. The club looked so clean, it was very luxurious (I mean compared to my usual holes) and full of an up for it crowd with no attitude at all. I noticed that the lighting was different to most clubs as it liked to stay dark with a constant strobe. There was UV also which would come on and off at certain points. This created a sort of dark squat party feel but in a club atmosphere. It was brilliant. The End hosts a variety of nights including
Drum and Bass, Techno, House and Hard house. It has seen the faces of Roni Size, Andy C, Grooverider and Pete Tong. I would say it was a very respectable club as it even let go of it’s garage night (Twice as Nice) because of the violence. Toilets were VERY clean. Drinks were expensive, cheapest being £3.50. Door prices are average, around a tenner and it normally stays open until 6am. There is no dress code and sound system was bangin! I would advise to check out what music is playing when you want to go because it changes and varies all the time. The End is celebrating it’s 6th birthday next year. Definitely recommend The End.
Club 414 is quite a hardcore club. Now what I mean by this is it is for proper clubbers. It opens on a Friday at 10pm and doesn't close til 6am Mon morning. Obviously there are different do's going on over the weekend but it must make quite a bit of money. The club is VERY small. Basically it is a converted house, hence the no. 414. If you are claustrophobic then don't go here. They pack everyone in and the atmosphere is wicked. Generally 414 does Hard house, hard trance and techno nights. It is most popular as an after-club so there will be more people there on a Sat or Sun morning rather than at night. I went to XLR8 on a Sun morning. It cost £5 and is the best Hard house night (or morning, XLR8 normally do afterparties only) in the world. It's not commercial and does everything for you, the clubber, rather than making money. (plus my boyfrined works for them so I am always there!) 414 has a small dancefloor, with no platforms or podiums. The DJ box is slightly raised but there is a real family atmosphere in this club. There is an upstairs with a chill out area, serving hatch which sells cornflakes and endless amounts of tea and coffee. A goldfish tank and a couple of arcade machines. That's about it. Now I did say it was small, but it's dark and the sound system is enough to blow your head off. The security is awful though. They are really strict, constantly walking around with torches looking for drugs. My boyfriend got chucked out (of his own club) for being naughty in the toilets. You have to remember that XLR8 was the night (morning) but the bouncers come with the venue so even though my boyfriend was supposed to be working they didn't care. My mate and I kept going in and out to find my boyfriend who was hiding outside and the bouncers started getting stressed. They said we weren't allowed to keep running in and out. Fair play, they could have asked us politely though. I
just apologised to him and got a wink in return. Oh dear... Well, I can deal with bouncers, they are the same everywhere I go. They think they have some great power or something. Apart from the usual of London drink prices and stressy bouncers this is a quality lil club. If you're not claustrophobic...
Mind over matter. No this is not some psychedelic trance night but more underground hard house with the likes of DJ's Ed Real, Joel B and some of my favourites; Skol and Dan Madams. If you don't know then you really don't know. I think I have already reviewed different do's at Camden Palace several times now and writing about it is getting annoying, so is going there. I went to Mind Over Matter back in July and have only just got back on to this site as I have been too busy clubbing and finding a uni. Aaa! It's all too hectic. Well, music wise this is tops. It is one of the least commercial nights at Camden which means it is good beacause tickets won't be too much and they don't pack the clubbers in like sardines. The hard house was bangin but they didn't play too many new tunes, a lot of old classics. The music never takes a risk at Camden, it's all about the money. They're not exactly leading the club scene forwards or anything. As for the crowd, generally under age as usual, which does my head in now that I'm 18, and full of rude boys. Now I don't want to be stereotypical or offensive but there was a lot of Adidas trousered Nike capped attitude about. Plus there was the never-ending amount of dealers stuck to every corner practically forcing you to buy pills. The night I went, Camden was unusually empty as I think Frantic was going on at Brixton Academy. There was also a lot of 16 yr old gals wearing short skirts and high heels.mmm. No comment. Prices are £11 members/£14 non members and more on the door. Not worth paying if you ask me unless you're desperate. (Trying to blag guestlist is pointless as well.) I was supposed to be on the guestlist cos I was flyering for another club but they can never seem to sort it out. Why can't Camden get it right when they charge £15 to get in when all the other smaller clubs can sort out a poxy guestlist? I'm afra
