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Gladiator is a great film, Russell Crow stars as Maximus, a one time general who looses his position when his emperor Marks Aurelius is murdered by his own son; Commodus (who happens to have an unhealthy interest in his own sister). Maximus escapes his own assassination only to find his wife and son murdered by Commodus. He is captured and becomes a gladiator, and the story is that of how he rises to become a great gladiator and in the end defeats an emperor. Of course it is not that simple. There are political plots and subterfuge which appear to wreck the plans of those who are against Commodus, who is an authoritarian and brutal emperor as well as those who support him. The ending is a sad one, but well worth watching. If you want to watch an historically correct film this will be a disappointment, but if you want a spectacular epics this is just the thing.
The Paper Store is an interesting site for students; the url is www.paperstore.net . It is a site that sells academic papers. It is not set up to do the students work, but is a useful resource for students who cannot find out about a specific topic. When all the books are out of the library and there only a week until the papers due you can go to this site a look to see if they have written a paper about that topic. If they have you can buy it at $8.95 a page. However, they make it very clear you should NOT buy these papers to use to try and pass off as your own work, details are given on how to cite the papers. The papers provided are very good, they have a lot of different sources, and if you want to see some of a paper before you buy it they will e mail you a page of the paper so you can see it. If there is not a paper about the subject you want, although there is likely to be as they have an archive of over 15,000 papers, then you can ask for a paper to be written especially for you. They are an American company, but they trade with all countries and you can order on line or by phone using a credit card. I think there are also other ways you can pay so if you don't have a credit card it is not a problem. A useful site to find information that could be very valuable for any student.
This scanner is named accurately as it is a snap to use if you have ever used a scanner in the past. The software makes it so easy, it even controls turning the scanner on an off. Text reading is relatively accurate with the software provided and the way which it is controlled by the computer is great. The time taken to scan different pictures or articles will depend on the required resolution, the high the resolution the longer it will take. If you have a slow computer this will also aggravate the time it takes to scan, but the results are very good and for the cost of the scanner it is certainly good value. This review refers to the USB version of the scanner.
Freeserve where the first free internet provider. Free because you did not need to pay an service charge for the account. Now they also have a range of free access services from £10 for a free 24 hours a day service with no phone charges, to the option to use BT surftime for off peak service, with a £1 a month rebate. Dialling into the service is usually quite fast, with reasonable download speeds, usually about 49,000, with only occasional engaged tones. The news and mail servers also operate quite quickly with occasional delays. Generally, I have found them to be a good solid ISP with few hitches and a competent help line
I have been using yahoo e-mail services on an off for a while. They provide you with an e mail address which reads email@example.com. The sign up is easy and you can start using the address straight away. The only things is that you may have a problem finding a user name as there are so many yahoo accounts in existance. The advantage is that the e-mail service is web based so you can access it from any computer you are on. The pages you access it through are easy to navigate and it is easy to keep or destroy mail as well as simple to set up an address book and send mail. They will give you a mailbox of 5mb, however, when mine went over this they upgraded it free to 6mb. They also filter out junk mail!!! There are several down sides as well, mail seams to be relatively slow in coming through. It is also a shame that the mail cannot be forwarded to a different pop3 server.
I personally think that we do not pay enough attention to the classics. There are a lot of great modern authors, but classics can teach a lot as well as giving enjoyment. Oliver twist is the well known story of an orphan who is brought up in an orphanage. Do not expect the tales about his mother or a lot of the additional bits which have been added to the story by way of dramatic licence. In reading this book the real greatness of the classics comes to the fore because in none of the more modern versions will you find a better or more complete story which is satisfying to read. The advantage of these classics is that as well as a good story there is also the correct usage of grammar so that when children are reading it can also be educational. Unfortunately, parts of this are not suitable for children; it was not written for children.