id my opinion of Camden has gone down a lot over the last year. It's only in it for the money, not the clubbers. So only go if you're rich basically. It's certainly not a students venue. The crowd's much too young for us students. Bloody youth club... :)
I have always enjoyed open days throughout my life. I don’t know why but the thought of looking at something new excites me. I get a sense of adventure whilst exploring somewhere I have never visited before. I am currently looking at universities, and it is so bloody difficult. The only advantage is that at each open day I get to spend it with both of my divorced parents rather than one. (Ah, they care about me so much!) It is encouraging but still a little scary, constantly praying they won’t fight. The first thing to think about with each Uni is; does it run the right course for me? To find this out the UCAS website is a brilliant starting point. Once you have your list of Uni’s to you need to visit them quick! It’s first come first served with Uni places which can be a little daunting. Universities are so big that it can take a whole day just to look round. I found that the campus tours are good because you will get loads of information. But your best bet is to just look at the bits relevant to you. For example, I am hoping to study Media, so I made sure to look at the Media facilities in each Uni. Obviously the Science building is of no interest to me so I don’t need to see it. The most important area is the Student Union. This is like the social centre point of the Uni. It is run by the students for the students. There will normally be several bars, a cafe, restaurant and hopefully nightclub. This is where everyone meets and hangs out. Now, if the student union looks cold and dark and dusty, what does this say about the students? (No offence meant but you know what I mean?!) The second most important is the accommodation. Most first year students stay on campus for the first year. This has it’s advantages as you get to meet people other than those on your course. You have to decide how much you are willing to pay and if you like things like en-suite bathrooms or not. Everyone ha
s their different preferences, so make sure you have a look at everything on offer to you. If you are happy with all these things then you could probably be happy in that Uni. But what comes top of my list is the surrounding area. You need to ask yourself, if you like campuses or colleges, countryside or city life, can you afford London? What’s the weather like in general? Are there enough nightclubs about or sports centres, or do you want to be near the sea? My best advice to give is to just ask questions. There will always be someone about to answer any question you have about the Uni or surrounding area. So to make sure you make the most of your Open Days, remember to look at; Student Union Accommadation Your course facilties Any particular interests AND ASK LOADS OF QUESTIONS!
This is a short little story to scare any of you drink drivers out there. Okay, so you’re probably thinking, I’m not a drink driver, I only have a couple of drinks if I’m driving. But that is where you are all wrong. Even having a sip of alcohol before driving means you are drink driving. Fortunately, I do not like alcohol. I will be taking my driving test in about 2 months time and drinking will not even be an issue with me. Alcohol is an evil drug, I have no idea why it is legal as it kills 300,000 people on average a year in Britain alone. Can someone please tell me the logic in this? It is physically addictive, dangerous and slows down you’re reactions whilst increasing your confidence. A lethal combination. So, drink drivers think to themselves, I’ll just have one drink. This drink helps them to relax, they feel more confident and don’t have a care in the world. After this drink, they might think that the alcohol has not affected them at all. So they will have another and possibly another. By the time it does come to driving, the alcohol has made the driver think they are absolutely brilliant and can conquer anything. The driver will forget that he has had maybe one too many and think his driving has even improved. As you know, this is not the case. I am very easily upset by gory sights, especially car accidents. I could not bring myself to look closely the other day but my fellow passengers did... We were driving up a very narrow one way road, full of trees and high banks either side. As we turned the corner we almost bashed into a car that was completely upside down. The wheels were still spinning, it had obviously just happened. Some guy, aged about 40 was swaggering around the road, blatantly pissed out of his face. He said he hadn’t seen the corner, and smashed into it. All the windows were smashed and the car was over-turned, I was surprised he was still alive. As my friends go
t out to inspect the car, one of them noticed there was a boy trapped underneath, covered in blood but still alive. The driver didn’t seem to remember he had someone else in the car. We don’t know if the boy was alright, we had to leave and give room for the fire engines. The sad part to the story is that the drink driver, was the boy’s Dad. I think I’ve said enough really.
Hello fellow clubbers, I have finally been to another club I can write about for dooyoo. Recently I have been going to more underground clubs that are not on the list. Anyway, I will stop gibbering; I have been to three clubs this weekend and a bit tired. My boyfriend finally has his dream job and has got involved with flyering and promoting. I can just about keep up... The Fridge has high ratings with me. I know I was keen on Camden Palace but the Fridge has now won my love. Venue: Used to be a cinema so it has the perfect layout for a club. Big, capacity 1200, good condition and ultra trendy. There are UV lights everywhere, I was tripping out constantly because everyone’s teeth were glowing – and an unusual number of people were wearing white which made it ten times worse… The club is along Town hall parade in Brixton, and still looks like the cinema from the outside. This makes the inside very similar to Camden Palace but there aren’t as many staircases to get lost in. The sound system was just right, the speakers all faced the main dance floor so you could go upstairs and get away from it a bit. Upstairs is a balcony that overlooks the club, there’s loads of seats, and various spots to dance whilst looking over the balcony at the clubbers stompin on the stage. There are several bars, I can’t remember how many; I didn’t count, but there’s also a cafe so you can munch if you’re hungry! The toilets weren’t too bad, there was no bog roll anywhere but they weren’t too dirty. This is important you know! Security: I have recently been hearing stories about the security here. There’s been talk of strict policies for drugs and rowdy bouncers who have actually assaulted the clubbers. Unfortunately, I did see a bit of this on Saturday, some bouncer who was blatantly bored, just stood by a door all night and punched the wall, glaring at anyone who annoyed him, includi
ng my boyfriend who was dancing near him. Apart from this, there were no searches when we came in which was good. Music: The night we went to was called X – Static, which was hard house and hard trance, it was a record launch party and Lab 4 were there, (a live PA) who are truly amazing. I have generally heard that most nights are good at the Fridge. They also hold, Escape from Samsara (which is hard trance and techno every Friday), and are home to Pendragon, Logic and XLR8. They even hold a gay night monthly called Love muscle although it is not a gay club; they are quite varied in their styles of music. Drinks were obviously expensive, but the atmosphere was wicked. There was a range of ages there, from about 17 to 30. Average age was probably 20’s so I was okay! Sometimes I feel extremely young in a club. The club on average opens at 10pm and closes at 6am. Prices range from £10 - £15 depending on the night. So if you can put up with the lairy bouncers, give it a go – I’m used to them now anyway!
Religion; faith, belief, trust etc. Every religion is based on faith, which means if you don’t believe then it’s not there, or it’s not real to you anyway. A lot of people follow the same religion together and some may follow a more rare religion on their own. I believe there may even be a Jedi Knight religion now, but what matters is faith and not paperwork. If 10,000 people declared their religion was jacking up heroin ( I don’t think any paperwork declaring this would appear ) then would you acknowledge it as a religion? Although sadly, some people do – it’s not really anything you’d want to share with others is it? I personally do not have faith in heroin. I believe that the main aim of any religion is: 1) To worship a particular God, object, idol etc 2) To give you guidelines/rules to live by 3) To make you happy. I feel I should expand on no.3. I believe that each religion seems to have some sort of reward or benefit from following that particular religion. Christianity has a nice place called heaven and a horrible place called hell. Now surely this would make you happy if you were a Christian because you knew you were going to heaven. Hope and faith is what it boils down to at the end of the day, some people have none and others like my parents have too much. I do not think that one religion is wrong and one is right, all I do believe is that if you are happy then there is nothing wrong with what you are doing. Here’s my experience then: My mum has been a Christian for quite a long time now. I used to go to church with her but I stopped. She is an amazing lady, she is always helping people out and has eternal love and ALWAYS forgives me for anything which is quite amazing. Over the years I have put her through it all, drink, drugs, leaving home, getting stranded in random places etc. Looking back, it must have been awful for her
but she still loves me and can put anything in the past. She has always tried to get me to believe in Christianity. And I have done from time to time, but faith is not something that you can hold on to, it comes and goes depending on yourself and certain situations. In July ’97 I went to a Christian camp called Faith camp. It’s a week staying in tents and doing various fun activities, listening to seminars and times of worship. But it was quite fun, there are about 3000 people that go and the music quality of some of the bands was good enough to get into the charts. It had everyone dancing anyway. Well, during this week I listened to people speak who used to be drug addicts and had managed to find a faith that had made them so happy. Now these people really were happy, there was something “special” about them that you couldn’t put your finger on. They had no family, no parents, had been abused or raped but had managed to find this faith. This amazed me and I grew interested. I watched people get healed and started to pray. I felt a whole change in my attitude towards life. I felt happy inside and out and was suddenly concerned for everyone’s well-being. I’m not going to preach but it was cool. Something happened after that and I rebelled or lost my faith. Christians believe this is the devil trying to interfere with my relationship with God but I don’t know. At the moment I do not follow any religion, but I am happy. I have love for people and I know how to forgive. I think some religious guidelines are good to follow but like I said, faith comes and goes. All I’m trying to say is that each religion has mainly good intentions and it is worth giving it a try. There are so many questions that I would like the answer to but I know that no-one really knows. So we have to live by faith, whether it’s faith in your cat, your husband or clubbing like me it doesn’t
matter. I do truly believe that if you are happy then you will be alright. I don’t know what alright really means but I know it’s a good thing. So live life, don’t worry, and take care of the things that really matter to you...