There are two sides to this rather unusual attraction the fantastic and the terrible. Constructed as a giant big wheel where the carriages are all enclosed you stand in it as it goes slowly round and gives you some spectacular views of london. For anyone who remembers the view from the Post Office Tower before they closed it this is even better. You can see for miles, and as the wheel is slow to turn there is plenty of time to look out and spot the attractions and land marks which are well known. The only criticism here is that there was nowhere n the carriage to sit down, and as it is a long ride some seats would have been a good idea. If you like queuing you'll love the London eye. There is a complex ticket system which involves getting into the right queue for the right type of ticket (now, tomorrow, group bookings etc), and the when you have the ticket it is like the system which other attractions such as Cadbury's World, or some theme parks give out because it gives you a time to come back, this doesn't get rid of the queues as even then there id a wait, so if you do get a ticket for a future time, get there early. Advance booking ids probably a good idea if you can get round to doing it as it will save a lot of time on the day of the outing, especially if it is as a treat for children, who invariably get fed up in queues.
I used tesco net for a short period of time. I didn't leave it because of the service, I just hated having an e-mail address which ended in tesco.net. I thought it made be sound like a housewife. The connection speeds were actually quite good, better than I expected. While I was with them I never experienced an engaged tone, nor did I get disconnected. The one time I had to phone the help line they were friendly are helpful and could answer the question, but it did take a referral to someone on the line to get the answer. It did not like to run alladvantage in the bottom of the screen, but I am told that this is OK now as well.
This is one of my favourite comedies on television at the moment. It is an American show that is usually enough to put me off. The story is about 6 friends who all live close by and who have known each other for varying lengths of time. The programme is about the way they live their lives, not normal television lives where everything is either great or terrible, but loves where there are some good bit, some bad bits, and lots off so so bits. I think that is why this show is so good, even the so so bits of life seem quiet good for the characters as they have each other. There are some episodes near the beginning which feature a monkey, Marcel, these are some of the funniest, the later episodes get a bit more ridiculous and lost the plot a bit, but they are still enjoyable.
I love this search engine. When the terms are entered it will bring up not only the results of the search, but then subdivide them into other files to help you narrow the search. The engine is very up to date and also often returns pages that I have not found on any of the other search engines. The site is easy to use as it can be used as a standar search engine or buy asking it a querstion in much the same way askjeeves.com works.
Excite is a fairly standard search engine. It does not have any features that make it stand out from the rest, but nor does it have any disdvantages which make it worse than its competition. As this is a less used engine it is often faster at presenting results than Lycos or AltaVista, but they are in the same category as far as the results that are returned. In comparission to Yahoo it is more up to date, but it does not sort the results for you as some of the other engines do. Worth using, but not worth making a bee line to.
This search engine is not really a search engine, but a web page you can visit and ask a real person for help. The people on the end who answer your questions are specially trained researchers who are very good at finding answers. As well as being good they are also accurate and fast. They will not answer the question directly, but will give you the web pages were you will find the answers. Nothing seems to be too much trouble, but I have found some questins which thay have not been able to help with.
Tomorrows world is a great programmes with a great presenter in Phillipa. It brings to life and puts into contexts many new invention which may otherwise appear uninteresting and of little relevance. The articles in the programme are presented in away so that we can understand not only with the invention or discovery, but also with the application of that to the real world. The programme is informative and interesting, as well as suitable for a wide range of ages. It is also shown late at night on BBC1 with sign language so it is suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing as well, it is just a shame that it is shown so late at night with this facility.
The Simpsons is a children's cartoon, but the audience is not limited to children. The programme is full of perverse humour that is missed by children and only appreciated by adults. Homer and Marge are an American couple, ok they are below average intelligence and look very yellow, but they have managed to have three children, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The story revolves mostly around Bart and Lisa; Maggie doesn't talk yet, and the laughs keep coming. The writers clearly have a disrespect of the American the American political system and are sceptics of the American way of life, this results in a social critical, but more importantly enjoyable programme
Yahoo is an old and reliable search engine. It searches for both sections and relevant pages for the terms you put into it. The results are often good but the engine can be slow. There are also often occasions when the results are not very up to date, and links no longer work. I have found it is useful, but for a greater number of results other search engines such as Lycos and AltaVista can be more useful