Divorce. I hate the word. I hate everything it means and I hate all the pain it brings. This is my experience of divorce, as a child, not a parent. From this day and everyday I have always been able to remember the day my parents announced they were splitting up. I was six years old, old enough to understand, old enough to be hurt. I can still remember what I was wearing, my little blue skirt with a white blouse with greys stripes on it. I had a tissue in the right pocket of my skirt. For as long as I could remember I don’t think my parents had a happy marriage. I used to lie awake at night and hear them shouting at each other, God knows what about. Stupid things really, my Dad was constantly away on business and Mum was stressed and bored at home with me and my brother. I know I am lucky, there was never any physical violence, just row after row every night which was enough to upset me then. I was ever so close to both my parents, Dad seemed to be extra special as he was always away on business so I loved it when I did see him. I was a “Daddy’s girl”, he was always buying me presents, but he was also my reassurance, my strength and security. Now we go back to D-Day. I was running around in circles in the living room, obviously trying to forget what was happening. I don’t know how, but I knew what they were going to say, and when they told me I just grinned. How else was a six yr old supposed to react? As my little head acknowledged what they were doing, I ran upstairs and cried for hours whilst clutching on to my tissue that was in my pocket. My Dad came upstairs, crying and hugged me. He said that I would still see him and we could come to visit whenever we wanted, but it didn’t help the pain I felt in my stomach, the feeling you get when you lose something. After the divorce, everything changed. I was a bright, happy, outgoing little girl until we moved. We didn’t move far, a
bout 15 miles. But I had to leave my best friends, my school, my house and my Dad. For some reason, I changed a lot after this. My new school was radically different from the old one. I had moved from a nice little church of England village school to a big Primary school on a trading estate. The school didn’t even put me in the right year. I got put in the year above and remember listening to my classmates talk about boobs and willies. As a result of the move, I dropped dancing classes, I used to do ballet, tap and modern. I think I lost all my confidence and felt very insecure due to having no father around. During my schooling years, I did every typical thing a teenage girl does. Including everything there was to upset my parents. Maybe it was for attention, but everything I did had to be my way or not at all. I know I put my mum through hell and back, everything I could have done, I did. I now wish I had acted differently, I still hate myself for things I’ve done. Well, I made it through all my schooling years, my mum has remarried and my Dad is settled with a new partner and another child. But I often wonder what it would have been like if they had stayed together, for instance how it might have affected my behaviour. The divorce still hurts me today. For some reason I have never been able to get over it. I used to blame both of them but I now understand that it was hard for them too. Sometimes, I hear my Dad say he’s missed us growing up but we all know we cannot change the past. Just think of today and care for the future. I was going to give you all a lecture about marriage and divorce now but I’ve realised I can’t. I’m only 18 and I still have a lot to learn, but please please please people, think carefully about every decision you make, because it might not be only you it’s affecting.
“The party is fun”. Apparently this site is supposed to be a party. Cool dark colours, sort of clubby. But more focused on the trashy humour it follows. The homepage is filled with scrolling headlines; Britney, Geri, Trapped wind and Tony Blair’s look-alike gnomes. I get the impression this site is aimed at people around 20’s, probably working in an office environment who have access to internet. There is a section called Shooters e-cards. These are virtual greeting cards you can send your friends via e-mail. Apparently for adults only but they are not xxx just disgusting. I’m talking poo and crap here now. But they are funny, (or do I have a sick sense of humour?!) take a look. Or even better, send one! It’s very funny but in a disgusting manner. There are a range of revolting games to play, such as Oh Graham Norton. You are Graham and you have to clean the toilets. But it didn’t work when I tried to play it. Or you could be Chris Evans and pour drinks down Billie’s throat all night. The best game though is called Virtual Deejay. You get to be a DJ and even “choose your choons”. Then you have to play them in a club like “Fabricated” and see your audience’s reaction. You are not allowed to choose certain records to mix until you are experienced so it does get quite addictive as you progress. Sound quality is poor though. It’s nothing at all like real mixing by the way. The site has a shop where you can buy clothes from Alphabet Clothing which is based in Covent Garden. Very limited though – typical high street fashions. Leaving the toilet cleaners behind for one minute, this site has an amazing search engine. It can search for places to drink, food, comedy, film, clubs, hotels, stand up comedy, theatre and even bands. I was quite surprised to find all this considering my first impressions. It also has a travel section that advertises a tra
vel agency and even tells you bars to go to in France! Considering this is supposed to be a party site, the music is poor. There is a page where you can listen to the “Trakka” device but the music quality is poor and I had never heard of the DJ’s. If you’re really bored you could read the jokes page. Yes, they are terrible. But anything is funny when you’re locked up in an office all day. According to live2party.com they have won two awards. I couldn’t read what for because the fonts were too small. (I couldn’t be bothered to zoom in) The fonts on most of the pages of this site are very small so zoom in or put your specs on! Finally, the last thing to check out is the Essex gal who reads your horoscope. Or, pull a fortune cookie from between her (.) (.) I had never come across, or even heard of this site until I saw it in a section of dooyoo. I think that it’s real talents are hidden behind the stupidity of it all. But I do like the way this site uses typical childish humour to attract the oh so mature working class! But it’s definitely one to look at on your lunch break.
Hello! I'm writing about Camden Palace again. I know I love the place but this is one club night to check out. It's called Frantic and the music is hard house/ Nu NRG Trance. Quality top DJ's and an amazing atmosphere. I went on Saturday May 12th and it was brilliant. The DJ’s playing were Andy Farley, Matt Clarke, Phil Reynolds, Spencer Freeland and many more top Hard house DJ’s. I took one of my friends who had never been clubbing in London before. She’d never even listened to the music before and she loved it. She told me “You’ve converted me! I’m going clubbing all the time now!” And before you ask, no she did not do any drugs whatsoever. She loved it based on the music and atmosphere. But then you might not enjoy a place like this if you don’t listen to the music properly, want to pull, like to get drunk and are too self conscious about the way you look. This is a place where everyone is friendly, there’s no attitude and you can dance however you want, as long as you want without anyone laughing at you! It started at 9pm and ended at 6am. Tickets cost £14 with £1.80 booking fee (online) P.S. I am not writing about the club – just the night. Camden Palace has it’s own section! Anyone else been to Frantic? Opinions welcome!
The first time I ever went clubbing in London, it was to Camden Palace. People had told me that you hadn’t been clubbing properly until you’d been to London, so Camden it was. We arrived outside at about 12 midnight. The night we went was called Peach on a Friday. It cost £9 before 11pm and £12 after. This is about average for a London club. The queue was quite big and we had to wait at least ½ hour. I was so nervous in the queue – I was only 17 so I didn’t know if they’d let me in or not. Luckily I had no trouble, probably due to the low cut top, or maybe not I thought as I saw a mass of young looking faces everywhere. I was searched quite thoroughly and I tried not to make a face as she felt under my bra. But I do understand they don’t want drugs inside. After walking through the foyer I dumped my stuff in the cloakroom (£1.50 per item). Then, I walked through the double doors into “my first proper club”. I had to stop and stare because I found myself standing on a balcony overlooking 1500 clubbers below me, dancing in union to the ever so loud music. The music was house and trance with resident DJ Graham Gold. I have to admit, my tastes have changed since then but it was good at the time. This was when I was told that Camden Palace used to be an opera house, which explained all the balconies. There was still the stage at the front, full of clubbers dancing wildly. The DJ booth was behind the stage overlooking the clubbers. People were everywhere, dancing on the speakers and hanging from the balconies! The first thing that struck me was the glowsticks. Everywhere I looked someone was waving glowsticks about and it appeared I was the only person without them. After buying my glowsticks – I had to go back outside to get them from some bloke – I found the toilets. At first, I wasn’t sure if they even were the toilets as everyone appeared to be laying around on the f
loor, and as to what sex they were for – God knows. There were an equal number of boys and girls everywhere. When I say boys and girls, there couldn’t have been anyone over the age of 21 unless you were security. But this suited me fine considering I was only 17. Some mad gurning girl came up to me and said how wonderful it was that I was a Camden virgin. I just grinned at her and tried to avoid the overflowing sinks that were stuffed with flyers. It wasn’t exactly dirty, just a downright mess everywhere, but I normally judge a club on atmosphere and music. So far, I’d only been in the club 10 minutes and had already met about 10 people. Everyone was really friendly, there was a sort of youth club feel to the place but at least there was no trouble. One thing I really like about Camden is the stairs and corridors everywhere. It is quite easy to get lost and run into the random spliff smokers huddled into the corners. Considering the searches, there were a lot of drugs in the club. There seemed to be someone dotted on each corner mumbling “pills” under their breath as you walked past. I must have got offered pills at least 6 times. There are several bars and a food bar. As expected, drinks are a rip-off so buy a bottle of water and fill it up from the tap. There is a tiny extra room upstairs that holds about 30 people – this isn’t even worth looking into – the main dancefloor is big enough. The lighting effects were quite impressive, they have lasers at Camden and really good effects were created on the dancefloor. There is a lot of interesting decor about, check out the cars in the caves?! There are a lot of places to rest and chill-out. The club is quite cool in temperature too. I even knew someone who got cold once – but she wasn’t dancing. So if you’re up for meeting lots of young clubbers who are off their faces, go to Peach@Camden Palace. I haven
217;t come across a better atmosphere anywhere else.
DOWNLOAD NAPSTER NOW WHILE IT IS STILL FREE! Paying for Napster will be like paying to listen to the radio. Napster in my opinion is one of the best services on the Internet. With two clicks of the mouse you can download your favourite tune and listen to it all you want. It is just the same as recording your best friends new CD onto tape, or recording a song off the radio. It's called sharing - which most of us were all brought up to do. Now, I understand that living in a world of Capitalism, copyright laws seem to be everywhere, but they still don't prevent us from recording all the time. Unfortunately, Napster has had great publicity and a few artists have decided to kick up a fuss. They don't like Napster because people are listening to their music for free. All they want is money, money, money. They believe that because of Napster, sales of their music will decrease. I can understand where they are coming from, because if Napster took over completely and everyone had a CD writer on their computer, there would be no need to buy a CD ever again. But that is not the case and it will never be like that. Unfortunately, a lot of the artists that are complaining are already rich and famous. This just goes to show that they are greedy and would probably not miss out from a few of their records being shared. It is quite interesting to see that all the new unknown artists do not mind their music being shared. They want to get noticed, they want people to appreciate their talent. It is only until you have fame and money that you may forget what music is all about. I believe that this huge debate about Napster is a comment on society. We are all brought up to share - this is the one quality that every mother wants her child to learn. But as soon as boy meets world, priority's change and we can see this here. Unfortunately, it is a dog eat dog world, and we do need money to survive, but to what lengths one should go to be ri
ch is another issue. The issue here is Sharing vs Greed - look who has won? You may think I have taken the Napster issue a bit too seriously but music is my life and I appreciate every little bit! I believe that music is the poetry to life and must be shared to all!
It's hard to be optimistic about the town you live in but I'll try... Woking is OK really. We've just finished building a brand new hotel in the town centre which seems to be the highlight of all the local newspapers. There are two large shopping centres, The Peacocks and Wolsey Place. Boasting all the highstreet names - Marks and Sparks, Sainsbury, BHS, Allsports, Miss Selfridge etc. Not forgetting McDonalds, Burger King or Pizza Hut We also have a huge newly re-furbished library in the town square. There is a good entertainment suite called The Big Apple which has laserquest, bowling, pool, children's playpen, cafe and arcades. This tends to be the local hangout for teenagers. Next door to the Big Apple Woking proudly presents it's first proper nightclub. Quake - which quite surprisingly opened it's doors to Streetboy and Bam Bam from Kiss100fm radio on New Years Eve 2000/2001. The boucers on the door are really strict with ID and inside, prices are a rip off but music is good. Also there is a long row of various bars and pubs all next door to each other, making it very easy for drunken pub crawls on Sat nights. Woking is also home to Woking FC who are in third division I think. Don't like footy much. We have a leisure centre and swimming pools - which are situated on Woking Park which is very nice in Summer for lounging around on. Woking Park is also host to a huge Bonfire and fireworks show with a funfair every year in November. There are loads of churches, pubs and cafes all over Woking. There is a skate park which is old and rusty but still usable. There are millions of buses everywhere, a train station where no train is on time and various hotels, restaurants, car parks. There is a cinema complex and two theatres aswell. The theatre often sells out during good shows and sometimes the cinema can be fully booked too. But there are 6 screens so it is quite big. Traffic around Woking at r
ush hour is absolutely AWFUL so be warned! Apart from that, it's not too bad really!